The Benefits of Bikram Yoga

Yesterday’s Bikram was a massacre! Humidity levels were at a high and I have not had such a practice and detox for such a long time.


Although I felt totally stifled at times, my neck and back definitely felt the benefits of it today. And as we all know that yours truly have injured her leg, there are not much workouts, save for swimming (which I am not a big fan of, I look like I am drowning more than I am swimming) that I can do without aggravating it. So really, Bikram rocks.


Check one of my favorite poses out, only because I can do this fairly well, haha (though not like the lady in the video though, I think she is made of rubber)

Pose 6. Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana
Standing Bow Pulling Pose
 
Benefits of this pose: Acts as a tourniquet,transfers criculation from one side of the body to the other side
circulates fresh blood to each internal organ and glands to keep them healthy
Improves balance, strengthens lower spine 

 
What are the benefits of Bikram yoga?



People say we are crazy to put ourselves through a room heated at 40deg for 90 minutes doing 26 poses twice and two breathing exercises


It is divided into a standing series (12 poses)  and a floor series ( 14 poses).


At the end of it, you will usually love it or hate it. But to be fair to the practice and yourself, you have to go for a few lessons to truly understand and let your body get accustomed to the poses and reap the benefits. Only then should you decide if Bikram yoga is for you.




10 benefits of Bikram Yoga:

  • Detoxification of the body
  • Toning and strengthening of your muscles
  • Better flexibility
  • Calming of the mind, helps you to focus better
  • Renewed energy
  • Reduce risks of sports injuries
  • Improved circulation
  • Strengthens your spine (so true!)
  • Improves your balance, coordination and encourages discipline
  • Weight loss
Of course there are many more benefits to name but these are the ones that I personally felt are the most important to me.


3 Benefits of the heat in Bikram Yoga:

  • Warms the muscles for greater flexibility
  • Gets rid of toxins from your body through sweating
  • A deeper stretch is achievable

My worst pose: even after two years plus of practising and I still can’t stretch my leg straight!
 
 
 
No.5 Dandayamana-Dhanurasana
Standing Head to Knee pose

Benefits of this pose: Develop concentration, patience and detemination, tightens abs and thigh muscles, and improves flexibility of sciatic nerves

 

Anyhow, this post is to remind myself why I go for Bikram Yoga. Often in class, I ask myself the question: “Why am I doing this?” 

Only to get the answer at the end: To feel awesome, rejuvenated and detoxed!

Shall write a personal account of each pose and how it has personally benefited me if time permits. 

In the meantime, heal, leg heal!!
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