Health Benefits of Bikram Yoga

Standing Deep Breathing
Expands the lungs to their full capacity
Increase circulation to the whole body
Counteracts emphysema, asthma, and other breathing problems
Helps regulate blood pressure
Exercises the nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems

Half Moon/Hands to Feet Pose
Revitalizes liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys
Corrects bad posture
Helps alleviate lower back pain, bronchial distress, scoliosis deformities, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder
Improves circulation in the legs and to the brain
Increases the flexibility of the spine, sciatic nerves, most of the tendons and ligaments of the legs
Strengthens stand firms the abdomen, hips, thighs and buttocks

Awkward Pose
Increases circulation in the knee, toe and ankle joints
Relieves rheumatism, arthritis and gout in the legs
Helps to cure slipped disc and lumbago in the lower spine
Increases hip joint flexibility
Strengthens and firms upper arms and all muscles of thighs, calves and hips

Eagle Pose
Relieves tension in neck and shoulders
Improves sexual vitality and control
Improves flexibility of all 12 major joints of the body
Strengthens and firms legs, arms, and abdomen

Standing head to Knee Pose
Develops concentration, determination and patience
Increases pancreatic functions
Helps balance blood sugar levels
Improves flexibility of sciatic nerve
Strengthens and firms abdomen, thighs, legs upper body and arms

Standing Bow Pulling Pose
Flushing out kidneys helping to eliminate toxins
Increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage and lungs
Helps correct high blood pressure
Helps tennis elbows and frozen shoulder
Improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine and most of the body’s muscles
Improves flexibility of sciatic nerve
Strengthens and firms abdominal wall, upper thighs, upper arms, hips and buttocks

Balancing Stick Pose
Strengthens the heart muscle and improves circulation
Increases lung capacity
Helps tennis elbows and varicose veins
Increases the flexibility of the spine, hip, and shoulder joint
Strengthen ad firms arms, hips, buttocks and upper thighs

Standing Separate leg Stretching Pose
Helps functioning of the abdominal organs
Brings blood to the brain
Stretches and strengthens the sciatic nerves and tendons of the legs
Increases flexibility of the pelvis, ankles, hip joints and last 5 vertebrae of spine
Improves the muscle tone and flexibility of thighs and calves

Triangle Pose
Improves every muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ
Revitalizes nerves, veins, and tissues
Improves crooked spines
Helps correct frozen shoulder and tennis elbows
Increases strength and flexibility of the hip joint and of the muscles of the side of the torso
Strengthens and firms arms, upper thighs, waistline and hips

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose
Increases blood circulation to legs and brain (helping with some types of headaches)
Massages internal organs
Helps with diabetes and hyperacidity
Helps relieve constipation, dyspepsia, and hemorrhoids
Improves flexibility of the spine, shoulders, hips, sciatic nerve
Strengthens and firms abdomen, waistline, hips buttocks, upper thighs

Tree Pose
Improves posture and balance
Improves circulatory disorders
Relieves tension in neck and shoulders
Increases flexibility of ankles, knees, and hip joints
Strengthens internal oblique muscles to prevent hernia

Toe Stand Pose
Develops psychological and mental powers, especially patience
Helps to cure gout and rheumatism of the knees, ankles and feet
Helps with hemorrhoid problems
Strengthens stomach muscles, weak joints, and feet (which have 1/4 of all the bones in the body)

Dead Body Pose
Returns circulation to normal
Improves concentration
Helps reduce hypertension, nervousness, anxiety and irritability

Wind Removing Pose
Massages the colon
Helps and prevents constipation and irritable bowel syndrome
Stimulates the liver, small and large intestine and spleen
Improves flexibility of the hip joints and relieves loser back pain
Firms the abdomen, thighs and hips

Sit-up
Strengthen and firms the abdomen
Increases flexibility of the spine, hamstrings, and sciatic nerve

Cobra Pose
Relieves back pain
Increases spinal strength and flexibility
Improves functioning of the large and small intestines, liver kidney and spleen
Improves pigeon chest by opening rib cage, permitting maximum expansion of the lungs
increasing oxygen intake
Improves digestion
Helps relieve lumbago, rheumatism and arthritis of the spine
Helps to cure gout, slipped disc, sciatic, tennis elbow
Helps relieve menstrual problems
Strengthen the immune system and revitalizes the thyroid
Improves flexibility of hip and shoulder joints
Strengthens and firms abdomen, hips, legs, buttocks and arms

Locust Pose

Full Locust Pose

Bow Pose

Fixed Firm Pose

Half Tortoise Pose
Provides maximum relaxation
Stretches lower part of the lungs increasing blood circulation to the brain
Good for diabetes and anemia
Massages heart, lungs and coronary arteries
Increases flexibility of the hip and shoulder joints
Firms abdomen and thighs

Camel Pose
Stretches abdominal organs and cures constipation
Stretches the throat, thyroid glad and parathyroid
Stimulates the nervous system
Opens rib cage to allow for maximum expansion of the lungs
Maximum compression of spine improving flexibility of the neck and spine
Firms the abdomen and slims the waistline

Rabbit Pose
Maximum stretch of the spine allowing nervous system to receive proper nutrition
Maintains mobility and elasticity of spine
Nurtures the nervous system, helps with depression
Improves digestion
Helps cure sinus problems, colds and chronic tonsillitis
Strengthens and firms abdomen and back muscles

Head to Knee Stretching Pose
Helps balance blood sugar levels
Improves kidney function
Improves digestion
Improves the flexibility of sciatic nerves, ankles and hip joints
Strengthens and firms abdomen and arms

Spine Twisting Pose
Increases circulation and nutrition to spinal nerves, veins, and tissues
Improves spinal elasticity and flexibility
Helps cure lumbago and rheumatism of the spine
Improves digestion
Firms abdomen, thighs and buttocks

Blowing in Firm
Increases circulation
Removes toxins
Strengthens all abdominal organs
Trims the waistline