BIKRAM YOGA…

Welcome to the heat chambers (Bikram Yoga).  Yes, that’s how we love to call it. Imagine being in a heated chamber with a trainer who keeps repeating “lock the knee! Lock the knee! ” breathe, don’t forget to breathe!”  Well, it’s not as torturous as it sounds.  You come out of the class detoxed and flexed like never before.

Bikram-Yoga-article 3
Bikram-Yoga-article 3

Bikram yoga, originated from hatha yoga is a set   26 postures Sequence selec ted and developed by Bikram Choudhury. It started to gain popularity in 1970’s and since then has been practices all over the world in rooms heated up to 40 °C (104 °F) with a humidity of 40%.  (yes, that is HOT). All classes run for 90 minutes under certified Bikram Yoga Teacher. All classes consist of same set of 26 postures including two breathing techniques. The exercises work on different parts of the body, internal organs, veins, ligaments and muscles which are not used in daily routine or missed out during regular gym training. These exercises work together to benefit entire body inside and out.

 

  1. standing Deep Breathing – Pranayama(Sanskrit)
  2. Half Moon Pose -Ardha-Chandrasana(Sanskrit)
  3. Awkward Pose -Utkatasana(Sanskrit)
  4. Eagle Pose- Garurasana(Sanskrit)
  5. Standing Head to Knee  -Dandayamana-Janushirasana(Sanskrit)
  6. Standing Bow Pose-Dandayamana-Dhanurasana(Sanskrit)
  7. Balancing Stick  -Tuladandasana(Sanskrit)
  8. Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose-Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada Paschimotthanasana(Sanskrit)
  9. Triangle Pose-Trikanasana(Sanskrit)
  10. Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose-Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana(Sanskrit)
  11. Tree Pose-Tadasana(Sanskrit)
  12. Toe Stand-Padangustasana(Sanskrit)
  13. Dead Body Pose-Savasana(Sanskrit)
  14. Wind-Removing Pose-Pavanamuktasana(Sanskrit)
  15. Sit up-   Pada-Hasthasana(Sanskrit)
  16. Cobra Pose- Bhujangasana(Sanskrit)
  17. Locust Pose- Salabhasana(Sanskrit)
  18. Full Locust Pose- Poorna-Salabhasana(Sanskrit)
  19. Bow Pose- Dhanurasana(Sanskrit)
  20. Fixed Firm Pose -Supta-Vajrasana(Sanskrit)
  21. Half Tortoise Pose- Ardha-Kurmasana(Sanskrit)
  22. Camel Pose -Ustrasana(Sanskrit)
  23. Rabbit Pose- Sasangasana(Sanskrit)
  24. Head to Knee Pose and Stretching Pose Janushirasana and Paschimotthanasana(Sanskrit)
  25. Spine-Twisting Pose- Ardha-Matsyendrasana(Sanskrit)
  26. Blowing in Firm Pose- Kapalbhati in Vajrasana(Sanskrit)
bikram yoga
bikram yoga

Why heated environment?                                                                  Body works best when it’s warm, hence, the heat. It warms up and helps to relax any contracted muscles and ligaments, therefore giving you optimum flexibility to reshape your body. Other amazing benefit of heat include detoxifying and cleansing, the heats helps to flush out toxins and cleanses not only your skin but internal organs as well.

 

Benefits of Bikram Yoga

    • Improved cardio vascularity
    • Improved flexibility
    • Improved strength
    • Improved endurance
    • Improved balance
    • Detox internal organs
  • Mood enhancements
  • Repair old injuries
  • Prevent future injuries

Before during and after the class Remember to eat at least 1.5 – 2 hours before the class giving your body enough time to digest, also remember to consume a lot of water before, during, and especially after the class make sure to refuel yourself with water or electrolytes. Dehydration is common if not taken care properly. Don’t be worried about sweating like a pig; it is a very important process to maintain body’s temperature, so let it rain. So carry water bottle, wear light clothes and remember… Lock your knees J Read more about Bikram Yoga

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