Types of Yoga

Bikram

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If you love a workout & want to build strength, flexibility & focus, then this yoga style may be for you. Bikram Choudhury developed his series of 26 postures + 2 breathing exercises to work every single part of your body.

 

The studio is heated to 38-40°C which allows your muscles to move deeply into each posture during the 90 minute class. The benefits of Bikram include increased endurance, strength, toned muscles & great skin!

 

It’s a challenge - you're going to sweat - but you'll walk away with a tremendous sense of accomplishment (some would say euphoria)!

Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram Choudhury began practicing Hatha Yoga at 4 years old, becoming the National India Yoga Champion at age 13. During the 1970's Bikram established his own yoga school & began to spread his technique globally.

 

Choudhury’s sequence consists of 26 postures + 2 breathing exercises performed over 90 minutes in a 40ºC heated studio. The teacher doesn’t practice yoga with the class or demonstrate postures. Instead, they deliver Bikram's scripted dialogue with precise directions for each posture. This forces students to focus their attention upon their own practice, not comparing themselves to others.

 

Beginners are placed at the back of the room so they can observe experienced practitioners however after learning the postures, the students focus turns inward. Bikram is a challenging, deeply meditative form of yoga & with regular practice it will deliver extraordinary benefits.

Bikram Choudhury’s believes his system of yoga is designed to work every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ & gland in the body. His main goal is to restore the general wellbeing & health of practitioners by removing all toxins from the body & establishing a healthy blood flow.

 

Choudhury feels heat is essential to the practice as it opens the pores to promote detoxification & allows students to move more deeply into each posture. As with many yoga styles, the breath, posture & mind are connected bringing students into a natural meditative state of awareness.

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