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BIKRAM YOGA

Sep 2, 2015 | Reading Time: 3 minutes

I’ve been practising Bikram Yoga for three years and I’ve noticed when I mention it to others two reactions are common, unbridled enthusiasm (verging on obsession) and sheer terror. She Shopped TV headed to Bikram Yoga Adelaide’s Glenelg studio to capture what happens in a class. In the video I share how Bikram Yoga has transformed my life and we also meet fellow students Sharon, Lukey and Rose as well as teachers Linda and Bianca, to hear how Bikram Yoga has impacted their health and wellbeing.

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is a hatha yoga series comprised of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. It is performed in a heated room. Bikram Yoga is a dialogue based, which means the teacher does not complete the postures during the class. Students follow the teacher’s verbal instructions. Bikram Yoga is a 90 minute eye open meditation.

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What should I bring to class?

A yoga mat, a large towel and a big bottle of water.

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How will I feel?

You will most likely feel hot and sweaty. You might even feel a little bit overwhelmed and that’s ok. It won’t take long for your body to adjust to the heat and postures.

What should I do if I feel overwhelmed?

Kneel down, take a rest, have a sip of water. You can even lie on your mat, with your feet facing the back wall in Savasana (dead body pose).

Do I need to be flexible to practice?

No! Flexibility will come and in fact if you don’t think you are ‘flexible enough’ to practice Bikram Yoga you should definitely start!

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What benefits can I expect?

Flexibility. The heat will allow you to safely reach new levels of personal flexibility.

Strength. This yoga is low impact and uses muscles you didn’t know you had.

Breath. Bikram Yoga teaches you to breathe in a full controlled manner.

Cardio. The way you stretch and compress your glands and organs stimulates your metabolism and the practice alone increases your heart rate.

Weight loss & increased tone.

Detox. The postures themselves are detoxifying for your muscles, organs, and glands and sweating furthers that.

Healing. Bikram Yoga is exceptionally therapeutic. Regular practice can help to heal old injuries and prevent them in the future. This Yoga is also known to reduce symptoms of illnesses including diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis and obesity.

Focus. Bikram Yoga consists of the same 26 postures and two breathing exercises. The routine helps you to advance your practice through repetition. As you advance, you gain tremendous focus and determination. The ability to focus carries over outside of the room.

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What I love about Bikram Yoga is it is a practice for ‘every body’. You’ll notice just by watching the video that men of women of all ages and different shapes and sizes practice Bikram. There is no ego attached to this yoga, it’s about your own personal journey of improving your mental and physical health.

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Are you capable of practicing Bikram Yoga? Perhaps founder, Bikram Choudhury, sums it up best; “You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again”

The Wrap Up

Bikram Yoga Adelaide has three studions

City, Glenelg & Modbury

Visit the Bikram Yoga Adelaide website HERE

Follow Bikram Yoga Adelaide on Facebook HERE

Follow Bikram Yoga Modbury on Facebook HERE

Follow Bikram Yoga Glenelg on Facebook HERE

Follow Bikram Yoga Adelaide on Instagram HERE

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