|| Bikram Yoga is
named after its founder - Bikram Choudhury who studied Yoga with Bishnu
brother of Paramahansa Yogananda. It is a series of 26 poses performed in
a room heated from around 90-100 degrees Farenheit. Each Yoga Pose is usually
performed twice and held for a certain period of time. Their yoga sessions
start from Standing Postures, then the Backbends, Forward Bends, and Twists.
Kapalabhati Breath or the "breath of fire" accompanies the Poses.
Heat is used in Bikram Yoga in order to allow you to go deeper and safer
into a yoga pose. Your body becomes more flexible in the heat and since
most of the poses used in Bikram are physically challenging, heat allows
you to get into a pose that you never imagined you can do. It also eliminates
the risk for injuries, promotes sweating and helps you release the toxins
in your body. The poses not only work on your muscles but also your internal
organs. Each pose stretches and strengthens your muscles, joints, and
ligaments and, at the same time release the toxins and work on your internal
organs like the glands and the nervous system.
Some people are often discouraged to the practice of yoga by thinking
that they are not flexible enough. Yoga is not about being flexible, but
about strengthening your body and your spine in all directions with the
goal of creating a union between the body, mind and spirit. All that matters
is to try the right way without pushing yourself too far. In practicing,
you may wear shorts or leotards or anything you feel comfortable sweating
Bikram Yoga is designed to "scientifically" warm and stretch
muscles, ligaments and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched.
Practice of this Style of Yoga promotes the cleansing of the body, release
of toxins and utmost flexibility. It can also reduce stress and increase
blood circulation. The practice of Bikram Yoga can also help you lose
weight and develop toned and strong muscles.
Anyone can practice Bikram Yoga. People with chronic diseases such as
arthritis, diabetes and thyroid disorders may benefit a lot by practicing
Yoga Poses as it helps reduce many symptoms. It is also one of the best
ways to prevent any ailments by keeping the body healthy. In fact, it
has helped its founder, Bikram, recover from a serious knee injury he
acquired in his training for weightlifting. His doctors had told him that
he would never be able to walk again. After consulting with his Yoga teacher,
he resumed his Yoga practice and his daily performance of the Asanas allowed
him to rebuild his muscles and walk again. Hollywood celebrities, athletes
and ordinary people also claimed that the practice of Bikram Yoga helped
them in reaching high levels of performance, extend their careers, heal
their bodies, achieve mental clarity and increased energy levels.