The Pros and Cons of Bikram Yoga

Yoga is popular these days; certain types of yoga tend to be more popular than others. Bikram yoga is among the most marketable and attended types of hatha yoga today. That said, before you jump in to the hottest studio in town (both literally and figuratively) obtain a little background on this yogic formula and weigh the pros and cons on your own.

Hot Yoga

Bikram yoga is the quintessential hot yoga, performed in studios heated low of 105 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity around 40%. Although some find this invigorating, be selective concerning the studio at which you choose to practice. Some studios pump recycled air instead of fresh pre-heated air into their rooms; this actually depletes oxygen levels and increases air toxicity. Since many yogis know, oxygen is our primary supply of prana. Oxygen deprivation and co2 poisoning may be the cause of that invigorating, giddy, energized feeling you have after a hot yoga class. This isn’t the case for every hot yoga studio. Learn how your local studios are heated and question the quality of air.



Since, Bikram yoga is practiced in 105 degrees, it usually heats up the body, along with a warm body increases flexibility. Based on Bikram Choudhury, a flexible body can be molded by any means you want. Moreover, the 26 postures of the form of yoga strengthens the spine, stretches muscles and improves posture, thus increasing flexibility.

Improves Blood Circulation and Releases Toxins

Bikram yoga creates two dynamics, one is known as the extension and the other is known as compression. While performing various asanas, the practitioner compresses parts of the body, temporarily reducing blood circulation. This activity causes one’s heart to pump more blood to create up for the shortage. When you are out of the yoga posture, new oxygenated blood is restored in areas of the body that were compressed during the process. The influx of fresh blood may improve blood circulation and release various infections, bacteria and toxins in the body.

Tones Your Body

The heated studios and also the effective 26 asanas no doubt is needed you reduce weight, but the good thing about this activity is it tones parts of your muscles and various parts of the body. This eliminates the sagging effect as well as helps in dispersing the body fat, to get you out of the vicious circle of fats, therefore includes a great body toning effect.



Heat and humidity of Bikram yoga could make you sweat, plus the physical strain the body is put through for the whole 1 hour 30 minutes, will drain all the water from your body. If you do not restore the lost water, you may put yourself at risk for dehydration. Hence, have a bottle close by and keep sipping little water to replenish water levels in the water.

Cardiovascular Risks

While practicing the Bikram yoga poses, you typically have to hold the yoga poses for about Thirty seconds or so. This is when you push the body too hard or may also need to overexert your body, which would lead to heatstroke, dizziness, nausea, fainting along with other side effects.

Quick Weight Loss

Although the quantity of calories burnt per session change from person to person, on an average it ranges between 600 to 1300 based upon the intensity of the workout. Slimming down in a steady fashion is good and sustainable. Losing weight too fast is unhealthy, which may lead to severe weakness in addition to a quick weight gain the moment you lose touch with Bikram yoga.


There are lots of medical practitioners who consider Bikram yoga unsafe even though many others swear by it. Moreover, there’s also a different school of thought, which says Bikram yoga doesn’t incorporate the spiritual facet of yoga and is more of a workout than practicing mind-body oneness. 


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