Is doing yoga in a 40 degree room for 90 minutes your idea of fun? Some would say yes!
My husband and I went a long to our first class almost a year ago and although I wouldn’t say it is fun, we definitely feel the benefits! We’ve noticed how quickly it increases flexibility, how much it cleans your system out, improved immunity and it’s great for relaxation…..rather hard to think about anything else while you’re trying not to fall over!
So what exactly is it?
Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures conducted over 90 minutes, beginning with a breathing exercise to warm up, progressing through 24 asanas (postures) and finishing with a toxin-eliminating breathing posture. This series of postures was scientifically designed to systematically work through the entire body.
Most locations offering bikram only hold one type of class which is suitable for all levels. Every class is the same but as you do the class more often you will be able to go deeper into postures and hold them for longer.
Why the heat?
- allows for greater flexibility,
- minimises muscle strain,
- reduces the chance of injury,
- promotes greater cleansing of the body, and
- helps build stamina and endurance.
Each posture in the series warms and prepares the body for the next posture. In the heated room you will gradually work deeper into your muscles, tendons and ligaments, stretching, strengthening and toning – changing your body both inside and outside.