To Bikram Yoga or not to Bikram Yoga?

I have a love hate relationship with Bikram Yoga, I love the feeling at the end of class as it’s a major release and leaves me feeling centred but during Bikram I can struggle big time as it’s a long class and the heat can be overwhelming, hence why I go through on and off phases.

To give you an overview Bikram is a hot style yoga class with the duration of 90 minutes and room temperature is at approximately 42 degrees. Each class consists of the same of 26 postures (performed twice) including two breathing exercises. The benefits of Bikram include weight loss and detoxification due to immense sweating which helps flush out toxins and the heat also improves flexibility, strength and reduces chronic pain. Also, as the class structure remains the same you will be able to measure your improvement with each posture and know what to expect.

How to prepare for a Bikram class :

  1. Be well hydrated, drink at least 2 L of water prior
  2. Do not eat a heavy meal (2 hours prior) light snacks are ok
  3. Bring with you a water bottle , yoga mat and large towel
  4. Get there 10 minutes prior to settle into the yoga room and climatize to the heat

My advice to you is give Bikram a go if it is of interest to you and you are comfortable with excessive sweating but please note that you don’t need to put yourself through such extreme conditions to get similar health benefits… all it comes down to is your personal preference of exercise as you won’t be consistent with exercise you don’t enjoy. Namaste x

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