15 November 2018
Lifestyle Sunday Special

Bikram Yoga

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.

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