Bikram Yoga

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Bikram yoga is practiced in heated rooms. The heated rooms normally contain 40% of humidity. Bikram yoga contains 2 breathing exercises and set of 26 postures.

Benefits of Bikram Yoga

  • Mental relaxation
  • Heals lower back pain
  • Strengthens lower extremities
  • Improves central nervous system
  • Reduces diabetes
  • Flexibility
  • Better blood flow
  • Helps constipation
  • Cardiovascular benefits
  • Helps to balance body & mind
  • Balances blood sugar level
  • Gives a boost to the immune system
  • Improves the function of kidneys
  • Decreases body toxins

26 Postures of Bikram Yoga

1. Pranayama (Standing Deep Breathing)

Step 1- Stand straight.

Step 2- Join your palms and put them below your chins.

Step 3- Now, cleanse yourself by exhaling out the entire carbon dioxide from your lungs.

Note-1) As this is not a meditation exercise, you need not close your eyes. Keep eyes open to remain in contact with your posture, body and surroundings.

         2) Don’t worry if you feel a bit dizzy as its normal. Take a break if you feel as if you are going to faint.

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2. Ardha-Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

Step 1- Stand straight.

Step 2- Put your hands upwards and straight.

Step 3- Join the palms.

Step 4- Bend your body towards left. Your body should be able to make a “C”.

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3. Utkatasana (Awkward Pose or Chair Pose)

Step 1- Stand straight.

Step 2- Then, breathe in and raise your hands up. Your hands should be pointing in the same direction, where your face is pointing. Your palms should be parallel to each other.

Step 3- Now, bend your knees.

Step 4- Exhale and stand on your toes. Try to balance your body weight. Your posture should be as if you are sitting on a chair.

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4. Garurasana (Eagle Pose)

Step 1- Stand straight.

Step 2- Now, bend your knees.

Step 3- Wrap your left thigh on the right one and balance your body on the right foot.

Step 4- Raise your hands straight in such a way that they are parallel to the floor.

Step 5- Now, cross your arms. Remember, your right arm should be above the left one.

Step 6- Bend your elbows. Your forearms should be perpendicular to the floor, and the back of your hands should be towards each other.

Stay in this pose for 15-20 minutes. Repeat the same with the legs and arms reversed.

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5. Dandayamana Janushirasana (Standing Head to Knee)

Step 1- Stand straight. In this yoga pose, balancing your body is very important; otherwise, you will fall. So, first try to balance your body.

Step 2- Bring your right leg upwards. Your legs should form a 90-degree angle with the floor.

Step 3- Hold your lifted toe with both of your hands. Remain in this position for a minute.

Step 4- Take a deep breath. Then, exhale and begin to lower your upper body, slowly. Try to bring your forehead closer to your leg, as much as you can.

Stay in this pose for a while and then, return to normal pose. Repeat it with the other leg.

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6. Dandayamana Dhanurasana (Standing Bow Pose)

Step 1- Breathe in and stand straight.

Step 2- Raise your hands upwards and inhale & exhale normally.

Step 3- Slide your right leg backwards and bend it.

Step 4- Try to raise your right leg upwards and hold your right toe with your right hand.

Step 5- Put your left hand forward and raise it. Your elbow shouldn’t be bent. Your palm should face the ground. Your left hand’s fingers and your face should point at the same direction.

Step 6- Hold this position for 15 seconds, balancing your body.

Step 7- Return to your original posture and repeat with the other leg.

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7. Tuladandasana (Balancing Stick Pose)

Step 1- Stand erect and inhale.

Step 2- Raise both of your hands upwards and join your palms. This will help you in balancing your body.

Step 3- From tailbone to your head, bend your body forward.

Step 4- Point your joined hands in the same direction where your head is pointing.

Step 5- Raise your right leg backwards and your right knee shouldn’t be bent.

Step 6- Your body should form a perfect “T”.

Step 7- Hold this posture for 15 seconds.

Step 8- Return to original posture and repeat this pose with the other leg.

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8. Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Paschimotthanasana (Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose)

Step 1- Keep your breathing normal and stand erect.

Step 2- Slide your legs apart, but both your legs should be in one line. Your legs should form “/” sign. Your knees should be straight.

Step 3- Bend your body forward, from waist to head. Keep your bended body close to your legs.

Step 4- Your head should touch the floor. Now, hold both of your feet with your palms. Don’t stretch your body too much if you are doing this yoga for the first time.

Step 5- Keep your butt out. To maintain the balance of your body, put your weight on your toes.

Step 6- Stay in this position for 60 seconds or so. Then, slowly return to original position by standing straight.

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9. Trikanasana (Triangle Pose)

Step 1- Stand erect and breathe in.

Step 2- Point both of your hands towards the ceiling and join your palms.

Step 3- Slide your right leg outwards and don’t bend your knee, it should be straight. Both your feet should be in the same line.

Step 4- Bend your left knee.

Step 5- Bend your body towards your left knee.

Step 6- Put your left hand down and touch your left toe with your fingers. Keep your right hand upwards and straight.

Step 7- Look upwards, in the direction, where your right hand is pointing.

Step 8- Stay in this position for 5 minutes or so.

Step 9- Come to your original posture by standing straight.

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10. Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana (Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose)

Step 1- Stand while keeping your spinal cord straight.

Step 2- Keep your hands upwards and pointed towards the sky. Join your palms.

Step 3- Put your right leg forward and lock both of your knees.

Step 4- From waist to head, bend your body forward.

Step 5- Your body should be bent in such a way that your head touches your right knee.

Step 6- Put your hands down and touch the floor with your fingers. Your hands should be joined, and your elbows should be locked.

Step 7- Stay in this position for like 5 minutes or so.

Step 8- Slowly come in a straight posture.

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11. Tadasana (Tree Pose)

Step 1- Inhale and stand straight.

Step 2- Keep your mind calm.

Step 3- Balance your body on left leg, else, you will fall.

Step 4- Bring your hands close to your chest and join your palms like you do while praying.

Step 5- Bend your right knee in front of left upper thigh. Remember, the sole of right knee should be towards ceiling.

Step 7- Concentrate on a point to relax your mind.

Step 8- Stay in this position for 10 to 12 seconds.

Step 9- Put your right leg down and come to a straight standing position.

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12. Padangustasana (Toe Stand Pose)

Step 1- Stand straight and take a deep breath.

Step 2- Sit down bending your knees and keep your back straight.

Step 3- Try to sit on your toes by balancing your body weight.

Step 4- Slowly raise your right leg and put your right toe on your left thigh.

Step 5- Raise your hands and join your palms. Your hands should be in a prayer position.

Step 6- Stay in this position for as long as you can.

Step 7- Slowly remove your right leg from your thigh and come in the original position.

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13. Savasana (Dead Body Pose)

Step 1- Keep your mind quiet and calm.

Step 2- Lie down supine on the floor.

Step 3- Put your hands on the ground in a relaxed position.

Step 4- Keep your body relaxed.

Step 5- Your eyes should be open. Concentrate at a point on the ceiling.

Step 6- Take a deep breath and slowly inhale and exhale.

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14. Pavanamuktasana (Wind-Removing Pose)

Step 1- Lie down on the floor. Your body should face the ceiling.

Step 2- Exhale and bend your both knees towards your chest.

Step 3- Tightly hold your right knee with both of your hands.

Step 5- Straighten your left leg and lock your left knee.

Step 6- Hold this posture for some time.

Step 7- Finally, bring back both the knees towards your chest.

Step 8- Exhale and comfortably pull out both knees along the floor.

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15. Pada-Hasthasana (Sit-Up Pose)

Step 1- Bring your body in Savasana pose.

Step 2- Raise your hands overhead and join your palms.

Step 3- Sit up while inhaling.

Step 4- Keep your legs straight.

Step 5- Bend your body forward (head to waist).

Step 4- Put your forehead on your knees.

Step 5- Bend your elbows and touch your toes with your palms.

Step 7- Stay in this position for 2 minutes.

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16. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Step 1- Lie prone on the floor.

Step 2- Put your palms on the floor.

Step 3- Slowly lift your body, from waist to head, upwards.

Step 4- Keep your head upwards.

Step 5- Keep your toes outwards and knees should be locked.

Step 6- Stay in this position for as long as you can.

Step 7- Come in a comfortable posture.

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17. Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

Step 1- Lie prone on the floor.

Step 2- Put your palms on the ground.

Step 3- First lift your right leg upwards while balancing your body weight.

Step 4- Now, lift your left leg upwards and lock both the knees.  Shift your body weight on your palms.

Step 5- Stay in this posture for 5 minutes. Then, come in a comfortable position.

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18. Poorna-Salabhasana (Full Locust Pose)

Step 1- Lie prone on the ground.

Step 2- From your knees to toes, lift your legs and lock your knees.

Step 3- Your toes should be outwards.

Step 4- Slowly lift your hands too and lock your elbows.

Step 5- Keep your head up and straight. Only your stomach should touch the ground.

Step 6- Your body posture should be like a flying aeroplane.

Step 7- Stay in this position for 10 to 12 seconds.

Step 8- Slowly; put your legs and hands down and come in a comfortable posture.

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19. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Step 1- Bring your body in Poorna-Salabhasana pose.

Step 2- Bend your knees backwards.

Step 3- From knees to toes, raise your legs upwards.

Step 4- Put your hands backwards.

Step 5- Tightly hold your toes with your palms. Your body posture should be like a bow.

Step 6- Look upwards.

Step 7- Stay in this posture for 20 to 25 seconds.

Step 8- Slowly; leave your toes and rest comfortably on the ground.

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20. Supta Vajrasana (Fixed Firm Pose)

Step 1- Stand erect.

Step 2- Sit while bending your knees backwards.

Step 3- Keep your spinal cord straight. Keep your breathing normal.

Step 4- Bend your body backwards and lie supine on the ground. Don’t straighten your knees.

Step 5- Elevate your hands overhead and fasten onto opposite elbows.

Step 6- Your face should be upwards. Your chin should be tucked into your chest.

Step 7- Your butt should be in contact with your toes.

Step 8- Stay in this position for 20 seconds.

Step 9- Start from relieving your hands and slowly, get back to original posture.

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21. Ardha-Kurmasana (Half Tortoise Pose)

Step 1- Stand straight.

Step 2- Sit, while bending your knees outwards.

Step 3- Bend your body and lean forward.

Step 4- Put your head on the ground.

Step 5- Keep your hands straight and on the floor.

Step 6- Join the palms.

Step 7- Stay in this position for 20 seconds or so.

Step 8- Slowly straighten your legs and come to a normal posture.

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22. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Step 1- Sit down while bending your knees backwards.

Step 2- Keep your body straight.

Step 3- Keep your hands backward.

Step 4- Keep your hands straight and lock your elbows, holding your toes.

Step 5- Bend your body backwards.

Step 6- Keep your head upwards.

Step 7- Stay in this position for 20 seconds.

Step 8- Slowly release your hands and sit comfortably.

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23. Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)

Step 1- Bend your knees outwards and sit down.

Step 2- Keep your spine cord straight.

Step 3- Bend your body forward and let your head touch the ground.

Step 4- Keep in mind that your forehead should touch your bent knees. Your chin should be in contact with your chest.

Step 5- Keep your hands backwards and straight. Lock your elbows and hold your soles with your palms.

Step 6- Keep your toes towards the outside.

Step 7- Keep your body in this posture for 20 seconds.

Step 8- Lower down your back and comfortably release your body from this posture.

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24. Janushirasana with Paschimotthanasana (Head to Knee Pose with Stretching Pose)

Step 1- Inhale and sit down. Keep your legs forward and straight. Keep your breathing normal.

Step 2- From tailbone to head, keep your body straight.

Step 3- Bend and slide your right knee in such a way that your right toe will touch your left thigh (inside your left leg).

Step 4- Bend your head forward and put it on your left knee.

Step 5- Your left toe should be straight, and your left knee should be locked.

Step 6- Hold your left toe with both of your palms.

Step 7- Stay in this position for 10 to 12 seconds.

Step 8- Repeat the same with the other leg. After that, come in the sitting position.

Step 9- Now, pull out both legs and keep them straight.

Step 10- Curve your upper body forward. Bend your elbows and touch your toes with your palms.

Step 11- Touch your forehead with your toes. 

Step 12- After holding this pose for 15-20 seconds, return to initial posture.

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25. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Spine Twisting Pose)

Step 1- Sit down with your legs forward and straight.

Step 2- Bend your right knee in such a way that it comes up and over the left leg.

Step 3- Keep your left foot on the ground and fold it in such a manner that left toe touches the right buttock.

Step 4- Slowly twist your body and put your right palm on the ground, keeping your elbows straight.

Step 5- Bend the elbow of your left hand and put it on your right knee.

Step 6- Look towards the right.

Step 7- Stay in this posture for 20 seconds or so.

Step 8- Slowly move your body and head and come in a straight pose.

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26. Kapalbhati in Vajrasana (Blowing in Firm Pose)

Step 1- Bend your knees backwards and sit down.

Step 2– Keep the rest of your body posture straight.

Step 3- Put your hands forward. Your palms should be on your thighs.

Step 4- Lock your elbows.

Step 5- Your butts should touch your toes.

Step 6- Keep your stomach relaxed.

Step 7- Stay in this posture for as long as you can stay.

Step 8- Loose your body and sit comfortably.

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