About Bikram and his yoga
Bikram’s Yoga is a series of 26 beginner’s postures performed in sequence in a heated room for 90 minutes. Bikram’s Yoga is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Each posture stretches, strengthens, and prepares the body to work every muscle, organ, gland, and cell in the perfect order. The result is 100% exercise! Bikram scientifically designed the series to bring your body back to a healthy working order, to promote weight loss, prevent illness, and limit the effects of aging. In addition, the series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination and self-control, which lead to increased mental clarity and reduced stress. Bikram’s Yoga is done in a heated room to warm your muscles, prevent injury, and cleanse the body by flushing out all toxins. As Bikram says, “Yoga is the only exercise in the world you can do at any age. There is always some posture that will improve your health, mind or soul.” The 26 postures, much like the alphabet, cannot be changed in any manner, or the series simply does not work. Please make sure to attend schools labeled Bikram’s Yoga College of India for authenticity.
Bikram Choudhury began learning hatha yoga poses in his native India at the age of three. At five, he began studying with Bishnu Ghosh (Paramanhansa Yogananda’s brother) and quickly became a yoga champion. At age 11, he was the youngest contestant ever to win the National India Yoga competition. At 14, he was delared by Swami Shivanada as ‘Yoga Raj’ (King of the Yogis). A weightlifting accident crippled Bikram when he was 20. With the guidance of his guru, Bikram created his 26 posture series, which actually restored his health. Combining Eastern discipline and Western medicine, Bikram perfected his comprehensive system suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Bikram arrived in the United States in 1973 at the invitation of President Nixon and the urging of actress Shirley Maclaine. He quickly became one of the foremost yoga teachers in the West, as celebrities, athletes, and others flocked to him. Since that time, he has been healing thousands of students at his school in Beverly Hills. Bikram has been traveling extensively, bringing the benefits of yoga to millions of students worldwide.