With celebrities such as Sarah Harding, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Aniston becoming fans of Bikram yoga, this unique yoga has become a hottest trend for the health and fitness enthusiasts. The heat combined with the sequence of 26 classic Hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises is the core essence of the popular Bikram Yoga. SpaGenie heads for a reality check and finds out from Natasha Stephenson, Managing Director – RAWR YOGA the facts behind the myths that are attached with famous fitness style.
SpaGenie – Myth 1: Bikram yoga causes dizziness
Natasha – Reality: It is not unusual to feel nauseous or dizzy during your first class. Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals to us our present condition, and inspires us take much better care of ourselves. Usually the problem is that we do not drink enough water for daily living, let alone for exercising in a heated room. Nutritionists tell us that we need 64-80 ounces of water a day to help the body function properly.
In the heated yoga room, your body needs adequate fund of water to allow perspiration to release heat from the body as you practice. So we estimate you need another 64-80 ounces (sometime during the day) to allow for your 90 minutes in the room. Once you are drinking enough water your body will tolerate the heat better and you will actually enjoy the heat.
If you feel disoriented or like you need a good nap after your first few classes, this is likely because your body has begun to cleanse itself as a result of the yoga practice. After the first few classes this sensation will pass. The more you can relax as you give your 110% honest effort during class, the more energized you will feel throughout the class and throughout the rest of your day.
Dizziness and nausea also can be a sign of cellular dehydration. Those are specific symptoms of salt and potassium depletion (basic electrolytes) and can easily be remedied by taking salt and potassium tablets before class or a natural source of electrolytes – coconut water.
SpaGenie – Myth 2: Bikram yoga is done in the heated place that makes stretching easier and convenient.
Natasha – Reality: 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. Then you can reshape the body any way you want. Heat plays tremendous role, heat :
SpaGenie – Myth 3: Bikram yoga makes body fat burn faster
Natasha – Reality: Yes heat creates more intense cardiovascular workout and therefore is much more fat-burning.
Natasha shares benefits of Bikram yoga
1. Bikram Yoga is a traditional Hatha Yoga Postures, but the main difference is the heat and this is what makes it special. It opens up all blood vessels, so there is great supply of fresh oxygenated blood to every organ, joints, ligaments and whole body rejuvenates because of the optimized blood circulation.
Fitness type: exercise
What: Bikram Yoga
Where: RAWR Yoga
Location: 713, 7th Floor, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City
Timings: Call 971 (0) 4 4232808
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