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Understanding the discipline

Q. What is Bikram yoga?

A. Also known as hot yoga, Bikram yoga consists of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises practiced during 90-minute classes in a room heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. Designed in sequence to work every muscle, ligament, tendon, organ and tissue of the body, Bikram yoga was synthesized from traditional Hatha Yoga techniques by Bikram Choudhury, founder of the Yoga College of India.

Q. What is the goal of Bikram yoga?

A. Its goal is general health. Choudhury contends his system stimulates — and restores health to — every muscle, joint, and organ of the body while at the same time increasing circulation to all organs in the body.

Q. Who can benefit from it?

A. Recognized globally for both its healing and life-changing benefits, the yoga can be beneficial to those suffering with chronic pain, stress, depression, addiction, sciatica pain, asthma, recovery from surgery, paralysis, ulcers, colitis and even carpal tunnel syndrome, according to Holly McGregor, co-owner of Bikram Yoga North Shore.

Q. What equipment does the student need?

A. A mat, towel, water, and light clothing (shorts and a tank or bra top).

Q. What are class costs?

A. North Shore’s range is $17 for a single class to a $150 monthly fee for unlimited classes. An introductory special for first-time students is $25; if the student attends four classes during the first week, a second week is free.


Sandy Thorn Clark

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