What is Bikram?
Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises conducted in 40 degree heat and 40% relative humidity. During your 90 minute, dialogue led class, you will be guided through the postures by your Bikram Certified teacher. Your teacher will use their skills to verbally encourage you to build focus, determination and concentration.
Bikram yoga is the elixir of life, vitality and strength. The fountain of youth.
We practice the same postures every time. Actively encouraging you to maintain and improve focus, stimulating and improving a mind-body connection. Through guided repetition you will build strength and flexibility, improve patience and focus, improving in every class.
You will look younger and develop a clear glowing complexion.
You can find relief from the symptoms of arthritis and many other diseases, even MS. Speed up recovery from injuries and prevent injuries.
Relieve asthma, improve digestion and stabilise blood pressure. Bikram Yoga is excellent for weight loss. Your digestive system and metabolism will improve, normalising your appetite and diminishing unhealthy cravings. You will develop muscle tone and strength. Warm muscles burn fat more easily as the heat flushes and detoxifies the body.
Bikram yoga will burn from 500 calories up to 1000 calories a session. The harder you work in class the more calories you will burn. Your cardiovascular system is worked and strengthened throughout class. You may see and feel immediate results. You will naturally begin to start eating less and make better food choices.
What Bikram does to your body
- Works the whole body from head to toes, bones to skin, inside and out!
- Increases energy levels
- Helps improve athletic performance (and other) and prevent injuries
- Improves posture
- Reduces stiffening of joints
- Boosts immune system
- Relaxes the body and mind
- Increases sense of well-being
- Burns fat and increases metabolism
- Reduces back and neck pain by improving spinal integrity
- Increases muscle tone, strength and flexibility
- Builds strength and endurance, thereby increasing energy levels
- Improves the functioning of the cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immune/lymphatic, respiratory and nervous systems
- Expands lung capacity and rejuvenates damaged lung tissue
- Promotes better sleep patterns
- Relieves stress, anxiety, tension and depression
- Detoxifies the body
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Watch your face and skin develop “the Bikram glow” as your eyes become brighter and your skin becomes more clear and soft.
Bikram yoga can be a perfect complement to the lifestyle changes necessary to help keep diabetic symptoms in check. Recent research has found that performing these postures on a regular basis can decrease blood-sugar levels.
Bikram’s guru Bishnu Gosh said:
“Mental stress and strain is the cause of all diseases, even infectious ones.”
When performing the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, the fight-or-flight response is turned off. A feeling of a balanced well-being is replaced. A regular practice can lower cortisol levels, calm the mind, increase mental clarity and release and reduce stress and tension.
The science behind Bikram
Muscles are contracted and stretched at a cellular, biochemical level. Lipids and proteins reorganise optimally in such stretching, allowing for better circulation. Your joint mobility and range of motion will increase, strength will build by the use of gravity. Your muscles and joints will become balanced.
Blood and calcium are brought to the bones. Working against gravity strengthens the bones. The organs of the immune system within the bones (red marrow) are boosted.
The lymph nodes are massaged, lymph is pumped throughout the body, and white blood cells are distributed throughout the body as the lymphatic system works more efficiently.
There is compression and extension to the thymus, spleen, appendix and intestines; lungs are stretched and flushed out by increased blood circulation. The endocrine glands are encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones, and the communication between hormones and various glands and systems of the body is perfected. Toxins and waste are eliminated through the organs of elimination.
The nerves are stimulated by compression and extension, improving communication within the systems of the body and supplying fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout. The brain is stimulated by improved circulation and by varying blood pressure.
‘Trust the process’