Unlike other forms of yoga such as Hatha yoga, Bikram yoga is performed in a hot room at a temperature of about 1050F. This is why Bikram yoga has its own unique set of benefits which include the following:
The high temperature work out that Bikram yoga gives you is known to improve blood circulation which helps to cleanse your skin and open up the pores. The sweat pushes out all the accumulated waste and toxins helping to clear your skin of all those pimples and blemishes. The result is a healthy glowing complexion.
Glowing skin apart; Bikram yoga is known to benefit women in different other ways too. It is a great way to lose weight and give your body that toned look. Its action on the endocrine system help to regulate hormone levels and stabilize those mood swings. The floor exercises help to strengthen the pelvic region, improving bladder control and sexual sensitivity.
Bikram hot yoga is a great workout for men as it focuses more on the physical than the meditative aspects of yoga. It works on every muscle, tendon, ligament and joint, leaving you feeling energetic and fit. Stress levels are also reduced and work productivity is enhanced. It helps to improve thyroid function and stabilize blood sugar levels.
The heat in a Bikram Yoga class increases your heart rate and the dehydration it causes decreases your blood volume. This makes your heart pump much faster, the result being a higher level of calorie burn. The yoga poses focus on the physical aspect, which combined with the effect of the heat helps you to burn a significant number of calories.
The exact number of calories burned is still a matter of debate. Sources such as Women’s Health Magazine put the figure at 900 to 1000 calories for a 90 minute session but others consider this figure to be highly improbable. Either way, the 90 minute routine gives you an excellent cardio workout which will help you to burn many calories.