Mind and Body Benefits of Bikram Yoga

Mind and Body Benefits of Bikram Yoga

October 19th, 2011 by tanja

Mind and Body Benefits of Bikram Yoga It is that time to stop what you are doing, right now, and get yourself researching which yoga retreat to escape to and have a personal escape from the stresses of daily routine. Life is full of chaos that either finds us or we create in an effort to have a simpler life. Sometimes we just need to stop what we are doing and make a point of listening to our body and making sure it is on the healthy track. Find that yoga retreat and take the time to put your mind and body first and you will be excited at the benefits that you will gain.

Here are the top 5 benefits from practicing Bikram Yoga:

1. Intensify your Life

There are times that we look around and notice that we are not feeling 100% and could really use a push to gain more bounce in our step and rediscover that endless supply of energy from our younger days. Looking at Bikram Yoga it will benefit you with the heated room, has the possibility of reversing the signs of aging and gives you the ability to take deeper breaths. With regular practice you are guaranteed to look and feel younger.

2. Helps you lose weight

Bikram Yoga is a known way to help you lose weight in a healthy way. Your yoga teacher will instruct your session in a heated room of 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. The purpose of the heat is to allow your body to warm up and gives you the ability to stretch deeper and quicker. This will help you reach a point where your body is more flexible and your muscles will help you burn fat quicker. Everyone with yoga certification knows that building more muscle burns the fat. By practicing Bikram yoga and the sequence of poses in a heated room will jump-start this process.

3. Detox your Body

With the air quality, food quality and things that tend to linger in our bodies we have to think about detoxing our bodies to feel healthy and strong. Yoga teaching explains how by practicing Bikram Yoga this is going to help you. While in a Bikram Yoga session the average person will eliminate toxins from the body through sweat. One session is 90 minutes long and through that entire time your body is releasing sweat and toxins. Sweat consists of salts, oils and water so leaving your body it will leave it with super clean skin and detoxification or the pores in your skin. We need to take care of our bodies including our skin which protects our inner organs.

4. Sharpen your Mind

At your yoga retreat and through your Bikram Yoga sessions not only are you detoxing your body but you are cleaning your mind. With regular Bikram Yoga sessions you will recognize improved mental clarity. The strong focus on muscle and breath control also brings clear thought and focus to your mind. You can remove all of the clutter than seems to linger in your thoughts caused by stress, food, traffic, pollution, etc. The poses that have significant time in forward bend poses will also help circulation by sending blood rushing to your head which is another great way to feel a mental boost and cleanse.

5. Reducing the Stress

One of the best benefits everyone should experience from practicing Bikram Yoga is the stress reducing benefit. At a yoga retreat you will be able to have such an amazing experience with all your senses and the sessions will help you with stress reduction. There is nothing better than taking that yoga vacation and giving your mind and body time to recoup. Sometimes we get so busy we forget to take care of ourselves. During the intense focus through the sequence your mind lets go of the constant fuzz or chatter leaving you less preoccupied both at class and after. With regular practice you will also notice a change in your breathing and you will be taking those deeper breaths throughout the day which will automatically bring you relief to stress that comes across your path.

Are you up for the 30 Day Challenge?

Another common practice feature that many studios are offering is the Bikram Yoga 30 Day Challenge. This is exactly what it sounds like, 30 days of Bikram yoga sessions in a row. Why should you be interested in this? There are immense benefits of doing this 30 day challenge and can start an intensive healing process with your body. Another benefit to trying this 30 day challenge is how it will surface buried problems that you can learn to face. Injuries that resurface come forward with daily practice but this gives you the change to heal and move through those problems that seem to be stuck. Enjoy the benefits you get along the way like a lot more energy, better sleeping patterns, more flexibility and your strength and toning. Go away to a yoga retreat to see if this is something you want to do. If so, take the challenge!

By tanja