Athletes Sweat It Out on the Yoga Mat

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Bikram Yoga is an incredible 90-minute workout that works the entire body, mind and spirit. Athletes are starting to see the benefits from Bikram and do it to help their flexibility and to help prevent injury. Andy Murray, Ryan Giggs and even the Australian rugby team have gotten hooked on the hot workout.

Bikram Choudhury developed Bikram Yoga from traditional hatha yoga techniques. It is a series of 26 postures including two breathing exercises for 90 minutes in a hot room, usually around 40% humidity and 105 degrees. It has been around since the 1970s, but has become increasingly popular in the last few years.

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The benefits of Bikram Yoga are endless. It is known to improve your strength and flexibility. Bikram also raises your energy level, balances your metabolism, relieves arthritis, opens your joints, helps your organs and improves your circulation. Bikram yoga also is great for decreasing stress, anxiety and depression. On top of that, it helps with a lot of chronic health issues, especially chronic back pain since you are working your total spine. Bikram Yoga is a terrific way to move fresh oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body. Not only does it work the entire body, it works the mind and helps clear your thoughts.

Rugby teams have been noticing all of the amazing benefits from yoga and after games, the Kangaroos and other rugby teams hit the yoga mats. It is a great for athletes because Bikram helps guard against injury. Many players say that since rugby is an intense sport and a lot of work, yoga really helps with their flexibility, which is very important to any athlete.

Yoga isn’t just for the ladies. Men and women of all ages can greatly benefit from this amazing workout. So step on the mat and get sweating guys!

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