Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that Bikram Choudhury synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques and popularized beginning in the early 1970s. All Bikram Yoga Beginning Series classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga a hot yoga style, and is ideally practiced in a room heated to 40 °C (104 °F) with a humidity of 40%. All official Bikram classes are taught by Bikram-certified teachers, who have completed nine weeks of training endorsed by Choudhury. Bikram-certified teachers are taught a standardized dialogue to run the class, but are encouraged to develop their teaching skills the longer they teach. This results in varying deliveries and distinct teaching styles.

At Cary Hot Yoga, the 90 minutes class offers traditional Bikram with every posture repeated twice (including the breathing exercises). The second sets of Bikram Yoga allow students to explore deeper into the postures. Focus on breath and alignment. In between the two sets and different sets, Savasanas is performed to slow down the heart rate and allow the body to heal – ripping the benefits of the posture just performed and prepare the body for the next posture.

Bikram Yoga – The 26 Yoga Poses – Instruction & Benefits

The Bikram Method is based on 26 Yoga Asanas. Asana means “seat” or “steady and comfortable position,” and is usually translated simply as “pose.” While Bikram poses are rarely comfortable when we are in them, regular practice of this sequence can help us find more steadiness and comfort in our bodies in the long term.

Practicing the full 26 Asana Yoga sequence moves, invigorates, and nourishes the entire body. Circulation of blood, lymph, and oxygen are greatly improved, which boosts the metabolism and immune systems. The extreme sweating that most people experience in a Bikram practice supports the body’s natural detoxification process, which also contributes to healthy digestion, metabolism, and immunity.

Bikram Yoga sequence is laid out in such a way to give you a full, safe experience. Enjoy the journey. The standing poses warm up the body and cultivate strength and endurance. The sitting poses stretch, squeeze, and relax the body. Following the arc of class is like reading a great book – you will only cheat yourself (and potentially cause harm) if you skip sections or rush to the end. Remember to breathe deeply the entire time, during the transitions between poses as well as in the poses themselves. Click on each picture to see details description of instruction and benefits of each posture.

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