Bikram Yoga derives its name from its founder, Bikram Choudhury. It is also popularly known as 'Hot Yoga' for good reason.
The sequence of poses, in this discipline of yoga, are practiced in bikram yoga studios, where the temperature is maintained at a temperature of around 95 to 105 degress Fahreneit. Practicing these vigorous yoga routines, under such temperatures, results in profuse perspiration, which cleanses the body of toxins.
Another benefit from these temperatures is that your body also gets heated up and this makes it a lot more flexible. Sessions in a Bikram Yoga class always consist of a sequence of 26 poses, with each pose being performed twice and also being held for predetermined amount of time. These Yoga sessions always follow a particular sequence and are flowing in nature, with practitioners moving from one type of posture to another and one pose to the next. The sequence generally begins with standing poses, followed by backward bends, forward bends, and lastly twists. The importance of breathing and breath control is not neglected either and the execution of this poses is generally in sync with the pranayam or breathing exercise, 'Kapalabhati Breath', which means 'blowing in firm'.
Bikram yoga classes are quite unique on account of the manner of practice and accordingly in some of the benefits they offer. Here are some of the many benefits that can be derived from a Bikram Yoga session.
According to its proponents, Bikram Yoga can also alleviate the symptoms of some chronic diseases like arthritis or thyroid. For these reasons this discipline has grown in popularity, with a Bikram Yoga center operating in almost every city.