I came across this article about bikram yoga: Health fears over
cult-like hot yoga.
I’ve actually started taking these classes so I was interested to see what these concerns are. I really haven’t seen any specifics in this article except for it’s apparent
cult-likeness. I think calling a style of yoga cult-like because it claims to detox your body is a tad far fetched even if it doesn’t detox.
There’s a blurb about how exercising in that heat is bad, but they don’t say what these bad things are. Dehydration is of course the most obvious, but you are suppose to have had quite a bit of water before you go, and are to take a bottle of water in with you to the class so that this doesn’t happen.
Then they say that asthmatics, people with heart conditions etc, shouldn’t be exercising in a 37°C heated room. DERRR!
And no, I can’t say that I look to yoga for intense aerobic or cardiovascular exercise. I don’t want that, that’s one of the reasons I’m doing yoga.
Well no one said it was for everybody. I’ve gotta say so far I’ve had more stamina from it, (I can run for trains a lot longer now), it’s good to loosen up the muscles after cramping oneself into very bad work chair, and of course the sense calm that comes from being told to only think of your breathing for 90 minutes.