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Yoga for Runners - Part 2
Saved 2/01/07 to Yoga Stretch and Tell Group

Bikram - It's hot and it SUCKS


Ok, so Bikram Yoga is not like real yoga. You're in a huge sauna with a frickin mirror. The only reason your body can do any of those poses is first of all - it's hotter than hell, and second of all, the instructor basically yells at you.

Not my idea of relaxation.

Oh and another thing - the place I went to had carpeted floors. EWWWW. I don't even want to think about what growing under it in that disgustingly moist room.

Yeah, also, when I went to my first class (a friend begged me to go with her), I passed out. Yup. I mean - I hit the floor. Yeah. It wasn't good.

No more Bikram for me. I much prefer ANY OTHER kind of yoga.

whit127 whit127 3 years 18 weeks
I've done yoga for a few years now, and keep coming back for that calm, serene feeling that comes along with the practice. The public image that Bikram puts out there is the furthest thing I hope to accomplish after years and years of practice, the teachers are like drill sergeants, which is not serene to me and doesn't help me to get that introspective awesomeness that any other type of yoga facilitates. Plus the carpeting has this whole stinky petri dish vibe about it. How can it be better for your body to put it into an environment that it would rarely be in otherwise, and cook yourself from the outside in, when you can heat yourself from the inside out with proper breathing and actual effort in another style of yoga, like, say, Ashtanga? I don't think bikram yoga is healthy. The actual asana's are fine, but not the extra stress on your body caused by all the strict rules and methods the official bikram studios have to abide by (carpeting, pushy teachers, discouraging water, etc.)
alissashreddah alissashreddah 3 years 43 weeks
I love yoga, but hot yoga never seemed like a very good idea to me. Your muscles get warm when you do normal yoga moves anyways. Hot yoga is just the new exciting fad running rampant right now, but I'll stick to my yoga in a normal temperature room with peace and quiet, not loud instructors.
YogiSan YogiSan 3 years 51 weeks
I started yoga in rishikesh (india himalaya) 7 years ago, I had been travelling India with my girlfriend for about 3 month and I found the place so inspiring that I stayed more than a month practicing yoga and Indian music(her bansuri flute me tabla) every day.... I was 22 at that time, the experience was so rich in so many ways...For about a month I stopped eating meat, drinking alcool and gave up smoking. day after day I kept feeling better in my mind body and soul...It was like discovering life from a new angle...reaching higher states of consciousness, awareness without the help of any substances. Today, I've tried many different styles of yoga : vinyasa, ashtanga, hatha, Bikram... And I must say that after more than 20 classes of Bikram I understood what it's about... First of all Bikram is a very smart guy, he sensed a big money making buisness in adapting yoga for the western world(at least he was one of the first ones)... His yoga goes along with life in big city's...you need to be tough out there if you want to get a decent life and be respected...I guess you all know what I'm talking about, no need to explain. So honestly the only thing that bothers me with Bikram is not him or his yoga but it's the fact that we are so encouraged to be more competitive, aggressiv...that so many of us skip the most important things as sensitiveness, creativity... So to all of you out there that are into bikram, know that there is much more to discover in yoga and that you will be amazed if you really take the chance to go further in the journey of self discovery... Om shanti
getstinko getstinko 5 years 36 weeks
I do Bikram and it is really physically taxing. I have done some incredibly strenous workouts but 1.5 hours in 105 heat is just a hell of a work out. Honestly I'm mixed on it, I signed up because I liked the idea of sweating out toxins and stretching to resolve some issue with my pelvis, but I can't see doing it long term. I have heard people recommend vinyasa as a better alternative.
ilovecandyfloss ilovecandyfloss 5 years 45 weeks
The first and last time I went to a Bikram class, it was 96deg outside, and the instructor put the HEATER on. It almost killed me. And then I blacked out and fell over 3 or 4 times. I'll stick to my Ashtanga thanks... although I know a few people who rave about it. Each to their own, right?
yoginiVajra yoginiVajra 6 years 9 weeks
Bikram yoga is NOT good for you. It forces your body by using heat into postures that it is not ready for and can have long lasting, damaging effects. The only reason it feels like its good for you is because you feel exhausted, drained and defeated. This style gives yoga a bad name. Bikram yoga is limited to 26 poses. They are the same every time! There exists 100s of yoga poses that target different muscle groups and when using them in variety is the only way to get a total body workout. Please, do the research! Bikram is taking advantage of yoga’s good name and claim to medical benefits and not following through. I am a certified hatha yoga instructor and experimented with bikram for a year until finally injuring by lower back. I know many others who have been injured and never seemed to get any stronger, thinner, or more balanced. If you are looking for a workout, try ashtanga–if you’re looking relief from: stress, anxiety, depression, hypertension, sciatica; try any other form of yoga!! If you like the heat, which was my favorite part, try heated vinyasa flow. Your body and mind will thank you!
ScoutsMom ScoutsMom 6 years 11 weeks
I've been doing Bikram for a few months now and I really like it. Before this I only did endurance stuff (running, triathlons, swimming) I also want to try Ashtanga, though. To answer mandiesoh's question, Hot Yoga is an offshoot of Bikram Yoga. Bikram Choudhurry (sp?) came up with the asana sequence for Bikram (it's 26 asanas or postures done in the same order with savasanas between each pose). Some of his devotees started building on/corrupting (depends which side you're on!) the sequence and Bikram had it out in court. Now a studio can only call themselves Bikram if they've attended his teacher certification and adhere to his strict principles (room is 105 degrees, carpeting looks a certain way, etc.). There is even a script that the instructors all use. So if the studio is a Hot Yoga studio it will be less regulated.
scotte scotte 6 years 17 weeks
I really enjoy Bikram as I feel energized and focused after class. The instructors make the class. I've had instructors that should be in the army, and I've had instructors who have soothing soft voices. I prefer soft voices:)
Xgirl1 Xgirl1 7 years 26 weeks
I've been practicing Bikram Yoga 3 times a week for over 3 years now. The last year + I have been going 4 times a week and recently have added an additional class. I did not start doing this yoga with a killer body, strength, and flexibility so I was not a *natural*. I have never pushed a vertebrae out of alignment or injured myself beyond the normal aches of exercising during my practice. Bikram is not dangerous in any way when doing it properly and listening to your body. I practice with many people who's experience has been the same as mine so I know I'm not crazy. I'd also like to add that trying 1 class of Bikram is not enough. The 1st class is always a "throw-away", you need it to get a sense of the practice. From class #2 on you absorb more and more. Class #4 is like having an epiphany and you build from there. - X -
mandiesoh mandiesoh 7 years 32 weeks
is this Bikram yoga the equivalent of Hot Yoga? cos i heard tt doing yoga in an artificial environment goes against the concept/beliefs of yoga anyway cos it stresses your body out and stuff? but loads of ppl are trying it out now cos apparently it makes you lose more weight??
georgiegirl9 georgiegirl9 7 years 32 weeks
I personally think that hot/humid weather does feel good. And I love the immediate results of Bikram. So cleansing and personally challenging whether you are pushing further into a pose or remembering to hold back to respect your limitations or just to make sure you are doing the pose correctly
POPSUGAR-Fitness POPSUGAR-Fitness 7 years 32 weeks
Hmmm, I don't know, Yoga is supposed to feel good, no matter what.
fickletwister fickletwister 7 years 32 weeks
I went to my first Bikram class last night. It was the hardest thing I've done in a long time. I've been doing yoga at home off and on for several years, but this was completely different. There were several times when I had to sit out a pose. I had moments where I was really dizzy and a little nauseous. I know it sounds crazy, but I can see how someone could be addicted to it. There were also poses that I've never been able to do at home, that I could do in the heat of Bikram. I really liked how it felt so cleansing afterward. If anyone is interested in Bikram, I have a couple suggestions (some from my studio's site, and some from my experience last night). Bring other clothes to wear after class -- even underwear. You will get NASTY! But it's a good sweat. Do not eat 4 hours before class. I had a Luna bar about 2 hours before, and I think it's part of the reason why I felt nauseous. Also, drink a ton of water before class. I did, and I ended up sweating a lot. The instructor will tell you it's okay to drink water, but try not to, if you can. I got dizzy after I would take a sip. If you're obviously dehydrated, do it, but try to hold off for as long as you can. Your stomach will thank you. Don't be afraid to sit down if you get shaky or dizzy. The instructor will encourage you to do this, but get up and try it again as soon as you can. If it's your first time, try to set up more toward the back of class. I was in the front, but I wanted to see how other people were doing. Above all, have fun!
lunachick lunachick 7 years 32 weeks
I haven't tried Bikram but I live in the tropics and practice Ashtanga. It can get pretty hot but I'm used to doing all my workouts in this heat and I make sure to stay very hydrated.
karmasabitch karmasabitch 7 years 32 weeks
Oh geez.. I don't think I'll be trying that ever :O
Community-Manager Community-Manager 7 years 32 weeks
I was also begged by a friend to join her for a class. I tried it. I was miserable the entire class and the very gross part was after class I puked. Needless to say, it was the first and last time, I went to Bikram
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 7 years 32 weeks
I don't care for it.
Beaner Beaner 7 years 32 weeks
If you like to do yog in a warm room - try Ashtanga, especially in the winter.
georgiegirl9 georgiegirl9 7 years 32 weeks
I'm sorry that you have had such bad experiences with Bikram. I myself love Bikram and find it to be an awesome workout. The most important thing is to find a knowledgable and certified instructor. Mine is very stern about making sure people respect their limits and do what they can correctly before moving further into the pose. At some point you have to accept responsibility for yourself...respect your body's limits, if you feel dizzy or lightheaded then sit for a moment. I have a sprained ankle right now and have to only do so much because I have to honor my body.
Beaner Beaner 7 years 32 weeks
OMG - MsDOnald's of Yoga. Too funny. I completely agree. It's all about the body - nothing to do with the mind or spirit.
LizaToad LizaToad 7 years 32 weeks
the reason this yoga is dangerous is that the heat relaxes your muscles and you end up stretching further than you should and this can be really bad for you!.... as my sad tale should show!
POPSUGAR-Fitness POPSUGAR-Fitness 7 years 32 weeks
Yeah - I hear you snow.
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 7 years 32 weeks
sounds slippery.... _____________________________________________ * yummers! *
LizaToad LizaToad 7 years 32 weeks
my friend's dad started doing bikram and convinced us that it's the best thing ever... my friend and i became devotees and went religiously 4 times a week for about a year. i noticed that my back had really started hurting and finally it got so bad that i could barely walk... after a barrage of tests it turned out that i had pushed one of my vertebra out of place b/c of bikram..... DON"T DO THIS YOGA! it is the mccdonalds of yoga....you can hurt yourself VERY badly!
colormesticky colormesticky 7 years 32 weeks
:ROTFL: I'm so sorry, snowday. I like to be warm, but I want my ass to be FREEZING when I have to exercise.