Bikram Yoga is the original hot yoga. It is a demanding, 26 pose series. It is done in a heated room to warm up your whole body. This allows you to work deep into your muscles, tendons and ligaments, and to change your body from the inside out. Bikram Yoga is a system that can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases, and is an excellent preventive activity for parts of the body that are healthy. The class is designed for all levels: first-time students and experienced practitioners alike. Bikram Yoga increases flexibility, improves circulation and reduces stress, to provide an infinite number of benefits. The more you put into the class, the more you will get out of it. It is a wonderful journey. Be patient with yourself and enjoy!
What if I'm not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. But yoga is not about how flexible you are. It is about stretching your body and spine in all directions. All that matters is that you try the right way, go to your personal "edge," and you will get 100% of the benefit!
Is it a cardiovascular workout and can I lose weight?
No matter what your level of fitness, you will find a Bikram Yoga class very challenging. Each posture combines flexibility, strength, and balance to work your whole body from your bones to your skin. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can lose inches, and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise.
What are some of the benefits?
There are unlimited benefits to Bikram Yoga. It reduces stress, increases blood circulation, and improves strength and flexibility. Regular practice (at least three times per week) can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (e.g., arthritis and thyroid disorders). It also promotes relaxation.
Why the heated room?
The room is intentionally heated to warm your muscles and allows you to work deeper and safely . The heat also heals and helps prevent injuries. It also promotes sweating, which flushes toxins from your body.
The Intermediate class uses the strong physical and mental focus learned in the beginning series as the foundation to lead us to a more advanced yoga practice. This class offers students techniques for moving into further expressions in familiar postures from the beginner’s practice, as well as learn new postures and develop new abilities. As Monica Hernandez says, the Intermediate is halfway to the advanced class. In beginning Bikram yoga we have the same 26 postures, but the full Bishnu Ghosh series has 84 postures, which are in the Intermediate and Advanced series.