Join the River’s Tyrone Stewart as he tries Bikram (hot) yoga in Surbiton for the first time.
What is Bikram Yoga?
Practised across the world, Bikram yoga comprises a set sequence of 26 postures with two breathing exercises and focuses on endurance.
The room is typically heated to 40 °C (104 °F) with a humidity of 40 per cent!
Bikram Choudhury created the practice which was then popularised in the early 1970s.
Why do it?
Bikram yoga can actually be very dangerous. Misinformed instructors will claim that it helps you sweat out toxins in your body. However, this is a myth. The only thing sweating does to your body is dehydrate you. This is why staying hydrated while practising hot yoga is even more important.
What Bikram yoga offers is a work out. It is essentially an endurance test. The combination of poses, heat, humidity, and length keeps the body in a state of stress which results in a harder exercise session.
It’s not for everyone, but don’t hate it until you try it.