Staying Warm in the Offseason: Bikram Yoga

Nothing like the days getting shorter, the water getting colder, and the wetsuits coming out of storage. As winter approaches, riding time becomes less and less and free time increases. Why not stay warm and stay in shape?

Bikram yoga is a style of yoga consisting of 26 postures, done at a temperature of 105 degrees. According to Bikram, “It has been proved and experienced by millions that these 26 postures systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments, and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function.  Each component takes care of something different in the body, and yet they all work together synergistically, contributing to the success of every other one, and extending its benefits.”

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The heat increases flexibility and cleanses the body of toxins and wastes, while impurities are flushed out with sweating. The classes are 90 minutes long and include 2 breathing exercises. The class allows for deep stretching, increasing flexibility and preventing injury. Not only does Bikram encourage lengthening of the muscles, but holding the poses (called isometric contraction), promotes strengthening and toning of the muscles. The typical participant burns from 500 to 1200 calories per session, which contributes to weight loss.

Bikram yoga is not for the faint at heart, this type of yoga is far from relaxing! If you’re up for a challenge this offseason and are in need of some cross-training to stay in shape, heat it up and give Bikram yoga a shot!

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