High heat yoga, or bikram yoga, has been practiced for centuries and is very beneficial to the practitioner. The sweat produced in the heat helps to expel toxins as well as to burn fat more effectively and to keep the muscles warm as you are doing the poses. It improves your ability to do the poses and keeps your muscles supple.
Determining which type of yoga is better for you depends on your physical and spiritual goals. Bikram Yoga is more rigorous and demanding than standard yoga, but both are highly beneficial. The history of yoga can be traced back far before the Common Era, and it is important to point out that Bikram Yoga is a 20th Century concept that was designed by an Indian-born yogi named Bikram Choudhury, who currently holds a copyright for its practice. Bikram Yoga is a 90-minute class composed of 26 asanas, or postures, and is always performed in a room heated to 105 degrees F (40.5 degrees C). The high temperature causes perspiration and increased heart rate, which in turn burns a significant amount of calories and fat while building muscle, stability, and endurance.
“Regular” yoga can be further categorized into a wide variety of disciplines, such as Ashtanga or Hatha, and as a result the experience will vary depending on the instructor’s training and style. Any type of yoga will result in long, lean muscles, increased flexibility, and stability. Regular yoga practice, regardless of the discipline, will result in a strong sense of mind-body unity, well-being, and longevity.
From what I understand, it burns a lot more calories and is more of a workout. “Regular” yoga is more like stretching. Either one is very good for your mind and body, and I’d see them as things that are equally good, just different.
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