Bikram Hot Yoga – What Are The Benefits?

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Bikram Hot Yoga – What Are The Benefits?

Article by Leanne Daw

Bikram yoga, also referred to as ‘hot yoga’, is a form of yoga created by living yoga master Bikram Choudhury. Before emigrating to the United State, Choudhury trained at the Bishnu Ghosh School in Calcutta, India. He now lives in Beverly Hills and has founded Bikram’s Yoga College of India in Los Angeles.

Yoga originated in India and is based on the practice of physical poses that are designed to improve the mind, body and spirit. Yoga has evolved over the years to incorporate many different types, each with unique benefits, including hot yoga. Bikram yoga has become a particularly popular style in recent years and is a relatively new form of yoga that is based in ancient yoga practices with aim of achieving optimum mind and body fitness levels whilst engaging in an effective body detoxifying practice.

The concept of Bikram yoga consists of a series of 26 yoga poses (postures) and 2 breathing exercises performed in a room heated to the temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 degrees Celsius) with 40% humidity. The heightened temperature helps to keep the body and muscles warm allowing deeper stretches whilst reducing the risk of injury.

Hot yoga is believed to have many healing and restorative benefits such as detoxifying the body and weight loss as well as creating a feeling of wellness. Bikram yoga can assist in healthy weight loss as the profuse sweating involved rids the body of harmful toxins and improves circulation. This leads to an increase in the body’s metabolism and continued practice builds and tones the muscles and flexibility.

As you continue practicing this form of yoga you will begin to appreciate the benefits of increased energy and general well-being that comes from the knowledge that you are taking care of both your body and health. As a result you will sleep better, develop a healthier appetite and notice a healthy glow to your skin.

It is important to understand that hot yoga can be challenging due to the need to withstand the high temperatures during exercise, which can lead to dizziness, the feeling of nausea and possibly feinting. But by taking precautions in the beginning, such as regular breaks, your stamina and endurance will increase with time and practice.

To prevent dehydration it is important to drink plenty of water before and after each session. It is also essential to have the necessary equipment when doing Hot Yoga, such as appropriate, minimal clothing, your own yoga mat and a towel as you will be sweating profusely!

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