History of Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga was founded by Bikram Choudhury. Born in India, Bikram first practiced hatha yoga at the age of 3. At age 5, he began to study under guru Bishru Charan Ghosh, brother of Paramhansa Yoganannda, author of "Autobiography of a Yogi". Practicing up to 6 hours a day, at age 11, Bikram became the youngest ever to win the National India Yoga championships. At age 18, Bikram suffered a weightlifting accident and was diagnosed with a permanently crippled knee. Defying the doctors diagnoses, Bikram returned to his guru, and under his care and training, was walking again in six months.
Inspired by his injury and rehabilitation, Bikram decided to teach yoga full time and came into his own. He developed the original sequence of twenty-six yoga postures and two breathing exercises. He began opening yoga studios in India and Japan before moving to the U.S. in 1973. He quickly became the foremost yoga teacher in the West as celebrities, athletes and other aspirants flocked to his studio in Beverly Hills and San Francisco.
His first book Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class was first published in 1978 and has been translated into several languages. His second book reached book stores on April 3, 2007, outlining how Bikram's yogic philosophy can be the gateway to physical strength and flexibility and the path to mental clarity and calm. Today there are hundreds of licensed studios worldwide offering Bikram's authentic yoga classes.
Benefits of Bikram Yoga
Yoga has a rejuvenating effect. Through a regular practice we access vast amounts of energy which we can use in our lives for our personal benefit and to benefit those around us. All participants benefit both physically and mentally.
- Promotes weight loss
- Relieves stress, anxiety and tension
- Raises your energy level
- Builds stamina and strength
- Relieves back pain
- Speeds up the healing process related to sports injury
- Regulate cholesterol in the blood
- Supplies oxygen and nutrients to parts of the body that have been stagnant
- Eliminates toxins from deep in your tissues through your sweat
- Flushes the lymphatic system
- Strengthens the immune system
- Balances the endocrine system
- Improves the spines health
- Expands the lung capacity
- Strengthens the heart
- Lubricates the joints
- Strengthens the bones
- Improves your posture and spinal alignment
- Increases mental well being and clarity