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Bikram Yoga (Hot Yoga): What is it?

by Josephine Andrews
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No piece of clothing stays dry: During Bikram Yoga , also known as Hot Yoga, yogis sweat a lot. A series of 26 exercises in 90 minutes gets the circulation going and boosts the metabolism – at a room temperature of up to 40 degrees. Hot, hotter, Bikram Yoga. Read more about it here.

What is Bikram Yoga?

Lady Gaga is a fan, as is David Beckham and Madonna too: Bikram Yoga is a Hatha yoga method and the hottest form of yoga. It is therefore also called hot yoga. The practice room is between 35 and 40 degrees and the humidity is 40 percent. The advantage of this is that the heat allows the muscles to relax and stretch more easily.

Sweating is also said to help flush toxins out of the body. The focus of this holistic form of yoga is on strength and effort. It also promotes aspects such as concentration, determination, willpower, trust and patience. Bikram Yoga involves the entire body, releases blockages and gives balance.

Indian yoga master Bikram Choudhury started Bikram Yoga in the 1960s after suffering a knee injury. It was also he who laid down the strict sequence of the 26 different exercises. His program spread quickly. Since the 1970s, people from all over the world have been meeting to work out together and improve their stamina, strength and mobility. Your goal is also to treat yourself with care.

Bikram Choudhury is repeatedly criticized – among other things because he is accused of aggressive behavior towards women. There have already been several court cases against him for harassment.

This is how Bikram Yoga works

From the cobra to the camel: Hot Yoga consists of a total of 26 exercises that build on each other. Pranayamas (breathing exercises) form the beginning and the end, 24 asanas (postures or postures) lie in between. A mirror in the room makes it easier for yogis to control their movements.

With Bikram Yoga, the practice room is heated to 35 to 40 degrees. The yogis are accordingly lightly dressed. The aim of the hot room is to facilitate muscle and tendon work.

How does Bikram Yoga work?

Since Bikram Yoga is a hatha yoga method, its focus is on strength and endurance. The effects associated with regular training are numerous:

  • Posture improves.
  • Blockages are reduced.
  • The back is strengthened.
  • The spine becomes more flexible.
  • Body awareness improves.
  • The postural muscles are trained.
  • The metabolism is boosted.

The calorie consumption is up to 700 calories per 90 minutes. A detoxification aspect is repeatedly cited as an effect – but this has not been scientifically proven.

Criticism of Bikram Yoga: Who is it suitable for?

Bikram Yoga is suitable for anyone who is healthy and enjoys exercise. No previous knowledge is necessary. Beginners in particular should pay close attention to where their physical limits lie and what is good for them with Bikram Yoga. The high room temperature and the unfamiliar movements can strain the circulation and there is a risk of dizziness.

In addition, dehydration and loss of electrolytes can trigger muscle cramps. Critics also question the detoxification effect that Bikram Yoga is said to bring with it.

If you have low or high blood pressure, you should consult a doctor beforehand to determine whether Bikram Yoga is suitable for you. This also applies to all people who are not used to sports or who are overweight. Pregnant women who have not yet had any experience with hot yoga should wait until after the birth to practice this type of yoga.

If you want to start Bikram Yoga, you should also pay attention to these things:

  • Yogis should only take classes from a certified Bikram teacher.
  • Drinking enough is important both before, during and after the lesson.
  • Breathable and lightweight yoga clothing is well suited for the strenuous workout.
  • Anyone struggling with dizziness should take a break.
  • The electrolyte balance should be continuously replenished. Isotonic drinks or dextrose in the water help with this .

Where can I do Bikram Yoga?

Bikram is now widespread in Germany and is offered in larger gyms and yoga studios throughout the year. There are also special yoga retreats around the world that focus on Bikram Yoga.

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