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12/4/12 4:12 A

Bikram Yoga people often claim that Bikram Yoga burns more caloreis than running. I have never seen anything to support this, except for occassional comments on using a heart rate monitor to validate the calculation. Unfortunately, Bikram Yoga does not meet the typcial expectation for the math behind heart monitor calculations. Also the Heart rate is greatly increased due to the heat of the room, not due to the exercise.

If it were me, I would treat it as yoga, you may under represent the workout slightly, but this will not be an earth shatering amount in my opinion.

I would rather error on the side of conservativeness than think I am burnning way more calories.

Please note, I am a runner, tai chi chuan player, Qigong practitioner and Gramie does yoga most days. We are therefore very positive for things like yoga, taiji, etc. but I like to be clear what they are, what they are not, and that people have realistic ideas about what they offer and what they do not.


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12/3/12 7:49 P


Below is a link to Coach Jen's Blog regarding yoga and what types you should and should not track.

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12/3/12 7:35 P


I am new to this site and was just wondering how one would list their workout in the workout tracker for doing a 90 minute Bikram Yoga session. If anyone has experience with this, it would be greatly appreciated.

They have a yoga catagory that says "general stretching", but I am really not sure how many calories Bikram Yoga burns so I don't know if that is accurate or not.

Thanks to anyone who can help.

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