Bikram Hot Yoga, the body heat that provides health
As the body´s largest organ capable of removing harmful toxins for health benefits, the skin lays an important role. Therefore, the Bikram Hot not only works on muscles but also on tissues, organs and hormonal glands.
It is known as hot yoga due to it combines traditional postures of this eastern practice at temperatures of 40-42ºC. The socalled Bikram Hot warms up the muscles to work deeper in a shorter period of time. Why? Easy. Because heat eliminates the trauma causes by stretching, increases flexibility and, above all, heals and prevents injuries.
As the body’s largest organ capable of removing harmful toxins for health benefits, the skin plays an important role. Therefore, the Bikram Hot not only works on muscles but also on tissues, organs and hormonal glands. After toxins are released, the body regains its strength and energy. All of this during a process to focus the mind and regulate breathing, that is, to control the body and spirit.
The Bikram Hot sessions usually last ninety minutes and during that time physical strength, flexibility and balance are improved while increasing mental clarity and concentration. In each session, twenty six postures and some breathing exercises can be included.
The same as when the body raises temperature to fight infections, the high temperature in the room to practice Bikram Hot, helps Tcells and immune system work. Besides, the functions of nervous system increase and the information to and from the brain is efficiently sent. The metabolism is synthetized in the digestive system and nutrients are easier to absorb.
The Bikram is safe as long as optimal hydration level is maintained. The room where this practice takes place has to reach 40% humidity which is the ideal percentage to warm up the muscles, to work more in depth and thus to help our body to effectively burn fat redistributing it on the muscular structure.
For the practice of this sport, experts advise wearing loose clothing that promotes perspiration. Likewise, it is recommended not to eat anything 2 or 3 hours before class because the different postures adopted compress the internal organs of the abdominal area and it can be very unpleasant to perform exercise session on a stomach full.
This Bikram technique was devised by Bikram Choudhury who learnt these Hatha Yoga poses in his native India becoming the youngest winner of National Championships. At the age of 17, being high level weightlifter, he suffers a very serious knee injury. According to doctors, that condition will prevent him from preforming any physical activity for the rest of his life. Reluctant to accept the diagnose as a good one, drawing on his childhood experience, he went back to Calcuta to proof that yoga could regenerate tissues and cure chronic conditions combining western and eastern medicine.
According to Bikram’s words, it is never too late, it’s never too old, it’s never too bad, it is never too sick to start from scratch once again and practice this yoga. For this reason, the practice of this activity is a challenge, it doesn’t matter if you are in shape or not. It is a sport that equally suits to beginners or advanced student.