|Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class is a demanding series of 26 postures (asanas) and two breathing excises (pranayamas), which is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments, and joints needed for the next posture. The Bikram method also stimulates the organs, glands and nerves, moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100 percent of the body, restoring all systems to a healthy working order. Bikram scientifically designed this 90 minute program to deliver total health through the balancing and strengthening of every system in the body in order to prevent illness, injury, and limit the effects of aging. In addition, the series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination, and self control, which lead to increased mental clarity and reduced stress.
Bikram's Beginning Yoga class is done in a hot room to warm your muscles, prevent injury, allow deeper stretching, and cleanse the body by flushing toxins. As Bikram says, "Yoga is the only exercise in the world you can do at any age." There is always some posture that will improve your health, mind or soul.
"The regular practice of Yoga challenges all the weak areas and systems of the body until radiant health is achieved. Yoga is the perfect vehicle for change of yourself First by creating a strong and powerful body and mind. It is a starting point from which you can then begin to realize your human spirit. Only then can we hope to effect a global healing of the planet."
From Yoga: A Vehicle for Global Healing by Bikram Choudhury & Emmy S. Cleaves, 1992.
Yoga's benefits have been repeatedly observed and documented over time. In a 4-year research project at Tokyo University Hospital during the 1970s, Bikram helped doctors prove that yoga regenerates tissues and thus helps to cure chronic ailments. With regular yoga practice, discipline and honest effort you can experience the following benefits:
strengthened immune system
normalize hormone levels
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For more information on the physical and mental benefits of the Bikram series, read the testimonials at the
Bikram's Yoga National Website.