I have been telling myself that I need to start building up my workouts in preparation for my races this summer, but I haven’t really added anything challenging up to this point. This weekend, I decided that it was time and I took my first Bikram Yoga class.
Bikram Choudhury began studying Hatha yoga at the age of four. His guru was Bishnu Ghosh. At age 12, Bikram was the youngest national yoga champion of India, holding the title three consecutive years. After his 3rd title, Bishnu encouraged Bikram to move on competitively. Bikram went on to pursue an athletic career as a marathon runner and an Olympic style weight lifter.
At age of 20, a weight lifting accident crushed his knee, leaving Bikram severely crippled. With the guidance of his guru, Bikram created his 26-posture series, which restored his health. He quickly established himself as an expert yoga teacher around the globe, opening schools throughout the East. Combining all that he learned from both Eastern and Western doctors and scientists at Tokyo University Hospital, Bikram perfected his comprehensive yoga system.
Bikram then tailored his technique for the Western person, specifically for the cultural problems of occupational stress, chronic overeating, poor posture, and a high stress lifestyle.
This is mostly hilarious to me, but if it helps people find a comfortable way to exercise, I am all for it…
Introducing BROGA (as described on their website):
Broga is a yoga class geared for men (where it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes).
Strong, energetic,and challenging, Broga combines the best core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing yoga postures with functional fitness exercises for an amazing workout.
You’ll get that pumped-up feeling you get from working out and a deep flexibility and relaxation feeling from “working in.”
If you’ve already been to a class, we’ll see you again soon. If not, you’ll thank yourself for making the effort to show up. Good music, cool vibe, all are welcome.
It’s your move. Get “real. fit.”©
I found a great yoga article on Women’s Health’s website. A few weeks ago I posted a chart to help people find the right yoga for them and I thought article would be a good follow-up to share. They have great info on each of the following types of yoga: Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Kundalini, Power, Prenatal, Restorative, Sivananda, Viniyoga, and Yin.