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The new Bikram Yoga Center in the city tries to usher in flexibility through its 26-posture package

Bringing back the traditional art and science of yoga back into the city is the US-based Bikram Yoga. Located in the heart of Hitec city, this centre has two hot rooms where the asanas are performed on a daily basis.
Bikram yoga, a four-decade-old concept, is a routine of 26 poses based on Hatha Yoga which works the whole body in 90 minutes. Synthesised from traditional yoga techniques, Bikram Yoga is a system of yoga that uses hot therapy by practicing in a room heated to 40 °C (104 °F) with a humidity of 40%. The poses work synergistically and cumulatively to return the body to a balanced state. “The postures help one build energy, stamina and flexibility. It incorporates strength, challenge, gravity, balance, and most importantly the tourniquet effect,” says John Nelson, Instructor, Bikram Yoga Telangana.
“The technique allows stretching, squeezing and massaging of the internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems in order to release any deficient hormones and enzymes,” he explains.
All Bikram Yoga classes run for 90 minutes and consist of the same series of 26 postures including two breathing exercises. The classes are taught by Bikram-certified teachers, who have completed nine weeks of training endorsed by Bikram Choudhury himself. The 90-minute session is divided into three sections – breathing, standing and sleeping asanas.
The session begins with breathing exercises and then the standing asanas follow. The standing postures begin with Ardha-Chandrasana (Half moon pose) and ends with Tadasana (tree pose). Before the sleeping asanas begin, the Padangustanas is a mixture of standing and sitting posture. One of the highlighted postures in this section is the Salabhasana (locust pose).
The first class is free. At the 5,500-sq ft studio, every client is given a mat and towel for use along with accessibility to shower rooms. Open seven days a week, classes are held in three shifts. Timings: Morning 9 am and Evening 7 pm. Details: 65559642

—Nishad Neelambaran

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