Bikram yoga is the original hot yoga, defined by a sequence of 26 Hatha (physical) yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises, practiced in a heated room over the course of 90 minutes.
Why does it have to be so hot?
Practicing in a hot room will:
Practicing in the heat can be likened to making a sword. In order to make a sword, one must start with a piece of steel and heat it up. When the steel becomes hot, it can be slowly hammered and shaped into the sword it is intended to be. If one tried to make a sword without first heating up the steel, nothing would happen to it but you could possibly break your hand, your arm or the hammer! The result would not be as intended.
How will it help me?
A regular Bikram Yoga practice will:
How often should I practice?
In the beginning (first few months), we recommend a daily practice, which will allow you to acclimatize quickly and enable you to learn the postures correctly, with good technique, so that you can receive 100% of the benefit from each class. After you are able to practice most of the postures with reasonable proficiency, continue to practice 2-3 times a week or as much as you can, given your current schedule ( e.g. work, kids and other activities etc)
Life can get busy but remember, you are worth the extra effort!
As a beginner, this may seem like a tall order but consistency is the key with any new endeavour. At first, you will feel awkward and self-conscious. This will pass. Just promise to stick to it!
Learn to love the heat, love the sweat and above all love yourself