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Hot trend in yoga

Hot trend in yoga

June 18th, 2013

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 :

  1. 1. Flushes toxins from the body.
  2. 2. Helps to Burn more calories.
  3. 3. Warms the muscles for greater flexibility.
  4. 4. Helps achieve a deeper stretch.
  5. 5. Improves efficiency of the immune system
  6. 6. Kills bacteria
  7. 7. Creates a cardiovascular workout
  8. 8. Builds endurance.
  9. 9. Challenges you mentally and strengthens your mind.

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.

  • 2. Bikram Yoga is a complete full body and mind workout. Bikram series is specifically designed to work out human body 100% from top to bottom, which is usually not the case with other forms of yoga or exercise.
  • 3. Muscles are contracted and stretched at a cellular, biochemical level. Lipids and proteins reorganize optimally in such stretching, allowing for better circulation. Joint mobility and range of motion is increased, and strength is built by the use of gravity. Muscles and joints are balanced.
  • 4. Blood and calcium are brought to the bones. Working against gravity strengthens the bones. The organs of the immune system within the bones (red marrow) are boosted.
  • 5. The lymph nodes are massaged, lymph is pumped throughout the body, and white blood cells are distributed throughout the body as the lymphatic system works more efficiently.
  • 6. There is compression and extension to the thymus, spleen, appendix and intestines; lungs are stretched and flushed out by increased blood circulation. The endocrine glands are encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones, and the communication between hormones and various glands and systems of the body is perfected. Toxins and waste are eliminated through the organs of elimination.
  • 7. The nerves are stimulated by compression and extension, improving communication within the systems of the body and supplying fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout. The brain is stimulated by improved circulation and by varying blood pressure.

Fitness type: exercise

What: Bikram Yoga

Where: RAWR Yoga

Location: 713, 7th Floor, Concord Tower, Dubai Media City

Classes: Everyday

Timings: Call 971 (0) 4 4232808

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