Yoga has become quite the trendy fitness option in pop culture in recent years. One kind of yoga that has reached a fashionable status among the stars is Bikram yoga. Many sports personalities and movie stars are presently into this type of yoga practice. Naturally, their fans want to follow their idols’ lead. Nothing wrong in that, especially if they really are interested in Bikram yoga benefits. However, they should also realize that it does not suit everybody and that there are some Bikram yoga dangers they should learn about.
Bikram yoga involves performing 26 yoga poses and two breathing exercises in a classroom with a temperature of 105 degrees at the coolest and humidity of 40%. Sessions make a very sweaty picture; however, all that perspiration brings multiple health benefits, such as increased metabolism, improved cardiovascular health, better sleep, chronic illness prevention, better flexibility, decreased muscle tension, etc. As for the outward appearance, weight loss, body toning and better posture are also achieved. When it comes to the mind, Bikram yoga increases the ability to concentrate and focus, improves sense of self, develops a peaceful mind, as well as enhances memory and balance.
As mentioned above, Bikram yoga is not for all. For example, it is not recommended to people with high blood pressure; respiratory problems such as emphysema, asthma, and chronic bronchitis; back problems; not to mention pregnancy. Those who want to practice Bikram yoga should already be in pretty good shape. They must also be able to bear intense heat.
Nonetheless, people in excellent health may still encounter risks in practicing Bikram yoga. Excessive perspiration introduces the danger of dehydration. The heat in itself causes immense discomfort, which could then lead to weakness, nausea, and even heat stroke. Unfortunately, there have also been cases of fainting, which could lead to other kinds of physical injury.
As with most things in life, we have to take the bitter with the better, and what’s good for some may not be the same for others. Just keep the pros and cons in mind when considering getting into Bikram yoga.