Bikram Hot Yoga
“Yoga is the perfect vehicle for change of yourself. First by creating a strong and powerful body and mind. It is a starting point from which you can begin to realize your human spirit.”, says Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga.
The popular phrase “Survival of the fittest” has never held so much importance as in the modern day society. In a world with fast growing uncertainties with existence itself, people are becoming more aware and serious about health. But by survival of the fittest, it does not mean physical fitness alone. What is a sound body without a sound mind? It is said that most illnesses originate in the mind and hence it is essential to identify and follow a routine which helps to find a balance between physical and mental strength. In a fast growing health development industry where artificial supplements and lifting eye popping weights is seen as a way to reach the pinnacle of good health, Bikram Yoga helps you achieve not just physical fitness but trains your mind to remain calm and have a grip on life in general. It is 90 minutes and 26 postures to attain this balance. As they say, it is better to be late than never and yes, it is also said that it is never too late to make a start. So, lets get ready to let it out and sweat it out.
It is routine designed to combat immunity loss, prevent injury, promote weight loss and limit ageing effects. Also, the various asanas requires one to join the skills of concentration, patience, determination and self control, thus effectively raising our inner being to a higher level of mental clarity and reduced stress. The class eventually makes one feel cleansed and energized. Bikram Yoga works towards building strength, flexibility, serenity, balance and endurance to both body and mind. It is a positive step towards the future when you start feeling yourself as a much more composed, focused and active human being. As per our goals, each session works to unite mind, body and spirit in a harmonious way to achieve a higher state of being.
Bikram Yoga is a universal routine and designed to suit people of any age, size or shape. It is considered as the defining point in bringing a balance between physical and mental strength. The benefits of Bikram Yoga are various but some of the main points are as follows:
1. Weight loss – The heated environment leads to sweating and the subsequent burning of calories promotes weight loss.
2. Arthritis – The heat and combinations of various joint movements helps to fight arthiritis
3. Blood Pressure – It brings down the blood pressure considerably
4. Back Pain – The routine works the spine in every direction thus strengthening it and creating a healthy nervous system
5. Skin and Beauty – The sweat opens up the skin pores, thus allowing natural lanolin to release through the pores, softening and preserving the skin’s elasticity.
6. Diabetes – A regular practice of Bikram Yoga reduces blood-sugar levels
7. Stress & Anxiety Management – Regular practice can lower cortisol levels, calm the mind, stabilize the mind and optimise stress and tension.
8. Depression – Brings about a balance to the mind, thus removing depression
9. Breathing problems – Asthma, Allergies, Respiratory Problems – It improves lung functions and regularizes the breathing pattern thus increasing resistance against allergies and similar issues.
10. Balancing Emotions – It brings forth an emotional well being by calming our mind and making us aware of our life better.
11. Cholesterol – With the routine, the circulation increases allowing blood to flow throughout your body cleansing and clearing your arteries and reducing cholesterol
12. Thyroid regulation – Some postures in the routine compress and work the thyroid glands thus helping to balance the thyroid levels
13. Anti-Aging / Preventative Medicine – It keeps the body young and healthy
There are a total of 26 postures in the whole routine like the alphabets and the whole cycle ensures a complete body work-out even while helping to concentrate and focus on our mental strength too.
- Standing Deep Breathing / Pranayama(Sanskrit)
- Half Moon Pose / Ardha-Chandrasana(Sanskrit)
- Awkward Pose / Utkatasana(Sanskrit)
- Eagle Pose / Garurasana(Sanskrit)
- Standing Head to Knee / Dandayamana-Janushirasana(Sanskrit)
- Standing Bow Pose / Dandayamana-Dhanurasana(Sanskrit)
- Balancing Stick / Tuladandasana(Sanskrit)
- Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose / Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana(Sanskrit)
- Triangle Pose / Trikanasana(Sanskrit)
- Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose / Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana(Sanskrit)
- Tree Pose / Tadasana(Sanskrit)
- Toe Stand / Padangustasana(Sanskrit)
- Dead Body Pose / Savasana(Sanskrit)
- Wind-Removing Pose / Pavanamuktasana(Sanskrit)
- Sit up / Pada-Hasthasana(Sanskrit)
- Cobra Pose / Bhujangasana(Sanskrit)
- Locust Pose / Salabhasana(Sanskrit)
- Full Locust Pose / Poorna-Salabhasana(Sanskrit)
- Bow Pose / Dhanurasana(Sanskrit)
- Fixed Firm Pose / Supta-Vajrasana(Sanskrit)
- Half Tortoise Pose / Ardha-Kurmasana(Sanskrit)
- Camel Pose / Ustrasana(Sanskrit)
- Rabbit Pose / Sasangasana(Sanskrit)
- Head to Knee Pose and Stretching Pose / Janushirasana and Paschimotthanasana(Sanskrit)
- Spine-Twisting Pose / Ardha-Matsyendrasana(Sanskrit)
- Blowing in Firm Pose / Kapalbhati in Vajrasana(Sanskrit)