What is Bikram Yoga?

The Bikram yoga  is a vigorous sequence of 26 asanas (yoga postures) coming from hatha yoga and work the body as a whole. It also includes two exercises of pranayama exercises (breath control) . The main feature of Brikram yoga is practiced at high temperatures: usually in classrooms more than 38 ° C and 40% humidity, its founder, Bikram Choudhury, flame sense of humor “torture chambers” . Hence the name “hot yoga”. This sequence standard which includes standing poses, balancing postures and positions practiced floor twice during a practice of 90 minutes. It is important to stay hydrated during practice. It is recommended to wear light clothing and bring a towel.

The explanation for using heat in the practice of yoga is that, according to the promoters of Bikram yoga, this allows the body to stretch better. They further argue that heat stimulates the circulatory system, preventing heart disease and maintaining healthy organs; increases sweating, thus facilitating the elimination of toxins through the skin.

Style are attributed other healing properties that have not been proven.

It is a yoga that, based on physical yoga (ie of the tradition of hatha yoga), focuses on a body plan: cells, muscles, ligaments, joints, systems and internal organs are cleaned, oxygenate and revitalize. In any case, it has other important own benefits of yoga and pranayama, and mental wellbeing. Heat, according to the creators of Bikram Yoga, also contributes to combat stress. They ensure that the entire system works to heal and promote health.

According to this article, it is an intense and demanding style suitable for those who want the challenge of a vigorous practice and have good physical condition. It may not be recommended for people with certain conditions or delicate state of health (see contraindications below) and has some precautions. Nor it is ideal for those who can not tolerate too much heat, or those who prefer a gentler technique. It is important to note that yoga is not a mystical nor based on spiritual principles of classical yoga, even if you use some of their techniques and have significant physical benefits.

Bikram Choudhury

It is a rather recent style but now has hundreds of studies on five continents. It was created by billionaire Indian guru Bikram Choudhury, who founded the first school in North America 1972 in San Francisco. Choudhry was born in Calcutta (India) in 1946 and began practicing yoga at an early age as a disciple of Bishnu Ghosh, a physical prominent bodybuilder. Won first place in the national championship yoga home at age 13 and held in three consecutive years. To illustrate the healing power of yoga, Choudhry that in adolescence knee injured and his teacher fully healed despite the negative medical diagnosis. He is the founder of Bikram’s Yoga College of India and the creator of the sequence that bears his name.

Bikram yoga works exclusively charging royalties. To explain, as well as its economic opulence, Bikram Choudhury argued that the Western mind what is not priced is not recognized as valuable. Faced with criticism openly consumerist style of life, he argues that teaching yoga is honesty, not humility. However, their spirituality and honesty still does not convince many. It is a very popular style among celebrities to stay fit.

Recommendations and contraindications

It’s very important during practice and avoid forcing the body to the positions carefully. The heat facilitates flexibility, but because of this, can overstretch and are more prone to injury.

You must stop to rest or even if you feel bad or feel weak. As always, make conscious practice.

‘It’s not suitable for people with serious conditions or elderly. Specifically, it should not be practiced by those with multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, inflammation or are in a state of pregnancy.

‘This style of yoga is demanding and is contraindicated for some people. Consult a doctor before starting to practice.