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Burn up to 1000 Calories in 90 Minutes, Destress and Detox

February 3, 2011

Photo credit Bikramyoga.com

No, this is not a gimmick, miracle pill or diet fad. It’s Bikram Yoga.

Bikram Yoga is widely regarded as one of the most intense forms of yoga due to its particular series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises lasting 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees. To some, this sounds like torture; to me, it feels like freedom. It is a demanding practice that is extremely rewarding both physically and emotionally.

Born in Calcutta, India, Bikram Choudhury is a famous yoga guru and founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India. After practicing yoga for over 20 years, he opened his first school in the United States in 1972 with his main school in Hollywood, California.

The major benefits of Bikram Yoga include: stress reduction,  increased balance and coordination, increased energy, detoxification of the body, reduction of the risk of sports injury, alignment of the mind and body connection, and weight loss (to name a few).  Each position aids in enhancing, strengthening and restoring all the systems of the body, working every muscle and joint. Heat is used to promote the cleansing process,  flushing away toxins from organs and glands.

For the past month, I have been practicing Bikram Yoga 3-4 times a week. I have noticed a significant change in my mood, body and overall health. At the end of each class, I look forward to the next. I highly recommend giving Bikram Yoga a chance. You will sweat a lot- so make sure to drink lots of water and bring a change of clothes. Your body will thank you.

To find out how many calories you will burn in Bikram Yoga, click here.

By Jenna Markowick

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