Bikram Yoga–Don’t Sweat it!

Too cold to go for a run outside? What better way to warm up in the cold winter months than Bikram Yoga. This 105 degree, 40% humidity, 90 minute class may seem intimidating but it’s nothing to sweat about! This practice has many benefits to the body and mind and is definitely a challenge worth trying.

What is it? Bikram Yoga consists of two breathing exercises and 26 postures. Every class is the same routine going through each posture twice. There is a standing sequence aimed to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and align the body. The last half hour of the class is completed on the floor where the focus is on spine and flushing toxins.

Being in this class guarantees a lot of sweating which has been found to release toxins and flush the circulatory systems. It is said that this practice helps change the body from the inside out including the bones, muscles, respiratory and circulatory systems. It helps teach you how to properly breathe and utilize the oxygen to your best capability.

Many of the poses create a “tourniquet effect” in which your blood supply is cut off for a moment, creating pressure. When released, blood rushes through the veins and arteries flushing them out.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day to help prepare you for the class is highly recommended as well as not eating about an hour prior to the class in order to have digested everything.

As with any exercise, it is best to consult your physician before trying a class especially if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney issues or any orthopedic problems.

To find a full demonstration and explanation of each of the 26 poses, visit bikramyoga.com.

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