Bikram Yoga for Beginners


This is a type of yoga style that was founded by Bikram Choudhury in 1946. Having learned yoga at early age, he was able to develop and later popularize this style with his wife Rajashree. The couple later moved, where they founded the Yoga College of India. While there, he developed his yoga method making it popular even among the elite and celebrities in the region. To date, it remains one of the most popular styles of yoga asana practiced in the US.

The Basis of the Style

There are two key things that define Bikram Yoga; the performance of yoga in a hot room and the repetition of the style in 26 similar postures. The yoga classes, which in most cases run for 90 minutes, are conducted in a room where temperatures are about 105-degree Fahrenheit and the humidity is 40 percent. As such, it falls under the category of hot yoga. Students and teachers practice the exact same 26 postures during every yoga class plus two breathing exercises.

The inspiration behind these postures is that they have very specific benefits to the practitioners. They are designed to give every part of the body a thorough workout, thereby maintaining ligaments, muscles, veins, and internal organs in optimum health.

The Health Benefits of Bikram

Research conducted by various groups show that Bikram Yoga has a host of health benefits. These include:


Improvement in mood, attention, and concentration.

Helps a have a better self-image

Helps decrease anxiety.


Helps develop physical balance, normalize weight, and increase energy.

Improves dexterity and endurance.

The heat creates the need for the body to cool itself, thereby producing a dramatic aerobic effect.

The sweating that starts almost immediately the exercise begins is beneficial in detoxifying and cleansing the body.

Safety Precautions

The health benefits stated above notwithstanding, Bikram Yoga, also caries various risks. The first health concern is that as the classes progress, the body temperature of everyone can spike to unhealthy levels. This may put those who have certain types of health concerns at the risk of illness.

It is in fact not uncommon for participants in a Bikram yoga class to feel weak or dizzy during the exercises. Pregnant women, people with heart disease, or other existing health concerns are advised not to participate in Bikram Yoga. To avoid instances of this from happening, it is recommended that one should not take food two to three hours to the time of exercise. In addition, one should cut back on processed foods and caffeinated drinks.

Preparing for a Yoga Bikram Class

There are few considerations that one should make before attending a yoga Bikram class. First, remember that this is a hot yoga class. There will be a lot of sweating, so one should prepare accordingly. Here is what you should do:

Be well hydrated – attending a hot yoga class dehydrated can be quite risky. Drink a lot of water.

Ensure you do not push yourself beyond your limit. Always take a break when you feel overwhelmed or nauseous.

Carry a washable non-slip mat – one that can absorb sweat and is safe to use when wet.

Bring some towels.

Have yoga straps.

Have breathable clothes, like these shorts, and comfortable shoes.

Remember, even if you have never attended any other type of yoga class, you can begin yoga by participating in Bikram Yoga.

3 Yoga Poses That Will Make Your Skin Glow

Three Yoga Poses That Will Make Your Skin Glow

Find a fitness routine that makes you happy. The kind that makes you excited to start it. The kind that makes you laugh while you’re exercising and it fills you up with positive energy for long after you’re done.

How you look and feel is ultimately up to you, but no number can determine your age as well as a feeling can. So let yourself be young.

To let you in a little on what’s going on in your head – our mind is a liar, it would never allow us to feel beautiful, capable, or strong. As soon as we start feeling those things, it usually puts the breaks on our progress and takes us in the opposite direction.

But why not outsmart it? When blood rushes to your head the hormones start to mix and reset.

Have you ever observed toddlers? They love to mimic headstands, flips and such. Ever tried holding them by the ankles and spinning them around? They LOVE it. So allow yourself to be a toddler for a bit. Or most of the time, within reason. Fresh blood to your head freshens your skin tone, it inspires new synaptic connections to form and brings new perspectives to whatever you might be up to.

1. Stand tall in mountain grounding, breathe in and swing your arm up, on an exhale fold forward in swan dive, reach for your elbows and hang, sway side to side and keep breathing.

2. Stand tall, extend your arms out to the side and spin around. Repeat the spinning in the opposite direction. Make sure there is no dangerous objects in your way and allow yourself to center yourself after you’re finished spinning.

3. Free swing. Just like a toddler.

Remember that you’re your own personal trainer, so do your best at each and every given moment. Also beware to drink a lot of water to normalize the system afterwards.

And don’t ever feel bad for laying down on your back to ground yourself and simply breathe. Make sure to do no better and no less than YOU are feeling at that moment in time. Your system needs a break once in a while, especially when you work hard. You don’t ever want to burn out, as it might actually cost you more in the long run as if you took it step by step from the beginning. 

Inversions, spinning and swinging are great to counterbalance your system. We spend a considerable amount of time sitting and gravity constantly pulls us down and makes our shoulders sink, round the spine and bring the emotions down right with the rest of our posture. Taking only a few minutes to counter pose, it could make us excel at what we are already doing great. Consider it. It works wonders for me. You might even be surprised at how quickly your energy levels can rise (it is all science behind your hormones, but you don’t need to know that in order for it to work). This is how our brains have us wrapped around their fingers… or rather synapses.