Apr 21, 2012

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Posture Benefits


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




Pranayama Breathing

Pranayama Breathing

  • Mental relaxation
  • Detoxification
  • Works the nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems
Half Moon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tree Pose

  • Creates hip and knee mobility
  • Releases abdominal tension
  • Helps inflammation of the lower back
Toe Stand

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

Wind Removing Pose

  • Helps constipation, flatulence and hyper acidity
  • Massages ascending colon, descending and transverse colon
CobraLocustFloor Bow

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

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

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

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

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


These 90 minute classes are not only physically demanding
but also mentally challenging.
Do bring a sense of humor. If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry!

– from Manhattan’s original Bikram Yoga studio

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