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How To Do Bikram Yoga
Done in heat, so...: Many of my patients are big fans of bikram yoga, one of many varieties of hatha yoga. Bikram yoga consists of 26 specific postures (asanas), but what distinguishes it is that it is done in a studio heated to at least 105 degrees.It's easier to stretch when your body is heated & people sweat more to detoxify.Good unless you don't like heat! see http://bikramyoga.Com/bikramyoga/about_bikram_yoga.Php. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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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