The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes Bikram Yoga so special. The room is heated to warm muscles, which allows you to work deeper in a shorter period of time, seeing results faster. Heat takes the trauma out of stretching, heals and helps prevent injuries. Yoga is not just about working muscles: you are massaging deep tissues, glands and organs as well, as you work deep within your body. You may start to release "poisons" or "toxins" that have been stored there a long time. Your skin is the largest organ of elimination in your body. Sweating helps flush toxins from your body, giving you a wonderful glow from head to toe.
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. This is a beginner’s yoga class designed for you to gain flexibility, strength and fitness. It’s normal to feel nervous or a little intimidated in your first class. Don’t let this prevent you from returning to continue your practice, as Bikram Yoga is designed to foster and nurture beginners. All that matters is that you try the right way and find your personal "edge", and you will get 100% of the benefit!
No matter what your level of fitness, you will find Bikram yoga very challenging. Each posture combines flexibility, strength and balance to work your whole body. With persistence, patience and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise.
There are unlimited benefits to Bikram Yoga. Regular practice (at least three times a week) can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (i.e. arthritis, diabetes and thyroid disorders).
Additional benefits include the following:
Yes, of course! Bikram Yoga is the perfect compliment to any exercise or athletic program. As a matter of fact, if you participate in sports, it is highly advisable to have a regular yoga practice to lessen chance of injury and improve recovery from an injury. Many professional sports teams practice Bikram Yoga as part of their formal season training.
Bikram Yoga is good for you in several ways. As Bikram Yoga promotes relaxation of the nerves and muscles, it is the type of exercise that you can do with as little or as much intensity as appropriate for your needs. In other words, you can do each posture with less effort if you're concerned about overexertion triggering an attack, so sit down, rest, and breathe deeply whenever you need during class. The practice will relax your mind and help let go of toxins, tension and negativity. It strengthens your heart and lungs, improving efficiency and function. You will breathe easier and deeper than you ever have before.
For pregnancies that are not high risk, practicing yoga during pregnancy decreases lower back pain, stabilizes joints, helps digestion, strengthens the mind, reduces anxiety and promotes calmness. The yoga will improve breathing, fluid and hormone balance, prevention of varicose veins and ensures skin elasticity.
With a physician's authorization, regular practitioners can continue to practice without modification from the sequence during the first trimester. For the last two trimesters, a specific pregnancy routine is practiced, as outlined in "Rajashree's Yoga for Pregnancy". Your instructor is trained and certified to guide you through this sequence.