Heat up with Bikram yoga

By Alexandra Winner
Student Contributor

Bikram yoga is heating its way to headlines. This newly arising twist on the original form of yoga, also  known as “the hot yoga,” is capturing fitness lovers attention one 90-minute class at a time.

Bikram yoga is a beginner series of 26 poses developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha yoga. It is designed to develop strength and flexibility, while keeping the heart rate up. Bikram differs from other yoga types in that the room is heated well above body temperature (approx. 105 degrees F and 40% humidity). It’s considered one of the most physically strenuous yoga practices.

The Bikram yoga sequence burns a significant amount of calories through full-body workouts. According to the calories burned calculator created by QuickFit Yoga, an individual weighing 150 lbs can expect to burn about 1,000 calories during each session of Bikram yoga. The Bikram sequence remains the same in all studios. Instructors must go through an intensive training and get certified by Bikram Choudhury, and rather than demonstrating each poses in the series, instructors’ maintain an ongoing dialogue.

A study published in the March 2013 issue of “Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research” found a decrease in body fat in young adults who practiced Bikram three times a week for eight weeks. You can also pay extra attention to the compression poses in the Bikram series, they are intended to activate the thyroid and parathyroid glands, fine-tuning your metabolism and helping to normalize weight.

There are couple Bikram studios located in Palm Desert, like Bikram yoga University Village, that offer great student specials.

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