Bikram Yoga book. Read 67 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN13 “Why I do Bikram Yoga, Plus Some Book Love,” by Daal. “These people are nuts, ” I thought, when I first heard about Bikram yoga. Little did I. Yoga is filled with big-name personalities, but few are bigger or louder than make -no-excuses Bikram Choudhury. And his new book is no.
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Bikram Choudhury, the world's foremost authority on Hot Yoga. I am in YTT for Bikram Hot Yoga and the book is very informative since I started practicing this. 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. Bikram yoga is a type of yoga which originated in India and became popular in the Bikram Yoga: Poses And Their Benefits and millions of other books are.
Bikram Hot Yoga What? We practise the original form of Bikram hot yoga, based on the Bikram series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. The class is lead verbally so be prepared to listen! The idea behind this is to stop your mind from drifting and helping it to anchor into the present moment. Feel it from head to toe — Bikram hot yoga systematically works your every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, organ and gland.
That is our ultimate destination. Six inches lie between mind and heart, between ego and Spirit, between fear and love. Six inches is all that separates us from God.
It is the true path According to Bikram "The longest distance any of us ever has to travel to reach Self Realization is 6 inches.
It is the true path to Self Realization, and the way is lit up by yoga union of mind and Spirit Mar 19, Ellyn rated it liked it. I love to do Bikram yoga and wanted to learn more about its origins and how it works through each pose to help the body.
In this way, the book was very helpful and meaningful. But in reading the semibiographical parts by and about Bikram himself, I'm giving this 3 stars. He is at this moment being accused by 4 different women of rape.
I guess this colors my view but I also see his cockiness in his writing. I mean, he named the style of yoga after himself and only certifies yoga teachers that tak I love to do Bikram yoga and wanted to learn more about its origins and how it works through each pose to help the body. I mean, he named the style of yoga after himself and only certifies yoga teachers that take his intensive and expensive teacher training through him.
Throughout the book he constantly states that his ways of thinking and doing are the best and right ways. And it was hard to accept his "ideals" on marriage and being a good person when so many women have come forward to accuse him of rape when he is married with a family. True yoga gurus are peaceful people who are connected to spirit not cocky people who hurt others.
I guess everyone is innocent until proven guilty but that is just my own thinking. I did like his explanation of each pose and his tips on how to do them. And I liked the explanations on the body parts and internal organs that are helped by doing each one and how they work together to make you healthy. I'm still unsure about the necessity of doing it in a degree room but I'll still go to yoga and struggle through the torture chamber Sara rated it it was amazing Nov 15, Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it did not like it Nov 11, Genoa rated it it was amazing Jan 31, Christian Langebeck rated it really liked it Oct 14, Amber Thuemmler rated it it was amazing Jun 29, Kim rated it it was amazing Sep 28, Kaitlin Soltys rated it really liked it Aug 10, Jennifer rated it really liked it Jan 17, Nettie Vaughan rated it it was amazing Apr 13, Monique Lawson rated it really liked it Aug 24, Bitchmond rated it it was amazing Jan 24, Howie Zwang rated it really liked it Dec 22, Jolie Scott rated it it was amazing Mar 16, Maureen Mumpton rated it really liked it Feb 07, David Kulp rated it really liked it Nov 24, Chad Milner rated it really liked it Feb 06, David Mustri rated it liked it Mar 08, Tree rated it liked it Aug 30, Katerina Horis rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Colbi rated it really liked it Dec 28, Joyce rated it it was amazing Mar 31, Belladonna Fotheringham rated it it was amazing May 12, Larry rated it really liked it Jan 27, Hannah rated it it was ok Aug 11, The Bikram Yoga Practice The bulk of the book is a distilled version of his book, "Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class" the distilled version is superior to the original, believe me.
This section describes how to do each of the 26 postures and what it is intended to prevent or cure. Photos are included. If you simply want to understand the sequence of postures and their purposes, this section could be read in isolation. Part Three: Living Yoga I found this section a little strange, but interesting. It's largely about learning to control your mind, reaching Self-Realization and the "Four Stages" that our lives should be organized into, according to Indian yogi thought.
While his yoga practice and its benefits transcend time and cultures, the advice given here is not as palatable he believes that yoga is superior to all other forms of exercise and that all children should be taught yoga in school, for example. Some will appreciate learning more about Indian culture and the ways that yoga practitioners can extend their yoga practice to include integrity, peace, moderation, concentration, etc.
This isn't one of the greatest books I've read, but it serves its purpose and is pretty user-friendly, so I give it four stars.
I understand how other reviewers grew frustrated with Bikram's arrogant personality, but I found this book to be a HUGE improvement over his other one in this regard so I was more relieved than annoyed. Jan 02, Denise rated it really liked it. As I went back and looked at my rating of this book, I changed my rating.
Yes, I agree with some people's opinion of the author, but whether I'd want to have dinner with him on a routine basis is secondary to the fact that he has done a good thing here. I've practiced yoga all of my adult life. I am not an athlete, but yoga makes perfect sense to me. I have no doubt that Bikram was trained in hatha yoga by very serious yogis who gave him this pattern of discipline.
It is a gift, regardless of whe As I went back and looked at my rating of this book, I changed my rating. It is a gift, regardless of whether you like Bikram's script, his affection for cars, his criticisms of America. I dare say I agree with him about the way Americans overindulge in food, booze and then try to run it off with long distance running. Truth is truth, wherever you find it and I really believe this type of discipline and training in yoga can yield great results.
I found benefit in going through the book with his tips and instruction and I'm working on three poses a day on the days when I can't make it to class. Yoga is a gift. I'd rather learn from someone who is well trained and can pass that on, then someone who decided it would be "cool" to do yoga and then try to water it down to something Americans could easily digest in order to sell more of it.
Mar 16, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: What, no downward facing dog? Anyone who's spent more than 5 minutes around me lately has gotten stuck listening politely as I gush about my hot and steamy love affair with my developing yoga practice.
As I've become a voluntary repeat prisoner in Bikram's "Torture Chamber" I wanted to go to the source for greater understanding of the asanas and their physical benefits. However, because I was drawn to a dedicated yoga practice more for the sp What, no downward facing dog?
However, because I was drawn to a dedicated yoga practice more for the spiritual than the physical, I found his philosophy and teachings on how to achieve a fully realized life to be of even greater benefit. And after reading much soft and tender writing about yoga, I love the sass in his style -- an example: Maybe that's why they don't like me, those fakers.
Don't get me started on them. Please ask me Having started practicing at a Bikram studio about 6 years ago I was interested in reading his book. Originally I enjoyed the challenge of the classes but the repetitive nature of the class started to wear on me. After a while I thought maybe I am missing something in my practice and I might find it in this book. Wow I found it alright, found out that this man did not embody the type of practice that I was interested in.
I have always thought of my yoga practice as the absence of ego but Bikram Having started practicing at a Bikram studio about 6 years ago I was interested in reading his book. I have always thought of my yoga practice as the absence of ego but Bikram was the complete opposite.
He strikes me as one of the most egotistical people I could ever imagine. There is no question that some good came of all this, it showed me I really liked the therapeutic effects of yoga but I had to find another studio and I did.
Moksha seemed to based on some of the same fundamentals but there are so many things I prefer in their practice. Aug 21, Jennifer rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I regularly practice Bikram yoga, and while I love the classes and feel wonderful when taking them regularly, I think that Bikram is a bit of a nut.
I'm intrigued by his assertion that his yoga is the only true yoga, that all other forms have been Westernized, as well as his assertion of the multitude of health benefits available to regular practitioners. Do I believe it all? Nope, but anyone knows that if you don't use it, ya lose it, so since I enjoy it and can see benefits, I'll keep practici I regularly practice Bikram yoga, and while I love the classes and feel wonderful when taking them regularly, I think that Bikram is a bit of a nut.
Nope, but anyone knows that if you don't use it, ya lose it, so since I enjoy it and can see benefits, I'll keep practicing and hope he's right about the rest bonus for me!
As a Christian, I disagree with his beliefs about the spiritual role of yoga, so I skimmed most of Part 3. For those looking to finetune their practice, I think his first book offers more detailed guidance on each of the postures than this book.
I read this book nearly two years ago, when I started doing Bikram yoga. I still remember vividly his learning yoga at age 4. I am persuaded by his assertion that American yoga in many instances is watered down, significantly altered from the intent of original Indian yoga. I could spend pages telling you what Bikram yoga practice has done for my strength my flexibility, reducing physical pains, raising spirits, strengthening and healing me in so many ways.
Well, my local Bikram studio was force I read this book nearly two years ago, when I started doing Bikram yoga. Well, my local Bikram studio was forced to close this week, so I'll be trying some other style. I'll have to see what I think. Maybe I'll resort to heating up my bathroom and doing the 26 asanas and 2 breathing exercises from memory. The photos and descriptions in this book would aid my memory Dec 09, Kimber rated it liked it.
I decided to read this book because I wanted to better understand the poses.
The pictures were a nice reference, but it was only somewhat helpful in addition to attending classes. I did find some parts of the remainder of the book interesting. What Bikram said about relationships got me thinking. His marriage was arranged of course and it made me think that having a list of requirements in a mate probably isn't the way to go.
It made me realize that I may not be willing to get to know someone be I decided to read this book because I wanted to better understand the poses. It made me realize that I may not be willing to get to know someone because I'm afraid I'll have feelings for someone that doesn't fit my ideal. I also liked what he had to say about our elders.
I hope my mom exercises into her 80's and I plan on encouraging it. Mar 31, Anda rated it really liked it. Yes -- Bikram is a crazy and arrogant man. If you cannot get past this fact, do not read the book. I, however, love Bikram and believe his style of yoga to be the most fitting for my lifestyle and personality. I think this book is best used after the reader has been practicing Bikram yoga for a while.
The poses are not described very well, but I found the descriptions to be a nice complement to an already disciplined yoga practice. I would still keep this book on my shelf as a useful reference source. Jan 12, Lilly rated it really liked it. I was too cheap to download a copy of this book, even though I've done Bikram classes for 2 years on and off. The book is an excellent companion to his course, or any yoga practice. And in fact, it makes the 'leader of the cult' quite likeable. His explanations have helped my practice, and it was a good new source of motivation.
Discussion of the poses is rounded out with a bigger discussion of karma and life benefits, which probably sets it apart from most instructional yoga books. Good stuff. Susie I was too cheap to download a copy of this book, even though I've done Bikram classes for 2 years on and off. Susie, stop rolling your eyes. I'm not obsessed. Dec 29, Monique rated it it was amazing. I had never done any yoga before walking into my first Bikram Yoga class 7 months ago. I prepared by reading a lot of blogs on what to do the first time you go etc.
Reading this book while doing the challenge was really helpful to taking a deeper look at the roots of what I was taking part in. I felt the reflections back onto Bikram's guru Bishnu Ghosh w I had never done any yoga before walking into my first Bikram Yoga class 7 months ago. I felt the reflections back onto Bikram's guru Bishnu Ghosh were absolutely fascinating! I would recommend this book to a truely invested Bikram Yogi View 2 comments.
Great read, but only if yoga is of interest to you. Choundhury goes into such detail on each of the 26 postures pictures included that even someone who has very little experience with yoga could probably work from this book alone. The long list of health benefits for each position is very motivational.
I now have a much better idea why I am putting myself through this torture! Aug 08, Christian rated it it was amazing. OK, a complete re-write of the first book; much more informative and, what I particularly liked, some side issues and a more interesting part about a Yogi's outlook on different life issues.
Of course, as with all Bikram related things, you have to like his approach to life, yoga, politics, and everything else. What I was missing is a little bit of Bikram's own phrases and words in the book; something that was special about the first book. I am disappointed that this is the man that helped to develop the yoga style that I connect with. The book begins in a condescending and arrogant tone which assumes who the reader is and what the reader thinks.
I did however like the detailed description of each pose and the explanations of Bikram yoga benefits. If you can stomach the beginning the rest of the book lightens up.
I also only found one reference to the health claims. Nov 24, Gonzalo Montoya rated it it was amazing. If you're looking for enlightenment this book is not for you.
If you are ready to hear the truth about why you're sick and fat then go ahead. Read this book!
Bikram is not Gandhi and he never said he was. He's brutally honest and he will help you to be a better version of yourself if you're ready to heal on the mat. It is interesting to get some background on Bikram yoga and its founder. He comes off as a bit of a tool and full of himself, but I guess he can't help that. I was really interested in this book to learn more about the poses and will probably re-borrow it to review just those sections in the future.
I couldn't get into any of the touchy-feely yoga philosphies.
Apr 08, Meghan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: During the winter of it was very refreshing to do some outdoor running, however I also became very bored with my indoor treadmill running and gym routine. I always had a desire to try yoga and thought it would be a good balance to my running routine. This book teaches you step by step each pose and explains why it is beneficial. I then joined a Bikram Yoga studio in Falls Church.
Jul 09, Elaine Bowman rated it liked it.
If you are into Bikram yoga, reading this book gives you a better sense of the postures and the overall philosophy. But Bikram is SO full of himself, at least he knows it, that you can't read too much at one time. Apr 10, Martina rated it it was amazing. I am so inspired. I never thought I would like yoga but after taking Bikram yoga I am starting to feel so much better.. After reading Bikram's book I fully understand why his classes are so tough.
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