March 17, 2015 Rachel

What happens to my body when I do Bikram Yoga?

In the Bikram yoga room, we can clearly see how our body is moving on the outside via the aid of the mirrors. But have you ever thought or asked yourself, ‘what is happening on the inside of my body as I move through the practice’? That’s what this blog post will address! Here’s an in-depth list of what’s happening on the inside during your 90minutes in the hot room!

  • Muscles are contracted, developing strength at a cellular and biochemical level. When the muscles increase in strength, they become balanced. This then returns the skeleton to its original balanced position. We all loose this through age, bad posture, injury or sports.
  • Lipids and proteins are re-organised optimally in stretching, promoting better circulation.
  • Joint mobility is increased, reducing the risk of arthritis, aches and pains.
  • Blood and calcium are brought to the bones; by working against gravity they become strengthened, without additional weight and stress.
  • Lymph nodes are massaged, pumping lymph into the body and helping the lymphatic system to work more efficiently.
  • Organs of the immune system are boosted.
  • Circulation to the nervous system is improved.
  • Endocrine glands are encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones.
  • Communication of hormones amongst various glands and systems of the body are enhanced.
  • The thymus gland, spleen, appendix and intestines are massaged through compression and extension.
  • Toxins are flushed out and waste excreted.
  • Lungs, heart and arteries are flushed out by increased blood circulation.
  • The brain is stimulated by increased circulation and varying blood pressure.
  • Nerves are stimulated by compression and extension, supplying fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to the body.
  • Strength develops as the body’s own resistance is used against gravity.

Does this give you some inspiration to come in and stretch your body? See you in the hot room soon!

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