Bikram Yoga (BEAK-Rahm)
Bikram yoga, founded in the 1970s, is also referred to as hot yoga. It is relatively simple in some ways because it uses 2 breathing exercises and 26 Hatha yoga postures done in the same pattern every day for every lesson. In the studio, temperatures range from 80F to 110F and relative humidity around 75%. This can also cause severe dehydration and pose a serious health risk. Therefore, while Bikram studios are popping up all over the place, it is not recommended for seniors or anyone with an underlying health issue.
In the video below, The American Council on Exercise (ACE), known as “America’s Workout Watchdog”, commissioned an independent study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse to evaluate the physiological responses associated with participating in a Bikram yoga class. Led by John Porcari, PhD, researchers recruited 20 apparently healthy female and male volunteers who all regularly practiced Bikram yoga, and monitored their heart rates and core temperatures throughout a Bikram class. After analyzing data, the researchers observed a steady increase of core temperature, which can pose concern for some participants.
If you are a beginner and/or senior, try Hatha yoga or Kundalini yoga if there is a studio near you, and see what a difference yoga can make to your health and vitality.
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