SACREDspace Studio Spotlight - Bikram Yoga Asheville, NC
If you have not attended a Bikram Yoga class, you have no idea how challenging 26 simple postures become with the addition of raised temperatures. Although my own yoga practice began with power yoga / raja, I was not prepared for what transpired in 90 minutes between me and my body. The first class, I felt good just to stay in the room the entire time and not pass out. I was not prepared or properly hydrated, but I knew at the end of the class that I was looking forward to the Shavasana.
My first Bikram Yoga class was in Asheville, NC where I now go every opportunity possible. Here is the 411 of Bikram and our studio spotlight for the month of August.
Bikram Yoga is named after its founder - Bikram Choudhury, who studied Yoga with Bishnu Ghosh, brother of Paramahansa Yogananda. It is a series of 26 poses performed in a room with temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Each Yoga Pose is usually performed twice and held for a certain period of time. Yoga Sessions start from Standing Postures, then the Backbends, Forward Bends, and Twists. The poses are accompanied by Kapalabhati Breath or the "blowing in firm".
Why practice Yoga in a heated room?
Heat is used in Bikram and Hot Yoga in order to allow you to go deeper and safer into a Yoga Pose.
Your body becomes more flexible in the heat and since most poses used in Bikram are physically challenging, heat allows you to get into a pose that you never imagined you can do.
It also eliminates the risk of injuries, promotes sweating, and helps you release the toxins in your body.
The Bikram Yoga Poses not only work on your muscles but also on your internal organs.
Each pose stretches and strengthens your muscles, joints, and ligaments and, at the same time release the toxins and work on your internal organs like the glands and the nervous system.Some people are often discouraged to practice of Yoga by thinking that they are not flexible enough. Yoga is not about being flexible, but about strengthening your body and your spine in all directions with the goal of creating a union between the body, mind and spirit. All that matters is to try the right way without pushing yourself too far.
What are the Benefits of Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is designed to "scientifically" warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched.
The practice of Bikram Yoga promotes the cleansing of the body and release of toxins and utmost flexibility.
It can also reduce stress and increase blood circulation according to Yoga Books.
The practice of Bikram Yoga can also help you lose weight and develop muscles.
Anyone can practice Bikram Yoga even people with chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders may benefit in doing the Yoga Poses by reducing symptoms, and also one of the best ways to prevent any ailments by keeping the body healthy.Owners, Janet Horn(below left) and Adi Westerman(below right), are extremely excited to introduce this refreshing yoga to Asheville!
Adi and Janet first met during their extensive yoga teacher training course, lovingly dubbed "Yoga Boot Camp", in 2005. The course sparked an even deeper passion for yoga in each of them. The intensive training course demanded that they each work very hard, both emotionally and physically, in order to ultimately deepen their overall quality of life. In many ways the training course is designed to "kill you" in order to give way for a tremendous rebirth. Upon this journey, both Janet and Adi, individually discovered their dream of pursuing a yoga practice for a lifetime and sharing it with as many people as possible. After teaching at many different studios, Janet and Adi, reunited in 2007 with the common vision of creating a Bikram Yoga community in Asheville, NC.