Bikram yoga, which is also known as Hot Yoga has become very popular recently. It has 26 hot yoga poses that are performed in a sequential manner. These 26 poses work every part of your body. They are intended to build strength, increase flexibility and provide harmony within your body.
What it is: Bikram started becoming popular in America in the late 1970s. Classes are held in a room heated to about 105 degrees, which helps loosen muscles and joints. The 26-pose series is designed to stretch and strengthen your muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Degree of difficulty: Classes are demanding, since you cycle through the 26-pose series twice. The biggest challenge, however, may be coping with the intense heat. Some say it’s like exercising in a sauna.
Who it’s best for: Devoted yogis who are looking for a new challenge or people who are very fit and want a hard and limbering workout. Before taking a Bikram class, check with your doctor if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure.
Keep in mind: Be prepared to sweat―a lot. Bring an oversize bottle of water to class, and don’t forget a towel. After class, continue to drink water or have a fruit shake or a sports drink to help replenish electrolytes.
I like Bikram Yoga, although I do find this type of yoga a bit more intense than the other types of Yoga. Because of the heat and humidity, people tend to sweat which also leads to a cleansing of your body’s toxins and impurities.This is a licensed program that has studios throughout the world.