Bikram yoga was founded by Yogi Bikram Choudhury who is the founder of “Yoga College of India”. Choudhury began practicing yoga at the tender age of four years and with a comprehensive regular practice of 4-6 hours daily. At an early age of thirteen years he won the “National Indian Yoga Championship” and remained undefeated for the next three years and retired as undisputed “All India National Yoga Champion”. Later he founded “Bikram’ Yoga College of India” and designed the 26 postures sequence. Bikram yoga has the protection of copyright, such that nobody can teach or present Bikram Yoga who is not authorised by Bikram Choudhury.
The Bikram Yoga gained popularity from the first half of 1970s. It is a hot yoga style which is practised at an elevated temperature of 95 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit and having a forty percent humidity level.
The 26 Postures of Bikram Yoga are as Mentioned Below
Pranayama – Standing deep breathing – It helps in preventing respiratory problems
Ardhachandrasana with Padahastasana – Half Moon Posture with Hands to Feet Posture – Strengthens the muscles in the core of the body to improve the flexibility of the spine.
Utkatasana–Awkward Posture – It helps to tone up and shape up legs and relieves arthritis in the legs.
Garudasana – Eagle posture – It helps in opening the 14 largest joints and helps the fresh blood to move through the reproductive system.
Dandayamana Janusirsasana – Standing head to knee posture – It improves the flexibility of sciatic nerves and strengthens the hamstrings and other leg muscles.
Dandayamana Dhanurasana – Standing Bow Posture – It helps in developing balance as well as firming up of the upper thighs and abdominal wall.
Tuladandasana – Balancing stick posture – It helps in sending the blood to the heart and cleansing the veins and arteries.
Dandayamana Vibhaktapada Paschimottanasana – Standing Separate Leg Stretching Posture – It helps in stretching and strengthening the sciatic nerves and tendons in the legs.
Trikonasana – Triangle pose – It helps in alleviating pain in the lower back and crooked spines while improves muscles and internal organs.
Dandayamana Vibhaktapada Janusirsasana – Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee posture – It helps in regulating immune system and metabolism while shaping your lower body.
Tadasana – Tree posture – It helps in improving flexibility, balance and posture and strengthens oblique muscles.
Padangushthasana – Toe Stand Posture – It helps in strengthening feet, ankles and knees and potentially reduces haemorrhoid problems.
Savasana – Corpse Posture – It helps in circulation of blood flow through the body to create internal cleaning.
Pawanmuktasana – Wind Removing Posture – It helps in compressing the digestive system, helps in strengthening the arms, thighs and abdomen while improves the hip flexibility.
Padahastasana – Situp – It helps in increasing the flexibility for stretching the spine and improving circulation of legs by working the muscles.
Bhujangasanaa – Cobra Posture – Ithelps in strengthening the spine and relieving pain from the scoliosis arthritis and menstrualdisorder at the same time it improves the digestive system.
Shalbhasana – Locust Posture – It provides similar benefits as in the posture of cobra. However it helps in strengthening the upper spine and legs.
Purnashalbhasana – Full Locust Posture – It relieves pain from scoliosis and slipped disc and at the same time it strengthens the middle spine and increases the elasticity of the rib cage.
Dhanurasana – Bow Posture – It helps in increasing the circulation and the strength of the spine and revitalizes the spinal nerves and opens up the rib cage to expand the lungs.
Suptavajrasana – Fixed Firm Posture – It helps in improving the flexibility and the strength of the lower spine, ankle joints, knees and hips and increases circulation which relieves pain.
Ardhkurmasan – Half Tortoise Posture –It helps in increasing the flow of blood to the brain and stretching the lower part of lungs while relieves the tension in the shoulders and the neck.
Ustrasana – Camel Posture –It stimulates the nervous system and improves the flexibility of the spine and neck while stretching the throat and abdominal organs.
Sasamgasana – Rabbit Posture –It increases the flexibility of the back muscle and the spine while potentially it helps to alleviate sinus or cold problems and relieves tension near the shoulders and the neck.
Janusirsasanawith Pashchimottasana – Head to Knee Posture with back stretching Posture – It improves the digestion and the circulation in the bowel while it helps to immune the system.
Ardha Matsyendrasana–Spine Twisting Postures – It helps in improving elasticity of spine and increasing circulation in the spinal nerves and it relieves the lower back pain.
Kapalbhati– Blowing in firm posture – This posture strengthens the abdominal organs while increases the elasticity of lungs and helps in improving circulation and digestion.