Bathing suit season is right around the corner. If you’re generally happy with your body but looking to get svelte for the summer, we’ve got a workout for you! It’s called Bikram Yoga. Like other forms of yoga, Bikram yoga takes you through a series of poses designed to build strength and flexibility. The difference between this form of yoga and others is that Bikram yoga is done in a room where the temperature is approximately 105 degrees! The inventor of this method, living yoga master Bikram Choudhury, designed this series of 26 poses sometime in 1974 when he founded the Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills. As you can imagine the heat of the room coupled with the sheer strength needed to perform the poses burns maximum calories and detoxifies your body. What’s also cool about this form of yoga (and I don’t mean literally!) is that the heat allows you to increase your flexibility faster. There are Bikram studios nationwide, many of which offer affordable specials for first timers. The only draw back for us black women is the hair issue. Due to the ridiculous amount of sweat you will undoubtedly produce, we suggest any or all of the following: 1) wear your hair natural, 2) don’t go right after a perm and 3) don’t go before an event unless you plan time to wash your hair. Here are a few Bikram and Bikram-like studios in some of our favorite cities. Let us know what you think!
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