ABOUT BIKRAM hot yoga
Introduction and Benefits
Bikram for Beginners
Why Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Teacher Training
H.S. football champs' secret weapon: Yoga
Lock the Knee, No Knee!
Bikram on ABC News
Talking Hot with Bikram
Bikram: Boot Camp of Yoga?
BIKRAM: Bad Boy of Yoga
USA Yoga - Olympics
Transform Your Whole Life in 60 Days?
By Paige Williams
O, The Oprah Magazine Read Article
"She's 80 pounds overweight, divorced, out of work, and deeply in debt. She needs a physical and spiritual overhaul. Can 60 days in a Bikram hot-yoga studio really undo years of damage? The teacher wants me to make a Japanese ham sandwich. To my knowledge, I've never seen a Japanese ham sandwich, but as I understand it, I'm to stand bent with my face to my shins and chest to my thighs in perfect vertical union—I am the sandwich.
I would say I look more like a jelly roll. My flabby abdomen won't let my forehead anywhere near my knees, and my legs tremble as I try contorting myself into a position my body neither recognizes nor endorses. The goal is to concentrate on stretching and breathing, but I'm fixating on my unpedicured toenails. And the neon paleness of my legs. And the fact that I probably should have shaved.
The students around me are tanned and toned and very nearly nude. Every body glistens. We're in a Bikram yoga studio, after all, where the heat is set to 105 degrees and the humidity to 40 percent, to facilitate flexibility. The men wear nothing but shorts; the women rock hot pants and halters. Because I'd rather lick the sweat-soaked carpet than bare my wretched flesh, I have on the hot-yoga equivalent of a snowsuit: calf-length sweatpants, a jog bra, and a T-shirt. I'm huffing harder than a serial killer. And we're only on posture number one.
Posture number one of class one of day one. Assuming I survive, I'll make the ham sandwich and about two dozen other postures every single day for the next two months, for the notorious 60-day Bikram challenge." Read more
Sharpening business focus with yoga
I've built Bikram into my work schedule, even when I travel. It helps me deal with clients - and with stress. Two years ago on labor day I stumbled onto Bikram yoga in a studio on West 72nd Street in New York City and was hooked within a week. Now it's an integral part of how I run my business. Read article...
By Donna Olmstead Alb Journal
Lisa Salas, 48, was looking for a challenging workout that would help her lose weight and hold her interest.
Although she worked out at a gym, she wasn't seeing the results she wanted, so she decided to try the intense and hot Bikram yoga practice. But not just one or two days a week. Salas instead opted for the 60-day Bikram challenge, which as the name suggests means committing to doing the 90-minute Bikram hot yoga sequence of postures for 60 days in a row. Three years later and 30 pounds lighter, she says that first challenge engaged her mind and body in ways that continue to motivate her. And she isn't alone.... Read Article...
New NFL Training Methods
By Tracy Wholf
"Forget standard weight training, today's NFL players are using new and unorthodox workout and recovery strategies. You wouldn't expect burly guys to love Half Moons and Half Tortoises. But Bikram is no standard yoga." Read Article...
Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque is the original hot yoga in Albuquerque since 2003 in the North East Heights and the tradition continues at our westside near Corrales and Rio Rancho.
We remain true to the renowned series of Hatha yoga designed by Bikram Choudhury. We believe the right way is the hard way and while Bikram is a challenging practice, the benefits and rewards are worth the effort. Here you will find more than simply stretching or excerice, but a fundamental change in your overall well being.
Through hard work, we find relaxation, but also have fun. There is something about the struggle and the sweat, the practice of trying and not quitting that develops bonds of friendship that are special
Consistency - Respect - Integrity
in Everything We Do
We are very different than a big fitness center or crowded, discount gyms. There is an honest commitment here - the commitment to yourself! We offer 100% Bikram Yoga in several class packages to fit your practice schedule. Join us! Together we encourage each other to do more than we may ever thought we could possibly do alone! Come see why Bikram is the most rewarding 90 minutes you can do for your lasting wellness! You will feel the difference, from bones to skin, head to toe, inside out!
Each Bikram yoga class is the beginning Bikram series and is designed for those new to yoga and students of all levels and experiences. The class is led by instructors certified to teach Bikram Choudhory's method of yoga. All teachers at Bikram Yoga in Albuquerque have been trained and certified by yoga master Bikram Choudhury in the most intensive and comprehensive yoga teacher certification programs available in the United States. Read more...
It's amazing what our students say about Bikram Yoga! Read student stories here.. and check out our Facebook Fan Page for photos of bikram yoga students in a typical class at our yoga studios in Albuquerque. We are all ages, shapes and sizes! We hope you come try it!
Our teachers..."Plant a seed of hope with every student" - Bikram
Hot Yoga was pioneered by Bikram Choudhury, whose renowned style of yoga is regarded as the authentic Hot Yoga. Called hot yoga for a good reason, sessions take place inside of a room heated to 105 ˚F and a humidity of 40%. Bikram's method of Hot Yoga is a specifically designed sequence of 26 Hatha yoga poses and two breathing exercises, performed in the 90 minute class.
The purpose of yoga is the achievement of over all well-being in mind and body and also provides increased strength, injury prevention, tension relief, deeper flexibility and stimulates the health to all of the body's organs, joints and muscles from bones to skin, inside and out.
The consistent heat and humidity of Hot yoga helps the body to sweat out toxins while allowing the practitioner to safely go deeper into asanas (poses or stretches) and improve focus with breathing control. For many centuries, most styles of yoga were practiced in a hot environment. Much of India, the birthplace of yoga, is tropical with summer temperatures that can exceed 110˚F.
The hot yoga room is heated to warm the muscles and induce sweating. Warm muscles stretch further and safely. Heat increases the pulse and the body burns more calories in its efforts to stay cool during exertion. Heat also dilates the capillaries, distributing oxygen more effectively to muscles, glands, organs and other tissues, helping to remove toxins from the body.
The Bikram hot yoga series is a rewarding practice and designed for beginners and those new to yoga. Bikram’s hot yoga requires that every yoga student, no matter their level, make demands on themselves. A Bikram’s yoga class requires concentration, careful listening to the teacher's precise instructions, patience, determination, trust, and discipline. As these are required of you, they also develop within you.
The therapeutic, curative, preventive, and overall health benefits of Bikram's Yoga are legendary. Since the 1970s, many studies and articles have been written regarding the beneficial effects of Bikram Yoga and countless people have practiced Bikram's method to overcome chronic problems of all types. When you increase the flow of oxygen to your body you improve your body's ability to heal itself. The Bikram's Yoga series has been scientifically designed to help you direct oxygen to the parts of your body that need it most. Bikram's Yoga rejuvenates, regenerates, strengthens, flexes and balances all of your body, inside and out!
It takes practice, consistency, and the determination not to give up and to "try the right way," to gain the full life-enhancing effects of your yoga practice. With Bikram Yoga, you develop the foundation for anything you want to achieve and maintain in your own life -- athletically, professionally, physically, mentally, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. This practice will change your body and change your life! "Trust the process!" ~ Bikram
Builds strength, flexibility, balance * Helps normalize your weight * Relieves chronic pain * Heals and prevents injuries* Eliminates toxins from the body* Improves your immune system * Strengthen cardio-vascular *Makes Skin Glow!
Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the Yoga College of India™. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began yoga at the age of four under his guru, Bishnu Ghosh, brother of the famous Paramahansa Yogananda (1892-1952, below right) who introduced many westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book the Autobiography of a Yogi and as founder of the Self Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles
Gosh was India's most renowned physical culturist of the time, coninved that human energy centered on the body's greatest nervr mass, the spine. Gosh prescribed spinal fitness for health and happiness. Bikram praticed yoga at least four to six hour aevery day at Gosh' College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, Bikram won the National India Yoga contest. He was undefeated for three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.
At seventeen, an injury to his knee during a weight-lifting accident brought the prediction from leading European doctors that he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement, he had himself carried back to Bishnu Ghosh's school, for he knew that if anyone could help to heal his knee, it was his teacher. Six months later, his knee had totally recovered.
Bikram was then asked by Ghosh to start several Yoga schools in India. There, Bikram came into his own. The schools were so successful that at Bishnu's request Bikram traveled to Japan and opened two more. In has since brought his curative methods of Yoga therapy around the world. Bikram's wife Rajashree won five consectuive Natioal India titles. Together, they leacture and continue to teach from Bikram's headquarters in Los Angeles and around the world.
Bikram Choudhury's has been a target of controversy for his honest eccentricity, hyperbole and his determination to maintain the integrity of his copyrighted dialogue and to patent the Bikram Yoga series. While yoga is thousands of years old, Bikram has developed a method of hot yoga that provides strength, healing and faith to many. Like music, the instruments and notes may be common, but it is the artist that creates a symphony.
Bishnu Charan Ghosh, one of the greatest and most influential yoga masters of the past century, guru of Bikram Choudhury. Ghosh, born in Lahore, India in 1903, was a celebrated physical culturist and the first to scientifically document Yoga's ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body. Beginning in the 1920's, he developed a school of Yoga that provides a unique blend of spiritual inspiration and a highly disciplined physical regimen. Continue Reading
At Bikram Yoga of Albuquerque , we emphasize the yoga tradition of the asanas, or postures, that can compliment and enrich a spiritual life. Whether you are new to yoga or a long-time practitioner, yoga invites you to a journey of self-discovery and deeper understanding of Faith.
In the lectures "The Lost Teachings of Yoga,” Georg Feuerstein, internationally known for his many interpretative studies of the yoga tradition and author of thirty books, makes it clear that yoga is not a religion. It proposes no gods or saviors; it moves forward on the grounds of experiential confirmation rather than religious faith.
Yoga can be thought of variously as a science, a philosophy, a spiritual and a physical practice. It is a science because its overall effects are predictable if its ways are followed. Thus, the postures with deep breathing are linked with observation, acceptance, and understanding. As a philosophy, classical yoga has a view of the human being as immortal. In Christian understanding as well, once we are created, we are in existence for all eternity. As a spiritual and physical practice, yoga is a positive and comprehensive approach to holistic health through the integration of body, mind, and spirit; as such, it is a valuable instrument to promote one’s spiritual well-being. Feuerstein describes it as a “systematic program for peaceful living with sharpened self-awareness.”
In Feuerstein’s teaching, yoga has 2 primary meanings: Union and Discipline.
Union: the very word “yoga” means to “yoke”, to unite the body-mind in harmony.
Discipline: integral yoga is an approach to life that seeks to unite all the aspects of our living, e.g. our inner, spiritual life and our relations with others
For the Christian, however, asana practice also provides
* A means of expressing devotion and prayer through physical posture, gesture, and stillness
* A positive valuing of the body and its ways of knowing
* A positive valuing of both physical and mental challenge
* A heightened awareness of one’s interconnectedness with other bodies, human and non-human
* Increased capacity for concentration and meditation
June 1, 2012 Yoga Journal (Excerpts)
By Susan Cole
For many years, I silently envied those who happily went with their families to church. For me the pew was a place where my body was, but my heart and mind were restless....
...Somewhere along the way I started going to the local Bikram Yoga studio. Standing on my mat and towel looking into my own two eyes day after day, I realized the voice I was straining to hear all those years in the church pew was becoming clearer. With great humility, I came to realize all the imperfections in me are an undeniable part of who I am. I began to see my weaknesses and mistakes as opportunities to continually to grow and learn, not flaws to keep hidden from view. And by accepting my own imperfect self head-on, I found it was becoming increasingly easier to hold compassion and love in my heart for others. Importantly, I was finally able to come to terms with the fractured pieces of my spiritual journey.
...I have rekindled my love of the teachings of Jesus. I have also found wisdom in the words of the Buddha and the Dalai Lama, the songs of Michael Franti and the way my dogs greet me when I come home. More than anything, I have developed an intensely personal relationship with my God. It is from this space that I have found deep connections not just for people who are like me, but with all of humanity.