Bikram yoga is not about how flexible you are, but about strengthening you body and spine in all directions. Yet, people often avoid yoga class because they think they must be flexible. All that matters is that you try the right way and go to your personal “edge.” You will get 100% of the benefits!
The room is intentionally heated to warm your muscles and allow you to work deeper and safer. The heat also heals, helps prevent injuries, and promotes sweating, which flushes toxins from your body.
No matter what your level of fitness, you will find Bikram Yoga very challenging. Each posture combines flexibility, strength, and balance to work your whole body from your bones to your skin. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise.
Bikram Yoga reduces stress, increases blood circulation, and improves strength and flexibility. Regular practice (at least three times per week) can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders. Bikram Yoga also promotes relaxation. See a full list of benefits by posture.
Bikram Choudhury founded the Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills in 1974. He is one of the pre-eminent Hatha Yoga Masters living today. His physical fitness Guru was Bishnu Charan Ghosh, brother of Yogananda, founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship. Bikram is an India National Yoga Champion.