This week we will be continuing on our path to learning the different types of Yoga. Last week we focused on Hatha Yoga and I hope that you gave it a try! Our next step is learning Bikram Yoga, or better known as hot Yoga. Bikram Choudhury created this system of yoga that combines traditional Hatha Yoga techniques with a heated environment.
The main difference between Hatha and Bikram is that hot Yoga is a 90-minute session of the same 26 poses. So, while practicing this form of Yoga, it is easier to focus on the body instead of listening to an instructor. I would recommend going to a studio to try this practice so your electric bill doesn’t skyrocket.
There are many health benefits to Bikram Yoga. Here is by no means “all inclusive” list:
- Relieves Knee Pain
- Strengthens Muscles
- Heals Ankle Tendons
- Reduces Stress
- Promotes Better Sleep Patterns
- Promotes Emotional Well Being
- Promotes Mental Well Being
- Helps Strengthen the Immune System
I have added a sample list of poses below from the 26-posture routine so that you can get a feel for this type of practice. I have also found it makes me more comfortable when I get into a group environment if I already know what we will be doing.
Half Moon Pose: Strengthens every muscle in the body’s core.
Eagle Pose: This pose opens up the 14 largest joints in the skeletal system.
Triangle Pose- This pose revitalizes the nervous system.
Tree Pose- This pose really helps improve posture and balance.