Bikram Yoga is a demanding series of twenty-six postures (Asana) and two breathing techniques (Pranayama), designed to provide optimal health and longevity. During this 90-minute class, you will work every muscle, tendon, ligament, joint and internal organ in the entire body, which will give you an incredible sense of well being.
Bikram Yoga refers to the standardized beginning sequence of Ghosh lineage therapeutic postures, as distilled and taught by Bikram Choudhury (b. 1946) and his students. Mr. Choudhury was one of Bishnu Ghosh’s students in Calcutta in the 1960s and brought his teaching to the United States in the early 1970s.
Bikram Yoga is known as the Original Hot Yoga, because it was the first – and, for a time, the only – yoga class taught in a heated room.
Many other unrelated yoga and exercise traditions began to add heat to their rooms over the decades, so “hot yoga” and Bikram Yoga are no longer equivalent.
“Hot Yoga” can refer to any movement, Asana, or exercise class in a hot room and is not necessarily related to the Bikram or Ghosh lineage.
Beginners are most welcome!