Perhaps you’ve tried yoga already and it’s an exercise regime that you enjoy immensely and now you’re ready to enhance your practice with a different type of yoga. Westside Yoga offers Bikram yoga which was invented by a Indian yoga champion practitioner Bikram Choudhury in the mid1970s. Our yoga instructors are fully certified in the practice of Bikram and have a long time presence in the region for teaching this style of yoga. Though a challenging form or yoga workout, countless practitioners enjoy the fluid movements and the great many benefits that a strong practice can achieve. If you’re seeking a dynamic strength building form of yoga, these yoga classes may be a good fit for you.
What is Bikram
Many people already know of the term “hot yoga,” and though Bikram is in a heated room, you should be aware that not all heated yoga classes are certified as Bikham yoga. This form of practice consists of 26 yoga postures in a 105 degrees yoga studio that is also has 40 percent humidity. The yoga class is 90 minutes and is more intense than yoga classes in a normal temperature room. However, there are tremendous benefits for your endurance, flexibility and muscle strength. Many athletes who practice Bikram yoga also benefit from less injuries in their other forms of exercise.
High Heat Increase Flexibility
Increased flexibility is probably one of the benefits of yoga that most people already know. The hot environment of Bikram allows your muscles to stretch a bit further. Much like any form of exercise, when your muscles are heated they are able to lengthen much easier than when you are in a cooler environment. Though this increase flexibility is a benefit most people like, our instructors pay close attention to students as a reminder that it isn’t necessary to over flex to achieve the benefits of improved health and injury prevention. With regular practice, your ability to stretch further will have a significant positive impact on your everyday life and activities.
Increase Breathing Technique
As in all forms of yoga practice your ability to breath with accurate technique is a critical companion to your improvement in practice. Bikram yoga can help you improve the way that your breathe through each pose and you can take the proper technique with you into your other yoga classes. Learning to breathe correctly in yoga class can also help improve the way you breathe outside in real world settings and create a stronger respiratory system. Many Bikram yoga beginners often say after taking our classes that yoga has curtailed their shortness of breath and problems with asthma as well as other respiratory issues. Learning to breathe properly also reduces opportunities for injuries both in class and in your daily life.
High Calorie Burn
Though you may be more interested in the mind body connection that yoga classes improve, Bikram is well known for its ability to burn more calories than yoga in a non heated space. After 90 minutes performing 26 yoga positions you will definitely feel the burn and an overall feeling of well-being. Heart health, strong lungs and increased strength that you gain from Bikram is well worth joining our hot yoga classes.