From the gym to the park it's time to get sweaty.


Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
May 22, 2012
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It's time to get sweaty!

It’s going to get HOT!


Bikram Yoga is performed in a room where the temperature is kept between 90 – 100 degrees. It involves 26 specific postures and breathing exercises. The heat lubricates your muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and fascia (the fiberous casing on your muscles), allowing for freer movement and deeper postures. Stretching your muscles in the heat stimulates blood flow to different parts of the body, encouraging circulation and improving the functioning of the circulatory system. Increased blood flow also increases oxygen and nutrient delivery to different body parts, invigorating various organs and systems. The heat stimulates your lymphatic system and promotes detoxification of your organs. Bikram Yoga increases metabolism levels and speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids. This helps to tone your body and burn fat more effectively (woohoo!). It also stimulates the functioning of the nervous system. The endocrine system is given a boost and this can help correct any hormonal imbalances you might have.


Make no mistake, you WILL sweat like a junkie on withdrawal, but you’ll feel like a million bucks afterward. Drink plenty of water before and after class. Sip water during if you need to. An electrolyte-enhanced water is best to replenish what you’ve lost (coconut water, anybody?). T Wear very little clothing, (shorts and a tank will do), and bring a towel for yourself and your yoga mat. Bikram Yoga is the perfect remedy for the winter blues. No more cold gyms and stiff muscles!


If you’re new to Bikram, take a beginner class. Even if you practice yoga regularly, Bikram is a different animal and your body will need to adjust.


* Bikram Yoga is NOT recommended for pregnant women or people with high blood pressure.