Bikram yoga is also referred to as hot yoga. Bikram Choudhury, developed 26 asanas to be a part of Bikram Yoga. This form of yoga is a specific and structured discipline consisting all elements of yoga. These asanas have to be performed in a controlled environment where the temperature varies between 80 to 110 degree F. Along with these asanas there are certain breathing exercises that have to be performed to facilitate the proceedings of Bikram yoga effectively.
This form of yoga can be much more rigorous with regards to the discipline of hatha yoga. The difference that one can decipher between Bikram Yoga and other forms of Yoga is the temperature and the paradigm in which the asanas are practiced. There are certain breathing techniques referred to as pranayama that accompany the practice of these asanas, thereby contributing to the benefits of Bikram yoga.
Poses in Bikram Yoga
Bikram yoga consists of 26 postures in total that carry with them plentiful of benefits. The asanas begin with the breathing exercises or pranayams. The first pose is the Half Moon Pose which is followed by hands to feet pose. Following these poses is the Awkward pose which slides into yet another pose called the Eagle pose. The next pose that follows suit is the Standing Head to knee pose followed by the Standing Bow pulling pose and the Balancing stick pose. The other forms of Bikram Yoga have a paradigm or a specific pattern which continue with the Triangle Pose, the Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose, the Tree Pose, and the Toe Stand Pose.
This is rather not the end of the Bikram yoga session, however this is the end of the first 12 postures that are performed in the standing position. The 12 remaining asanas are practiced in a seated or reclining position. The pattern that the reclining postures demand to be performed are as follows - the first being the Dead Body Pose, the Wind Removing Pose, the Sit-up, the Cobra Pose, the Locust Pose, the Full Locust Pose, the Bow Pose, the Fixed Firm Pose, the Half Tortoise Pose, the Camel Pose, the Rabbit Pose, the Head to Knee Pose, and the Spine Twisting Pose. The Bikram yoga session is complete with the Blowing in Firm Pose being the concluding one.
Benefits of Bikram Yoga
Bikram/hot yoga benefits are plenty. In the actual, yoga is a discipline that has a plethora of benefits and strong points that could be relied on, in order to make all the positive difference to the mind and body. Here are the various benefits of Bikram Yoga.
- Bikram yoga benefits all those who have weight loss on their mind. This is so because the environment in which the asanas are performed is controlled with respect to the maintenance of high temperature, reaching almost 105 degree F. This helps one to burn calories with an increased metabolic rate. As your metabolism increases, calories are burnt even after you have completed your asanas which helps you to lose weight at higher velocity. Thus, bikram yoga and weight loss go hand in hand.
- Apart from the heated environment being the benefit of hot yoga, that is provided to practice these asanas, it also increases the body's flexibility, giving you a toned look. The asanas in Bikram yoga that involve stretching can make a whole lot of difference to your system, also making athletes less prone to injuries.
- Due to temperature being high, one is bound to perspire profusely. When an individual perspires, there is a simultaneous release of toxins, adding to this, the dilated capillaries regulate an effective flow of oxygen into the body. These benefits conclude in one possessing a blemish free and flawless skin.
- The practice of these asanas, apart from giving a toned and flexible body, increases the blood flow in the pelvic region, making men sexually active and effective.
- Practicing hot yoga increase the body temperature, thereby, strengthening the immune system and enabling it to handle situations related to health and fitness.
- There is a rush of energy that you feel cropping up in your body, also aiding you to tackle difficult situations in a calm and composed manner. Serenity and peace of mind are the predominant benefits due to which, individuals who are mentally disturbed and troubled practice bikram yoga.
- The mental abilities are boosted, with concentration levels increasing also resulting in an escalated motivation power and a greater capacity of the mind and body to function.
However, there are risks involved in practicing this form of yoga. It is essential you drink a lot of water and keep your system hydrated. Not doing so, may lead to hyperventilating troubles also leading to fainting and feeling nauseated. However, if you are susceptible to syncope and dehydration, avoiding this form of yoga is advisable. If your skin is sensitive to heat doing this form of yoga is not suggested. Also, if you are pregnant, Bikram yoga asanas are better left alone.