What You Should Know
Bikram Yoga is a style of yoga which is practiced in a 105° room. Some refer to this style of yoga as “Hot Yoga”. Bikram was created by a company in California with Bikram Choudhury. Not only is the room heated but the humidity is set at a level of 40%. Classes are said to include twenty six positions or postures and two specific breathing exercises. A vigorous yoga session performed at this temperature is said to promote extreme sweating and that it is able to rid the person’s body of toxins. The body becomes very warm which is said to increase one’s flexibility. Let’s see if Bikram Yoga produces and noticeable weight loss benefits.
Bikram yoga was designed to stimulate every muscle in a systematic way to bring heath to all parts of the body, especially one’s joints and organs. Those who participate use a series of 26 distinct postures for this type of yoga. Through the art of Bikram Yoga, all parts of the body are affected including blood circulation, heart, and lungs, all of the muscles, and even brain activity & mental capacity. The 26 posture exercises of Bikram Yoga are referred to as asanas and pranayama, which are postures and breathing exercises, respectively. While practicing Bikram Yoga, some participants may not use their entire lung capacity at first. As time passes if one continues to practice this type of yoga, a person will eventually be able to withstand holding more oxygen due to stretching of the lungs. This holds true with any type of exercise of the muscles. Enhanced oxygen conversion and absorption along with improved blood circulation is said to be an added benefit of practicing Bikram Yoga.
Extension and compression are two main principles of Bikram Yoga which affects the circulation of the blood. Extension and compression work together to send fresh oxygen to all parts of the body including muscles, organs, and joints. As a participant performs a certain “asana” parts of the body are compressing or stretching alternate body parts to temporarily cut the circulation off. The restricted circulation is said to cause one’s heart to send excess blood to those places which were previously compressed. ‘Extension’ is what happens when excess fresh blood is pumped to parts of the body. Once one has completed the “asana” and comes out of the posture or position, the fresh blood will rejuvenate the arteries that were just being compressed through the use of oxygen. Bikram Yoga is also said to be able to release toxins, bacteria, or infections due to the excess delivery of fresh blood in one’s body.
Bikram Yoga is claimed to be an exercise system which promotes restoration, rejuvenation, and overall wellness. The heat in the yoga studios facilitate a more intense form of stretching to prevent muscle trauma and to release tension while detoxifying the body.
- Bikram Yoga promotes wellness, restoration, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
- Bikram Yoga should not be used exclusively as a weight loss tool. In order to be effective, any exercise plan must include a healthy eating plan.
- Practicing Bikram Yoga may help with other aspects of another weight loss plan by promoting body awareness and flexibility.
- Bikram Yoga when used alone will not in itself cause one to lose body fat. (See reader comments.)
Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga as it is called does promote wellness, restoration, relaxation, and rejuvenation and it is a well known fact that a workout that promotes sweating will result in weight loss. Bikram Yoga should not be used exclusively as a weight loss tool. In order to be effective, any exercise plan must include a healthy eating plan. Practicing However Bikram Yoga when used alone will not in itself cause one to lose body fat.