Heat Things Up with Bikram Yoga!
by Émilie Carignan
published September 30, 2010
rating: (3 Ratings)
A growing yoga trend
We’re hearing more and more talk about Bikram Yoga, sometimes labeled as hot yoga. But don’t mistake one for the other: just because you heat up a room to do yoga in doesn’t mean it can be referred to as Bikram! In actual fact, the latter has particular conditions, specialized training by an instructor and a precise order in the execution of the movements. In short, there is no improvisation in Bikram Yoga. Here are the basics of this type of yoga, which offers many benefits to its adepts.
What is a Bikram Yoga class like?
It is recommended that you arrive at least 10 minutes early so that your body can adapt to the increased temperature. The first thing you need to know is that the room is heated at 42 degrees Celsius. Why? The heat penetrates the muscles, ligaments and tendons, allowing for easier flexibility. Then, along with the rest of the class, you go into a set of 26 Hatha Yoga positions. Each set is repeated twice, and the program also includes two breathing exercises. The class lasts for 90 minutes and is certainly a challenge every time, whether you are a novice or expert!
The first positive aspect felt after a session is a sense of well-being. There are other health advantages, as well, such as helping to build muscle, weight loss, the elimination of toxins, stress-reduction, ability to sleep easier at night and help with concentration, helping with blood and respiratory flow, a healthy immune system… you guessed it, regular Bikram Yoga sessions has benefits to both your physical and mental health. And after one class, you won’t get enough of it!
A few things to note before jumping in…
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