Bikram Yoga is a lifestyle in itself.
The Bikram yoga is a style of practical yoga developed by Bikram Choudhury and involves a specific set of asanas in a certain order in a heated room about 40-42º.
In its modern application. Bikram Yoga is often mistaken for Hot Yoga because both involve doing yoga postures in a sauna-type heated room. However, Hot Yoga is nothing more than Hatha or Vinyasa Flow Yoga done in a hot room.
The main difference between the two is that Bikram Yoga follows a sequence of specific postures. While hot yoga is more “variable” in terms of the asanas that are practiced.
What is Bikram Yoga?
Doing yoga in such a suffocating heat is certainly a demonstration of mental dexterity.
Bikram Yoga owes its name to its founder, Bikram Choudhury. He successfully developed and later patented a series of 26 postures, including a breathing exercise at the beginning and end of each class.
While asanas are quite traditional in any kind of yoga, such as posture Eagle (Garudasana), Triangle Position (Trikonasana), Bow Pose (Dhanurasana) and Camel Pose (Ustrasana). It is the particular sequence of postures, As well as repetition (two for each posture, on both sides), in a heated room which makes a Bikram class what it is.
Each 90-minute class begins with a breathing exercise (pranayama) and ranges from standing postures, balance postures. Before moving to the ground to do sitting postures and stretching, a final breathing exercise (pranayama) and finally. The Posture of the Corpse (Savasana).
Who can do Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is recommended for those who want to do yoga specifically to lose weight. But can be practiced by practically anyone.
However, Bikram involves doing 26 stances in a heated room, which requires a certain level of physical fitness and heat tolerance.
Bikram Yoga may not be the Method for you if you tend to dehydrate easily because most Bikram Yoga instructors do not allow students to stop drinking and rehydrate whenever they want.
Some set deadlines for “water breaks” to maximize training results.
Benefits of Bikram Yoga
The benefits of Bikram Yoga are fundamentally physical. It does not mean that there are no mental and spiritual, but these come from all forms of Yoga, and that specifically by giving the class at a certain temperature, not the powers. If you are interested, you can see those benefits of Yoga in general. Those of Bikram Yoga are:
- It is good for flexibility. Its founder says heat allows you to achieve higher levels of flexibility safely.
- It is low impact for the body, in the sense that the joints and muscles are stretched but not forced, do not suffer.
- You do cardio. Practicing Yoga with the heat of Bikram Yoga classrooms, you perform an activity similar to those who do running.
- You lose a lot of calories, which you can see in our calorie calculator.
- Stimulates the metabolism.
- Sudas and therefore you expel from the body what is left over. Of course, you have to drink a lot of water because you also dehydrate.
- You learn a routine and develop a habit.
- You improve the technique of these postures of Bikram Yoga since you always repeat them.The bad thing is that you forget the others.
- It is a type of therapeutic Yoga, especially on the back.
Bikram Yoga is a type of polarization of yoga. Since you sweat a lot, some people approach this practice in order to lose weight. But there are other benefits, like in any other yoga class.
Some people describe their feelings that this feels like you’re hell while you practice it. But when you’re done You Feel like in heaven. Partly because of the release of endorphins. But also, as in the best workouts. The rewards are directly proportional to the amount of effort that you are supposed to.
Bikram Yoga Postures
In Bikram Yoga, there are 26 Yoga postures and two breathing exercises. Always? Yes, or yes with very few exceptions.
The exercises of Bikram Yoga are these:
- The Mountain with the gesture of prayer.
- The Half Moon.
- The Eagle.
- Dandayamana Janu Sirsasana.
- The arch standing
- The posture of the Warrior III. Apart from its name in Sanskrit, which we already said when speaking of the Warrior’s Posture, it is also called Tuladandasana.
- The Triangle.
- The tree.
- Savasana or the Corpse.
- The posture of the Wind Release or Pavanamuktasana.
- The Cobra.
- The complete Grasshopper.
- The arc.
- The Diamondback.
- The camel.
- Janu Sirsasana.
- Diamond Posture.
Perform Bikram Yoga in a center?
In theory, you can only do Bikram Yoga in a center or that is what your founder wants. In fact, he came to sue another Yoga school, which is called Yoga to the People (Yoga for the people / for the people) for performing the same postures you have seen above.
Choudhury said that the founder of that school was a student of his, this is true, and that he had copied, so he tried to patent the Bikram Yoga. Thus, no one would teach the same asanas to a temperature of 40ºC, except who he authorized.
From ill Cure, we always thank his work to any person who has collaborated in the spread of Yoga, including of course Bikram Choudhury. But we cannot argue that he is the only one who teaches Yoga, however original it may be at this temperature and just these postures and not others.
We believe that the spread of Yoga is beneficial to society. In the same way that every time a free newspaper is founded and seeking the Truth, it is good for society. We do not think that one more is bad for journalism.
I hope this is a good example, and it will help us to ask why you cannot do Bikram Yoga, or Hot Yoga, or whatever you want to call it, without Bikram expressly authorizing you in exchange for money. I also hope nobody will bother to say it.
For the same reason, it can be very good to do these Yoga postures that are made in Bikram Yoga, without having to be at 40ºC and 40% humidity. Or at home, or outdoors, or who applauds at the end of the class … or without a mat. And I say this because you know that ill Cure, besides a Yoga Blog, offers yoga mats. In our opinion, the best ones because they allow you to move freely, are thick, do not slip, etc. But it would never occur to us to say that one has to do Yoga with our mats.
Precautions when doing Bikram Yoga
If you are pregnant it is best not to do Bikram Yoga. In fact, as they say on the official website and you can tell a teacher, there are no special classes for pregnant women.
Neither children nor the elderly receive special attention in that regard, and one does not know how they can react with such heat. Think that in summer when there is a heat wave, these two groups are highly hydrated and refrain from exercising.
Conclusion on Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga is a great way to do Yoga for many reasons.
I personally like to have a routine, do it for a while (a week, for example, as in our Yoga sessions at home ), or at least start the session knowing more or less what postures I will do. Then, if I want the variation, but I like to have something thought. In fact, I think therein lays the success of Sun Salutation.
Bikram Yoga is very complete. The 26 asanas are designed so that all areas of the body are exercised equally. That’s fine, although someone may want to improve a part of their body: legs, arms, abdomen …
In short, think about the best way to do Yoga for yourself, and you can go over all types of Yoga. Whatever your choice, you will be right.