Here is a short description of this style of yoga – to learn more join our JIIVA tribe and come on the #JIIVAjourney with us!

What is it? 

The intention of Bikram Yoga is to move oxygenated blood throughout the body through a series of 26 poses completed in a heated room. The benefits of this system of yoga are in “the tourniquet effect: stretching, balancing (using gravity), and creating pressure all at the same time. The blood supply in arteries and veins is being cut off, creating pressure. When released, a lock gate effect is created, causing blood to rush through veins and arteries, flushing them out.” Through this, Bikram Yoga claims to systematically work every part of the body including veins, internal organs, ligaments and muscles. It is a strong and vigorous practice.

What does it mean? 

Unlike other yoga styles which derive their names from Sanskrit, Bikram Yoga’s name is derived from the Founder Bikram Choudhury.

Who founded it? 

Bikram Yoga was founded by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970’s.

How did it evolve?

This form of yoga was created by Bikram Choudhury and is based on 26 Hatha Yoga poses placed into a series, however, the practice and the Guru have been shrouded in controversy. The founder has polarising views on aspects such as the Yoga Asana Championships which many in the yoga community believe are against the values of peace and unity; and his claims of copyright on his sequence of postures which ultimately was overruled by the US Copyright Office. Bikram Choudhury has most recently been accused of sexual assault and creating a cult like atmosphere in the training and class environment.

What is a class like?

A Bikram class consists of a series of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises. It is practiced in a heated room 35 to 42 degrees C, and runs for 90minutes.