Bikram Yoga is a Yoga technique by Mr. Bikram Choudhury having its roots to the traditional hatha yoga. Bikram Yoga became popular in the 1970’s. Basically, Bikram Yoga class runs for 1.5 hour and consist of 26 Yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises which are practiced in a closed room heated to 105’F or 41’C approximately. Mr. Bikram carries out 9 weeks of intensive training program which trains Bikram certified teachers who teach Bikram Yoga around the world. Bikram Choudhury began to learn Hatha Yoga at the age of 3. He has won 3 consecutive National Indian Yoga Championships when he was a teenager.
Bikram Yoga Benefits
Bikram Yoga claims to improve the physical performance of the body from head to toe. The 26 postures have been developed from Hatha Yoga and work on all ligaments, veins, body organs and muscles to maintain perfect health of a person. The use of heat while performing Bikram Yoga lies on the fact that heat softens the body and makes it more flexible before you start the postures. It helps you to mould the body into any shape easily. Bikram Yoga increases the oxygen intake of the body.
Bikram Yoga Poses
Standing deep breathing pose (Pranayama) – This pranayama expands the lungs, helps in detoxification, increases blood flow and relaxes the mind.
Half-moon pose (Ardha chandrasana) – Gives energy and strengthens thighs and muscles.
Awkward pose (Utkatasana) – Circulates fresh blood in knees and joints.
Eagle pose (Garurasana) – Works on major joints and nervous system of body strengthening the immune system.
Standing head to knee pose (Dandayamana janushirasana) – Exercise for digestion and reproductive organs. Improves mental health and concentration.
Standing bow pull pose (Dandayamana dhanurasana)- Works on cardiovascular system and improves flexibility in body. Improves blood circulation to lungs and heart. Balancing stick pose (Tuladandasana)- Provides spinal pain relief and eases the spinal cord. Helps to clear blocked arteries.
Standing separate leg stretching pose (Dandayamana bibhaktapada Paschimotthanasana)- Enhances functionality of internal abdominal organs, minimizes constipation and hyperacidity.
Triangle pose (Trikanasana) – Flexibility of hip joints, Regulates hormonal levels.
Standing separate Leg head to knee pose (Dandayamana bibhaktapada Janushirasana)- Helps in metabolic functions by simulating thyroid.
Tree pose (Tadasana) – Relieves lower back pain, Prevents hernia and improves balance and posture.
Toe standing pose (Padangustasana)- Cures Arthritis, strengthens muscles, biceps, triceps and shoulders.
Dead Body pose (Savasana) – Relaxes the body and calms the mind reducing fatigue. Balances the blood pressure.
Wind removing pose (Pavanamuktasana) – Enhances body nutrient absorption, Normalizes levels of hydrochloric acid in stomach.
Sit up pose (Pada-hasthasana) – Massages abdominal organs, energizes body
Cobra pose (Bhujangasana) – Prevents lower back pain, Cures menstrual problems, cures loss of appetite
Locust pose (Salabhasana) – Targets upper back, cures spinal problems like slipped discs, cures tennis elbow, and strengthens elbow, wrists and palms. Full locust pose (Poorna salabhasana) – Improves liver and spleen function
Floor bow pose (Dhanurasana) –
Improves blood circulation to heart and lungs, improves oxygen intake by expanding lungs, helps in enhancing digestion. Fixed firm pose (Supta Vajrasana) – Strengths the knees and cures injured knees
Half tortoise pose (Ardha kurmasana) – Relieves digestion problems and constipation, Increases blood circulation to brain.
Camel pose (Ustrasana) – Flushes blood through kidneys, eliminates toxins from body, improves neck flexibility and extends thyroid glands.
Rabbit pose (Sasangasana) – Fights common cold, alleviates chronic tonsillitis and sinus problems, compresses thyroid glands.
Head to knee pose and Stretching (Janushirasana and Paschimotthanasana) – Balances blood sugar levels and better blood circulation to bowels, liver, pancreas and spleen.
Spine twisting pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana) – Maintains equilibrium in spine, twists and cleans the spine and boosts flexibility.
Breathing in firm pose (Kapalbhati in vajrasana) – Keep your belly relaxed and do not move anything except your stomach. This pose cools down your body and makes you feel calm after breathing.