Bikram Yoga Vs. Hot Yoga


The other day, by chance an article about Bikram Yoga for weightloss. I read through it diligently so he could decide whether or not to join a hot yoga class was on the same street. Basking in ignorant bliss, he had almost made up my mind, when I realized that hot yoga and Bikram Yoga are quite different. In fact, all Yoga Bikram Yoga is hot, but not all Hot Yoga Bikram Yoga.

Before delving into the differences, we will determine what these two forms of yoga is all about.

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga is unique due to the specific postures and breathing exercises performed in a heated room. Bikram Choudhury is the founder of Bikram Yoga. He made a series of 26 yoga postures and two pranayama. This yoga champion founded a School of Yoga in Beverly Hills, California, and began teaching his method of yoga, which went on to become one of the most popular styles of yoga practiced in the West. Hollywood began to adopt this form of yoga, and its benefits became the talk of the town.

What is hot yoga?

Hot Vinyasa Yoga is a practice style that includes a series of linked postures. It is done in a hot room that is set at a temperature and humidity in particular. Since it is a vigorous style of yoga, you tend to sweat a lot and lose weight.

What is the difference between Bikram Yoga and Hot Yoga?

Now that you have a fairly broad understanding of what these two forms is, let’s get into the finer details and a look at the differences between the two.

1. The study

First, one of the first differences you notice between the two forms of yoga is the study. While a study Bikram Yoga is reflected typical wall to wall, hot yoga studios do not have mirrors on the wall. The reason behind this is that yoga believe that mirrors are a distraction. It is said that slow its full potential of consciousness. This is not only counterproductive to practice, but also challenges many of the principles of yoga

Bikram yoga studios usually called torture chambers. They are heated to a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, with a moisture level of 40 percent.

hot yoga studios are quite cooler at around 35-38 degrees Celsius. Moisture levels in these classes vary.

When you start to practice these forms of yoga, you will also notice the difference between behavior that is expected of you. Bikram Yoga hopes that similar military discipline, which is not allowed to speak or laugh for the duration of practice. Hot Yoga is much more forgiving. You can ask questions, listen to music, and if the situation requires it, have a good laugh too.

4. Duration

Time is also a big differentiating factor between the two practices. A Bikram Yoga class has a set time of 90 minutes. You have to practice in a warm room during this period of time without interruption.
A hot yoga class never spend more than 60 minutes. They believe that sweat, you lose toxins, and gain flexibility without becoming dehydrated during this period of time.

5. The positions

A Bikram yoga class is a hyphen. The teacher is to say the same things every day as you practice the 26 structured in the same routine postures, breathing with the two exercises.A hot yoga class has a wide range of postures practiced in different sequences set by yoga teacher, according to their own style. This, in a sense, allows your body reacts differently to each class way, and the change itself every day.

6. Schools

Bikram Yoga is one school yoga, taught in a strict pattern set. This form of yoga can apply the interpretation or change in style. It focuses more on the body.Hot yoga is structured in different styles of yoga. It could be adopted Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa or, or any other form that the teacher.

Now that you have these pointers, it will be easy for you to decide what type of yoga you want to take. While Bikram Yoga focuses on the rigorous training the body in severe conditions, hot yoga is more adheres to the principles of yoga, adding a little effort to make the most effective practice. You could try both and make the final decision. Just make sure you know what you are getting. Check with your doctor before doing so, as there are a lot of contraindications involved in these two forms of yoga. If you are pregnant, stay away.

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