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What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram yoga is a form of yoga popularized by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s in California. The patented practice involves repeating the same 26 poses in set cycles over a 90-minute class. Bikram yoga instructors go through a nine-week training program in which they learn the set practice and dialogue. Currently, there are more than 1,650 Bikram studios around the world. The poses were chosen by Choudhury from classic hatha poses and are designedto “systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of your body, to each organ and fiber,” according to the official Bikram yoga site. The poses — which include triangle pose, tree pose, eagle pose and cobra pose, among other common hatha yoga poses — should be done in a specific, unchanging order, in order to achieve the desired benefits. This traditional Bikram pose series does not include inversion poses — such as headstands — typically found in yoga classes because it is difficult for beginners to do them safely. In highly advanced Bikram classes, the instructor may lead students in inversion …

What is Iyengar Yoga?

The Practice The Iyengar method of Yoga is initially learnt through the in-depth study of asanas (posture) and pranayama (breath control). Mr Iyengar has systematised over 200 classical yoga Asanas and 14 different types of Pranayamas (with variations of many of them) from the simple to the incredibly difficult. These have been structured and categorised so as to allow a beginner to progress surely and safely from basic postures to the most advanced as they gain flexibility, strength and sensitivity in mind, body and spirit. Asana In practice Iyengar yoga focuses particularly on three aspects. Correct body alignment allows the body to develop harmoniously in an anatomically correct way so that the student suffers no injury or pain when practising correctly. As all bodies are different and people have different weaknesses and strengths. Mr Iyengar has also developed the use of props to help the body into the correct positions required. Props are objects like wooden blocks, chairs, blankets and belts that help one adjust or support oneself in the different postures so that one …

What is Ashtanga & Power Yoga?

If you’ve been a yoga practitioner for quite some time, or are already an accomplished athlete, power yoga might be the next stage of your fitness regimen. Power yoga, with its combined focus on strength and aerobic activity, offers a new challenge. The Difference Between Ashtanga and Power Yoga Terminology for Ashtanga yoga and power yoga is not interchangeable. They really are different practices. Ashtanga yoga is a form of yoga introduced by Sri K. Pattabhi, based on what he learned from Krishnamacharya in 1927 about the eight steps of the Yoga Sutra. For more than 60 years, Pattabhi has taught at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. Yogis interested in teaching the true Ashtanga method go to India to learn the method — Pattabhi does not come to America or anywhere else to set up institutes like many other modern yogis with individualized practices. So while power yoga is not really Ashtanga, it does follow a similar philosophy in that asanas performed in rapid succession will heat the body from within and …

What is Hot Yoga?

Hot yoga is a generic term that may refer to any type of yoga practiced in a heated environment. The theory behind hot yoga is that it helps the body to sweat out toxins while allowing the practitioner to safely come deeper into asanas (poses or stretches). The room temperature for a hot yoga class can range from 30˚ to 50˚ C (85˚ to 122˚ F). Humidity can range from 40% to 60%. Different methods draw from Hatha, Vinyasa, and other yoga styles. Though the Bikram style was a pioneering force, it is not the only style of hot yoga. Common styles of hot yoga include: Bikram Yoga, a copyrighted series of 26 asanas created by Bikram Choudhury. Power yoga, any of numerous systems of vinyasa yoga, stemming from the Ashtanga system of K. Pattabhi Jois. History of Hot Yoga For many centuries, most styles of yoga were practiced exclusively in a hot environment. Much of India, the birthplace of yoga, is tropical or subtropical with summer temperatures that can exceed 122 degrees Fahrenheit and …

Why Power Yoga ?

Power or Sport Yoga is a system of yoga based around the ancient technique known as Ashtanga Vinyasa. This system uses extreme breath control and constant movement to generate heat. It is with this heat that the body reaches flexibility maximization. The maxim being ‘ you warm up to stretch.’ This yoga has been used with dramatic results on athletes and sports persons. It uses the body’s own weight like conventional weights to build strength coupled with extreme muscle control. This is a dynamic form which will give balance, strength and incredible flexibility. This is for men and women with a good level of fitness and is suitable for a beginner or an accomplished athlete. I work with footballers, skiers, rugby players, snow boarders, runners, rowers and cyclists.