Bikram Yoga: The Guru behind Hot Yoga Shows the Way to Radiant Health and Personal Fulfillment

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Leave your assumptions—and your excuses—at the door. Bikram Choudhury, the world's foremost authority on Hot Yoga, is here to show you the true way to self-improvement and a new love of life. Based on a centuries-old and scientifically proven pathway to health, Bikram Yoga will whip your body, mind, and spirit into shape.

Based on Bikram's signature program of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, this book will help you combat a variety of afflictions—from stress and ...

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Overview

Leave your assumptions—and your excuses—at the door. Bikram Choudhury, the world's foremost authority on Hot Yoga, is here to show you the true way to self-improvement and a new love of life. Based on a centuries-old and scientifically proven pathway to health, Bikram Yoga will whip your body, mind, and spirit into shape.

Based on Bikram's signature program of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, this book will help you combat a variety of afflictions—from stress and insomnia to arthritis and back pain—and maintain exceptional health for years to come. The various postures work your muscles, increase flexibility, and flush toxins out of your system—a completely natural, full-body workout without the unhealthy stresses and dangers of a gym. It isn't easy: It's a rigorous, body-bending program, and Bikram gives it to you straight in his outspoken, charismatic, and tough-love fashion. But just like the hundreds of thousands of students who go to his studios across the country, you'll end up sweaty and exhausted but keep coming back for more.

Additionally, Bikram Yoga can help you do much more than drop inches from your belly. Bikram explains how practicing yoga is also a mental and spiritual mission that can help you create a path to true happiness. When it comes to love and marriage, realizing your full potential, or living a life in perfect balance, Bikram's yogic philosophy shows you how physical strength and flexibility can be a gateway to mental clarity and spiritual calm.

If you've never tried Bikram's yoga, get ready for the deepest, most beneficial class of your life. And if you're an old hand at it, your understanding of the postures and the sequence will increase exponentially, as will your results.

So are you ready to achieve lasting health and happiness? The time has come for Bikram Yoga. Grab your mat and get ready to change your life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Choudhury (Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class) has been called the "Bill Gates of Yoga," but readers may detect a bit of P.T. Barnum in this "hot yoga" showman. Born in India, Choudhury has lived in Hollywood since the early 1970s, when he founded his Yoga College of India. His brash style and personal wealth have drawn fire from the media and American yogis. His somewhat militant, "no pain, no gain" rhetoric and franchised, one-size-fits-all approach may seem contrary to the principles of yoga; Bikram claims his system is the most authentic yoga taught in the U.S. The Bikram Yoga sequence consists of 26 postures, two breathing exercises and brief resting periods performed in a room heated above 100 degrees. This method, Choudhury claims, can cure everything from physical injuries and serious illnesses to troubled relationships and spiritual poverty. Some readers may be put off by frequent name-dropping of famous students (Shirley MacLaine) and those who have received miraculous cures (former President Nixon). (Apr.)

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Choudhury (Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class) is the founder of the Yoga College of India, which is based in Los Angeles and has more than 1200 studios nationwide. His trademarked style of Bikram yoga is known as "hot yoga" because it requires the room to be heated to 105 degrees "to forge bodies and minds of steel." His book is made up of three main parts: his autobiography, along with an explanation of Bikram yoga; the program's two breathing exercises and 26 poses, which are described in detail and demonstrated by the author in clear photographs; and the role yoga plays in bringing happiness and self-realization to people's lives. Choudhury feels his style of yoga is the only correct one and jokingly refers to other styles as "junk yoga." He claims one session of Bikram yoga infuses the body with energy for 16 days of health and can heal such afflictions as asthma, arthritis, and back pain-statements that are hardly substantiated and make Choudhury sound full of himself. Still, he is committed to his yoga program and gives us a humorous and irreverent view of Bikram yoga in the United States, with accessible instruction on its practice. Recommended to all libraries.
—Dede Archer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060568085
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/3/2007
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 191,075
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Bikram Choudhury, who won the prestigious National India Yoga Competition at the age of thirteen, is the founder of the Yoga College of India, which has its headquarters in Beverly Hills. There are more than 1700 Bikram Yoga studios worldwide that teach his exclusive style of Hatha Yoga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2010

    Bikram Does Not Mince Words

    This winter I took up Bikram Yoga. After my first 3 sessions I actaully started enjoying it. As I got more into the practice, I started wondering about Bikram's philosophy. This book was great! Bikram explains his practice, his life, and the goals of yoga. What really resonated with me is finding your "Self" (the divine within). He is not your typical yogi... he tells you how he sees the world and makes no apologies for it. For those unsure of some of the poses, there are pictures, descriptions, and explanation of the benefits of each pose. After reading this I was much more mindful of my poses.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Great way to get in shape

    I have read this book all the way through as well as taken classes at a studio. I will say that the studio classes are very intense but a fabulous work out. After four days I was really feeling a difference. Way more flexible right away. I could not believe how much I was changing so quickly. The classes are far from where I live, so my husband built me a hot yoga room. I am going to use this book and the audio to do the yoga at home. I fully recommend this to ALL people of EVERY age. I was very out of shape and over weight when I started and I saw a big change in myself. This yoga is healing for all things that you could possibly have. A great way to un plug your mind for 90 minutes and then come back to life refreshed. Drink Lots of water and take it slow. It is worth it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Highly Recommended - educational and entertaining

    As a new student of Bikram yoga, this book has been a tremendous asset. The book includes descriptions and photographs of the 26 postures. Going beyond what you will experience in yoga class, Bikram discusses the development of his approach and bringing yoga into your life. His vibrant personality comes through on every page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2007

    Bikram Yoga

    I've tried all yoga classes since last 20 years nothing comes close to Bikram's yoga. 'Bikram Yoga' is a very practical compilation of easy yoga postures that anyone can practice to achieve the best stretching results for great body and mind. A must read for health freaks!

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