About Bikram Yoga
Bikram Choudhury was born in 1944 Kolkata, India. Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with India’s most-renowned physical culturist at the time, Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Founder of Self-Realization Fellowship and Author of The Autobiography of a Yogi).
Bikram attended Ram Krishna Mission where he continued to study Hatha Yoga and weight lifting with Bishnu Ghosh. At the age 13, Bikram won the National India Yoga Championship. He began to break weight-lifting records; he wanted to be a world famous athlete. At age 18 Bikram was in a weight-lifting accident that shattered his knees. With the help of Bishnu Ghosh, Bikram walked again in six months. Bikram had seen how Ghosh had helped him and others that came to see him. Sick or injured, each person would be given a chart prescribing what to eat and what not to eat, and specific yoga postures, each patient would receive individual attention with a yoga teacher. Bikram traveled to Japan and in the 1970’s came to the USA.
What are some of the benefits of Bikram Yoga?
Improves sleep quality
Builds strength, flexibility and balance
Reduces risk of injuries
Helps with depression and anxiety
Heals chronic pain
Relief from arthritis
Preparation for or recovery from surgery
Why the heat? Our room is heated to approximately 105 degrees with 40% humidity
Increases heart rate
Reduces blood pressure
Promotes sweating assisting the detox process
To thin the blood to clear cardiovascular system
Improves the cardiovascular system
To reorganize lipids (fats) in the muscular structure
Helps you create mind/body willpower;
Faith, Self-Control, Determination, Concentration and Patience
Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises done in a specific order in 90 minutes. Bikram Yoga provides gentle stretching, compressing, massaging to the internal organs, the spine, muscles, joints and tendons, whole body. Every posture healing 4-8 body systems, this compressing and relaxing that allows the mind and body to balance, creating homeostasis. Your body will regulate and heal itself naturally. It takes time and patience. You have the rest of your life to practice!