What is Bikram Yoga?
A series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises done in a specific designed for our cultural problems of stress, overeating, bad posture, and aggressive lifestyles. This exact technique and series of fixed poses brings better health to anyone willing to try it. The Bikram series of yoga postures, done in the prescribed order, works to bring your body into optimal balance.
Yoga is a 5000-year-old science and it is the best way of improving the body and the mind. When practicing the Bikram series, you have a physical and mental well-being that positively effects the way you see yourself in the world.
Bikram's Yoga Program is the most exciting, demanding, effective yoga program in the world. You will sweat, strain, laugh and do more for your health, self-image and spirit than any other activity you can do.
No matter what your physical condition, be it world-class athlete or couch potato, you will be equally challenged and will receive equal benefit from Bikram's 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises.
Bikram's Beginning Yoga Series is preventative healthcare. Being "in shape" doesn't mean that you have muscles and that you are able to run a few miles. Being "in shape" means that every system, gland, organ, tendon, ligament, joint and cell of the body is exercised.
Bikram, our Guru, is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India™. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with India's most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Author of the most popular book on Yoga, The Autobiography of a Yogi, and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles).
Bikram practiced Yoga at least four to six hours every day at Ghosh's College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, he won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated for the following 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. Ghosh was a celebrated physical culturist and the first to scientifically document Yoga's ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body.
Bikram was asked by Ghosh to start several Yoga schools in India. The schools were so successful that at Bishnu's request Bikram traveled to Japan and opened two more. He has since brought his curative methods of Yoga therapy around the world.