About Bikram Hot Yoga
Bikram Yoga is originally known as “Bikram Hot Yoga”. It consists of 26 Hatha Yoga postures (asanas) and 2 breathing exercises, all practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Every asana is a challenge based on each individual’s abilities, and results are directly related to the amount of effort put into each class. You can expect that your hard work will result in relief of chronic pain, the release of resistant joints and tissues, healing of old injuries, prevention of future injuries, and much more. Your Bikram Yoga practice will help to restore your body to be as nature intended – balanced, strong, and free of toxins.
It is recommended that you practice Bikram Yoga as often as possible, especially when you are beginning your yoga practice. Frequent practice multiplies the benefits and is like a “reset” button for your systems. We know that you are busy, so think of Bikram Yoga as an investment in yourself and in your ability to keep doing the things you want to do for a long time.
Why called Bikram Hot Yoga
Why the heat? The first thing that you will notice about Bikram Yoga is that it is hot. You will sweat more than you have ever imagined, and it is wonderful. You are not just stretching and sweating in this class, you are changing your body as you practice each asana. The heat will increase the rate of results, give you a feeling of complete detoxification, challenge your body, and change your mind. We understand that the heat can be challenging at first, so please be patient with yourself. Do not despair. With continued practice, the heat will become a best friend. Bikram hot yoga based on the ancient form of Hatha Yoga.
Each posture of the sequence is selected to build upon the previous one, systematically working through the body to ensure every muscle, ligament, tendon, and organ is engaged. By combining the yoga sequence with the heat, the heart rate rises, the level of focus is heightened, and with that, the overall benefits are increased. This exact technique and series of fixed poses bring better health to anyone willing to try it.
26 & 2 Hot Yoga has been known to help alleviate a wide range of symptoms due to illness and injury. In fact, people who have sustained injuries, fallen out of shape or have a wide range of medical problems are the first to experience the amazing benefits!
Benefits of the Heat
- Creates a cardiovascular workout
- Warms the muscles for greater flexibility
- Helps achieve a deeper stretch so you can progress more quickly compared to unheated yoga
- Increases sweating, which helps clean the largest organ of your body – the skin
- Burns more calories
- Builds endurance
Benefits of the Yoga
Anyone, regardless of fitness level or age, will reap the benefits of practicing by simply trying their best.
With regular practice it can:
- Reduce your weight by burning calories and balancing your metabolism
- Achieve relief from pain
- Reduce stress
- Improve your ability to concentrate
- Balance yourself mentally and emotionally
- Raise energy levels
- Restore flexibility
- Tone, strengthen, and lengthen your muscles
- Strengthen your spine
- Improve circulation
- Improves efficiency of the immune system
- Reduce the risk of sports injury and increase sports performance and recovery
- Increase balance, coordination, focus, and discipline
- Settle your busy mind
- Realign the skeletal system
- Improves focus