What is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises derived from Hatha Yoga, performed over 90 minutes in a room heated to approximately 40°C. It is suitable for all ability levels from first-time students to advanced practitioners. The principle is to work every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, organ and gland, whilst also systematically moving oxygenated blood to the cells of the body.
The heat increases muscle relaxation, blood circulation and minimizes risk of injury. It also strengthens the cardiovascular system and flushes toxins from the body through sweating.
The type and sequence of the stretching and compression postures ensure that the health effects are optimised: massaging all internal organs and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems (thereby releasing any deficient hormones and enzymes).
The result is the improvement of health to all systems, the reduction of stress, the strengthening of the immune system and the healing of injuries. Regularly practicing Bikram Yoga can reduce many symptoms of chronic ailments and diseases, including back and joint problems, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, sleep disorders, digestive problems, skin conditions and others.
You will leave each class feeling rejuvenated and energized. 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, and resulting in an eventual union of the body, mind and spirit.
As Bikram says, his yoga is “Often imitated, never duplicated.”