Bikram Yoga good or bad

For many people, Yoga brings to mind an image of a man transformed into the shape of a pretzel. In fact, Yoga is a practice which has been developing for thousands of years, and there are new types of Yoga springing fourth generation after generation. One of the new types of Yoga to emerge recently is Bikram Yoga, and herein we will discuss what sets this Yoga practice apart, and also the many benefits of Bikram Yoga practice.

In Calcutta, 1946, Bikram Choudhury was born. It was quickly evident that he was a Yoga prodigy, and he began the formal study of Yoga at age four with acclaimed instructor Bishnu Ghosh. After several years of study, he won the National India Yoga Contest at the tender age of thirteen. At the age of seventeen an event occurred that transformed his life. While weight lifting, he had an accident and injured his knee badly. He was told that he would never walk again. Not to be deterred, he insisted on being transported back to his childhood teacher. Within six months he was completely healed, and this was the first documentation that Yoga could cure serious physical conditions. In 1974 he moved to California and founded the Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills. It was here that Bikram developed his unique Yoga program.

Before detailing what makes Bikram’s Yoga different, it may be wise to consider the purpose of Yoga. Yoga comes from the same root as the English word “Yoke” and can be translated as “Union”. Hence, Yoga is really about the Union of mind, body, and spirit. Bikram’s Yoga is a type of Hatha Yoga which concentrates on the physical, or “body,” element of this equation.

One difference of Bikram Yoga is that it is performed in a very hot room, usually heated between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It consists of Twenty-Six asanas (poses) that are performed in a specific order. While most Yoga classes differ from session to session, in Bikram Yoga the same asanas are followed in the same order each session. Each asana is held for a particular period of time and all poses are accompanied with Kapalabhati Breath (Breath of Fire). There are also two Pranayama (Breathing) exercises that are performed each session. The combination of the hot room, the special breathing, and the scientific approach to Bikram Yoga bring us to the benefits it can bring to Mind, Body, and Spirit.

If you have ever performed Yoga before, you will know that there is an intense tightness in the muscles in the morning and at the beginning of your session. However, the heat of the Bikram Yoga studio, along with the “Breath of Fire” actually warms the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and allows you to go deeper into a pose. This increased flexibility allows you to try poses you might not normally consider. The exercises are also designed to flush the body with oxygenated blood and increase circulation. The static holds increase muscle tone and bring a sense of vibrance and well-being to the psyche. The sweating cleanses the body of toxins, and for this reason be sure to drink plenty of water and carry your own towel to the class. Bikram actually guarantees that you will be relieved of the symptoms of disease if you follow his program exactly.

In the realm of fitness, there are new fads being developed every day. Every so often, a new system will emerge and everyone you know is discussing it. However, few of these new fads will withstand the test of time. Bikram Yoga is one system which is technically sound and which was developed in Yoga with the assistance of some of the greatest teachers of the 20th century. The benefits of Bikram Yoga are manyfold, and they are based upon its differences. Be sure to check for Bikram Yoga classes in your area and take advantage of this restorative practice.

Bikram Yoga Video


  1. henryshensbcglobalnet says:

    I tried out Bikram yoga, but I just didn’t have enough time to do it all at once. I was wondering if there was a form of yoga that would let me do sequences that aren’t very long. I want to lose some weight and gain muscle, and I did that with Bikram. Any suggestions?

  2. gswhatever says:


  3. i wouldnt mind doing yoga, but as a 23 year old straight man living in inner city dublin im either afraid of feeling stupid doing it or being in a class full of women

  4. MrKaimimoku says:

    dont be brah im 27 and im telling you for the past few months ive become more flexible and more centered.. Best thing ever ever done for my body and mind

  5. haha well least you know exactly what would happen

  6. i just went to my class the other day, its very fun and very great work out.

  7. 17BleedBlackNGold33 says:

    Hey guys…just curious- if i stretch and do some of these positions in my sauna, will I get the same effect?

  8. nanitaheart says:

    Yoga is not for women only, many men practice it, nobody will be looking or judging you, because you concentrate on yourself only and there is a feeling of solitude even though you are with other people.

  9. taguchinow says:

    no, sauna is too hot

  10. I go everyday ! I work a full 10hr day and do my yoga. Of course, it helps that I am single and can manage my time

  11. Yoga is a great place for a straight guy to meet girls. (Of course that is not the reason to do yoga, but I met a boyfriend in yoga.) In Bikram yoga, usually you have a pretty good male/female ratio. More guys tend to do Bikram.

  12. holywaterx says:

    i recently started doing it and it’s awesome, it’s very challenging since i can’t even touch my toes, all the weight training through out the years made my muscles very stiff, but I am getting better with each lesson in some poses.

  13. jaybird321 says:

    No. The session is for 90 minutes and poses are very specific. All the poses done in their proper order have a synergistic affect on your body. I personally think a sauna would be too hot, but you might be able to do it.

  14. puppibanana says:

    Ohh, too bad I hate Yoga

  15. MASSIVE100 says:

    I heard there’s a certain pose in yoga that u do on your back and it makes you fart. Not trying to make a joke, but that’s what I heard. What’s the difference between Bikram Yoga and I guess regular Yoga – Yoga. And I do concur, that I heard Yoga is a great place to meet women. Especially milfs / cougars, I heard it’s better than Toys R US or little kid parties
    :p..nice vid
    peace, much blessings, and be healthy

  16. bintbeled says:

    I’ve been doing BY for almost 3 months (5 days a week) and the changes are amazing. So nice to have found the exercise answer for my body at last. 🙂

  17. How are they able to breathe with that heat?

  18. bottle2lip says:

    its not that bad..but i almost passed out twice in about 18 sessions so far. The room temp was about 105-108..depends on the instructor.

    its damn tuff though i gotta admit, Im surprised i have kept up..its quite addicting. Although, i kinda of wish there was more variety in the poses. the same 26 get a lil old..and Im just a newbie.

  19. I started only a few days ago but so far I love it…I recommend it for dancers…it really helps with flexibility and balance which i have found only after a few days! i’ll be making bikram yoga part of my routine!

    I have to admit though, I am already quite flexible due to dancing so I didn’t find it too strenuous so I might have a biased opinion.

  20. Japandriftingstrong says:

    i did bikram yoga and a lot of the girls in the class were farting during the class. place smelled like shit. i walked out.

  21. What changes have you noticed? I can only go twice a week due to schedule and location.

  22. bintbeled says:

    More strength, flexibility, and a LOT of toning.

  23. brewskhee says:

    My clothes stink really bad in my closet.

  24. TheGlobalgod says:

    A staph infection waiting to happen.

  25. My friend and I did this today for the first time. We wanted to die, scream and pass out just to quit and be justified. IT WAS AMAZING. She started to cry afterward just because it was such an invigorating experience. I almost had an orgasm! It made me so horny I almost couldn’t take it. I’ll def. be going back to get my ass kicked again.

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