One of my favorite models, Rebecca Romijn, was on the cover of the February issue of Fitness. She credited Bikram yoga in helping her shed the 60 pounds she gained while pregnant with her twins.
Bikram Yoga classes run exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (≈ 40.6°C) with a humidity of 40%,and is the most popular form of hot yoga (a series of yoga poses done in a heated room).
While I’ve personally never done Bikram Yoga, I do practice Hot Yoga a few times a month. Hot Yoga classes are practiced in a heated room which helps stretch muscle fibers and tendons, and helps prevent injuries to these areas while stretching. The heat also helps increase circulation to tissues and organs, enhances the functioning of the immune system, and provides great healing influence to the entire body. First time students sometimes experience nausea and dizziness from the heat, which comes as a result of not drinking enough water.
I recommend trying Hot Yoga. My favorite local studios are Hot 8 Yoga and Core Power Yoga.
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