Kristin Wells is a recent college graduate from The University of Georgia and an aspiring writer. She wants to make a difference in people’s lives through her writing. Kristin also likes competitive cycling, running, and traveling as much as possible.
With the little ones running around, it can be tough for mom to get any time to herself, let alone time to stay in shape. Bikram Yoga is not only a great way to relax and de-stress, it also provides an intense workout that will help you get back the figure you remember. A full set can be completed in just an hour, and unlike many forms of yoga, it will definitely leave you feeling like you got a workout.
Bikram Yoga, named for founder Bikram Choudrey, is purely hatha, or physical. The room is usually reminiscent of a sauna, kept warm to help loosen stiff muscles and joints. The heated room has been shown to increase your metabolism and speed up the burning of fats. It is a little off putting at first because it’s out of the ordinary, but you learn to enjoy it when you start feeling the benefits. The first set of poses are performed standing, while the second half is made up of more intense floor work. Each pose is repeated twice, allowing the muscles to become more flexible quickly. The series starts slowly with breathing and warm ups, and leads to more intense poses as you go along.
The poses can be intimidating at first, and Bikram warns that you may feel a bit like a “baby elephant” when trying to work your body into challenging positions, but this style of yoga can work for any skill level. Perform the poses every day to the best of your ability and within a month you will be astounded at your increased flexibility and comfort level. It took me around a month before I didn’t feel like I had to watch everyone else and emulate what they were doing. The first time was hard, of course, because I had never really experienced yoga before, but the learning curve isn’t too steep where it’s off putting. The temperature and the challenging nature of the positions will get you burning calories, while the deep relaxation necessary to fully achieve each pose will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.
For mothers to be, Bikram Yoga can help give you greater control over your muscles and a greater pelvic flexibility that can ease the birth process. Just make sure to approve some of the more challenging positions with your doctor. Bikram Yoga is a great option for a wide range of people. Those who want the flexibility afforded by yoga but don’t feel challenged enough by a slower pace will get the challenge they crave. Doing Bikram once a week can help you gain the benefits, but multiple times a week can give you optimal stress and anxiety benefits for your health and wellness. Yoga could also assist patients diagnosed with different types of mesothelioma. Mothers with a limited amount of time in the day will enjoy the fact that it only takes a single hour to perform. People with physical conditions that prevent more extreme forms of exercise will be able to go at their own pace and slowly build their strength.
Bikram Yoga is a fun and effective way to reach your fitness goals, which is well worth giving a try.