Ever heard of something that makes you sweat like crazy but also makes you feel fabulous? Sweating is not at all icky when it comes to what we’re talking about. As you might’ve guessed already, it’s none other than the wholesome Bikram Yoga or Sauna Yoga.
Traditional yoga is undoubtedly impressive, but Bikram Yoga, or Sauna Yoga, is a class apart! In other words, it combines the beneficial aspects of traditional yoga with the power of heat, thereby creating an increasingly valuable yoga experience. Once you give it a try, there’s no going back! Yes, it’s that amazing!
Now that you’ve got a slight idea of what Bikram or Sauna Yoga is let’s get into its specifics.
What Exactly Is Hot Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is a type of hot yoga. It’s usually performed in a Sauna, hence also known as Sauna Yoga.
Hence, but there’s a difference between Bikram Yoga and regular hot yoga. We perform Bikram Yoga at a specific temperature of 105F with 40% humidity. Hot yoga, on the other hand, doesn’t follow a particular temperature rule. What’s more, Bikram Yoga consists of 26 postures, followed by two breathing exercises in a specific sequence.
Benefits of Bikram Yoga
There are numerous benefits of Bikram Yoga. Also, its unique postures and hot environment add more punch to the regular yoga benefits, including:
Detoxifies The Body With Sauna Yoga
Bikram Yoga makes you sweat like anything! But as mentioned earlier, this sweating isn’t annoying but rather beneficial. Here’s why:
The intense heat inside a Bikram Yoga activates and stimulates your sweat glands. Also, and for a practical purpose! In other words, through this sweat, your body frees itself of toxins and unwanted chemical compounds that are potentially unhealthy for the body. So it’s a great way of ridding your body of harmful unwanted stuff in a fun way!
Bikram Yoga can make you super flexible. The 26 postures involved in this yoga work together to stretch your muscles, which brings a lot of flexibility to your body. Moreover, the hot temperature allows you to stretch your muscles more comfortably as compared to traditional yoga. The heat delivers warmth and oxygen to the muscles, making them elastic and mobile, which is excellent for your body.
Proper Breathing With Sauna Yoga
Also, the increased heat that Bikram Yoga exposes you to makes it difficult for you to breathe. That forces you to learn and use proper breathing techniques, which is an excellent way of training your respiratory system. Therefore, your respiratory system becomes more efficient, preventing the development of respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, etc.
Good for The Joints
Bikram Yoga poses to strengthen your joints without putting undue stress on them. They involve low impact exercises that don’t damage or cause pain in your joints but makes them strong. This is especially beneficial for people who already have weak joints but want to strengthen them painlessly.
Here’s good news for weight loss enthusiasts: A Bikram Yoga session can help you burn as much as 1000 calories! Thanks to it being physically intense and truly hot! All the Bikram poses pump up your heart and work your digestive system, ultimately translating into weight loss.
To sum up, Bikram Yoga, or Sauna Yoga, is a modified version of yoga with numerous health benefits. It’ll make you fall in love with sweating!
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