Why the heated room?
Muscles and connective tissue become more elastic allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury. Capillaries respond to heat by dilating. This allows more oxygen to muscles, tissues, glands, and organs. Promotes sweating, which assists the detoxification process using the body’s largest eliminating organ – the skin. Heart rate becomes elevated, which improves the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs) and speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
What if I’m not flexible?
There is no need to be flexible or strong to begin practicing. Bikram Yoga is intended to reduce the natural effects of aging by lengthening muscles, and strengthening the joints among other things. Everyone can enjoy the benefits of this program and enhance their well-being.
Is Bikram Yoga an aerobic activity?
The word aerobic literally means “in the presence of oxygen.” Aerobic activity trains the heart, lungs, and cardiovascular system to process and deliver oxygen more quickly and efficiently to every part of the body. Bikram Yoga elevates the heart rate to its target level, promoting an aerobic workout.
What about water?
You should drink plenty of water throughout the day as this is better than drinking water before or during class. With Bikram Yoga, you are simultaneously cleansing all the systems of your body from the inside out, so it is important to stay hydrated. However, when you have been practicing for a while you can try to decrease your water intake and finally not drink at all.
If I feel dizzy or nauseous?
It is possible that you will feel dizziness, nausea or headache during or after the class (especially the first one). This is not uncommon and is normally a sign that the body is starting to react and respond. Look upon this as something positive and a start of the detoxification process.
How often should I come?
Come as often as you can, especially in the beginning. The more you practice, the more benefits you will notice physically as well as mentally. The time and effort you put into Bikram Yoga will be returned to you tenfold.
What if I suffer from injuries or illnesses?
Please let the teacher know if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, have had surgery, or have any injuries, illnesses, or special conditions. You can still do most of the yoga postures, with a few modifications, that the teacher will show you. For many people the yoga is an important part of the rehabilitation after an injury.
What are the benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga?
Once you begin practicing Bikram Yoga you will start to see improvements in your overall physical health, specifically – strengthened muscles, ligaments, inner organs and increased flexibility. You will also see improvements in your cardiovascular system and your blood circulation. In addition, you may find that you have better concentration, patience, determination and self-control. You should also feel more balanced – both physically and mentally. Finally, you should feel a greater sense of peace within yourself and a more positive outlook on life. Bikram Yoga has the ability, over time, to help you strengthen your body, mind, and soul.
Why are inversions not included in Bikram’s series?
Bikram feels it is more important to do the postures outlined in his method first because it safely builds all the strength the body needs to be totally healthy–throughout all the systems. Most beginners do not have the strength to do traditional inverted postures safely.
Some of the benefits of inversions (blood flow to the brain, reduction of blood pressure, compression of the thyroid gland) are provided by separate leg stretching, separate leg forehead to knee, rabbit pose, and the whole series in general.