Bikram Choudhury created a technique using an exact set of twenty-six postures, which focus on cleansing the body from the inside out. Two pranayama (breathing) techniques are included in a class, one at the beginning and one at the end. This style of yoga has been called the “yoga to the stars” because several famous people in Hollywood have studied Bikram.
This practice is rigorous and not easy; it’s a workout. During a class, the postures are repeated twice and held for at least ten seconds. You must be fit for this routine, and if you have injuries, this may not be the yoga method for you. For even more of a challenge during class, the thermometer is turned up to around 85 degrees and the room is very hot and steamy. Plan to sweat here.
For more information regarding the Bikram technique contact:
Yoga College of India 8800 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd fl. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310) 854-5800
Bikram schools are called the Yoga College of India. There are schools in Tokyo, Honolulu, San Francisco, and Beverly Hills. Bikram Choudhury has been at the center in Beverly Hills since the 1970s. The Beverly Hills. Yoga College of India is where the teacher’s training program takes place.
For more information on integral yoga, contact:
Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville Buckingham, VA 23921 (804) 969-3121 (800) 858-YOGA
Integral Yoga Institute 770 Dolores St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 824-9600
For more information on Iyengar yoga, contact:
Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco 2404 Twenty-seventh Avenue San Francisco, CA 94116 (415) 753-0909