Bikram yoga has been named after its infamous founder, Bikram Choudhury. As per Wikipedia, this form became popular in the early 1970s. Basically, Bikram yoga is derived from the traditional hatha yoga techniques consisting of 26 Bikram poses and two breathing techniques known as 80-20 breathing and exhalation breathing.
It is also a form of hot yoga. Ideally, Bikram yoga beginners need to learn from a certified instructor. However, personally, I feel since the postures are derived from hatha yoga, it shouldn’t be difficult for a yoga student/ yogi to follow, as long as they are doing the poses right, and in the right temperature.
Benefits of Bikram Yoga
According to Bikram yoga website, this is the effect it has on your body, “By the tourniquet effect: stretching, balancing (using gravity), and creating pressure all at the same time. The blood supply in arteries and veins is being cut off, creating pressure.” So, here are a few health benefits of Bikram yoga:
- Stretching of the muscles leads to better blood circulation.
- The flexibility of the body due to the 26 Bikram postures that concentrate on each body part and muscles.
- Detoxing the body by opening the pores to let the toxins out as it’s practised in a hot room.
- Increases heartbeat similar to cardio exercises.
- “With regular practice, Bikram yoga harmonizes the nervous and endocrine systems, two systems which figure heavily in emotional well-being,” as stated on the Bikram yoga website.