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What is Bikram yoga? What positive or negatives does it have compared to regular yoga?

What is Bikram yoga?  What positive or negatives does it have compared to regular 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

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Yoga (Definition)

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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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

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Can i lise weight by doing Bikram yoga?

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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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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Is Bikram yoga bad for women in the long term?

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 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

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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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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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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