Benefits Of Bikram Yoga

Yoga is a highly disciplined form of exercise which originated from India. It is believed to give spiritual healing and purification to the body. Today, many people do yoga because it is one of the best ways to stay in shape and a proved remedy to discipline the mind and cure age long ailments of the body.

Today yoga centers have opened all over the world and this form of exercise/therapy is a major Indian export. Based on that, renowned Indian Bikram Chaudhary has developed a new style of yoga which he calls Bikram yoga.

Bikram yoga is different from other types of yoga in its choice of environment and that it comprises of less steps than the greater yoga. Bikram yoga or hot yoga as it is sometimes called is done in a room heated at 150⁰F thus giving it the name “hot yoga". Biram chaudhry has his yoga method copyright written under US law and he gives training to people for fees and grants a license to teach it. It comprises of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises.

So why do yoga in a well heated room as compared to your sunlit porch or if available, the sandy sparkling beach. The heat factor of Bikram yoga is supposed to help build greater flexibility in the muscles. It gives the body improved circulation and better helps flush out the toxins from the body. The intense atmosphere helps build endurance and burns calories. It makes the heart work harder for a while and is a good work out for the heart itself.

This type of yoga is also good for athletes who have a history of sports injuries because the heat helps those injuries heal. Like pain sprays, the heat enters into the folds of the body and effects the tissues to help them heal better.

Sweating during the yoga routine is especially good and rather essential for both the cleansing and the improvement of cardiovascular functions as well as the release of the toxins. The heat also keeps the muscles well toned and chances of injury are far less. It helps improve the metabolic rate and also helps the T-cells improve their function and regulates the immune system of the body. The toxins being expelled from the body is also no ordinary cleansing, it is like a natural detox system that we can initiate voluntarily and although the body does have its own detox system, yet this helps to strengthen it and has a catalytic effect. It is due to its high detoxing ability that it also helps to cure gas and indigestion.

But the advantages of Bikram yoga do not just lie in the high temperature. The positions and the breathing exercises of Bikram yoga are designed to help stretch every tendon and ligament of the body. Bikram yoga is especially good for someone with stiff muscles.

The only implication for Bikram yoga is that one needs to be in relatively good shape to do it, however the instructors are well trained and can even give you a heads up of the kind of problems you may face. So if you are looking for a bit of a challenging yoga class, find a Bikram yoga trainer near you.