Feb 20

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Day 20 Intro Bikram Yoga – 21 Day Yoga Challenge

Introduction to Bikram Yoga

Bikram Yoga,  is a modern invention that emphasizes physical strength. It is commonly referred to as hot yoga and is performed in a hot and humid environment.  Bikram is also commonly referred to by others who do yoga as ‘boot camp’.

Bikram (pronounced BEAK-Rahm), was founded by Bengali yoga teacher Bikram Choudhury, who came to the US in the 1970s via Hawaii and California.

Bikram is relatively simple in some ways because it uses only 2 breathing exercises and 26 Hatha yoga postures out of the thousands available. The goal is to improve the strength of the body by doing the same pattern in each class every day with no variations, as if you were being drilled in the army.

Classes are 90 minutes, goes through all the postures, and is performed in a hot and humid place with a temperatures range from 80F to 110F.  The relative humidity is kept at around 75%. The heat is believed to burn more calories and help people lose weight. It is also believed to emulate the conditions in India under which yoga was first developed and practiced.

The heat is also supposed to help boost the immune system and increase will power. Having said that, the down side is that Bikram yoga constitutes a vigorous workout in conditions which could be very dangerous to anyone with an underlying health issue such as a heart condition, or those with joint issues.

Dehydration due to the extreme heat, vigorousness and sweating is also common, and can pose a serious health risk.

Dehydration can lead to an irregular heart beat and to lower blood volume, since most of our important bodily fluids are made up of water.

Low blood volume can lead to hypovolemic shock which can lead to death if not treated promptly.

If you like the postures of Bikram, you should be able to do them anywhere to improve your body without dying of heat prostration. One other thing to note is Bikram is often referred to as ‘cult-like’ rather than warm and welcoming.

There are a range of yogas to choose from, so pick a studio and style that are safest and healthiest for you.   Bikram Yoga is one I don’t think is for me.

Today you will be learning the following poses which are found in the e-book Yoga for Health:

– Legged Leg Lifts

– Bend and Reach

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  1. 1
    Brandi Dawn

    This is a great type of yoga! I love a good yoga workout that teats your strenths in this way.

  2. 2
    Deb E

    Bikram yoga is popular here in LA but I’ve not tried it. It’s hot enough in my apartment in the summer so I don’t need to go to a studio for that. I do lots of bend and reach poses for my back and it’s great for the waist too.

  3. 3
    Nancy Hilderbrand

    I have always wanted to learn yoga. My problem is I have crippling arthritis and can’t get on the floor.to exercise.

    1. 3.1

      thats hard nancy

  4. 4
    Sarah L

    It’s not for me either. I like a kinder, gentler yoga.

  5. 5
    bohemian babushka (@BBabushka)

    Hot and humid? No gracias, that’s why I left Miami. ; ) Seriously though, BB has many friends who adore this type of yoga. BB2U

    1. 5.1

      Well I guess that is why there are many types of yoga BB 🙂 Thank goodness there are others cause I never could do Bikram 🙂

  6. 6
    Cheryl Reinhardt

    I have never tried Yoga….. but it does sound very interesting and very soothing to ones soul.

  7. 7
    Kelly Hemmings

    This is something I know I should try and know it will improve my mind and body

  8. 8
    Jo-Ann Brightman

    I would like to start yoga, but obviously not with Bikram yoga poses which would be too hard for me.

    1. 8.1

      I could never do Bikram due to having to be in a hot environment for it.

  9. 9
    veronica lee

    Hot and humid? Hmmm,.. I think I pefer Hatha yoga!

  10. 10
    Kimberly Lynn

    I need a good yoga approach. This looks very relaxing and stimulating.

  11. 11
    Rebecca b

    I know some that absolutely love Bikram, but I agree, I don’t think it’s for me either.

  12. 12

    nice post! thank you for sharing

  13. 13
    ellen beck

    I actually m quite intrigued by this type of yoga. I love hot and humid doesnt much bother me. I also like it has fewer poses and repeats itself. I have never been one who is good at memorizing so many poses. I also like that it focuses on strength.
    I would try it.

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