Is Bikram Yoga Good For You?

Published 6/24/13

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga, also known as Hot Yoga, is a type of yoga with a series of twenty-six yoga poses and two breathing exercises performed inside a room that is heated up to 105-degrees and lasts for exactly 90 minutes. Each of the twenty-six poses has a specific purpose and provide several benefits for the human body. Bikram Yoga improves the functions of organs in the body, along with benefiting you physically and mentally. It is a great way to lose weight as a result of the amount one sweats due to the strenuous poses and high heat. Overall, it benefits the overall health of an individual and is considered safe and effective for those who can physically withstand the strain it puts on the body.

Bikram Yoga Benefits

  • Bikram Yoga burns calories and increases heart rate. The heat also increases metabolism and speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids, which all together promote weight loss. 
  • Removes harmful toxins by sweating.
  • The heat loosens up the muscles, resulting in muscles with less tension that are ready to be stretched.
  • By stretching your muscles in high heat it increases the flow of blood to different parts of the body, resulting in improved circulatory system function.   
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Improves the lymphatic system that is responsible for flushing out toxins from your body.
  • Increases flexibility by making the tissues more elastic. This will decrease the risk of injuries.
  • Helps clear the mind as the overall 90-minute session relieves stress and tension
  • The deep breathing exercise helps Improve heart and lung function.
  • Improves balance and coordination of the body.
  • Leads to a better night sleep for multiple reasons, the most important being reduced stress and tension levels. 
  • Increases the endurance and strength of the body.


Bikram Yoga Poses

Bikram Yoga is composed of twenty-six yoga poses that are arranged in a manner that allowed fresh, oxygenated blood to systematically flow to your entire body. This allows your body to perform in its healthy working oder, just the way nature intended. 

List of Bikram Yoga's Twenty-Six Poses:

  • Standing Deep Breathing (pranayama)
  • Half Mood Pose (ardha-chandrasana)
  • Awkward Pose (utkatasana)
  • Eagle Pose (garurasana)
  • Standing Head to Knee (dandayamana-janushirasana)
  • Standing Bow Pose (dandayamana-dhanurasana)
  • Balancing Stick (tuladandasana)
  • Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose (danadayamana-bibhaktapada-paschimotthanasana)
  • Traingle Pose (trikanasana)
  • Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose (danayamana-bibhaktapada-janushirasana)
  • Tree Pose (tadasana)
  • Toe Stand (padangustasana)
  • Dead Body Pose (savasana)
  • Wine-Removing Pose (pavanamuktasana)
  • Sit Up (pada-hasthasana)
  • Cobra Pose (bhujangasana)
  • Locust Pose (salabhasana)
  • Full Locust Pose (poorna-salabhasana)
  • Bow Pose (dhanurasana)
  • Fixed Firm pose (supta-vajrasana)
  • Half Tortoise Pose (ardha-kurmasana)
  • Camel Pose (ustrasana)
  • Rabbit Pose (sasangasana)
  • Head to Knee Pose and Stretching Pose (janushirasana and paschimotthanasana)
  • Spine-Twisting Pose (ardha-matsyendrasana)
  • Blowing In Firm Pose (kapalbhati in vajrsasana)


Bikram Yoga Risks

Before stepping into a Bikram Yoga session, it is important to consider the risks that are associated with the intense yoga session. The fact that the room is heated to 105-degrees does not create an issue in itself but the fact that you are performing strenuous poses in this heat can be a problem. Some of the side effects associated with bikram Yoga include fatigue, pain, shock, cramping, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and there is a high risk of dehydration. It’s important to follow the steps to avoid dehydration and is highly recommended that one brings a bottle of water into the Bikram Yoga class to begin replinishing the water that the body loses through sweating. If you are unsure if Bikram Yoga is right for you, be sure to talk to your doctor. 

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Lee Kralo
I am doing 3 to 4 classes a week. At 60 my flexibility is increasing without the aches and pain of as in cross fit.
The detoxing of the body may cause tiredness and irratibleness. To counter this I do the rabbit pose, camel & tortoise poses multiple times a day. My personal experience these poses quickly help overcome the daily life depression. Thus I can follow through with my choosing to be happy in life.
9/15/13 3:06am
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angila winfrey
This was my first time taking the class, and I must say I came out feeling great. i would do it again in a heart beat. you are a little soar and very thirsty, but that come with the teritory and dropping a few pounds don"t hurt. I just do it once a week, but once a week is all i need. thanks have fun and be safe!
8/13/13 10:44am

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