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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bikram Yoga Benefits


By Sarah Russell


The Bikram school of yoga offers many advantages, and has been said to be life changing. It can change your perspective, and make your body feel a lot different. Bikram Yoga has been referred to as "hot yoga". This is because it's performed in a very warm room. It's meant to improve both physical and mental strength, as well as balance and flexibility. It has roots in the older practice of Hatha Yoga, a technique intended to heal both mind and body.


The founder of Bikram Yoga is Bikram Choudhury, a yoga practitioner who created this branch of practice after becoming injured in a weightlifting accident. He discovered that certain exercises improved his ability to heal, so he developed them further. Many other people also found that they could benefit from Bikram Yoga, and the practice has spread ever since.


There are a number of different reasons for performing this type of yoga. Some do it for reasons of physical healing, or for physical therapy. Others use it as a spiritual or holistic practice. In one incident, involving a man who had recently suffered from an injury to his knee, the practitioner began to feel better after only six weeks of practice. The pain and movement difficulty he suffered began to disappear. To get the most out of Bikram Yoga, it's important to practice on a regular basis. That way, you'll get the best effect, and be able to do more advanced work.


Scientific data tends to back up Bikram Yoga's beneficial effects. Studies by the University of Tokyo's hospital have shown that there are some medical benefits to this kind of practice, including the improvement of symptoms in chronic ailments, and tissue repair. These findings, which officially stated the internal benefits of Bikram Yoga practice, were presented in 1972 at the International Medical Conference. In addition to the benefits stated above, these poses are also said to help replenish our cells and help us flush out toxins and help oxygenate the blood.

The healing process is most effective when all systems in the body are functioning effectively. If any part of the body is weak, then it will be more difficult to receive healing benefits.


Strengthening and conditioning the body is an important component of Bikram Yoga, which is made up of twenty six postures. These should be practiced on a daily basis. Many of these postures are based on traditional yoga, but they may have other Western elements. The postures are connected, and made to flow into one another to more effectively help treat the body.


There are no age requirements, so anyone who'd like to take up doing yoga can use the Bikram method. However, if you have a heart condition that can be affected by high heat and exercise, you should talk to your doctor first. For many people, Bikram Yoga offers a solution to many medical problems, as long as it is practiced carefully and on a regular basis.