Friday, March 6, 2015

26 Poses of Bikram Yoga.

Bikram Yoga Poses
The benefits of Bikram Yoga are plentiful! Each pose helps our bodies in specific ways:


Pranayama Breathing
·         Mental relaxation
·         Detoxification
·         Works the nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems

Half Moon
·         Helps lower back pain, constipation, obesity of stomach, bronchi distress, scoliotic, deformities, frozen shoulders
·         Works deltoid, trapezius, pectoralis major and hamstings
·         Exercise the colon, pancreas and kidney
Awkward Pose
·         Helps to open pelvic area, alleves joint pain and arthritis of the knees, strengthens lower limbs, relieves sciatica, improves flexibility in toes and ankles
·         Works quadriceps and deltoids
·         Strengthens lower extremities, joint mobility for hip girdle and all 12 major joints. By creating pressure in the joints and releasing allows fresh blood supply to flow in.
·         Control of sexual energies, improves function of central nervous system
Standing Head to Knee
·         Improves concentration, avoids sciatica by improving circulation and flexibility, reduces diabetes, strengthens back muscles and nerves
·         Works the muscular, skeletal, reproductive and digestive systems
Standing Bow
·         Increases circulation to the heart and lungs
·         Improves elasticity of the spine by compressing the spine
·         Helps with lower back pain
·         Opens diaphram and lungs
Balancing Stick
·         Increases blood flow all over the body at the same time
·         Clears arteries
·         Builds strength in lower extremities
·         Works the pancreas, kidney and spleen
·         Works muscular, reproductive, nervous, and circulatory system
Separate Leg Stretching
·         Helps for constipation, abdominal obesity and hyper-acidity
·         Increases circulation to the brain and adrenal glands
·         Good for small and large intestines
·         Good for kidneys
·         Helps chemical imbalances in the system
·         Helps colitis constipation, hip and back pain, spondilitis, general mobility and menstrual disorders
·         Cardiovascular benefits
·         Works circulatory, digestive, immune and reproductive systems
Standing Separated Leg Head to Knee
·         Helps abdominal obesity, diabetes, thyroid, blood and sugar balance, pancreas and kidneys
·         Works endocrine, reproductive, and digestive systems
·         Works obliques, iliosoas, quads and deltoids, trapezius, biceps and triceps
Tree Pose
·         Creates hip and knee mobility
·         Releases abdominal tension
·         Helps inflammation of the lower back
Toe Stand
·         Creates balance in the body and the mind
·         Strengthens stomach muscles
·         Helps with arthritis, knee problems and gout pain
·         Strengthens weak joints


Wind Removing Pose
·         Helps constipation, flatulence and hyper acidity
·         Massages ascending colon, descending and transverse colon

The Cobra Series (Cobra, Locust, Full-Locust and Bow)
·         Works to compress and open up the spine
·         Each posture works a specific section of the spine
·         Creates spinal changes, helps lower back pain, scoliosis and cervical spondylosis
Fixed Firm
·         Strengthens and improves flexibility of lower spine, knees and ankle joints
·         Helps to cure sciatica, gout and rheumatism in the legs
·         Helps varicose veins
·         Helps to cure and prevent hernia
Half Tortoise
·         Provides maximum relaxation
·         Cures indigestion, constipation and flatulence
·         Stretches lower part of the lungs – good for emphysema and asthma
·         Helps diabetes
·         Strengthens muscles in the back and shoulders
·         Produces maximum compression of the spine, stimulating the nervous system
·         Improves flexibility of the neck and spine
·         Relieves backache
·         Helps kypho-scolitic deformities
·         Stretches spine, maximum extension – opposite of Camel
·         Helps maintain mobility and elasticity of spine and back muscles
·         Nurtures the nervous system, brings blood to the brain, helps cure depression
·         Helps diabetes
·         Helps with colds, sinus problems, chronic tonsillitis, sore throats and strep throat
·         Good for thyroid, parathyroid and larynx
Head to Knee with Stretching
·         Helps to balance blood sugar level, especially good for diabetes
·         Good for the immune system, stimulates the thymus
·         Improves kidney function
·         Increases circulation to the liver and the spleen, pancreas, thyroid, thymus and intestines
Spine Twisting
·         Only posture that twists the spine from top to bottom at the same time
·         Improves flexibility of spine and hip joints
·         Helps prevent slip discs
·         Increases circulation and nutrition to spinal nerves, veins and tissues
·         Helps sciatica
·         Improves digestion
·         Helps tennis elbow
Kapalbhati Breathing
·         Helps to rid body of toxins
·         Good for emphysema and other respiratory ailments
·         Stengthens, massages and increases circulation to the abdominal organs and muscles, including the diaphram
·         Good against high blood pressure and good for the heart

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