VINYASA BLISS - Part-9:
31 DAYS of Physical Fitness, Mental Health, & Emotional Wellness
DAY 27 of #31dayyogachallenge — JANUARY 27th, 2021
✨ Wide-Legged Forward Fold Pose ✨ (Prasarita Padottanasana)
For many, introduction to yoga happens because of a desire to be more healthy and physically fit.
People return to their mats repeatedly because of how good yoga makes them feel. Building strength is not usually associated with yoga. The common belief is that typical yoga classes consist of dance-based movements coordinated with a breathing exercise.
Flexibility and cardiovascular endurance - which is vital to personal health as much as strength, is what many people think of when they train in yoga. But individuals willing to delve below the surface of popular notions about yoga will find ample opportunities to focus on gaining and maintaining muscular strength.
Bikram Yoga is an efficient muscle and strength building sequence. It was founded by Bikram Choudhury, in the 1970s. He also founded Bikram's Yoga College of India.
Mr. Choudhury was born in Calcutta, India in 1946. He began practicing yoga at the age of four. Bikram Yoga eventually became one of the most popular asana sequences in the world.
A group of women sued Choudhury in 2013 for rape, sexual battery, sexual harassment, false imprisonment, and racial discrimination. An American court ruled he must pay a $6.5-million judgment in 2016. After the trial, Mr. Choudhury fled America in disgrace.
Despite the sordid nature of Bikram Choudhury’s exit from the United States, his yoga system is great for physical development.
Bikram Yoga is a yoga style that features an unchanging sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. The pose progression happens in a room heated to 40 °C (104 °F) with a humidity of 40%.
Kerry Sara took his first Bikram Yoga class at a studio located in Buffalo, New York, in 2008. “I found the Bikram style to be a challenging workout. I also felt more energized than I usually did after most yoga classes that I attended,” said Mr. Sara.
“I could not afford the exorbitant cost of the Bikram yoga teacher training, but hot yoga became a part of my daily fitness routine,” Sara continued.
As Mr. Sara’s commitment to Bikram Yoga increased, he found that it increased his strength and endurance levels. “I deduced that the 26 postures of the Bikram yoga system are a strength-building sequence,” he explained. “That is the primary reason why women, who tend to be more flexible than men, do very well with the practice of Bikram yoga. “The sequence provides females with what they need the most – muscular strength and endurance,” he continued.
People who have extreme natural flexibility can lack physical strength and muscular density. Bikram yoga helps develop muscular strength over time by repeating the same poses over and again.
In addition to this repetition, the Bikram sequence maximizes the use of body weight. The poses are linked together so that the muscles of the body push against themselves. Simultaneously, the muscles also pull against the force of gravity.
One of the highlighted postures of the Bikram Yoga sequence is Wide-Legged Forward Fold Pose. The pose is known as Prasarita Padottanasana in Sanskrit.
*Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), facing the long edge of your mat.
*Step your feet wide apart. The inner arches of your feet should be parallel.
*Bring your hands to your hips. Inhale and open your chest toward the sky to lengthen your torso.
*Exhale and fold forward at the hips, maintaining a straight back and open chest. Bring your hands to the floor beneath your shoulders. Inhale.
*Exhale and fold deeper, reaching the crown of your head toward the mat. Lift the seat of your bum to the ceiling.
*Hold this position for five breaths. Inhale and rise to standing. Step the feet together and return to Tadasana.