Bikram Yoga is the new trend taking Manchester by storm. It is a 90-minute class that is a challenging, fun and unique. It consists of a series of 26 Hatha Yoga postures (asanas) and 2 breathing exercises (pranayamas), which is suitable for all ages, levels of ability and body types. It is said to deliver total body health and purification through building strength and restoring healthy systems as nature intended.
It promises to offer:
Improved sleep, reduced stress, glowing skin, lubricated joints, better blood pressure, weight improvements, improved mental clarity, better lung capacity, enhanced physical performance, toned and stretched muscles, better flexibility and chronic pain relief.
Bikram Yoga Manchester based in The Smithfield’s Building in The Northern Quarter (bikramyogamanchester.co.uk) and has numerous offers for first time goers.
Bikram yoga top 10 do’s and don’ts
- Hydration is really important because of the 40.6 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit) so bring lots of water with you
- Only bring your towel, matt and yourself into the yoga room
- Do not talk in the yoga room – Bikram yoga is all about meditation and creating inner peace
- Try not to fidget or cause distractions during or in-between positions
- Do not push yourself too hard – remember your body is working in over time because of the heat. Sometimes less is more!
- Only breathe through your nose for more relaxation
- The general rule is to not eat 3 hours before a class
- Beginners should opt for the second row and keep an eye on the experts in the front row for guidance
- Do not stand too close to another participant – the row behind is ideal
Finally enter the class with a non-competitive attitude – yoga is about