About Bikram Yoga (Hot)
Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. The Bikram method also stimulates the organs, glands, and nerves by moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100% of the body helping to restore all your bodily systems to a healthy working order. It is a type of hot yoga as the room is heated to warm your muscles preventing injury and allowing for a deeper workout.
Bikram Yoga is a scientifically designed 90 minute program to deliver total health by balancing and strengthening every system in the body. This can help prevent illness and injury, promote weight loss and fight the effects of aging. It’s lineage is from Hatha yoga and combined with the heat is very effective in losing weight. It offers all found fitness and the 26 poses will keep you flexible.
Bikram Yoga is also a dynamic and exhilarating way to maintain good health in body and mind. The series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination and self control that increase mental clarity and reduce stress.
Q: Why are classes 90 minutes long?
A: 90 minute classes are much more effective in weight loss than 60 minute classes. Muscles can store 60 minutes of glycogen which is the fuel that is used to perform any type of physical activity. After 60 minutes, the glycogen is depleted and a secondary fuel source such as fat needs to be burned to continue. Glycogen will always be used first so the real fat burning does not start until after 60 minutes. At the start, the body needs to learn how to use Fat as a fuel source so students will feel tired after the first 60 minutes. This is the wall that you hear about athletes hitting in endurance activities like distance running and why runners tend to be very lean. With regular yoga practice the body learns to use fat as a secondary fuel source after the glycogen is depleted without any of the damage to the joints caused by impact sports like running. While 60 minute classes are better than not practicing at all. They are not nearly as effective and should not be selected just because they are easier or more convenient.
Q: What is the difference between Bikram Yoga, Hot Yoga, Moksha Yoga, YHot, & Infrared Yoga?
A: Bikram Yoga is the original Hot Yoga. Its based on a a yoga system taught by Bishnu Ghosh from India which have been refined over many generations of Yogis. The yoga being practiced in Bikram Yoga is still very true to its roots from India. Due to its effectiveness, it has been copied but when Yoga was introduced to the west, many felt westerners could not handle Yoga without making it easier. Moksha Yoga, YYoga YHot, Oxygen Infrared are variants of Hot Yoga copying some aspects of Bikram Yoga but with shorter class times and lower heat. While this is easier, and appealing at first to some students. It will quickly become apparent that its less effective and we often hear of students regaining weight or reduced overall health and switching back to Bikram Yoga after trying them.
At Bikram Yoga Burnaby we know the Yoga is hard so we try to make everything else easier by offering first class amenities servicing Burnaby, New Westminster and Coquitlam.