Bikram Yoga, named after its founder is a series of 26 poses performed in a heated room with a temperature around 90-100 degrees Farenheit. Each yoga pose is usually performed twice and held for a certain period of time. The yoga sessions start from standing postures, followed by the backbends, the forward bends, and twists. Participants have to accompany each asana with Kapalabhati Breath or as “breath of fire”.
Heat in Bikram Yoga is said to permit the body to become more flexible in the heat and as most poses used in Bikram are physically challenging, the heat enables you to hold the pose better and for longer than 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.
The heat and the postures move fresh, oxygenated blood throughout the body, to each organ and fiber, thus restoring all systems to healthy working order. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health, and a sense of well-being automatically follow. We also become familiar with the therapeutic benefits of Bikram Yoga in treating illness and injury, and learn to align our energy to experience benefits in our body, relationships, and life.
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 too far.
Anyone can practice Bikram Yoga. In even people with chronic diseases such as Arthritis, Diabetes, and thyroid disorders may benefit in doing the Yoga Poses by reducing symptoms and is also one of the best ways to prevent any ailments by keeping the body healthy.
Every yoga session in Bikram Yoga is composed of the same sequence of 26 asanas. Let your body tell you how often you should practice.