Bikram Yoga is an unchanging sequence of twenty six postures and two breathing exercises. It is considered a ‘Moving Meditation’ practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees. The twenty-six asana series is designed to warm and stretch muscles, increase blood circulation and strength, while decreasing stress and anxiety.
More on the healing benefits of Bikram yoga…
1. Less Injuries
The high temperature in which the asanas and breathing exercises are performed reduces the likelihood of injury.
2. Less Toxins
Hot yoga cleanses toxins from the body due to profuse sweating. It feels so good!
3. More Lung Capacity
Like other types of yoga that focus on breathing exercises, hot yoga advances lung capacity through breathing pranayamas.
4. Better Circulation
You can almost feel it while you’re doing it. Hot yoga is excellent for your circulation It is a great cardiovascular workout.
5. Stronger Immune System
This effect has been known for a long time. Exercising in a hot environment improves your immune system and elevates the body’s regenerative capacity.
6. Beneficial for Lymphatic System
Like most types of yoga, hot yoga is very good for your lymphatic system.
7. More Flexible Muscles
You will notice that you are able to bend further and stretch better when you do hot yoga. This causes the muscles to get used to being “used.”
8. Weight Loss
Hot yoga supports weight-loss even more than regular yoga because you are sweating a LOT.
Hot yoga addresses all aspects of physical fitness including muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and weight loss. While certainly not the easiest yoga path to follow, it is a great style of yoga for the beginner. The most unique benefits of hot yoga are detoxification (cleansing) and reduced injuries due to the greater flexibility of the body in a hot environment. There is no other style of yoga that addresses the overall health of the body in such a comprehensive way!
9. Stress Relief
- It frees up trapped energy that causes stress.
Sometimes, emotional energy gets stuck and stagnates in your joints, organs, tissues, and other parts of your body. As it intensifies, it will eventually cause a great deal of stress. By performing hot yoga, certain movements will help release such energy, while making you feel good at the same time. In fact, simple poses, like the Reclining Goddess, go a long way in helping you free up those stored emotions.
- It allows you to be compassionate to your body.
In essence, this type of yoga involves a series of exercises that are designed to let you express compassion towards yourself. After all, the first yoga sutra teaches people to be kind to themselves and to others. Now, unlike high-intensity exercises that can be hard on you, hot yoga promotes kindness and positivity, which are feelings that you will definitely need to relieve stress.
- It helps release the stress hormone, cortisol, from the body.
Due to its nature, Bikram will make you sweat a lot every session. And, with the sweat goes not only the toxins that you might have inside your body, but the excess amounts of stress hormones (cortisol) as well! Basically, too much of this hormone will lock you into fight-or-flight mode. To calm your mind and body down, you need to release this hormone or you will find yourself under a lot of stress most of the time.
- It triggers the release of “feel good” hormones in the brain.
While it releases the stress hormone, hot yoga also triggers your brain to produce “feel good” hormones, such as endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. As their moniker suggest, these hormones are responsible for giving you to have a happy mentality. Now, if you are happy, then there would be no room for stress to ruin your life.
- It relieves anxiety.
It can be easy for you to become overwhelmed and anxious most of the time, especially when you have a busy daily schedule. As you may already know, anxiety and stress go hand in hand. In fact, both of these conditions are the main causes of that feeling of imbalance you experience from time to time. With regular hot yoga practice, you will be able to gradually eliminate anxiety and stress, giving you back that state of physical and mental balance. As a result, you can maintain a better and stable mood.
- It releases tension.
Like other forms of yoga, Bikram also involves the two basic breathing exercises, known as kapalbhati and pranayama. In principle, these breathing exercises encourage you to concentrate and release tension, thus reducing stress in the process.