The traditional 90-minute Bikram Yoga class is a rigorous series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, suitable for all ages and levels of ability, performed in an environment of up to 105°F with 40% humidity. Each posture stretches, strengthens and prepares specific muscles, ligaments and joints for the next posture. The Bikram method also stimulates the organs, glands and nerves, moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100% of the body, restoring all systems to a healthy working order. Bikram Choudhury scientifically designed this series to deliver total health through the balancing and strengthening of every system in the body in order to prevent illness, injury, promote weight loss and limit the effects of aging. The series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination and self-control, which increase mental clarity and reduce stress. Bikram Yoga is practiced in a heated room to warm your muscles, allow a deeper workout and cleanse the body by flushing toxins.
Bikram Choudhury began learning Hatha Yoga in his native India at the age of three. He began studying with Bishnu Ghosh (Paramahansa Yogananda’s brother) and quickly became a yoga champion. At 11, he was the youngest contestant ever to win the National India Yoga Competition. Swami Shivananda declared him “Yogi Raj,” King of the Yogis. A weightlifting accident crippled Bikram. But with the guidance of his guru, Bikram created his 26 posture series which restored his health. In a United Nations-sponsored research project at Tokyo University, Bikram helped doctors prove that yoga regenerates tissues and cures chronic ailments. Combining Eastern discipline and Western medicine, Bikram perfected his comprehensive system, suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Bikram came to the U.S. in 1973 at the invitation of President Nixon and the urging of Shirley MacLaine. Since then, he has healed thousands of students and touched millions worldwide.