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Bikram Yoga And Its Many Benefits
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Anyone who would be willing to exercise in a room heated to over 100 degrees should have their head examined, or so I once thought. That was before I first tried Bikram yoga…some call it hot yoga. As I discovered unintentionally, Bikram yoga is an excellent way to enjoy just about every benefit of exercise for which anyone starts an exercise regime in the first place. Yoga has been known for ages to be very good for health. Bikram (hot) yoga even more so. It rapidly improves flexibility even for those who feel they have none – that was definitely me! It is one of the better cardiovascular workouts I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve trained for triathlon. Yoga in general is known to greatly reduce stress and improve the health of internal organs. Bikram yoga even more so because the heat of the room accelerates detoxification of the body. In one 90-minute class, Bikram yoga can burn more calories than just about any other activity done for the same amount of time. In one week of introductory classes, I achieved better definition than I have through months of running, swimming, elliptical, weight training and doing my very best to watch what I eat.

Bikram yoga works!

But is it for everyone? Perhaps not. It can be strenuous, especially for those who are out of shape or even for those in decent health but who haven’t exercised regularly for quite a while. Many during my first classes were also there for the first time, and it was recommended that, should anyone feel dizzy, they simply lie on their mat until they felt better. The objective was not to make it through all of the poses. Rather, and this surprised me, the objective was to get used to the heat of the room. The rest would come in time.

In theory, Bikram studios are heated to an optimal temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit with ample humidity of around 80 – 90%. Depending on how many attend a class, it could be hotter, and there have been days when I could really tell the difference between 10 people in a class and 40. WOW! But the benefits of Bikram yoga cannot be denied. I’ve had a lot of stress in my life lately (who doesn’t?). Stress in itself can be a killer. Medical science is only starting to understand just how harmful stress can be. Stress management is more important than ever. A major benefit of Bikram yoga is how effective it is at reducing stress. That in itself can be worth the cost of a class.

I have a lot of problems with my lower back and also my shoulder. My right shoulder makes grinding noises even while I’m eating a bowl of cereal. The problem for me is that I also love to stay very active, and I also sleep my best when on my right side. This has caused me nothing but the grief of pain the past couple of years. Bikram yoga has started to turn all of that around. The pain is still there. The grinding noises are still there, but it is all much more manageable as my flexibility and circulation to all of the deep parts of my joints improves.

My job in the United States Air Force forced me into many awkward positions while working on combat aircraft. Over time, my L4-L5 discs started to deteriorate. Before I was 40, I herniated a lumber disc and had to walk with a cane just to keep weight off my right leg. The pain was excruciating. I discovered yoga during physical therapy and never looked back. Bikram (hot) yoga is the next logical step. The benefits of the penetrating heat cannot be over-emphasized. Every time I leave a class, I feel cleansed. Yes, I’m soaked in sweat, but it’s a token of the wonderful thing I’ve done for my body and mind. It has helped me lose weight in a way other exercise and a diet could not – more calories are burned per minute with hot yoga than I ever imagined, and it detoxifies my body, purging it of the accumulated detritus of the day.

If you’re looking for an alternative form of exercise that will transform you in ways you never expected but had always hoped for – better health, flexibility, strength, weight loss – basically a better outlook on life altogether, Bikram yoga may be just the thing for you. You can always learn more about it at . The site is continually updated with lots of great information and research on what little you need to really maximize the benefits of hot yoga and yoga in general. Even when you cannot always make it to or afford a class at a hot studio, there are still many ways you can incorporate the benefits of yoga into your daily lifestyle. May you enjoy a happy and long life. Namaste!

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