Thursday, October 17, 2013

What's The Difference Between Hot Yoga And Bikram Yoga?

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Yoga has countless of benefits for the health-increased strength and flexibility, pain relief, mood booster, injury prevention, better immune defense, better blood circulation and so much more. For over 5,000 years, it has been one of the most widely practiced forms of exercise, benefiting people from different parts of the world.
This meditative form of exercise originated in India. Today, it's spread all over the globe. Not to mention, there are more than 100 types of yoga. One that's emerging in popularity is hot yoga. People instantly get curious when they first learn about this. As the name implies, hot yoga is yoga done in a hot environment. The room is heated up to 100 degrees and the humidity level is at 40 percent.
Its creator Bikram Choudhury sought to amplify the effects of regular yoga by placing the yogi inside a heated room. This results in more sweat and more intense workout. Hot yoga is also called Bikram yoga. But the two are not the same. Many people confuse the two words and interchange their use.
So what's the difference between the two?
Hot yoga is a generic term for all kinds of yoga done inside a heated room. Bikram yoga is one type. Bikram is different from other types of yoga because it has its own sequence of postures. A session include 26 poses (13 standing poses and 13 sitting postures) in a duration of 90 minutes. It was franchised and copyrighted by Choudhury Bikram in the 1970s. Today, there are many other types of yoga that are gaining just as much popularity as the original one.
If you're going to practice this kind of yoga, whether Bikram or some other type, it's a must to keep these guidelines in mind:
Acclimatize your body. Arrive in a hot yoga class at least 10 minutes earlier than schedule. This will give your body a chance to get used to the heat before you subject it to intense workout.
Keep yourself hydrated. Don't forget to bring a bottle of water to your hot yoga class. You'll be sweating a lot during the entire session and it's a must to take a water break from time to time to replenish lost fluids in the body and to prevent overheating and dehydration.
Wear the right outfit. Wear clothes that are specially designed for yoga. This would allow you to stretch and move more freely than when you're in tight and restrictive clothing.
Consult your doctor if you have a condition or if pregnant. Yoga is not recommended for women who are pregnant, unless they're used to this kind of workout even before, and if the instructor can modify it accordingly. For people who have injuries or serious illness, it's a must to consult the doctor first. Yoga may be a low-impact exercise but the intense heat inside the room may possibly be a threat to someone who's ill.


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