The Magic Effects of Bikram Yoga
Many people wonder why Bikram yoga, which is also referred to as hot yoga, is such a popular form of yoga. The idea of exercising in a room that’s been preheated to up to 100 degrees Celsius might sound unusual and even frightening to some people. It is hardly surprising, because if you’ve ever sat in a steam room you could hardly imagine doing any active exercises there. However it’s the extreme temperatures that make hot yoga so effective.
Hot yoga makes you sweat buckets, which is a great way of washing out the toxins from your body. Imagine how hard you’d need to exercise to sweat that much. While Bikram yoga stimulates your body as you exercise at a normal pace.
Other advantages that come with the high temperatures are listed below:
- First of all, the heat helps to prevent the injuries. The likelihood of muscle strain or other traumas increases when it’s cold in the yoga class. Surely, a good warm up usually helps, but with the added heat it’s easier to relax every muscle and joint.
- Then there’s the increased flexibility which many beginner yogis want to achieve as quickly as possible. Although it doesn’t mean that in a high temperature you’ll become as soft as a play-dough, but the heat will increase the pulse rate, thus improving blood circulation. It opens the limbs to receive plenty of blood flow and circulation, thus making the them more flexible fairly quickly.
- Metabolism improvement is another benefit of doing yoga in high temperatures. That’s why Bikram yoga is often recommended to people who want to lose weight. Since certain asanas are also meant to help our metabolism, yoga and heat put together have a synergic effect.
- It is often believed that yoga is easier to handle when the body is made to work with more pressure and with plenty of focus on its mental procedures above all else. This form of yoga is made to support the mind and body alike, because it forces the mind to focus on control even in the extreme conditions.
If you don’t have any contraindications for exercising in the heat (like heart diseases), acclimating to Bikram yoga should not be too difficult. However you should start at a comfortable pace and not rush into extreme exercising. Listen to your body and you’ll notice when the time is right to move further.