5 Reasons To Try Bikram Yoga
I’ve long been an advocate of Bikram Yoga, but particularly at this time of year when the weather is miserable outside and you’re tempted more than ever to stock up on stodgy food and booze. If you’ve never tried it though, it’s definitely something that takes some getting used to. You remain in a sauna-style hot room for 90 minutes, working your way through 26 yoga postures alongside a group of others. However, stick with it and you can really feel the benefits. Here’s my top 5 reasons to try out Bikram Yoga…
1. You feel amazing afterwards – it’s such a buzz.
I’m not going to lie, the first few sessions are really hard. It’s more about your body getting used to the heat than anything else and it’s not for everyone. But if you can suffer the first few classes, then once you’re on the third you’ll really start to enjoy it. Your body feels incredible afterwards, your skin fresh and your mind clear.
2. It’s a complete body detox and you can lose weight.
After the 90 minutes your shorts/vest are completely drenched, as if you’ve taken them out of the washing machine before its had a chance to spin. But this is all the toxins and rubbish leaving your body, so it’s a brilliant way of giving your body a full detox. Some people do Bikram in swimming shorts or bikini tops, but you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in. I first started Bikram before I went on holiday to Ibiza a few years ago, as I wanted to detox and lose a bit of weight. I went 3 or 4 times a week and it helped me lose about 7 lbs, each session is meant to burn around 600 calories.
3. It is 90 minutes of you-time: no phones, emails or talking!
I find almost as much pleasure from the yoga, as I do from the fact there is no talking and all forms of communication are left at the door for 90 minutes. If I’ve got a lot on my mind work-wise, it’s a brilliant way to clear the head and it really helps me to prioritise and focus on what’s important.
4. It’s the best anti-ager out there: it will knock years off your internal organs.
If you’re looking for a long, healthy life (aren’t we all?) then Bikram yoga is brilliant for long-term health and well-being. When I started, I remember a story by one of our teacher’s about a man who had been practising Bikram for decades. He had to go in for an emergency operation, he was in his mid-70’s, and after the surgeon started the operation he was astounded when he looked inside the man as his internal organs were comparative to that of a 30 year old. He cited the man’s regular Bikram yoga as the reason for this.
5. It’s warming and motivating in Winter.
I find it so difficult to motivate myself to go to the gym in Winter. It’s cold and dark outside and I just want to get home as quickly as possible. But Bikram is something to really look forward to, as within about 5 minutes you’re toasty warm and you stay like that for the duration…until you set foot outside again!
I asked Olga Allon, founder of Hot Bikram Yoga studios in London, what the benefits are of regular Bikram. She said: “Thanks to the heat and humidity, a person can expect to burn over 600 calories at each session and the unique environment helps reduce the risk of injury, allowing muscles to stretch further without any aches or pain the following day. Bikram yoga really works the mind and body and also provides a cardiovascular workout as well as improving flexibility, strength, stamina and lung capacity.”
Emily @FashionBite xx