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What are some things I should do to prepare for my first Bikram yoga class?

What are some things I should do to prepare for my first Bikram yoga class?

Bikram Yoga: Bikram yoga uses a room heated to 105 degrees -- so you need a large towel, 1-2 washcloths, a mat, and water bottle for class. Dress lightly -- shorts and exercise top (rather than cotton t shirt) if female. Or bathing suit or tank top. Come with empty stomach -- no food 1-3 hours before class. For several days before class, drink lots of water -- at least 4 liters per day for bikram yoga. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...Read more


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Can children take yoga classes?

Can children take yoga classes?

Absolutely: Not only is it good for toning and strengthening, it is also a wonderful way to teach mindfullness. Focus is essential for the practice of yoga and is an added benefit to children who are bombarded by our fast paced, computer/gaming driven world. ...Read more

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Which type of yoga classes would be good for a christian?

Choose carefully: "test all things; hold fast to what is good." most christians believe in the golden rule, in applying the standards of reason to claim, in avoiding shunnig human-made superstitious practices, and of course we do not ask favors of the gods of polytheism. If a group focus on the physical or on mind-training without weird magic stuff, you should be fine. Ask in advance. ...Read more

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How long after starting yoga classes will it take to see an improvement in flexibility?

How long after starting yoga classes will it take to see an improvement in flexibility?

Soon: It does depend on how committed you are to the practice. Even after one hour, you may notice positive changes. Work with a teacher that inspires you and you certainly will see benefits in flexibility. Be mindful of particularly tight areas and slowly work there. ...Read more

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Prenatal yoga classes in any way risky?

Not really.: Prenatal stretching and yoga classes should be a safe activity for most pregnant women without physical disabilities, provided they are well supervised. Non-contact, low impact sports and activities such as stationary bike, treadmill, walking and swimming are ideal during pregnancy to maintain muscle tone and keep the cardiovascular system in good shape in anticipation of labor and delivery. ...Read more

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I was planning on attending one of those prenatal yoga classes but have no idea about training of instructor?

I was planning on attending one of those prenatal yoga classes but have no idea about training of instructor?

It's OK.: Prenatal stretching and yoga classes should be a safe activity for most pregnant women without physical disabilities, provided they are well supervised. Non-contact, low impact sports and activities such as stationary bike, treadmill, walking and swimming are ideal during pregnancy to maintain muscle tone and keep the cardiovascular system in good shape in anticipation of labor and delivery. ...Read more

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Is Bikram yoga a good osteopenia exercise?

Is Bikram yoga a good osteopenia exercise?

Yoga is good: What are your goals? If you are worried about your bone density, then would focus on weight bearing exercise. Yoga is a good exercise in general and definitely activates the muscles as well so would be good for you. Would also consider adding in some light weighttraining as well. ...Read more

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Can Bikram yoga be a good way to de-stress?

Can Bikram yoga be a good way to de-stress?

Agree w Dr. Zgierska: Hot Yoga. If you are not able to tolerate high temperatures then consider one of many other forms of yoga. ...Read more

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Is Bikram yoga an effective alternative to running?

Is Bikram yoga an effective alternative to running?

See below: It is like comparing apples to oranges. Running is a high impact aerobic exercise, whereas bikram yoga is a low impact form of exercise preformed for 90 minutes at 105 degrees not typically thought of as aerobic. I don't think you can think of one as a substitute for the other, but having both incorporated onto your weekly workout routine is an excellent idea. ...Read more

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What's the proper breathing technique for Bikram yoga?

Bikram Yoga: Working with a bikram-certified yoga teacher in the moment is the best way to learn the breathing techniques needed. S/he should give proper instructions. In some poses you are breathing normally, but keeping your lungs 80% full at all times; in others like forward bends you are exhaling completely. Pairing the breath with the pose being done is key. Http://tinyurl. Com/nfc6aqg. ...Read more

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Is it safe to do Bikram yoga and lift on the same day?

Is it safe to do Bikram yoga and lift on the same day?

Let's get an expert!: This is a question for an exercise physiologist! Bikram yoga is high-intensity yoga done in a very warm room. It can be very dehydrating, so you must drink plenty of fluids to replace your sweat output. The only way I could imagine the two activities together would be to separate them by hours, and to hydrate extremely well. Hopefully, an expert will weigh in here! Careful with "yoga in the oven! ". ...Read more

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Is Bikram yoga an effective way to loose weight quickly?

Is Bikram yoga an effective way to loose weight quickly?

Not by itself: Weight loss generally requires both long-term changes in one's diet & increased exercise. Bikram yoga is a form of hatha yoga practiced in a warm environment that makes it easier to stretch your muscles. Hatha yoga has many health benefits but is not particularly useful for weight loss. I advise a diet low in simple carbs & aerobic exercise. See http://www. Drfuhrman. Com/weightloss/default. Aspx. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits and potential issues from Bikram yoga?

What are the health benefits and potential issues from Bikram yoga?

Helps some issues: Bikram yoga, other kinds of yoga, and other physical and mental therapies, can all help with relaxing the mind and the body. Yoga poses can help with stretching muscles, improving flexibility an mobility, decreasing stiffness, removing pain, improving balance, etc... If done with a knowledgeable teacher, each person might be able to find additional benefits, which can vary from person to person. ...Read more

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Can I do Bikram yoga at home?, just the poses or does it need the high temp. Bec. I don't have yoga clubs in my country do I have alternatives? Thanks

Yoga At Home: Yes. But, you may have to find a branch of yoga that is most conducive to your home. There are plenty of programs online that you could browse through. But, yoga is one of the most beneficial health movements ever developed so cheers to your initiative. ...Read more

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Can I lise weight by doing Bikram yoga?

If you also diet: These postures are not magic and will not by themselves cause you to lose weight, but you'll associated with health-minded folks and this is likely to change your eating habits. Let common sense be your guide, and should you adopt a restrictive diet, supplement as your physician directs. ...Read more

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Is Bikram yoga bad for women in the long term?

Not studied: I'm not a yoga expert, but bikram yoga is essentially yoga at high temperatures. The risk I see is the high temperature which would make me worry about dehydration and hyperthermia. The yoga aspect of bikram yoga doesn't appear to have any harmful effects. Some experts worry about forcing hyper mobility on joints. If you enjoy this yoga, hydrate yourself well, and don't push yourself to fast. ...Read more

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How much weight can you lose by doing Bikram yoga?

How much weight can you lose by doing Bikram yoga?

Varies: The amount of weight one can lose with excercise such as yoga would depend on the intensity, amount and duration of yoga. Couple this with a sensible diet plan and watch the pounds shed off! All the best. ...Read more

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How long will it take before l can start to see and feel the results from Bikram yoga?

Bikram yoga: Results of bikram yoga vary for different people. Some may benefit immediately while for others it may take time. ...Read more