Monday, October 21, 2013

Why we find hot yoga cool

My Paper, Monday, October 21, 2013, Page A17, My Executive, Active
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By Jill Alphonso, mypaper, Published on Oct 21, 2013
 

Bikram Yoga Katong aims to teach its students that even in the midst of noise and traffic, one can find peace through one's practice.
Bikram Yoga Katong aims to teach its students that even in the midst of noise and traffic, one can find peace through one's practice.
Bikram Yoga Katong aims to teach its students that even in the midst of noise and traffic, one can find peace through one's practice.
PHOTO: PEACE AMID THE BUSTLE: Bikram Yoga Katong aims to teach its students that even in the midst of noise and traffic, one can find peace through one's practice.
PHOTO: BIKRAM YOGA KATONG
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My Paper, Monday, October 21, 2013, Page A17, My Executive, Active



First-time yoga-studio owners Jezrael Heng and Maria Lourdes Chan haven't officially opened their space to the public, but they're already making waves. Their studio is the first to offer Bikram-yoga classes in a shophouse in the heart of the Katong district.

Bikram yoga has practitioners moving through 26 Hatha yoga postures in a room heated to about 40 ºC. It's said to be a moving meditation that helps you burn as many as 900 calories in one session.

My Paper caught up with the studio owners, who explain more about Bikram yoga, and why founder Bikram Choudhury's bad-boy reputation shouldn't matter to yogis.



Bikram yoga has practitioners moving through 26 Hatha yoga postures in a room heated to about 40 ºC.
PHOTO: Bikram yoga has practitioners moving through 26 Hatha yoga postures in a room heated to about 40 ºC.
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Is Bikram yoga necessarily better than other schools of yoga?
Maria: The heat, the sequencing of the postures, and its consistency is what marks Bikram yoga. It's not better, it's just different.

Jez: Bikram yoga works by creating the tourniquet effect: stretching, balancing (using gravity) and creating pressure all at the same time. The blood supply in arteries and veins is being cut off to create pressure. When released, blood rushes through veins and arteries, flushing them out. But all forms of yoga benefit the body in one way or another.



Hot yoga benefits for women, stretching, balancing (using gravity) and creating pressure all at the same time. The blood supply in arteries and veins is being cut off to create pressure. When released, blood rushes through veins and arteries, flushing them out.
PHOTO: Hot yoga benefits for women, stretching, balancing (using gravity) and creating pressure all at the same time. The blood supply in arteries and veins is being cut off to create pressure. When released, blood rushes through veins and arteries, flushing them out.
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Does the heat work to detox those who have lived a bad lifestyle?
Maria: I am not one to judge someone's lifestyle, but the detox is intense and amazing.

What will your studio offer, that the other Bikram studios here don't?
Maria: We will have private classes, and the studio will have a boutique, exclusive feel, as we are the first Bikram-yoga studio to be located in a shophouse.



Yoga can be a parallel practice
Yoga can be a parallel practice
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The body became leaner and lost inches off post-natal waist.
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How did you yourselves get into Bikram yoga?
Jez: I picked up yoga about 11/2 years after giving birth to my daughter, who is eight years old now. I was working as a flight attendant then. It was an advertisement in a magazine that took me to my first Bikram-yoga class and I loved it so much that I kept going back. I saw the transformation in my body after a couple of months: my body became leaner and I lost inches off my post-natal waist. It also helped me in getting a good night's sleep and staving off jet lag!



Yoga on the water
Yoga on the water
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Maria: A friend of mine introduced it to me. I have a background in teaching, having been a biology tutor. Yoga has helped me learn to be more patient. I have learnt how to breathe calmly in any challenging situation.



Stinking Hell Torture: The Hot Yoga Experiment
PHOTO: Stinking Hell Torture: The Hot Yoga Experiment
Yoga has helped to learn to be more patient. 
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Founder Bikram Choudhury was once called the "bad boy" of the yoga world for trademarking his 26-posture series. Now, there's a lawsuit against him. Does this affect those who practise his style of yoga?
Jez: Absolutely not. Bikram-yoga practitioners love the 26 postures and they should just focus on their own practice and the benefits of this practice.

Maria: He is an amazing teacher to learn from and what we practise is his teaching of a powerful healing and disciplined practice of yoga. There is no negative effect from what a single man does on the practice of your yoga.

By Jill Alphonso, mypaper, Published on Oct 21, 2013
Bikram Yoga Katong (130 East Coast Road) will open on Nov 2.
Visit www.facebook.com/BikramYogaKatong for updates or call 9380-0715.



Ideal hot yoga clothes for women practicing Bikram Yoga. Supportive. Sexy.
PHOTO: Ideal hot yoga clothes for women practicing Bikram Yoga. Supportive. Sexy.
PHOTO: Benefits of doing a 30-day Bikram Yoga challenge
We are taught to smile despite the “torture chamber” we are in. It seems like hell, with the room temperature at 105* F and you are in it for 90 mins and sweating like a pig the whole time…Teaches us to smile at even crazy, threatening and torturing life events and work events….but the end of the yoga session is very refreshing, especially after the shower!

Also, I’ve noticed this even in my gym days, that when you get fit in one area, it extends to other areas, like you start eating better and   eating lesser, etc, etc… For me, I also did 30-days of one lemon squeezed into a bottled water. This helps you with low energy levels and with general health improvement.  In addition, I started eating a half-apple for breakfast every day and this is good too. Remember an apple a day, keeps the doctor away!

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