About Bikram Yoga
What is Bikram Yoga?
The Bikram method of Hatha Yoga is a series of 26 stretching and strengthening postures (asanas) with 2 breathing excercises performed in a room heated at 40 degrees (celcius). The series is scientifically designed to provide 100 percent total body workout
from bones to skin, fingers to toes. By the end of the 90 minute workout, you will have worked every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament
as well as internal organs and glands while systematically moving fresh oxygenated blood throughout your entire body.
Unlike any other form of physical activity, yoga gives you energy as it revitalises the mind and improves concentration. Whether you are trying to alleviate stress or chronic back pain, lose weight or tone and strengthen your muscles, the benefits on the inside are far greater than those visible on the outside.
Bikram Yoga builds energy, stamina and flexibility. It incorporates strength, challenge, gravity, balance and most importantly, the tournequet effect. This technique allows the stretching, squeezing and massaging of the internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems in order to release any deficient hormones and enzymes.
You will look, move and feel younger!
Who is Bikram?
Bikram Choudhury is an internationally renowned yoga teacher from India who has taught over 3 million students.
At the invitation of the American Medical Association, he brought his system to the United States in 1971.
In a 3 year research project at the Tokyo University Hospital, Bikram helped doctors prove that yoga regenerates tissues and thus helps cure chronic ailments.
Bikram began studying yoga at the age of 4. At 12 years of age, he was the youngest ever national yoga champion of India and held the title for 3 consecutive years. Bikram went on to pursue an athletic career as a marathon runner and champion weight-lifter, setting world record lifts and competing in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
At the age of 20, a weight-lifting accident severely crippled him. With the guidance of his guru, Bishnu Ghosh, Bikram created his 26 pose series which restored his health.
Since then, Bikram has established himself as a world expert teacher, opening schools throughout the East. Combing Eastern doctrine with years of working with Western doctors and scientists at Tokyo University Hospital, Bikram perfected his comprehensive system.
Bikram’s personal clients in Los Angeles include many celebrities and professional athletes.
Bikram says: "Never too late, never too old, never too bad and never too sick to do yoga and start from scratch again".
Why the Heat?
The 26 postures are performed in a heated room (40°C) so that deep penetration can relieve your body’s resistance without causing injury.
- Muscles, fascia and connective tissue become more elastic, allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury
- Promotes sweating which assists the detoxification process using the body’s largest eliminating organ - the skin
- Blood becomes thinner, which clears the circulatory system
- Heart rate becomes elevated which improves the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs)
- Warm muscles burn fat more effectively. When we stretch, the fat has no room to sit so it redistributes to the blood stream, which we then use as energy
- Capillaries respond to heat by dilating. This allows more oxygen to muscles, tissues, glands and organs helping in the removal of waste products
- Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain or spinal cord (allowing you to think clearer)
- Improves strength because proteins can be utilised more effectively
- Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
- Provides strengthening of willpower, self-control and determination through the challenging environment