Why Bikram Yoga is Unique
For new students of Bikram a common question is what is it that makes Bikram yoga a unique form of yoga practice.
The most obvious unique aspect of Bikram yoga is that it is practised in a HEATED ROOM.
There are many reasons why practicing yoga in a hot room is extremely beneficial to both your body and your mind.
Bikram yoga comprises a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises – and it is the repetition of Bikram’s yoga series that allows beginners to develop concentration and body mind awareness.
Each posture in the Bikram series is completed twice. The first set of a posture is designed to warm you up, and the second set enables you to work deeper within your body. Between each set and each pose, twenty seconds of rest (savasana) is taken, which allows complete relaxation while the oxygenated blood equalises and moves to all parts of the body, rejuvenating the body’s cells and organs.
Mirrors are used within the yoga studio to enable practitioners to observe the body objectively,
improving body awareness and refining body alignment.
The constant eye contact with yourself reinforces the process as an open eye meditation.
All Bikram yoga classes are 90 minutes long and suitable for beginners and advanced students alike. The Bikram yoga teacher provides constant dialogue with precise instructions. This teaches each student to listen, keeps the class moving together and quiets the mind to maintain stillness.