Bikram Yoga Az offers a challenging beginners Yoga class (also called Bikram Yoga or the original hot yoga) made of a progression of 26 challenging yoga poses (asanas) and two breathing exercises (pranayamas). The class is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Each posture stretches and strengthens the specific muscles, ligaments, and joints needed for the next posture. The Bikram Yoga class also stimulates the organs, glands and nerves, moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100 percent of the body, restoring all systems to a healthy working order. Bikram scientifically designed this 90 minute Bikram Yoga class to deliver total health through balancing and strengthening every system in the body in order to prevent illness, injury, and limit the effects of aging. In addition, the series of yoga poses requires concentration, patience, determination, and self-control; practicing those disciplines leads to increased mental clarity and reduced stress.
Additionally, this type of yoga helps to warm muscles, prevent injury, allow deeper stretching, while cleansing the body by flushing toxins. As Bikram Yoga AZ's instructors say, "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 regular practice of Yoga challenges all the weak areas and systems of the body until radiant health is achieved. Yoga is the perfect vehicle for change, by creating a strong and powerful body and mind. It is a starting point from which you can then begin to realize your human spirit. Only then can we hope to effect a global healing of the planet."
- Yoga: A Vehicle for Global Healing by Bikram Choudhury and Emmy S. Cleaves 1992.
Bikram Yoga's benefits have been repeatedly observed and documented over time. In a 4-year research project at Tokyo University Hospital during the 1970s, Bikram Yoga helped doctors prove that hot yoga regenerates tissues and thus helps to cure chronic ailments. With regular yoga practice, discipline and honest effort you can experience the following benefits:
- weight loss
- muscle tone
- improved circulation
- deeper breathing
- improved posture
- strengthened immune system
- normalize hormone levels
For more information on the physical and mental benefits of the Bikram series, read the testimonials at the
Bikram's Yoga National Website.