ABOUT Bikram hot yoga
Bikram Yoga is a series of Hatha Yoga postures practiced in 40°c heat, suitable for new and advanced practitioners alike. There are unlimited benefits to practicing Bikram Yoga. It has helped countless people with old injuries. It helps improve posture, lose weight, tone up, and achieve better balance and focus. During class you will work every single muscle, gland and organ in your body.
The 26 Postures & 2 breathing exercises:
While Pranayama Standing Deep Breathing isn't strictly considered a posture it is an integral component to the Hot Bikram Yoga series. Don't be fooled that it is 'just' a breathing exercise, it is as important as every posture that follows.
First posture of the Bikram Yoga series, Half Moon! Let's start as we mean to go on, by rocking out an awesome posture. This does not mean you need to go to the full extent of the posture, it's all about going to your personal edge.
Even if your personal edge is only 1% of the posture,
doing that 1% with the correct alignment, will give you 100% of the benefits.
We are trying to change our bodies with the yoga, not changing the yoga because of our bodies. So let's get that alignment down...
Half Moon Backbend
Back bends bring huge benefits both physically and emotionally. Think about all the time that we spend bending forwards, sitting at a desk, hunching over a computer, looking at our phones, reaching down to pick things up. Our spines were designed to bend backwards as well as forwards, but we do not utilise this natural range of motion in day to day life. Back bending is precisely what is needed to counteract the impact of continuous forward bending.
Back bending can help to alleviate back pain, by easing stress on parts of the spine that are often stuck in a chronic forward bending position. They can improve your posture, counteracting the hunching that you get from spending long periods of time bending forwards by opening up the chest and the shoulders. This can also improve your breathing, because there is more space for your lungs.
Letting go of fear in our backbends can also have a huge impact on our emotional well being. We can let go of tension stored in the front side of the body and that can make us feel emotionally lighter, more fearless, more confident in our day to day lives.
We stimulate the heart chakra when bending backwards, so we can feel more loving to ourselves and others. Backbends make you happy!
Time to move from your first backward bend of the series to your first forward bend.
UTKATASANA - part 1
Utkatasana - from the Sanskrit words utkata meaning "wild or intense" and asana meaning "posture" or "seat". So get ready to sit intensely...