Strength Yoga – Bend It Like Bikram

Hey guys, what if I told you that getting strong was as easy as practicing Bikram strength yoga. What! No way! Well, as an alternative to lifting iron, this is one method that has some solid science behind it. Now, Bikram yoga is very different, because it actually forces controlled lengthy contractions of all the major muscle groups in a series of 26 specific moves. A recent study done to quantify the effects showed a significant increase in muscle strength after only 8 weeks. Joshua Wortman wrote about this study over at BreakingMuscle.Com.

Strength Yoga – Bend It Like Bikram

Most Westernized yoga forms focus on various poses and

Strength yoga

Strength yoga uses controlled contractions of every major muscle group. Photo by OSTILL c/o Photos.Com.

breathing techniques, and focus solely on relaxation of body and mind. Bikram yoga is a specific type of program that consists of a series of twenty-six postures, which require lengthy, forceful, and well-controlled contractions of all major muscle groups. This form of yoga is quite vigorous and is performed in a heated and humid studio. Consequently, it is often referred to as hot yoga.

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Bikram strength yoga can help you achieve an increase in strength and muscle power without necessarily going the traditional gym-based muscle building route. This further supports the notion that yoga is for both men and women alike. The beauty of yoga is that despite all of its diversity of forms and practices, it nonetheless unifies all within it.

If you found this piece to be not quite what you expected, why not leave a comment and let me know what you thought. I like to throw in the not infrequent curve ball to keep everyone on their toes (that’s also a yoga asana).

When I started doing asana, the yoga postures, I had a very strong feeling of many unnecessary things dropping away – especially tension and inadequacy.

                                                                                                         — Patricia Sullivan

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