Traditional Hot Yoga, or Bikram Yoga, is a set of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques. Developed and popularized by Bikram Choudhury, and stemming from the Bishnu Gosh Lineage, this yoga is practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees with a 40% humidity. In it’s original form each class is 90-minutes in length and is practiced throughout the world, though today, some studios are also offering a 60-minute version of this class.
The postures are done in the safe environment of a heated room so that deep penetration can relieve muscle resistance without risking injury. Each posture in the sequence of postures is done in specific order, preparing the body for the next posture, resulting in powerful healing and miraculous results.
By the end of a Bikram Yoga class, also known also known as the Original Hot Yoga, the Hot 90, and the 26&2, you will have worked every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ, and gland while systematically moving fresh, oxygenated blood to 100% of the body. These postures work synergistically and cumulatively to put the body back on track and in balance. This yoga class builds strength, balance and flexibility by gently stretching and massaging the spine, muscles, tendons, joints, and all internal organs of the body. Lung capacity is expanded, leading to greater vitality. Bones are strengthened. Joints are opened and lubricated. Muscles are strengthened, toned, and made more flexible. Regular practice of this series of postures results in the healing and repair of injuries and illnesses, weight loss, and peace of mind.
The idea of heating the room for a yoga class to intensify the ability to stretch and release toxins has expanded over the years into other areas of yoga, giving us Hot Vinyasa, Hot Pilates, Moksha, Barkan, and Power Yoga Classes.