I have been doing bikram yoga for 3 years, 2 to 4 times a week. I'm sorry but I so disagree with what is written here. Also it seems from the remarks that the people here who have an opinion probably did not go to true bikram or probably did not take more than a few classes. As for the teachers, I've never experienced a militant attitude. The object of bikram is to do only what you can..,.no judgement.... Also you don't rush into a posture. You figure out "abc" before you move into "def". A bikram instructor would NEVER encourage you or try to make you go past your capability. Now about the heat. Yes you sweat. Yes it may make you more flex, I don't think it does, but what you learn from it is meditation and it be able to use your mind over your body. To be able to be in a not so easy situation yet get passed that feeling. That us what has changed my life. I work out about six days a week. I know that everything I do, I do better because I do bikram yoga. Also, my bikram practice has made me live me and my body more than I ever have in my life. To accept my body as the wondrous beautiful creation it is. No judgement at all if it is not for you, but please don't judge all that is wrong with the practice if you have only tried it a few times.
I agree with Maryanneflute. There are many more types of hot yoga than just Bikram. And there are potentially more risks with Bikram than with other types. In my experience, Bikram teachers take a militant, almost competitive attitude. Students are encouraged to force themselves beyond their limits, and are often discouraged from taking breaks and drinking water: a good recipe for injury.
On the other hand, I've found hot flow yoga to be a challenging, but wonderful experience. Students are reminded to take breaks and drink water often, and are allowed to progress at their own pace: an approach that is much safer and more in line with the real intensions of yoga.
A more useful and informed article would have looked at the various types of hot yoga, perhaps comparing them, and would have actually addressed the benefits and risks of hot yoga, rather than just describing a single experience.
6/16/2013 10:06:51 AM
I love cool temperature so that kind of heat is not for me.
6/16/2013 8:34:22 AM
Liza, please get your facts straight. Not all "hot yoga" is Bikram or similar to Bikram. there are other styles of yoga practiced in a hot room out there. The first one that comes to mind is the style I practice - Baptiste Power Yoga. It is completely different than Bikram. It is a vinyasa flow practiced at 90-95 degrees. The intention of this style is completely different. Both styles are certainly valid forms of yoga, but they are totally different and do not deserve to be lumped in the same category. You might want to consult local yoga teachers prior to writing any future articles on yoga.
6/16/2013 7:52:05 AM
This is something I will not try.. I thought our bodies got rid of the bad toxins . Thats what our bodies do.... Why would I want to go and do certain moves or exercises in a room that is 100 degrees ? This is my opinion for ME !
I've been doing the Bikram yoga for just over a month now, and I can say, it works.
Not only does it burn loads of calories, but it helps to reinforce healthy eating. I once broke down and had a dougnut the day of class, and felt so sick during class. Ever since then I've cut out fried foods completely. It's an easier way (for me at least) to stay motivated to stick to my diet.
I enjoy yoga but I live in Texas so I am never actively seeking places to be hot in on purpose. Sounds interesting, but not my cup of tea.
1/11/2013 9:18:48 PM
When my sister in law tried this type of yoga, the teacher had them sit afterwards, and they had to pass gas before they were allowed to leave, so she never went back again. Why would they require this?
Avid yoga practitioner, not such a believer in Bikram (or most hot yogas) for a few reasons, some personal some more universal. 1) 26 poses is excruciatingly limited in terms of the number of yoga poses. Aside from the lack of variety just being boring, the body can get used to those pretty quick. Nothing to change it up. (Universal.) 2) Drinking a lot of water while doing deep stretching/twisting doesn't feel good. In lower-sweat yoga classes (where the sweat is actually from working hard and not mostly from external temperature) less water drinking is needed. (Mostly personal, some universal part.) 3) Working out in high heat/humidity sucks. (Personal.)
I have practiced Bikram Yoga and Hot yogas several times. In the beginning when I was more athletic and did not have injuries I was successful with my practice. As I continued to compete in running and triathlon events and getting those injuries that come with the territory, I seemed to feel my injuries become more intense when attending hot yoga practice. Earlier this year, I returned to Bikram and really enjoyed the practice, however, I had an underlying back injury that was coming back to the surface again and as I continued my practice, Bikram seemed a bit more aggressive than I needed for my practice. So I started attending a Gentle yoga of Ashtanga Vinyasa, where like "Petalia", I really like the continuity, breathing and meditative practices of this type of yoga.
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