10 Reasons to Try Bikram Yoga


Founded by Bikram Choudhury, Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures performed in a set sequence in a heated room for 90 minutes.  Here, Wendy Mosgrove, founder of Bikram Yoga Morgan Hill, gives ten reasons to try Bikram Yoga so you can see for yourself why so many like it hot. 

  1. Designed for beginner to advanced students; no prior yoga experience or physical ability necessary
  2. Stretches and compresses every muscle, joint, ligament, tendon, organ, nerve, gland, tissue and cell of your entire body
  3. The sweat flushes toxins and metabolic waste from your body, improving circulation and complexion
  4. You can burn between 600 to 1200 calories per class, depending on your metabolism
  5. Rehabilitates old injuries and complements other peak performance sports training
  6. Teaches you to breathe slowly and control your mind, eliminating stress and anxiety
  7. Stimulates the digestive system so nutrients are absorbed more effectively
  8. Reverses the aging process and thwarts disease
  9. Flushes out the central nervous system and heals the spine
  10. After 90 minutes, you’ll experience an unparalleled feeling of mental clarity, physical well-being and relaxation
Wendy Mosgrove is the owner and director of Bikram Yoga Morgan Hill.  After 14 years of classical ballet training, she began a 20-year career as an aerobics instructor and personal fitness trainer when she was hired by Jane Fonda.  After teaching at health clubs and fitness centers across the Bay Area, Wendy tried Bikram Yoga in 2007 to help treat a neck and back injury.  Not only did it make her neck and back feel better, but she was soon feeling and sleeping better and became hooked! She graduated from the Bikram Yoga College of India Teacher Training in 2009 and opened Bikram Yoga Morgan Hill in 2011 to spread her belief that "Bikram Yoga will change your body, change your mind, and change your life."

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  • #4 is incorrect. All data has revealed that it burns between 350 and 600 calories per class, the 1200 number is wishful thinking.

  • I think you may have bad data John. At 6'3" and 210 lbs and a very powerful practice I burn about 1430. Slightly less than running a half marathon in 90 minutes. I've used calculators and heart-rate monitors and I believe this to be true.

  • Is Bikram yoga still recommended? I remember there was some controversy around Bikram back in 2015 or 2016.

  • Great blog, thank you for sharing such new and useful information.

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