Bikram / Hot Yoga
Bikram is often referred to as 'hot yoga' as the room is heated to 37 °C / 105 °F and is widely regarded as the most intense type of yoga. Living yoga master Bikram Choudhury is the founder of Bikram Yoga. Many people find it challenging to maintain a calm focused mind while practicing in this heat. Bikram classes are made up of 26 asanas (all done twice) and 2 pranayama (breathing) exercises which in total is practiced for 90 mins. The sequence of asanas (postures) and the heated room are integral to this formula, which is a specific form of Hatha yoga aiming to purify the body, enhance flexibility, strength and balance and to calm the mind and develop a realised soul. Some of the benifits of practicing Bikram are: sweating helps detoxify the body, circulatory system is cleared, weight loss & mental strength.
Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after class so you don't get dehydrated. It is not advisable to eat during the two hours before class.
Benefits of Bikram Yoga: Builds strength and stamina, calms the nervous system, develops muscle tone, improves circulation, strengthens the immune system, helps with back pain & injuries, encourages weight loss, balances hormones, reduces stress, improves sleep & encourages deep pranayama.