Developed, patented, and popularized in America by the Indian yoga guru, Bikram Chaudhary, in the 1970s, Bikram Yoga puts emphasis on emulating the hot and humid weather conditions of southern India, where many styles of yoga have been developed since ancient times. This popular form of yoga has a set of poses that are performed at a room temperature of 90 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The benefits of the 26 Bikram yoga poses are briefly described in the following list:
Standing deep breathing: Helps prevent respiratory problems like shortness of breath and bronchitis.
Half-moon pose: Strengthens the muscles of the abdomen and improves kidney function.
Hands to feet: Stretches the spine and strengthens the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the legs.
Awkward pose: Tones and shapes the legs and cures arthritis and rheumatism of the legs.
Eagle pose: Simultaneously strengthens and stretches the thighs, hips, shoulders, and upper back. Improves coordination.
Standing head to knee: Strengthens the muscles of the back, biceps and triceps.
Standing bow pose: Strengthens the spine, and increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage.
Balancing stick: Improves blood flow to the head.
Standing separate leg stretching pose: Stretches and strengthens the nerves and improves internal organ functions.
Triangle pose: Stretches the hips, hamstrings, calves, shoulders, chest, and spine. Stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion.
Standing separate leg head to knee pose: Trims the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs and buttocks.
Tree pose: Improves posture and increases the flexibility of the knees and ankles.
Toe stand: Strengthens the knees, hips, ankles and feet and cures rheumatism and arthritis.
Dead body pose: Improves blood circulation and provides relaxation.
Wind removing pose: Compresses and massages the colon, strengthens the arms and hips.
Sit up: Strengthens the abdominal muscles and hips.
Cobra pose: Strengthens the upper spine and relieves back pain.
Locust pose: Strengthens the lower spine.
Full locust pose: Strengthens the middle spine and opens the rib cage.
Bow pose: Opens up the rib cage and revitalizes the spinal nerves.
Half tortoise pose: Strengthens and increases the flexibility of the lower spine, hips and knees.
Camel pose: Relieves the tension in the neck and shoulders, improves the blood supply to the brain.
Rabbit pose: Extends the spine and increases its flexibility.
Head to knee pose and stretching pose: Increases blood circulation to the liver, pancreas, thyroid and intestine.
Spine twisting pose: Increases blood circulation in the spinal nerves.
Blowing in firm pose: Increases digestion and blood circulation.