Bikram Yoga takes place in a heated studio and is taught as a sequence of 26 postures. Each Bikram class is cued, executed, and prompted in the same manner day to day, studio to studio, and city to city.
Although people often mistake Bikram for hot yoga and vice versa, they are different. Bikram is a type of hot yoga. It is categorized by the an identical sequence of 26 postures, it is called Bikram Hot Yoga, and it is franchised. Didn’t know you could copyright yoga, did ya?
Although it’s similar to Mysore in its consistency, it offers no modifications and concentrates heavily on the lower body. Because no modifications are offered students can find themselves in poses that they don’t belong in. And the heat accentuates this habit, opening up the body in ways that lower temperatures can’t.
I find Bikram to be a bit too rigid and repetitive. Bikram teachers also tend to have a reputation for being brash and can have a barking tone to their teaching style. All in all, I think it’s important to taste all of the yoga flavors, but I view Bikram as more of a special occasion treat than my go-to cone.
Have you done Bikram? Do you think yoga sequences should be allowed to be franchised?