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Yoga Still Hot For Many
By: Beth CLOAKE

Published: 27/04/2012

Yoga has a broad variety of fans, from students to ladies-who-lunch, and many are combining it with a little added sweat.

Bikram Yoga is often used in conjunction with physiotherapy, to fix problems such as joint pain, sports injuries, arthritis, and other chronic pains. It is also said to help with other problems, such as depression, insomnia, migraines as well helping in the recovery from surgery.

Bikram Choudhury's ‘hot yoga’ variation uses a series of twenty-six poses and two breathing exercises that work every part of the body. Each of the poses is designed to strengthen specific parts of the body and stimulate blood flow.

Heating the room to forty degrees may seem strange, but according to Choudhury’s website, it is done because “yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. So, before you change it, you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a flexible body”.

While the ninety minute classes are intensive, Bikram Yoga Joondalup states that Birkram is “for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level”. Each class follows the same format, and newcomers are encouraged to jump in right away.

However, while the benefits of Bikram yoga are many, the conditions that it is taught in are not for everybody and dehydration is a risk that all participants must be aware of. It is recommended that anyone thinking of trying it get approval from their doctor first, especially if they have any existing medical condition.

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