And lose weight, burn calories, become more flexible . . . the list is long!
Yoga is recognized as an effective way to stay fit, healthy and stress free. Did you know that you can also use it to balance your mind, body and spirit, while burning calories, detoxifying and healing–all at the same time?
Here are Zenatma, we will be bringing you a series on Yoga, including:
- types of Yoga in practice and how you can use them to look and feel better
- specific poses and their benefits
- yoga practice for existing conditions and diseases
We’re kicking off the series with the trending yoga practice, Bikram yoga also known as“hot yoga,”.
To practice Bikram yoga, the ideal ambience is 104-105 degrees with a humidity level of 40%. There are typically 26 asanas in a hot yoga class, along with two breathing exercises. This lets you warm and stretch your muscles as much as you can. We have picked 5 of our favorite poses and their benefits.
Why practice Bikram Yoga?
First, let’s look at how Bikram yoga differs from other types of yoga. While the various types of yoga have similarities, there are some unique changes that distinguish Bikram yoga as a unique form of stress relief and of course, exercise. Take a look at these points:
- In Bikram yoga, the most noticeable thing is the temperature difference that differentiates it from others. By heating up the body, the muscles are allowed to relax more, so that they can handle deeper stretches easily and take the body to newer limits, without feeling the strain.
- Bikram yoga aims to keep the body in motion with the flow of poses, keeping the heart rate and temperature up, resulting in an intense workout.
- Bikram yoga is great to strengthen your respiratory system via its breathing exercises.
Okay, now that we have good reasons why Bikram yoga or hot yoga is beneficial, let’s look at the top poses in this practice and their benefits. Before you begin, though, here are some points to keep in mind:
- You should be able to handle the heat, which may be wonderful in winter, but in summer, not so much
- Before you go to yoga, make sure you’re well-hydrated–and that means plenty of water.
- Bikram Yoga must not be done on a full tummy. I mean, any exercise for that matter. So be mindful of when you eat.
- Preferably, finish your snacking at least 2 hours before yoga for the best experience.
- When you sweat, don’t be in a hurry to wipe it off, as it helps you maintain that body temperature.
Finally, remember that you do not have to master every pose–it is more important to listen to your body and love yourself. Pain is not pleasure in this case. Oh! Dress hot, okay? Because you really look good when you’re doing yoga!
Awkward Pose (Utkatasana)
Awkward Pose (Utkatasana) or “chair pose,” helps you to:
- realign the legs to prevent lower back pain.
- relieve chronic pain related to arthritis.
- shape your leg muscles
- burn calories.
- reduce the discomfort for those with flat feet.
- stretch the chest and shoulders.
Tree Pose (Vriksasana)
Tree Pose (Vriksasana) helps you
- improve posture and balance,
- increase flexibility in the ankles, knees, and hip joints.
- work the side of the abs
- strengthen the muscles in the thighs.
- strengthen the ligaments and tendons of the feet and the bones of the hips and legs
- reduce stress levels
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) brings the following benefits:
- strengthens the lumbar spine
- relieves pain caused by herniated or slipped discs
- provides relief for arthritis and scoliosis.
- improves liver and spleen function
- strengthens the arms and legs.
- firms and tones the buttocks
- decreases stiffness in the lower back
- improves menstrual cycle irregularities.
Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
Eagle Pose (Garudasana) helps you by:
- opening joints in the spine
- opening the hips
- improving flexibility in the hips, knees and ankles.
- providing a great workout for the legs and core muscles.
- offering therapy for low back pain, sciatica and asthma
Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) benefits you by:
- stretching and strengthening the vertebrae in the lower back,
- reducing back pain and improving posture.
- strengthening the core, knees and ankles
- providing an excellent stretch to the legs, hips, groin muscles, chest and spine.
While Bikram yoga is a great place to start improving your health, remember that for overall health, you must be mindful about various aspects of your lifestyle: healthy diet, enough activity and exercise, adequate sleep. Make lasting changes and pledge to stick with these changes. To stay healthy, consistency is key. When you are in tune with your body’s needs, you will be able to take care of it in such a way that you consciously do what benefits your mind, body and soul.
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Important note: If you have pre-existing conditions,or are taking medication, please do consult your doctor before you start any new exercise or practice. This post does not substitute professional medical advice