Saturday, June 25, 2005

Yoga that's Hot - Literally and Figuratively: By Lezah

One of the most popular forms of yoga these days is Hot Yoga (also known as Bikram Yoga). Hot Yoga is so named because practitioners work on a series of 26 poses (asanas) and two breathing exercises (pranayamas) while in a room where the temperature is anywhere from 100 to 105 degrees F.

Hot Yoga is said to provide all the benefits of regular yoga, and the addition of heat intensifies one's results by increasing flexibility, stretching and strengthening while concurrently reducing the rate of injury; accelerating results and calorie burn; increasing cardio-vascular activity; and detoxifying the body and increasing oxygenation.

Photo courtesy of bikram brighton photo

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