You have probably heard people talking about it in your workplace, in the subway, in the coffee shop. That it really works. That it made them lose weight. Yes, Bikram yoga is hot. It may seem everybody else has tried it but you.
But before you dive in, it is important to be more informed. Because when people say Bikram is a hot yoga, they do not only mean it’s well-liked and in style. They also mean it literally. A session in Bikram yoga means exposure to elevated temperatures—105 degrees and about 40% humidity—for 90 minutes. It will make you sweat buckets.
It’s All about Sweating?
Now there’s a little confusion surrounding the sweating part. Some say sweating alone does not make you lose weight. Or it does but only temporarily. Once you drink fluids to rehydrate then you regain all the weight you just lost.
Well, yes and no. Yes, excess weight is not something you can simply sweat off without proper physical exertion. No, sweating is not the sole reason for weight loss when you do Bikram yoga. It is only part of the reason.
The Bikram “Glow”
Bikram involves 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, which as you carry out inside the heated room give you a total body workout. Your heart rate increases. Your muscles, warmed and flexed, get stronger with regular practice and eventually burn more fat easily.
The yoga practitioners have lean, toned bodies yet they don’t look old. They don’t lose the glow in their skin, which is what typically happens when you lose weight, and actually look younger than before they took up Bikram.
The Bikram “glow” is physiological in nature. The heavy sweating involved in the sessions detoxifies your body of harmful toxins and improves your blood circulation, both of which in turn increase your metabolism. Your immune system is fortified because the output of the cells whose job is to fight infections is increased.
Attuned Bodies and Minds
As an end result, your bodily systems will work in better harmony. It is not unusual that people who do Bikram yoga do not suffer from constipation anymore. They sleep better. Their appetites are normalized, all those cravings for unhealthy food vanished. They genuinely feel better.
True, this type of yoga can be challenging because you have to be able to stand the heat. But you also have to realize that those who do must have developed great endurance and will power. Though at some point, when they were just starting out, they were all novices just like you now.
So you see, people who steadily lose weight through Bikram yoga do so because their bodies and minds are attuned to losing weight.