Bikram Yoga has a celebrity following of film stars and sports stars and is world renowned as an incredibly effective workout. Due to the intense, heated environment you burn more calories in a Bikram class than other styles of yoga. It also presents a big challenge for the mind as you are completely absorbed by the practice, making it a great stress reliever as well as building confidence.
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It's essentially a Hatha Yoga class (posture based) so it’s not about moving from one posture to another it's about the postures themselves. It’s a fixed series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises designed for providing health-giving benefits. The series of postures work every joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, organ and system of the body to maintain health and is held in an artificially heated room to 40-42 degrees and 40% humidity. This heated room supports deep stretching but also assists in the detoxification of the body through sweating and lymphatic movement. Each posture is done twice with savasana in between each posture.
This class is ideal for beginners and experts alike as each posture has an entry level description and as you progress you can gradually work towards the more advanced versions of each posture. Seeing your gradual progress into the postures lesson by lesson is one of the things that makes it so addictive.
There are Bikram Yoga classes every day of the week at .B Yoga.
Bikram Yoga Express
Inspired by the Bikram method, this class is the same sequence of postures and heated environment but shortened to 60 minutes providing maximum benefits in the shortest amount of time. The class moves at a quicker flow and has a lot less rest. It is designed for the yogi who can squeeze a 60 minute class into their tight schedule. Brand new students are absolutely welcome but they may find attending a full 90 minute class better to grasp the postures in the first instance.
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Regular practitioner ‘Brose has been practicing Bikram since 2012. He like many students uses the 90 minutes in the hot room to escape life’s problems and find a way to rebalance and reboot.
But for ‘Brose, a recovering alcoholic and Leukemia patient, daily life can be more challenging than usual. Here we take a very candid and very privileged look into the person behind the poses. (Thank you ‘Brose for sharing your story).
“Bikram definitely helps with my alcoholism. I have been working a recovery programme since October 2015 and it is something that I am very grateful for: a sober life, a more contented life. (I know I sound evangelical!)
“Physically I'm trimmer and not so dehydrated. I’ve also been able to use the self-discipline developed from my yoga practice in my recovery.
“My first class was something though. Dante missed a circle: it was sheer hell. I did not realise I could sweat that much. How I managed to stay in the class I cannot say. I started bargaining with myself from the off: 'how many postures do I have to attempt before I can sit/lie out?' I was trying to con the teachers basically.
“But what drew me back was the mental space that Bikram left afterwards. 'Grounded', 'balanced', 'mellow', 'collapsed consciousness', 'in the groove' or 'in the zone', call it what you like, but that was the payback. Bikram was the access to that mental state, so I had to come back.
“Leukemia does not hurt. I have not had to have any treatment as it was diagnosed early. I have regular check ups.
“I attend Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in Northumberland. Meditation is central to Buddhism and I find a meditative state is a by-product of a yoga class.
“It is the polar opposite of my Catholic upbringing. I was also attracted to the emphasis on 'doing', rather than just claiming it as a label. I was also unnerved by the control exerted by the Catholic Church. Buddhism by contrast treats people as adults.
“What I love about Bikram is the people, the heat, the ‘journey' as well as the obstacles. The heat is equally one of the most challenging aspects, oh, and locking the knee.
“My favorite postures are standing bow, toe stand or anything that I do not fall out of. I find savasana the hardest: I just cannot keep still!
“I've met some very, special people through yoga, and I do not believe these friendships would have been formed without it.”