Bikram yoga is a routine of 26 poses which works the whole body in 90 minutes. The poses work synergistically and cumulatively to return the body to a balanced state. The yoga builds energy, stamina and flexibility. It incorporates strength, challenge, gravity, balancing and most importantly, the tourniquet effect. This technique allows the stretching, squeezing and massaging of the internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems in order to release any deficient hormones and enzymes. The body is self-regulating and self-adjusting.
A regular yoga practice:
- Strengthens bones, and stretches and tones the muscles
- Lubricates joints
- Expands lung capacity and strengthens the heart
- Improves the spine’s flexibility and health
- Supplies oxygen and nutrients to parts of the body that have been blocked or stagnant
- Eliminates toxins
- Strengthens the immune system
- Balances the endocrine glands
- Flushes the lymphatic system
- Regulates cholesterol in the blood
As we age, our muscles tend to get stiffer, creating more pressure on the joints. By regular stretching we prevent this gradual stiffening and joint deterioration and that is why yoga has a rejuvenating effect. Through a regular workout, we liberate a vast amount of energy which we can use in our daily life to feel more alive and self-fulfilled. We look, move and feel younger. In a three year research project at the Tokyo University Hospital, Bikram helped doctors prove that yoga regenerates tissues and thus helps cure chronic aliments. The routine is dynamic and exhilarating. The room is intentionally warm so that your muscles will stretch more easily. The series works equally well for beginning as well as advanced students. As Bikram says: “Never too late, never too old, and never too sick to do yoga and start from scratch again.”
Wear light stretch clothing, shorts, tank top or swimsuit. Bring a towel and water. Some days you won’t feel like coming at all – these are the days that yoga will benefit you the most. Yoga “house cleans” your body, mind and habits. Expect a change.