Article by Lewis Pelletier Anderson
Bikram Yoga, also known as “hot” yoga, is the latest and greatest health trend in Western Europe. It has proven to effectively improve overall physical and emotional health if practiced regularly. Hot yoga is a series of 26 yoga poses performed in a heated room at a typical temperature of 1050 F (400 C). Yoga is better known for the stretching and strengthening of muscles, tendons, organs, ligaments, and nerves with the additional benefits of inner peace and personal satisfaction. Bikram takes yoga a step further by combining the benefits of traditional yoga with the benefits of a sauna. The hot moist air causes the body to sweat out toxins and impurities that build up in our systems over time. On top of replenishing cells in our bodies, it also oxygenates our blood thus creating more even and healthy blood circulation to all parts of the body. When practicing Bikram Yoga it is important to have the right equipment. You should be wearing comfortable clothing particularly materials that allow perspiration to leave the clothing. Loos fitting clothes may not be the best idea considering how heavy and in the way clothing can become when drenched in sweat. Lycra materials and tighter fitting clothing are recommended. Above all, make sure you are comfortable and not wearing attire that may get in the way of your poses. Some people wear as little as possible. Although this may cause some embarrassment at first, it does not take very long to realize that peopl in the studio are there to better themselves and will commend you for the same effort regardless of how you look. The next important piece of equipment is a proper yoga mat. These mats are made of rubberized and foam materials and range from 72-182 cm long and 24-60 cm in width. The mat allows you to switch between one position and another anywhere regardless of how hard the floor may be. Instead, the mat offers a modicum of comfort while stretching and strenghening. Because of the mat’s material it has traction against the ground and slipping is n ot an is sue. Not only is slipping distracting but potentially dangerous. The last piece of important equipment addresses this issue. A towel is needed to absorb the impurities as they are being expelled from your body. NamaSTAY hot yoga towels provide absorption of sweat while providing stability. The design of the product tucks the edges of the yoga mat and in effect creates a skidless yoga towel that allows a practicioner to continue getting all of the fitness benefits from hot yoga while using a slip free towel to ensure safety. Bikram can be preformed by anyone, regardless of age or fitness experience. This is a growing trend in the yoga world and more yoga studios and gyms are offering Bikram as a part of their curriculum. The only real drawback for this style of yoga is not everyone has a sauna available. Luckily, it is available in most major cities in the United States and the world and products are being manufactured that help bridge the gap between traditional yoga and Bikram Yoga.
Bikram Yoga got its name from the world famous yoga guru, Bikram Choudhury. Choudhury has a devout following around the world. He is also a multi millionaire and the subject of criticism for his superstar success and flamboyant lifestyle. Regardless of the origin of Bikram Yoga, it is a great way to practice living a healthier lifestyle and gain a sense of inner peace
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