Bikram Yoga Positions & Benefits

Bikram Yoga Glastonbury’s Beginning Yoga™ is a challenging, exciting and effective series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, scientifically designed to deliver total health through the balancing of every system in the body in order to prevent illness and injury, promote weight loss, and limit the effects of aging. This class combines concentration, patience, determination, and self-control to bring about increased mental clarity and reduced stress. For more information about Bikram Yoga, visit Bikram’s official site.

We heat the room to allow for a deeper workout, prevent injury, and cleanse the body by flushing toxins, so come prepared to work hard and sweat! Bring a large towel, bottle of water and a mat – if you don’t have these you can rent them at the studio.

Bikram Yoga’s series is suitable for all ages, genders, and levels of fitness. Everyone can benefit from this total body workout!

pos1Standing Deep Breathing

  • Expands the lungs to their full capacity
  • Increases circulation to the whole body
  • Counteracts emphysema, asthma, and other breathing problems
  • Helps regulate blood pressure
  • Exercises the nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems

pos2Half Moon / Hands to Feet Pose

  • Revitalizes liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys
  • Corrects bad posture
  • Helps to eleviate lower back pain, bronchial distress, scoliotic deformities, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder
  • Improves circulation in the legs and to the brain
  • Increases the flexibility of the spine, sciatic nerves, most of the tendons and ligaments of the legs
  • Strengthens and firms the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks

pos3Awkward Pose

  • Expands the lungs to their full capacity
  • Increases circulation to the whole body
  • Counteracts emphysema, asthma, and other breathing problems
  • Helps regulate blood pressure
  • Exercises the nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems

pos4Eagle Pose

  • Relieves tension in neck and shoulders
  • Improves sexual vitality and control
  • Improves flexibility of all 12 major joints of the body
  • Strengthens and firms legs, arms, and abdomen

pos5Standing Head to Knee Pose

  • Develops concentration, determination and patience
  • Increases pancreatic functions
  • Helps balance blood sugar levels
  • Improves flexibility of sciatic nerve
  • Strengthens and firms abdomen, thighs, legs, upper body and arms

pos6Standing Bow Pulling Pose

  • Flushes out kidneys helping to eliminate toxins
  • Increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage and lungs
  • Helps correct high blood pressure
  • Helps tennis elbow and frozen shoulder
  • Improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine and most of the body’s muscles
  • Improves flexibility of sciatic nerve
  • Strengthens and firms abdominal wall, upper thighs, upper arms, hips, and buttocks

pos7Balancing Stick Pose

  • Strengthens the heart muscle and improves circulation
  • Increases lung capacity
  • Helps tennis elbow and varicose veins
  • Increases the flexibility of the spine, hip, and shoulder joints
  • Strengthens and firms arms, hips, buttocks and upper thighs

pos8Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

  • Helps functioning of the abdominal organs
  • Brings blood to the brain
  • Stretches and strengthens the sciatic nerves and tendons of the legs
  • Increases flexibility of the pelvis, ankles, hip joints and last 5 vertebrae of spine
  • Improves the muscle tone and flexibility of thighs and calves

pos9Triangle Pose

  • Improves every muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ
  • Revitalizes nerves, veins, and tissues
  • Improves crooked spines
  • Helps correct frozen shoulder and tennis elbow
  • Increases strength and flexibility of the hip joint and of the muscles of the side of the torso
  • Strengthens and firms arms, upper thighs, waistline and hips

pos10Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

  • Increases blood circulation to legs and brain (helping with some types of headaches)
  • Massages internal organs
  • Helps with diabetes and hyperacidity
  • Helps relieve constipation, dyspepsia, and hemorrhoids
  • Improves flexibility of the spine, shoulders, hips, sciatic nerve
  • Strengthens and firms abdomen, waistline, hips, buttocks, upper thighs

pos11Tree Pose

  • Improves posture and balance
  • Improves circulatory disorders
  • Relieves tension in neck and shoulders
  • Increases flexibility of ankles, knees, and hip joints
  • Strengthens internal oblique muscles to prevent hernia

pos12Toe Stand Pose

  • Develops psycological and mental powers, especially patience
  • Helps to cure gout and rheumatism of the knees, ankles and feet
  • Helps with hemorrhoid problems
  • Strengthens stomach muscles, weak joints, and feet (which have 1/4 of all the bones in the body)

pos13Dead Body Pose

  • Returns circulation to normal
  • Improves concentration
  • Helps reduce hypertension, nervousness, anxiety, and irritability

pos14Wind Removing Pose

  • Massages the colon
  • Helps and prevents constipation and irritable bowel syndrome
  • Stimulates the liver, small and large intestine, and spleen
  • Improves flexibility of the hip joints and relieves lower back pain
  • Firms the abdomen, thighs and hips

pos15Sit-up

  • Strengthens and firms the abdomen
  • Increases flexibility of the spine, hamstrings, and sciatic nerve

Cobra Series

  • Relieves back pain
  • Increases spinal strength and flexibility
  • Improves functioning of the large and small intestines, liver, kidney and spleen
  • Improves pigeon chest by opening rib cage, permitting maximum expansion of the lungs increasing oxygen intake
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve lumbago, rheumatism and arthritis of the spine
  • Helps to cure gout, slipped disc, sciatica, tennis elbow
  • Helps relieve menstrual problems
  • Strengthens the immune system and revitalizes the thyroid
  • Improves flexibility of hip and shoulder joints
  • Strengthens and firms abdomen, hips, legs, buttocks and arms

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pos20Fixed Firm Pose

  • Helps to cure sciatica, gout and rheumatism in the legs
  • Helps to prevent hernia
  • Strengthens and improves flexibility of lower spine, knees, and ankles
  • Firms thighs, calf muscles and strengthens the abdomen

pos21Half Tortoise Pose

  • Provides maximum relaxation
  • Stretches lower part of the lungs increasing blood circulation to the brain
  • Good for diabetes and anemia
  • Massages heart, lungs, and coronary arteries
  • Increases flexibility of the hip and shoulder joints
  • Firms abdomen and thighs

pos22Camel Pose

  • Stretches abdominal organs and cures constipation
  • Stretches the throat, thyroid gland and parathyroid
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Opens rib cage to allow for maximum expansion of the lungs
  • Maximum compression of spine improving flexibility of the neck and spine
  • Firms the abdomen and slims the waistline

pos23Rabbit Pose

  • Maximum stretch of the spine allowing nervous system to receive proper nutrition
  • Maintains mobility and elasticity of spine
  • Nurtures the nervous system, helps with depression
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps cure sinus problems, colds and chronic tonsillitis
  • Strengthens and firms abdomen and back muscles

pos24Head to Knee with Stretching Pose

  • Helps balance blood sugar levels
  • Improves kidney function
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves the flexibility of sciatic nerves, ankles and hip joints
  • Strengthens and firms abdomen and arms

pos25Spine Twisting Pose

  • Increases circulation and nutrition to spinal nerves, veins, and tissues
  • Improves spinal elasticity and flexibility
  • Helps cure lumbago and rheumatism of the spine
  • Improves digestion
  • Firms abdomen, thighs and buttocks

pos26Blowing in Firm

  • Increases circulation
  • Removes toxins
  • Strengthens all abdominal organs
  • Trims the waist line

 

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