What is Bikram Yoga
Bikram's yoga class is a fun, demanding and physically challenging 26 pose (Asana) series that works the entire body. It is a beginning yoga series that is suitable for all levels, health conditions and ages. It is a 90 minute class performed in a room heated to approximately 105°F. It is designed to systematically move fresh oxygenated blood to every cell in the entire body, as well as work the entire spine through which the entire nervous system operates, thereby restoring all systems to their natural working order. Bikram's basic premise behind the yoga is: if you have a healthy spine, you have a healthy life; all systems can then work the way they were intended to.
Every pose is meant to be performed in the given order, to the best of one's ability. A principle of the class is that one can learn to steadily make new demands of oneself, to work harder, deeper, yet calmer. Of equal importance is the principle that physical exertion and relaxation operate most effectively when practiced simultaneously. The control of breathing (Pranayama), as well as focus and concentration accomplish this. As you advance you apply yourself ever deeper into the mastery of self, by doing so we reach the true meaning of hatha yoga. It is a union; a meeting of body, mind and spirit.
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