If calm and peaceful are not exactly what you are looking for in a yoga class, you should definitely try Bikram yoga. Bikram yoga, also called hot yoga, is a series of movements performed in a room heated up to 105 degree Fahrenheit. While it might sound too hot to bear, Bikram Choudhury, the founder of this yoga type claims that the heated studio facilitates deeper stretching while preventing injuries. Derived from traditional yoga techniques, Bikram yoga became popular in the 1970s and it continues to remain so. The heated surroundings in which Bikram yoga is practiced is believed to benefit the practitioner in a number of ways. This yoga is aimed at general well-being and it stimulates every muscle, joint and organ of the body and keeps them perfectly healthy, reducing stress and tension at the same time. Bikram yoga also focuses on pranayama, or controlled breathing, which enhancing oxygen conversion and absorption. Another objective of Bikram yoga is to improve blood circulation. Two processes called extension and compression work one after another to help improve blood circulation. When practicing Bikram yoga, an individual stretches or compresses a certain body part thus disturbing the flow of blood. This process called compression is followed by extension. This occurs when the asana or pose has been completed. In response to the circulation that was temporarily cut off, an excess of fresh, oxygenated blood flows to the decompressed areas. This helps to prevent infections by getting rid of bacteria and toxins. Bikram yoga comprises of exactly 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises that will definitely pave the path to overall well-being.
Having explained the basics of Bikram yoga, here’s how the hot environment can be beneficial. Bikram yoga practitioners sweat profusely while executing postures in a heated environment, and you can expect toxins in the body to be flushed away by the sweat. The temperature also makes it possible for your muscles to stretch more easily, giving you the ability to reap maximum benefits from the stretching exercises. Bikram yoga is also beneficial to those working on weight management. The movements might be rigorous compared to other yoga types but they are nothing compared to all the running and exercising necessary to burn off unwanted fat. The heated room has a sauna like effect which enhances weight loss. Another reason to opt for Bikram yoga: the hot environment required for this yoga type improves your physical endurance. Do join a Bikram yoga class if you want to be physically fit. After all, a healthy mind exists in a healthy body. Please consult a physician before you sign up, as the hot environment can cause problems with some preexisting health conditions.