Why Bikram Yoga Works

Bikram yoga consists of 26 postures designed to develop strength and flexibility while being performed in a heated room.  It also has a meditative aspect that can relieve stress.  How quickly you’ll notice the various effects of Bikram yoga depends on which benefit you’re most concerned with.

 

Stress Relief

One of the main reasons people practice yoga today, is to relive stress.  In this fast paced world, stress has become an epidemic, and is one of the top reasons for many ailments and dis-eases.  In Bikram yoga, the combination of exercise, stretching and breathing meditation create a feel good sensation which you can feel during the workout session and for hours afterward. Stress reduction through Bikram yoga is accompanied by physiological changes including regulated heart-beat, controlled breathing, reduction of anxiety and reduction of stress hormones like adrenalin. These changes happen as an immediate response when practicing Bikram yoga.

 

Weight Loss

You are likely to come out of a Bikram yoga session half a kilo or more lighter than you went in. Bikram yoga does burn calories, up to 750 – 1,000 per 90-minute session depending on your weight and intensity of practice. Since ½ kilo represents about 3,500 calories, you could lose ½ to 1 kilo from Bikram yoga after about five regular sessions.

Flexibility

When you stretch muscles, as in many of the 26 poses of Bikram yoga, those muscles gain a fractional amount of greater elasticity and range of motion. If you stretch frequently enough, this can improve your flexibility.  It won’t take long before you touch your toes without bending your knees.

Strength

The postures of Bikram yoga use your body weight to give your muscles a resistance workout. You may see noticeable gains in your strength in a matter of weeks with regular Bikram yoga practice.

 

In order to see results, attend regular Bikram yoga sessions. If you only go a few times each month, you’ll experience slow gains.  The more you practice, the better results you will receive.  You will be amazed to discover your capabilities after only a few sessions.

 

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