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Fitter • HAPPier • HeAltHier july 2017

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Fit Life July 2017


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Pranayama
breathing

2

Ardha
Chandrasana

(Half-moon pose)

3

Utkatasana
(Awkward

pose)

4

Garurasana
(Eagle
pose)

5

Dandayamana
Janushirasana

(Standing
head-to-knee)

6

Dandayamana
Dhanurasana

(Standing
bow-pulling pose)

7

Tulandandasana
(Balancing
stick pose)

8

Dandayamana
Bibhaktapada

Paschimotthanasa na
(Standing separate
leg stretching pose)

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9

Trikonasana
(Triangle pose)

10

Dandayamana
Bibhaktapada
Janushirasana

(Standing separate leg
head-to-knee pose)

11

Tadasana
(Tree pose) 12

Padangustasana
(Toe stand)

13

Savasana
(corpse pose)

14

Pavana muktasana
(Wind-removing

pose)
15

Sit-up

W
part of the vegetarianism

movement in the 1930s.

In 1948, Indra Devi opened

Hollywood’s very first yoga

studio and since then, yoga

– in its various incarnations –

has become a multibillion-

dollar global industry.

Bikram yoga – named

after controversial founder

Bikram Choudhury – is

often derided by purists

as ‘gymnastic yoga’ and

a fitness workout that

ignores all the spiritual

elements of the foundational

discipline. Synthesised

from traditional Hatha

yoga, Bikram classes

should hypothetically

be taught by qualified

Bikram teachers – who

can only be certified after

training under Choudhury.

According to Choudhury,

he incorporated the heat

component in order to

replicate the climate in

India, as well as facilitate

the body’s ability to both

stretch and cleanse itself

through sweating.

poSTurE pErFEcT
The 26 postures that make

up Bikram yoga are repeated

twice during a full 90-minute

class and held for 10 to 60

seconds at a time. The asanas

aim to test strength, balance

and mental fortitude – and

mastering a tricky one will

give you a serious sense

of achievement.

Bikram yoga also burns

calories, but as the focus is

on stretching and breathing,

you’ll probably lose more

weight from the fluid you

release during a class than

you will from burning off

your lunch. You’ll definitely

know you’ve had a workout,

though – 90 minutes of

stretching and breathing

doesn’t sound very taxing,

but you’ll certainly feel it

in the heated conditions.

If you’re just starting out

with Bikram, and haven’t

done much exercise, you’ll

burn more calories than

someone who has been

practising for a long time.

With classes done in a

studio heated to 40°C at

40% humidity, and yogis

required to complete a set

sequence of 26 postures

– or ‘asanas’ – in a 90-minute

session, Bikram yoga most

certainly adds a new level

of intensity to yoga as we

know it.

The heat makes it easier

for muscles, ligaments and

joints to move, which helps

reduce the risk of injury.

Some say that this makes

it the perfect ‘beginner’s

yoga’, because the heat

aids movement and the

repetition of the postures

helps newcomers get to

grips with the basics.

knoW your yogA
Yoga originated in India

around the sixth century

BCE, and is widely regarded

as a spiritual, physical and

mental discipline.

According to Eastern

philosophy, the ultimate

goal of practising yoga is

‘liberation from the wheel

of existence’, while Western

philosophy places the most

emphasis on the physical

benefits rather than the

mental ones.

In the early part of the

20th century, yoga became

popular in the West as a

The beneficial effects of

continued Bikram practice,

according to Choudhury’s

theory, include improved

flexibility, better digestion,

higher energy levels, better

sleep and an enhanced mood.

HEATEd
Aside from a studio with the

correct heating facilities, all

you’ll need to practise Bikram

yoga is a mat, towel, water

bottle and form-fitting – yet

not overly tight – clothing that

allows you to move freely.

Baggy clothes will most likely

hinder your movement and

distract you from focusing

on getting the asanas right.

As much as it’s regarded as

an excellent introduction to

yoga, Bikram can be tricky for

newcomers, thanks to the

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