Bikram yoga produces strength, flexibility and stamina.
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Bikram Choudhury is the creator of Bikram yoga, a form of yoga that consists of 26 postures performed in sequence. The postures work every part of the body, producing strength, flexibility and stamina. While these same benefits can be derived from other, more traditional forms of yoga, Bikram yoga provides maximum calorie burn and promotes more flexibility of the muscles because it is practiced in a room heated to 105В°F, with a humidity level at 40 percent, which is why Bikram yoga is also known as hot yoga.
Calories Burned in Bikram Yoga
Doing just one session of Bikram yoga, you can burn an average of 630 calories. Out of the 26 postures in this form of yoga, which are each performed twice during a 90-minute session, those that require the use of isometric contractions on the muscles will burn the most calories. These postures include Eagle Pose, Standing Bow Pose, Balancing Stick and Awkward Pose. These are all standing or crouching poses that require strength, balance and focus. Each of these postures can be held for 10 to 60 seconds each, depending upon how advanced you are. When these postures are combined in a flow with the other poses in Bikram yoga, they improve cardiovascular strength, while flushing toxins from the body through sweat.
Eagle Pose is a balancing posture that opens up all of your joints, from your legs all the way up to your shoulders. When you do Eagle Pose, you use the strength of one leg to balance. To perform Eagle Pose, begin in a lunge with your arms extended out to the side. Wrap one arm over the other and bring your hands together as best as you can. Then, lift your back leg and bring it forward, wrapping it around your standing leg as you bend your knee and hold.
Standing Bow Pose
Standing Bow is also difficult as it requires balancing on one leg while leaning forward, working your core and your leg muscles. To begin Standing Bow Pose, stand straight and then lift one leg behind you. Grab your ankle and then pull back as you extend your other arm forward.
Balancing Stick is similar to Standing Bow but requires you to bring your entire torso and one leg horizontal to the ground, so it builds strength in your standing leg and core, as well as your arms, which extend forward. To begin Balancing Stick, stand with your arms extended upward. Then, bring your torso down so that it is horizontal to the floor. At the same time, lift one leg straight behind you, creating a "T" shape with your body, and hold.
Awkward Pose strengthens your thigh and glute muscles and even your feet. Awkward Pose begins in a deep squat with your knees facing forward, your legs close together and your arms straight out in front of you. As you gain balance, lift your heels off the ground and hold the posture on your toes .