For years Yoga has been practiced by many as means of tapping into the well of inner peace which dwells within them, to harmonize the body with the mind and the breath. Yoga has become an integral part of modern approaches to health and wellness.
On the Thai island of Koh Samui, professional yoga instructors provide guided yoga classes at a number of spas, resorts, and centers across the island.
About Bikram Yoga in Koh Samui
Bikram Yoga also known as “hot yoga” is one of the more widely practiced forms of the ancient art-form in Koh Samui. Practiced in a heated room up to 40 °C (104 °F) you’re guaranteed to work up a sweat as you are guided through the 26 Asanas—poses—while focused on deep proper breathing techniques. The heat is meant to warm up your entire body, to allow you to work deeper into your muscles, tendons and ligament, to change your body from inside out. You’ll leave your Bikram Yoga class with a glow, feeling revitalized after your 90-minute session.
For the novice, Koh Samui is certainly the best place to delve into Bikram Yoga. You will be taken through the 90-minute Bikram Yoga session by a certified instructor or yogi, trained to tailor the experience to suit your level of ability.
Bikram Yoga is said to have mainly wellness applications and has been used to reduce the symptoms of many conditions. Traditionally it is used as a means of boosting one’s health to keep illnesses at bay, by improving circulation, reducing stress and increasing flexibility.
Through continued Bikram Yoga practice you will master the art of calming your mind, and controlling your breath which will in turn lead you to a mental and physical space where you are able to work harder, deeper and calmer.
So why not aim to leave Koh Samui in a more enlightened state at the end of your vacation. Incorporate a few Bikram Yoga sessions into your holiday schedule. It’s a great way to unwind in between your adventurous pursuits, and have a holistic vacation.
Who is Bikram?
Bikram Yoga gets its name from its founder, Bikram Choudhury. Bikram was born in Calcutta in 1946, and began practicing yoga at the tender age of four with Bishnu Ghosh—India’s most-celebrated physical culturist at that time, who was the first to scientifically document Yoga’s ability to heal chronic physical conditions and rejuvenate the body.
By the time he was 13, Bikram won the National Yoga Championship in India and successfully defended his title for the next three years. Unfortunately at the age of 17, Bikram suffered a severe injury to his knee in a weight-lifting accident. It was so bad that the European doctors who tended to him said there was no chance that Bikram would ever walk again.
Strong-willed Bikram refused to accept this diagnosis and instead decided to seek assistance and healing from Bishnu Ghosh. Within six months Bikram’s knee was totally mended.
Benefiting firsthand from the healing properties of yoga, Bikram delved more into this ancient art. He eventually he was asked by Ghosh to start yoga schools. In time this lead to him founding the Yoga College of India. Bikram went on to become renowned as one of the most knowledgeable hatha yoga teachers. His curative method of hot style yoga is now practiced by over three million individuals worldwide.
Bikram’s method has since been approved by the American Medical Association
Why the Heat?
It allows a deeper and safer stretch for greater flexibility
It flushes toxins out of the body and boosts the immune system
It creates a cardiovascular workout & clears the circulatory system
It increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients into the body cells, which generate more energy
It burns calories and reorganizes lipids (fat) in the muscular structure
It builds endurance
What are the Benefits of Bikram Yoga?
The use of heat in Bikram Yoga is meant to warm up the entire body in order to allow one to get a deeper and safer stretch of their muscles, tendons and ligaments. This deeper stretch leads to greater flexibility and endurance. Additionally it enables our bodies to burn more calories and reorganize lipids in our muscles, as well as flush out harmful toxins from our systems.
Bikram Yoga is also utilized as a means of boosting our immune system, improving our circulation and reducing stress, making our bodies healthy and better able to ward off illness.
Additional benefits of regularly practicing Bikram Yoga include:
Reshape your body and lose weight
Increase your flexibility
Tone and lengthen your muscles
Stretch and strengthen your spine
Relieve and prevent back pains
Release stress and reduce its effects
Sweat, get rid of toxins and improve your skin
Improve your breathing & respiratory system
Learn to gain control of your mind and to meditate
Test & Improve your determination, focus & patience
Increase your balance and coordination
Reduce the risk of sport injuries
Enhance your performance in anything you do
Balance your metabolism, and stimulate your auto- immune system
Increase your energy level and stamina
Sleep better, eat better and drink more water
Fall in love with your whole self and improve your quality of life
Who is Your Yoga Teacher?
Lola witnessed first-hand the immense benefits of Bikram Yoga. By her own account it transformed her life. This is what lead and inspired her to start a studio in Koh Samui to share its benefits with others.
Lola has a background in the healing arts and holds a philosophy degree. She has studied, practiced and taught yoga worldwide.