Yoga - Bikram (Hot Yoga)

Equipment

Mat

Rules

Bikram yoga must be practiced in a 105 degree Fahrenheit room with 40% humidity. Twenty-six postures and two breathing exercises are performed, in order, over the course of a 90 minute class.

Description

Bikram Yoga, also known as Hot Yoga, is a form of Yoga created in Los Angeles in the 20th century. It is practiced in a 105F room, and incorporates 26 different postures. Bikram yoga was developed in the late 1960's and early 1970's by Bikram Choudhury. It is practiced in an extremely hot and humid room, to facilitate deeper stretching, improved circulation and toxin cleansing. Classes consist of twenty-six postures and two breathing exercises performed over the course of 90 minutes.

History

Bikram yoga was developed by yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The first school teaching Bikram yoga was opened in San Francisco in 1972. In the 1990's Choudhury began training instructors to teach his, now-copyrighted technique around the world. Today, Bikram yoga is one of the most popular forms of yoga.