Bikram yoga, or hot yoga, is one of the branches of hatha yoga, named after Bikram Choudhury. Bikram Choudhury, when he was only 13 years old, received the title of national champion of yoga in India; it was in 1957. However, after 4 years, at the age of 17, Bikram seriously injured his knee. The doctors’ forecasts sounded very pitiful: Bikram will never be able to move independently again.
But the young champion did not despair. Under the strict guidance of Bishnu Ghosh, his mentor, he began to perform asanas in a certain sequence. They aimed at the complete restoration of the injured part of the body. A distinctive feature of performing such complex of asanas was the fact that the room where the classes were held was very hot. This was necessary in order to work out the injured knee as efficiently as possible, and to avoid additional damage. As a result of hard work his knee fully restored.
Bikram Choudhury believes that Hatha Yoga brings the most positive results in conjunction with the hot climate of India. Obviously, not everyone has the opportunity to practice Bikram yoga in a hot country. That’s why the required temperature regime is artificially created in the premises of any country.
As a result of the refinement and improvement of the exercises sequence, Bikram Choudhury created his own unique direction. It was a sub-type of Hatha Yoga, which we now know as Bikram Yoga.
During classes, the students perform a complex consisting of 26 asanas in a strictly defined sequence. It is very important to perform these exercises to the end and repeat each of them twice, despite the fatigue or unwillingness. As a result of such practice, vital energy circulates in the human body (prana), and the organs functioning becomes much better.