Have you been hearing about Hot Yoga and wondering what the buzz is all about? This form of yoga, also called Bikram Yoga, was integrated from Hatha Yoga in the 1970s by Bikram Choudhury, and is known as hot yoga because it is practiced in a room that is heated to 40 degrees C (104 degrees F). Before you faint just thinking about it, understand that this discipline was developed as a rejuvenating exercise to balance and strengthen the entire body by one of the most renowned yogis in the world and has the potential to greatly alter your entire well-being.
All Bikram yoga classes run for 90 minutes and are made up of the same series of 26 different poses. Bikram yoga is practiced in a room that has been heated to the ideal temperature of 40 degrees C with a humidity level of 40%. Bikram yoga is seriously full of amazing health benefits, and once you practice this intense form of yoga, you will begin to see them firsthand.
The hot, hot temperature that is incorporated in Bikram yoga is directly linked to better physical performance of the body. You’ll feel an increased overall sense of well-being is as blood vessels dilate and tissue expands to increase blood flow and oxygen throughout your entire body. Bikram yoga literally makes your body come alive and restores life to your entire system.
Once you get into Bikram, you’ll find the benefits of this yoga are amazing. There’s a ton of professional athletes that swear by this type of yoga who say that it has healing benefits for injuries, flushes toxins out of the system and that it extends career length. Other benefits of Bikram yoga include:
So you understand the benefits are awesome, and you’re ready to try out Bikram for yourself. Going to your first class can be a bit of a shock, the studio will be HOT, and completely unlike any yoga you’ve ever experienced. The temperature of the room can be overwhelming, to say the least, but after a while, you’ll find your body accepting the heat and falling into the rhythm of the class.
Be prepared to sweat. Seriously. You will sweat in places you didn’t even know you could as toxins and impurities drain out of your system. Feeling uncomfortable is common, so just make sure you don’t push yourself too hard when you first begin to practice. If you find yourself getting TOO uncomfortable, simply go into Child’s Pose and rest until you feel your strength begin to return.
It’s a huge adjustment to what you’re used to, but a Bikram practice will literally change the way you see your yoga practice. So get ready, get out, and get your sweat on!
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