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Bikram yoga (BY) was initially developed from Hatha yoga by Bikram Choudhury. An intense yoga, BY systematically works many different parts of the body. BY uses what is known as the tourniquet effect which is a combination of stretching, balancing and applying pressure to the body at the same time. When BY is practiced, the muscles contract and stretch and the ability of the joints to move is strengthened and increased. Each system of the body is also affected as blood is effectively circulated vigorously through the various postures.
Bikram yoga benefits include reduced stress, increased energy and weight loss. Bikram yoga classes run 90 minutes and consist of 26 Bikram yoga postures, or asanas. Ideally, Bikram yoga is practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of 40%. Bikram yoga is sometimes called “hot yoga.” The heated workout room helps improve stretching and injury prevention while reducing tension and stress.