It has come to my attention that I have not been focusing enough on yoga in this so called yoga blog lately. I warned you…my focus has switched to food for four more weeks…But alas, I will make an effort to refocus. I thought sense I find myself doing quite a bit of Bikram these days that it might be fun and interesting to learn more about the yoga. I did not attend that class today, Hot Flow was the name of the game but I went yesterday and will go tomorrow.
I’ll start with the very basic. Bikram yoga consists of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises. It is done in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, there is a mirror and the lights remain on throughout the 90 minute class. It isn’t the feel good class with soothing music and cozy candles that you may imagine when someone says ‘want to go to a yoga class with me?, it’ll be fun!’. Bikram himself refers to these rooms as his “Torture Chambers”.
The above site is part of Bikram’s website. It has all the poses with pictures along with both the English and the Sanskrit name.
The first breathing exercise is below. The photo and list of benefits comes directly from the above sited website. I would like to cover each pose over the next month. Bikram’s website is a great resource but I also plan to search other sources when looking into these asanas.
Standing Deep Breathing, Pranayama:
helps prevent respiratory problems such as bronchitis, emphysema and shortness of breath
I hope that by just siting where the image and info is coming from is enough to save me from any copyright issues…