Bikram Yoga

Written by on November 3, 2013 in Body & Mind, Salons & Spa's, Wellbeing - Comments Off on Bikram Yoga

bikram-yogaThis week my local gym has opened a Hot Yoga studio. Hot Yoga or Bikram Yoga is a technique popularised in the early 1970s. Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the Bikram Yoga system.

Bikram Yoga classes usually run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. There have been claims that the classes have healing properties. Harvard Medical School is now studying whether Bikram Yoga could also be a treatment for depression. Doctors believe these Eastern practices once favoured by hippies and yummy mummies could be the key to treating some of the 21st Century’s most common illnesses.

Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 40 °C with a humidity of 40%. The sauna-like room makes the Yoga a much more strenuous experience than usual Yoga. Yoga is often used as a calming exercise in the same way that saunas are used for rest. Therefore, the combination of the two activities makes for a powerful respite.

Often Yoga can be misinterpreted as easy in comparison to cardio exercise. However, when taught by a certified teacher the class is quite the opposite. Being an amateur, I arrived to the class in my usual long gym leggings and I was quite surprised by the skimpy outfits of the other attendees. However, as the class progressed, I soon realised that it is definitely a class you need to come prepared for.

Even after the first five minutes I began to feel the heat. Also, the issue with these classes is that because they have become so popular, the class was packed out to the max. Now being English, I like my own space at the best of times but especially during exercise. Be warned, if you want to exercise in your own zone, this is not the place.

Within the 90-minute session, you will work out every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, organ and gland while systematically moving oxygenated blood to every cell of the body. The result is improvement of health to all systems, reduction of stress, strengthening of the immune system and healing of injuries.

You will leave each class feeling rejuvenated and energised. Bikram Yoga builds strength, flexibility, grace, balance, and endurance, ultimately promoting the creation of a lean and healthy body inside out. At the same time, it has positive effects on mental well-being, making you more productive, focused and balanced, resulting in an eventual union of the body, mind and spirit.

Although I found the class quite intense, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it. This week, I will be returning but prepared with short, shorts!

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