Article by Naomi Kosick
Hot YogaBikram yoga is a system of 26 Hatha yoga postures (asanas). Hatha yoga is a 5,000 year old science which was designed to improve heath, strength, releasing stress, improving concentration, balance, determination and calming the mind. Bikram Choudhury and his guru, Bishnu Ghosh, (brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, founder of the Self Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles) have developed these asanas over the last 90 years divising the postures into a perfect sequence as each posture prepares you for the next.
BenefitsThere are unlimited benefits to yoga. The postures systematically moves fresh oxygenated blood to 100% of your body to every organ, bone, joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, tissue, fibre, blood vessel, nerve and gland by compression and extension of the body. Reducing stress, weight loss, increasing blood circulation and improving strength and flexibility. Regular practice (at least three times a week) can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (e.g. arthritis, and thyroid disorders) it’s also excellent for back pain, sports injuries, helps to correct bad posture and promotes relaxation and correct breathing.
Hot roomBikram Yoga is practiced in a hot room (40 degrees Celsius) allowing you to safely move into the postures to prevent causing injury and helps to completely detoxify the body. Your metabolism speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids in the body. The heat also aids in a deeper meditative concentration and allows you to move more deeply into the postures and thereby re-aligning the skeletal and muscular systems.Can anyone do this?Yes! This is a beginners yoga series. All levels practice together and so you will see all levels in the class. Young, old, fat, thin this is for everyone. If you are inflexible, even better as the improvements are noticeable in a very short time.
“Never too old, never too sick, never too late to start from scratch and begin again.” Bikram Choudhury.
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