How does it work?

The postures in the series work synergistically and cumulatively to put the body back on track and in balance. The yoga builds energy, stamina, and finesse. By using ones strength against their owen flexibility and then balancing. You are realigning the skeletal structure, re balancing the tension of the muscles, tendons and ligaments, most importantly you are stretching against gravity, and creating a tourniquet effect through out the body. When you are squeezing and massaging internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system, and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems, any deficient hormones and enzymes then get released as necessary. The body is self-regulating and self adjusting. It knows what and how much it needs, it just needs to be boosted when it is out of balance. Cholesterol in the blood gets regulated, and also gets blasted out of the arteries and veins; oxygen and nutrients are supplied to parts of the body that had been in "cold storage;" toxins are eliminated; the central nervous system is both energized and soothed.

The lymphatic nervous system is also flushed out and the immune system is boosted. Sexual vitality and fertility is improved. The internal organs and endocrine glands are brought back into balance and peak efficiency. The body's travel and communications channels are reopened and strengthened. Lung capacity is expanded, leading to greater vitality. Bones are strengthened. The joints are opened and lubricated. The muscles are strengthened, toned , and made more flexible. And you loose weight by stretching. By stretching the muscles you are working on the cellular level to reorganize the cell's lipids and proteins, so that the calories are actually made accessible so that they can be burned. This reorganization on the cellular level helps the body to operate at peak efficiency, which also leads to greater energy.

Who does this yoga?

People of any age and any condition can do this yoga. The acutely ill have been cured of chronic disease doing this yoga (including diabetics, those with high blood pressure or heart disease, those which chronic back pain, etc.). Professional athletes attribute their longevity in their sport and fewer injuries to this yoga. Movie stars do it to help build their charisma. Professionals say it has given them the energy and mental clarity to excel in their fields. And everyone agrees that it makes you look great, lose weight, feel great, relieve stress, and perform exceptionally well in whatever it is that one does. Physically it is the perfect marriage of strength, flexibility, and balance. Mentally, it trains the mind in five ways: to have faith in one's self, to learn self-control, to gain determination, to improve concentration, and to build patience

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is the single best form of yoga for the achievement and maintenance of perfect health, a perfect body, and a sharp mind. It is a very intelligently designed series of twenty-six postures that works out the entire body for a period of ninety minutes from the inside out, from the macro to the micro level, using every system of the body. It stretches and strengthens every single muscle, ligament and joint in the body. The sequence is designed so that every posture warms up the muscles and joints needed for the next posture, in addition to working the organs, glands, and nervous system in a systematic and profound way. The Bikram series has the deepest impact on the body's insides and functioning. It is a challenging, exciting and vigorous series, and it gets the best results of any kind of yoga practiced today. The series has proved itself for thirty years.

Who is Bikram Chodhury?

For three consecutive years Bikram Choudhury won the coveted title of National Yoga Champion of India, after which his name was withdrawn from competition because just his presence was intimidating to the other contestants. He has been declared the best yogi of the 20th century, and he has taught in over 200 universities around the world. He has been called the world's foremost and most knowledgeable yoga teacher. His credentials have been approved by a board of forty doctors from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. On his first trip to America in 1971, he was sponsored by the American Medical Association. Bikram also won gold medals (and set records still unbroken) in weightlifting during the 1964 Olympic Games.

Shortly afterwards his knee and leg was completely shattered when a spotter failed to catch weights he had been lifting. It was then that his teacher again put him through rigorous yoga training for rehabilitation, after which he has completely healed. Since that time he has been teaching yoga all over the world. Bikram is based in Beverly Hills, California and has branches of his Yoga College of India across the United States and around the world.