5 Facts about Bikram Yoga

May 6, 2016 | Yoga | 0 comments

We believe in transparency, so we want to let you know up front that we may have affiliate links in this post. Affiliate links allow us to support the site and create great content at no cost to you.

2 min read

5 Facts about Bikram Yoga | 42Yogis.com

In the 1970s Bikram Choudhury took the traditional practice of hatha yoga, modified it, and repackaged it as a new fitness franchise. All Bikram classes are the same, and the practitioners perform the same combination of 26 postures and two breathing exercises within 90 minutes every single time.

The poses can’t just be performed in your living room though.

Bikram must be performed in a 105-degree room with 40% humidity to allow the body to stretch, detoxify, relieve stress, tone, and heal chronic pain.

Bikram yoga sounds painful, but it can be highly invigorating.

Here are five things you need to know before you head to your first Bikram yoga class.

It’s Getting Hot in There

Stepping into a sauna is often an enjoyable experience, but you’re not usually exercising in it. Bikram yoga is practiced in a room so warm it feels like a sauna, and the hardest part as a first timer is going to be staying the sauna while practicing a 90 minute yoga sequence. When you start to feel suffocated, sit, and breathe deeply through your nose. You can usually recover in under 2 minutes.

Your Bikram yoga teachers merely guide you

Unlike traditional yoga classes, the instructors in Bikram won’t do the moves alongside you. Bikram instructors are trained to talk you through the flow as part of a moving meditation. The dialogue between the teacher and the student is almost identical regardless of where you practice; Bikram yoga instructors are working off a script to ensure your practice is consistent every time you go.

Click to share this article with someone who is thinking about Bikram yoga

Get enough H20

We all know drinking water is important, but it is especially important to be hydrated before Bikram yoga. If you drink enough water before Bikram yoga, you’ll have an easier time staying hydrated during the practice. Aim to drink 2.5 liters during the day before you get to the yoga studio and avoid chugging right before class. Having a lot of water in your stomach during yoga can lead to cramping. Rehydrate after class with coconut water, and try to drink another liter of water after class.

Arrive early

It is very important to arrive early to Bikram yoga. This gives you time to settle in, chat a bit with the instructor, get your mat set up, and adjust to the heat and humidity. You need to give your body time to adjust to the environment.

Stay Positive

It can be hard to stay positive when you have sweat pouring into your eyes and you’re feeling exhausted, but it’s important to remain upbeat. Everybody in class is feeding off each other’s energy. Don’t take yourself too seriously, and try to have a good time.

9 Ways Yoga Improves Your Wellness (plus videos!)

9 Ways Yoga Improves Your Wellness (plus videos!)

People think yoga is just a way to get flexible, and it certainly can be. But yoga is actually so much more than that. Yoga has been around for thousands of years; it started as a way to connect with the divine. Over time, it has been turned into a physical exercise...

10 expert tips to prevent wrist injuries in yoga

10 expert tips to prevent wrist injuries in yoga

Most yoga injuries aren’t severe and are easy to ignore. Maybe you stretched just a little too much and your hamstring is sore the next day. Wrist injuries, on the other hand, are a bitch, and you can damage your wrists easily if you don’t take care. That’s certainly not something you want. When your […]

Yoga Poses for a Bulging Disc

Yoga Poses for a Bulging Disc

Photo by Chermiti Mohamed on Unsplash. Many people suffer from bulging discs, but aren’t quite sure how to deal with them. While they often cause irritation, sometimes it’s not enough to need surgery or medications. One of the best ways to help deal with and even fix...

5 Healthy Benefits of Green Tea That You Probably Didn’t Know

5 Healthy Benefits of Green Tea That You Probably Didn’t Know

Originally published 19 May 2017 A lot can be said for Chinese medicine and their use of natural remedies to maintain health and wellness. What is just now being discovered is that there are some other, but just as important, benefits of green tea that can be key to living a long and healthy life. […]

Manduka

Get 3 Months on Kindle for just $1

sponsor

0 Comments

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Hot Yoga: 10 Pros and Cons you May Not Know - SuvataYoga - […] Read More […]

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

YogaOutlet.com

↞ Get On Your Mat  

10-min Yoga For Energy Kickstart Your Day Feels Wonderful

10-min Yoga For Energy Kickstart Your Day Feels Wonderful

Are you tired and need energy? This quick yoga class will not disappoint. Get the energy to thrive for the rest of the day. Then tonight practice this yoga for bedtime class https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIR5V2NF6BU&list=PLEs9dX8UXFZprUcmSCUIEVI44aRebczwX&index=3&t=0s Get extra strength to perform yoga poses you never thought possible by strengthening your core by clicking here https://www.myyogapal.com/core-sign-up #yogaforenergy #yoga3x #fightmasteryoga…