What is Bikram yoga?
Bikram yoga in its more modern form is called ‘hot yoga’. This yoga was named after Bikram Chaudhry who invented it approximately 40 years ago. This style of yoga is a more modernised form of yoga in comparison to the traditional methods. It is modernised and trendy as it has been invented to target the main problem in todays emerging worls, weight loss. The asanas that are performed in this type of yoga are common to the other yoga styles, but the difference lies in them being performed in a heated room. The temperature is maintained between 90 -1100 and the humidity is maintained between 40% – 60%. There is a specific order which is followed whilst performing the asanas in bikram yoga to obtain effective and targeted results.
This yoga gives an extreme workout for the body. It results in excessive perspiration and pumping of the cardiovascular system for a great work out. It is believed that Bikram yoga is used to burn calories apart from just obtaining flexibility and toned muscles. It cleanses the body and skin of any toxins and thus is an extreme detoxifier due to the effect of the temperature at which it is performed.
Benefits of Bikram yoga
The common benefits of Bikram yoga are listed below:
- The temperature at which the asanas are performed results in the increase of body temperature. This in turn helps build a proper defence mechanism within the body.
- The white blood cells are known to develop a great immune system, so the increase in body temperature results in developing more white blood cells and thus an improved immune system.
- The temperature within the room also results in extreme perspiration and detoxification, thus resulting in an extreme workout.
- The most important aspect of this yoga is to fight weight loss. This is achieved by the extensive and ardent workout.
- Delayed aging
- This yoga enhances the multiplication of the red blood cells, which are responsible for oxygenation of the blood and thus fight signs of anaemia.
- Regular practice of this yoga helps establish metabolic balance.
Results in the efficient cleansing of the digestive tract.