Bikram Yoga Tips & Contraindications

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Bikram yoga is an extreme modern style of yoga. It is the best choice for active, purposeful, and physically hardy people. If you’re not afraid to sweat your guts out and clean your body, it is a hot destination for you!

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Bikram Yoga, also known as “hot yoga”, is especially popular in the United States. This yoga trend combines asanas of hatha yoga and sauna. An Indian, Bikram Choudhury, created this technique. He thinks that hatha yoga is the most efficient in the hot Indian climate.

Bikram yoga is incredibly popular among Hollywood stars. Among the fans of hot yoga are Madonna, Heidi Klum, Salma Hayek and Robert Downey Jr.

Typically, classes of Bikram Yoga are held in heated rooms where the temperature is 37-40 degrees Celsius. A 1.5-hour session consists of 26 postures performed at a very dynamic pace, and two breathing exercises.

Hot Yoga is a great option for those who want to get rid of cellulite, lose weight quickly, improve health, and remove waste products in the shortest possible time. Weight is lost very quickly, and the body is purified quickly.

This yoga style is attractive because for visible results you do not need to do some particularly challenging asanas. To get a good slimming effect, classes should be conducted at a moderate pace. Energy consumption makes up from 300 to 500 kcal/h, but fat burning continues even after the end of the session.

Important thing: you should take a towel and a bottle of water to Bikram yoga classes because in 15 minutes after the start of the workout your clothes become wet.

Contraindications:

  1. You mustn’t do Bikram yoga if you have slightest problems with the heart (heart failure, tachycardia, hypertension, problems with the mitral and aortic valves)!
  2. Abstain from such activity if you have varicose veins, as the load on blood vessels in these conditions increases. Also, do not attend Bikram yoga classes, if the outflow of venous blood from the brain is obstructed.
  3. Humid air increases the risk of asthma. Moreover, in conditions of isolation and increased water consumption there is an increased load on the kidneys.
  4. Do not do this kind of yoga when you have a period. Under the influence of temperature, bleeding can only increase. If you have gynecological diseases, it’s also a taboo.
  5. Warming up can only increase the swelling. Therefore, Bikram yoga should not be practiced when you have fever, colds, or sinusitis.
  6. Diabetics should beware too – they generally must choose a very careful approach to physical activity, since the concentration of sugar in the blood can fall sharply.

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