Bikram Choudhury adapted 26 poses from the Hatha tradition to create Bikram or ‘hot’ yoga exercise. A four-time champion of the National India Yoga Champion, Choudhury brought the proficiency he obtained from his yoga exercise teachers in India to the United States and created Bikram’s Yoga University of India in Los Angeles. He calls his heated yoga studios ‘torture chambers,’ believing that the optimum position is achieved in 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s not a good idea to eat before any kind of yoga course. Food digestion is a natural procedure that takes and gives energy. Leave a good 2 hours after finishing a meal prior to you appreciate a Bikram yoga course. Although there are no inverted– or upside down– poses in Bikram, a hot yoga class is extensive and exercised in severe heat. Having a full tummy would be uneasy and might even make you feel sick.
Have a physical prior to starting Bikram yoga. Anybody with undiagnosed heart problems or high blood pressure could go to risk due to the severe heat. Keep your doctor apprised of any signs you may experience during a Bikram course. If you’re pregnant and have never attended a Bikram class prior to your maternity, it’s recommended to wait until after the birth of your child.