If you have not already realized it, yoga is IN. Everywhere you go you see people in their cute stretchy exercise attire carrying a yoga mat. Some people absolutely love it and cannot go a day without putting some form of yoga into their daily routine. Others however, the typical hard core sports minded exerciser does not feel that yoga is enough of a workout for them. Well, this is where I want to say to those doubting the level of fitness yoga offers to go find a yoga studio and join a Bikram Yoga class and talk to me later. During yoga teacher training you will have those people with doubts and it is up to you to prove them wrong with an amazing Hot Yoga session!
Overview of Bikram Yoga
This style of yoga teaching is often referred to by Hot Yoga because it is practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees with about 40 percent humidity. Bikram Yoga has a sequence of 26 Hatha Yoga poses that are designed to develop flexibility and strength along with a cardiovascular workout. This style is considered to be one of the more physical types of yoga and through the sequence of poses burns a significant amount of calories.
Through yoga teacher training you will learn about the history of Bikram Choudhury and his creation of this form of yoga. In the early 1970’s Bikram Choudhury and his style of yoga had become a common practice in the world of yoga. Even though little research had been done on the style and what benefits could be reached from practicing it is still known to be the best form of yoga to burn the most calories. He has always been very vocal about who is allowed to teach his style of yoga and that their yoga certification is exactly what is expected.
The 26 Postures and Sequence
Bikram Yoga follows a regular sequence of 26 postures through a session. Half of the postures are upright postures. The sequence is designed so that one posture will lead directly into the next posture. The Bikram sequence in the yoga postures is a strong cardiovascular workout which sometimes can lead to nausea and dizziness especially if practiced in the heated room with humidity. This class style is different from others because during yoga teacher training the instructors are taught to maintain an ongoing dialogue instead of demonstrating the actual postures through the sequence.
We can shed some calories!
Everyone talks about Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga and how you can sweat off a million calories during one 90 minute session. Well, maybe not a million but according to calorie calculators a person weighing about 150 pounds can expect to burn around 1,000 calories during one session of Bikram Yoga which is about the same as running for 90 minutes. Yoga teacher training will explain how the combination of high heat, breath and postures will increase the body’s metabolism and the rate that we will burn off our calories. There is always going to be a difference in the calories burned due to the difference in the room temperature, weight, age, level of fitness and participation, etc. Your yoga teacher will still tell you that if you are using Hot Yoga to burn calories for weight loss you still have to consider the foods that you eat and that you have a regular exercise routine in your plan.
As with any workout plan that incorporates intensive cardiovascular exercise, nausea and dizziness can occur. Since you are exercising and burning off calories and sweating in a room that is hotter than 100 degrees you need to be cautious and always be aware of what your body is telling you. The heat gives your body that extra boost by warming the muscles and joints so that you can push yourself into a deeper pose, but are careful not to accidentally push yourself too hard that you end up causing an injury to yourself.
On Bikram Choudhury’s website there are many claims and personal testimonials that those who practice regularly have had huge benefits to their health. Some claim that they have reversed Type-2 diabetes and even eliminated sciatica. During your yoga teacher training you will be able to directly discuss the benefits that are known which is that this style of yoga will most definitely increase your flexibility and muscle strength. The sequence of postures will burn many calories and increase your health because it allows for your circulation to speed up and deliver fresh blood supply to each one of your muscles and organs by extensions and compression through practice. Your entire body, muscles, joints, organs will start to feel the difference in your overall health. Take your body on a yoga vacation and enroll in a session to see if this is the style for you.