Bikram

Class last night was AMAZING, assisted bow pose on both legs?! Yum.

I like bikram because it makes me:

-calm

-rolls out the kinks

-improves quality of sleep

Below are my top 7 of the 26 bikram postures

1. Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose strengthens every muscle in the body’s core, especially in the abdomen, and flexes and strengthens the latissimus dorsi, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles.  It increases the flexibility of the spine comprehensively, from coccyx to neck; promotes proper kidney function; and helps to cure enlargement of the liver and spleen. Half Moon also firms and trims the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

2. Hands to Feet Pose

AWWWWW love this one.  It definitely builds heat and makes me sweat! I love how it opens the back of my legs…runners can attest to loving this one.

Hands to Feet Pose stretch the spine and increases flexibility, as does Half Moon.  Both poses firm and trim the lower body, where many problem areas, especially for women, reside.  Hands to Feet Pose works the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the legs and improves circulation

3. Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Balance, Focus, Strength.  I can rock this; it’s very telling where I am at emotionally based on how I can balance it.  Lately, I keep falling out of the pose, which, tells me 1) I haven’t been practicing enough 2)need to realize power is in the breath 3) need to calm my mind.

Standing Bow moves all the blood from one side of the body to the other, then back again.  It develops balance, increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage, and firms the abdominal wall and upper thighs. It improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine. Standing Bow builds patience, determination and concentration.

4. Standing Separate Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose trims the abdomen, waistline, hips, buttocks and thighs.  It messages and compresses the thyroid gland, which helps to regulate the metabolism and the immune system.

5. Tree Pose

Calms and focuses the mind.

The Tree Pose improves posture and balance and increases the flexibility of the ankles and knees as well as the hip joints.  By strengthening the internal oblique muscles, it prevents hernia.

6. Bow Pose

Bow Pose opens up the rib cage, which allows the lungs to expand more fully.  This 360-degree flexion of the spine revitalizes all the spinal nerves by increasing circulation, and strengthens the spine along its entire length.  Besides helping with all manner of back problems, Bow Pose aids digestion, fights constipation, and combats bronchitis and diabetes while improving the functioning of the large and small intestines, the liver, kidneys and spleen.

7. Rabbit Pose

Rabbit is my favorite pose of the 26 postures.  Women tend to carry most of their stress and tension in their neck and upper back.

Maximum extension of the spine increases its mobility and elasticity, and does the same for the back muscles.  Spines stretching also expedites the feeding of the nervous system with fresh blood and oxygen. Rabbit Pose relieves tension in the neck, shoulders and back.  It helps alleviate colds, sinus problems, and chronic tonsillitis and, through compression of thyroid and parathyroid, rejuvenates those glands as well.  Rabbit Pose can also be therapeutic for insomnia, diabetes and depression.

  • Note: The itlalisized text is from the Bikram Yoga College of India’s Official Site.

http://www.bikramyoga.com/

What are your favorite yoga poses?  Is there a theme? Do you tend to favor hip openers or lower body poses? Or are you more shoulder focused?  Your body has a natural inclination to favor the poses it needs.

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