Overview Of Bikram Yoga
Article by Nilford Gonzalas
Yoga has different forms and poses, one such form is Bikram yoga. It was invented by Bikram Choudhury, and was named after him. This form of yoga is also known as hot yoga. To practice hot yoga the room temperature needs to be at 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with a humidity of 40%, so that the trainees are able to burn more calories. The amount of calorie burned in hot yoga is much more than the calorie burned in any other yoga, and hence it is the most popular form of yoga. There are 26 different poses included in hot yoga along with couple of breathing exercises.
Before getting into the poses and benefits of Bikram yoga, let us first understand some of the interesting facts about this form of exercises. In this form of yoga, the room temperature is maintained at a certain level to increase the sweating level among the trainees. As a result the body warms up quickly, which in turn brings flexibility to the body, which also reduces the chances of injury. A normal hot yoga session is for 90 minutes, wherein all the 26 poses are practiced along with the 2 breathing exercises. A strict format is followed during the exercises sessions, benefiting in quick weight loss and a healthy body. Did you know there is another very important reason why people take up hot yoga sessions? If you are living in a country where the temperature is very low, and you are to visit a country or place where the temperature is very high, in order to be acquainted with the temperature and to survive the climate, people take up hot yoga sessions.
Before we begin discussing the benefits, let us discuss about some of the different poses of Bikram yoga. Out of all the 26 yoga poses, some of the popular hot yoga poses are Pranayama series, Utkatasana, Garudasana, Trikonasana, Shavasana, Stupa – Vajrasana, Pavanmuktasana, Sasangasana and Kapalbhati etc. Before these, yoga poses are performed one must practice the breathing exercises, which prepares the body for the session and also rejuvenates it and reduces the level of stress and tension, in the body. In performing these exercises people use up to 50% of their lung capacity. All the exercises stretch the lung capacity to hold more oxygen, and the Pranayama exercises enables the learner to enhance the oxygen conversion and absorption and improves the blood circulation. Apart from these benefits, there are several other benefits of Bikram yoga and they are:
1. Because of the temperature, it helps to warm up the muscles and enhance the flexibility, which reduces the chances of injury.
2. The exercises involve every organ, ligament and tendon in the body, which in turn makes the body more flexible.
3. It strengthens the spine, thus improving the central nervous system.
4. It clears and calms the mind and soul.
5. It helps the body to reduce weight and increase metabolism, etc.
Apart from these, there are several other benefits of hot yoga, which can be obtained through regular practice of the form.
About the Author
The author is a professional writer and has written many books on yoga for children, yoga poses etc. He is also a specialist yoga trainer for different types of yoga like Bikram yoga, yoga for weight loss, yoga for weight gain, yoga for breathing issues and other yoga exercises. He is writing articles and blogs of yoga exercises and the yoga exercises since a long time.