Sher Tries New: Going to try Bikram Yoga – Part 1 of 2

Sher Tries New: I would like to try Bikram yoga!!

I have been practicing yoga on and off now for about two years often going spurts of three to six month periods where its all I do and think about and then a few months in between where I vary what I do, or I get sluggish and don’t do anything at all.

I have done hot vinyasa yoga, and I love it, however, I want to know what this Bikram yoga is all about. And for anyone interested in yoga, hot yoga or want to know the difference between hot yoga and Bikram, this blog might be right for you.

A few main difference between regular hot yoga and Bikram yoga.

Music:

While hot yoga can have a variety of music playing to elevate the mood in the room, Bikram yoga can not have any music.

This is going to be an adjustment for me because music is the most motivating part of my practice. I guess it could be beneficial to have silence while I am practicing. Maybe that will put be in a deeper spiritual state within.

Training:

All Bikram Yoga instructors must pass must be trained by Bikram Choudhury himself, and their studios must be affiliated to be considered authentic Bikram yoga.

Even though hot yoga instructors must also get certified, it is different from having a Bikram yoga certification. It is more like a specialty. It’s the difference between being a dentist from being an orthodontist basically.

Heat:
While hot yoga ranges in temperatures from 80 to 100 degrees, Bikram Yoga must be heated to 105 degrees at 40 percent humidity. Wowzers! Talk about a sweat box. My old yoga studio used to be in the high 90s occasionally hitting 100 degrees so I can’t imagine I being any hotter than that.  This will be an adjustment!

Amount of Poses

Bikram yoga is a lot more structured than hot yoga. In hot yoga, the number of poses and style of the class is set by the instructor who decides what style of course they will have that particular day. With Bikram yoga, each class is exactly the same. Bikram yoga consists of the same 26 poses and two breathing exercises performed in the same order every class for exactly 90 minutes.

It is definitely interesting how each pose is exactly the same each class. I wonder if I would get tired of the lack of variety? Or perhaps being able to accurately measure my progress would be beneficial? I guess I will have to see.

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The Mission

To take advantage of a one-week $20 coupon and try Bikram yoga for at least five days in that week to get a full experience. When the week is over, I will try and post and review right after to let you know my overall feedback.

If you would like to embark on the Bikram challenge, check out your local studio or try the one I am going to at Bikram Yoga Boca Raton.

Namaste
Sher

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