Bikram Yoga owes its name to its founder, Bikram Choudhury. He successfully developed and subsequently patented a series of 26 postures, including a breathing exercise at the beginning and end of each class.
While asanas are quite traditional in any yoga class, such as the Eagle Pose (Garudasana), Triangle Pose (Trikoasana), Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) and Camel Pose (Ustrasana), it is the particular sequence of postures , as well as the repetition (two for each posture, on both sides), in a heated room which makes a Bikram class what it is.
Each 90-minute class begins with a breathing exercise (pranayama) and goes from standing postures, balancing postures, before moving on the floor to sitting postures and stretching, a final breathing exercise (pranayama) and finally, the Posture of the Corpse (Savasana).
Bikram Yoga is recommended for those who want to do yoga specifically to lose weight, but it can be practiced by practically anyone. However, Bikram involves doing 26 postures in a heated room, which requires a certain level of physical fitness and heat tolerance.
Yoga Bikram may not be the style for you if you tend to become dehydrated easily, because most Bikram Yoga instructors do not allow students to stop to drink and rehydrate whenever they want. Some establish deadlines for “water breaks” to maximize the results of training.
Bikram yoga is popular among those who want to enter yoga to lose weight because the added element of heat allows them to sweat more while working. But in addition to sweating and losing weight, Bikram Yoga is also a good way to detoxify your body and increase endurance and flexibility. The very hot room, along with the deep and firm breathing promoted by all types of yoga, warms the body to an impressive temperature.
Once the muscles are warm enough, you can perform deeper stretches, allowing greater access to certain positions that you might not be able to achieve otherwise. It also provides additional protection for the joints and the spine in order to avoid injuries. Of course, keep in mind that you should not exaggerate and exaggerate yourself too much.
Since you will sweat abundantly, it is not only advisable to wear a suitable clothing for the practice of Bikram Yoga, but also a good yoga mat (preferably cotton) and a towel. This ensures that you do not slip or move around the mat.
Bikram Yoga is a type of polarization of yoga. Since you sweat a lot, some people approach this practice in order to lose weight, but there are other benefits, as in any other yoga class.
Some people describe it as feeling like you’re in hell while you practice it, but being in heaven when you’re done, in part due to the release of endorphins, but also because, as in the best workouts, the rewards are directly proportional to the amount of effort that you have.