Hot Yoga Vs. Bikram Yoga As both hot yoga and Bikram yoga have gathered in popularity through the years because of their various health benefits, the question has arisen as to what the differences are between the two - if any at all. In fact, hot yoga and Bikram yoga really are two unique practices. Their main link is that Bikram yoga is a type of hot yoga. Both practices include similar health benefits, but Bikram yoga has come under some fire for its comparatively rigid methods, while hot yoga has a wider range of styles and features it can incorporate. Bikram yoga was first developed by yoga champion Bikram Choudhury in the year of 1974. It involves a series of 26 yoga poses with two pranayama (breathing) exercises that are performed twice in an 80-105 degree F room for approximately 90 minutes. His precise method not only includes these specifics, but also the type of carpet and mirrors in the room and usage of his prescribed text. He has an institute that certifies practitioners to become instructors of his style called the Yoga College of India. Choudhury dealt with a lawsuit after he attempted to copyright his set of poses in a hot room, as he did not want any other practitioners of hot yoga to reference their practice as "Bikram yoga" specifically. The case ended with a group of U.S. instructors agreeing not to use his name in reference to their hot yoga practices, as they were not trained in his style. Most hot yoga teachers are more than happy to forego such strictness and use a heated room for other types of yoga practices, the most common being the relatively gentle hatha yoga. Hatha poses are also utilized by Bikram Choudhury, and he admits that other trainers may teach the same positions, but he believes that his sequencing of the poses are what sets him apart. Regardless, there are many advantages to doing hot yoga that are present despite what style is performed. Other than hatha yoga, other types include vinyasa, moksha, and power yoga, which can all be practiced in a heated room - making them "hot yoga" too. Choosing what the best style will be for you is reliant on determining your current strengths, fitness levels, and the area you want to develop. Advantages of performing hot yoga include weight loss, greater core strength, improved flexibility, and building your immune system. Hot yoga tends to have a way of becoming an important aspect of many people's lives, and if you feel it's influenced you, then becoming a hot yoga teacher may be a satisfying course of action. There is certainly no need for you to study at the Yoga College of India to achieve this, either. One option is to speak with local teachers in order to see what training they may have available, or look at options online that offer courses for certification, often in beautiful locales. Whatever the path you take, hot yoga's benefits on both physical and mental levels will spread into all the aspects of your life. If you have at any time thought about learning to be a yoga instructor, get started with your yoga teacher training by becoming a member of a certified course that focuses on yoga instructor training.
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