Biography about Bikram Yoga

Bikram's beginning yoga class is a demanding series of 26 postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises (pranayamas), suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments and joints needed for the next posture. The Bikram method also stimulates the organs, glands and nerves, moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100% of the body, restoring all systems to a healthy working order.

Bikram Choudhury, the creator of this series, scientifically designed this 90 minute program to deliver total health to every system in the body in order to prevent illness, injury and limit the effects of aging. In addition, the series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination and self control, which lead to increased mental clarity and reduced stress.

Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class is done in a heated room to warm your muscles, prevent injury, allow a deeper workout and cleanse the body by flushing toxins. As Bikram says, “Yoga is the only exercise in the world you can do at any age. There is always some posture that will improve your health, mind and soul.

Your Progress:
How quickly you progress will depend entirely on you - upon your natural ability to a small extent, but mostly upon the honest time and effort you give to Yoga. It will have little to do with how "perfectly" you can do the poses. (Few of us ever do the poses "perfectly.") Instead, it will have to do with how well you understand what you are trying to accomplish in each pose, how honestly you try to accomplish your goal, and how supple your muscles and joints have become in comparison to the point at which you began. In Yoga there is no standard of comparison except yourself. Perfect is the best you can do that day.

Regular practice of Bikram's Yoga has powerful physical and mental benefits. Physically, students increase core strength, flexibility, agility, cardio-vascular strength and balance. Mentally, regular practice of Bikram's yoga helps students cultivate faith in one's self, self control, concentration, determination and patience.

For more information on the physical and mental benefits of the Bikram series, read the testimonials at the Bikram's Yoga national website.

A Principle of the Class:
A principle of the class is that one can learn to steadily make new demands of one's self to work harder, deeper, yet calmer. Of equal importance is the principle that physical exertion and relaxation operate most effectively simultaneously. The control of breathing (Pranayama) and the centering of the concentration accomplish this. As you advance, you apply yourself even deeper into the pose beyond the physical discipline and into the mastery of self. By doing so, we reach the true meaning of Hatha Yoga; "Ha" - sun, "tha - moon, "yoga" - union. A union: a meeting of body, mind, and spirit.

Yoga is not an enigma; it is a science 5000 years old. It is unrivaled as a means of improving body, health, and suppleness, as well as creating peace of mind and absence of stress. There are no enormous promises of instant gratification. It does not magically change the world around you. The amount of effort you put into this science is returned to you. Then you begin to see, with patience and diligence, how you can deal peacefully with this world and yourself in it.

Be prepared to work hard. Be prepared to make demands of yourself and to sweat.
The room is hot by intention.

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BIKRAM CHOUDHURY - Biography of Bikram Yoga Founder

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