Practicing yoga in a heated room allows the body to stretch more easily and safely. The heat increases sweating so the body can cleanse its largest organ – the skin – and helps to detoxify the internal organs. In addition, the heat allows more oxygenated blood to move throughout the entire body.
Bikram’s 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.
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 more alive and self fulfilled. We look, move and feel younger. 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.
Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India. Born in Calcutta in 1945, Bikram began yoga at the age of four with India’s most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Author of The Autobiography of a Yogi). Bikram practiced yoga at least four to six hours every day at Ghosh’s College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, he won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated for the following three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.
At seventeen, an injury to his knee during a weight-lifting accident brought the prediction from leading European doctors that he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement, he had himself carried back to Bishnu Ghosh’s school, for he knew that if anyone could help to heal his knee, it was his teacher. Six months later, his knee had totally recovered. Ghosh was a celebrated physical culturist and the first to scientifically document Yoga’s ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body. Bikram was asked by Ghosh to start several Yoga schools in India. The schools were so successful that, at Bishnu’s request, Bikram travelled to Japan and opened two more. He has since brought his curative methods of Yoga therapy around the world.