About Bikram yoga
Bikram yoga is a form of Hatha yoga consisting of twenty-six asanas (postures) which today look much the same as they did thousands of years ago. What makes this yoga special is the selection and sequence of the postures as well as the heat and humidity. Bikram’s yoga class for beginners is designed to warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the specific order in which they should be exercised. Bikram Yoga prevents injury while building fitness, strength and health.
What makes Bikram Yoga unique from other forms of yoga is that the series of postures are practiced in a heated room (38-40 degrees Celsius) for 90 minutes. The heat promotes more flexibility, detoxification, and realignment of the body. Bikram Yoga is rigorous, but each posture in the sequence is designed to safely stretch and open the body in preparation for the next posture. The series of postures also move fresh, oxygenated blood throughout your body, to each organ and tissue, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as nature intended.
Bikram Yoga combines skills of concentration, patience, determination and self control which increase mental clarity and reduce stress. Some additional benefits, from maintaining a regular practice, are a healthier, stronger, and more flexible body, an overall better health condition, and a sense of well-being.
Bikram Yoga is designed for all people – young or old, healthy or sick, flexible or stiff, strong or weak, beginner or more advanced. During a yoga class, everyone is practicing on an individual level, based on their own bodies’ abilities, but all together in the same class. To get the most out of your practice, it’s not about doing the postures “perfectly,” it is about trying to do the best you can. That is when you are practicing yoga!