What are the benefits of Bikram yoga?
Bikram yoga (or hot yoga) is a sequence of 26 Hatha postures and two breathing exercises called Pranayama breathing. Hot yoga makes people happier and more confident: according to a recent study published by the Journal of Behavioral Health, people who went on a 60-day Bikram yoga challenge reported immediate increase in core self-evaluation and life satisfaction. Bikram devotees say that hot yoga practice makes the skin glow, increases libido, and improves flexibility and strength. Lady Gaga and David Beckham will agree; they are both on the team of Bikram’s multiple celebrity fans.
Bikram yoga is not for the timid. To reap all the benefits of hot yoga, be prepared to sweat at 105°F (41°C) temperature and 40% humidity, all while wearing as little as you can get away with (think sports bras and shorts for women and speedos for men).
Exercising in the heat can be overwhelming for the body. Make sure you drink lots of water and consult your doctor if you have any health concerns.
Tips for Beginners;
If you’re new to yoga, here are some tips to get you through the first hot yoga practice safely.
… and drink more. Drink minimum 2 liters (0,5 gallons) of water. Minimize caffeine (or go for decaf) and alcohol, as they add to dehydration.
Rissell A.A., Miller B.K., Lloyd L.K., Williams J.S. Hot, sweaty, and satisfied: Effects of Bikram yoga on psychological well-being. doi:10.5455/jbh.20131231051431