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08-09-2007, 09:24 AM
I just started bikram yoga and LOVE it! I have done yoga before, but never bikram. I checked to see what the calorie burn for a 90 minute class would be, and according to my 5'5", 110 lb frame I burn...750 calories?! That seems like WAYYYY too much. It's an intense class, to be sure, but that's more calories than I could ever imagine. I was thinking 300, tops.
Does anyone know if this seems correct?
08-09-2007, 12:30 PM
i cant answer your question, sorry...
but im interested in trying bikrams :) do you need a lot of yoga experience to do it? i keep hearing how intense it is, but how detoxifying :)
08-09-2007, 02:00 PM
Bikram Yoga is in a sauna, that is where the extra calories are used up, in your body maintaining its core temperature.
A good form of yoga but better with some basic yoga or sauna experience, or beginners may find they have a few problems.
Enjoy ! :)
08-09-2007, 03:56 PM
Yes, this yoga class is for all levels. My boyfriend and I started and he has no experience at all and I have a good amount. However we were both dying and are equally sore!
08-09-2007, 08:56 PM
Aww, I went to bikramyoga.com/classfinder and the closest ones are an hour away. :(
08-09-2007, 09:27 PM
I think I read somewhere it is 3-500 calories for a 90 minute class. Of course that all depends on mutiple factors, but I'd say 300 is a reasonable estimate. Isn't it great? I miss it so...I've been a total lazy bum and working WAY too much. I'm going back next week (out of town this weekend). I'm thinking about doing another bikram yoga retreat. I did it in January of this year...it's in Kauai. Amazing!
08-09-2007, 10:26 PM
thanks for the info :) i hope to try it soon but probably wont be able to do it regularily as its too expensive :(
08-13-2007, 08:56 PM
I have a couple of questions about how a class goes. So they do the 26 poses twice, right? Does that mean they do all 26 and then repeat? And related to that, when you look at the chart of poses, there are several side-specific ones. So for those, are they repeated for each side? I assume so but am just trying to get a picture of what a class is like. I'm definitely planning on giving it a try. Thanks!
08-13-2007, 09:01 PM
Each pose is repeated twice and then you move on to the next one. Usually the first set is held for a minute and the second for 30 seconds. The first one warms you up and the second you can go deeper into the posture. As for the side ones, you always do both sides. So you may see it demonstrated on one side in a book or something but always it is both so there is balance in the body. Some poses include both sides before resting and some do one side, rest and then do the other.
Bah...I've yet to make it to class! But I am going to go this week for sure...hopefully a few times!
08-13-2007, 09:15 PM
OK, so let me just get this straight - sometimes they'll do a minute on each side, then rest, then 30 seconds on each side, while others they'll do a minute on one side, 30 seconds on that same side, then a minute on the other side and 30 seconds on that side?
08-13-2007, 09:30 PM
No. In the standing series in half moon you do 1 minute right, 1 minute left, back then forward. Rest, repeat. On one of the standing series (I'm spacing on the name...when you kick one leg out) you do 1 minute left. Stop. One minute right.
08-14-2007, 01:01 AM
Oh ok. Thanks for the explanation! I really am going to go one of these days...
08-25-2007, 03:33 PM
hi, i've been doing Bikram on and off for years. you burn between 600-750 calories each class!
since i've been raw i've had trouble with muscle weakness and making it throught the class anyone else?
08-26-2007, 02:24 PM
I just started with bikram classes 2 weeks ago....i love it!!!
I don't know about the calories but I swear I sweat out CHLORINE the other day...I used to swim laps a lot but haven't been in a chlorinated pool in at least 2 years!!!
09-02-2007, 04:31 PM
I am actually a Bikram Certified teacher ... its a fantastic workout and a wonderful complement to raw. I am not 100% raw, but I am working my way there, and the practice has actually helped to diminish my food cravings and has helped me to feel when I am actually hungry as opposed to eating just because (its "dinnertime," or something looks good). Its normal to feel weak the first few classes as you acclimate to the heat - often times its a matter of hydration (rarely a problem with raw) or with a drop in bloodsugar. Some students find they do better when they have some juice or light fruit an hour or so before class - if you can go without that its better, but if not its no big deal ... Ah yay for yoga and yay for raw!
09-10-2007, 05:17 PM
since you a certified instructor.......:p If i'm RAw and to Bikram at least 4x a week how long do you think it will take for me to loose 25 lbs or 3 sizes? i've done it before with Bikram it is the best way to get into shape, but I was never RAW before. My first month RAW i couldn't make it through a Bikram class, i felt so weak. i think i'm finally through detox so i'm going to give it a try:rolleyes: hopefully with better results.
09-13-2007, 03:47 PM
Missy - it's hard to say how fast you will lose the weight, there are many factors at play there. Doing Bikram Yoga 3+ times per week is an absolute must to really see the results - so you are definitely on track:D ... I am hesitant to give you a time frame because I don't know your history and your body. Most important of all, just like with the raw food transition, is to be patient with yourself and enjoy the journey. There may be classes where you feel weak or funny - that is actually a good sign as it means your body is really working hard to eliminate junk, and you will feel the results. I've seen SO many students completely change their health and their bodies by doing a 60 day challenge (60 classes in 60 days). That really works! I found that my body changed significantly when I made the leap from 4-5 times per week to a daily practice. So the more often you go, the quicker you will feel and see the results. With 4 classes per week you are definitely well on your way! How does the journey feel so far?
09-28-2007, 02:48 PM
Hello I just started!
Love it love it.
My second class will be tonite.
Not sore from last nigh just the back of my neck from the opening breathing would you believe!:)
09-29-2007, 12:46 AM
I love Bikram Yoga but I always dread going to class because I know I'm in for a challenge. By the time the first set of the first breathing exercise is done all my dread is gone, I'm right into it and 100% focused. To me it feels like pushing the reset button on my body. Oddly, I find the pain and suffering almost relaxing and quite therapudic. All of the built up tension, stress, toxins, and soreness from hard training just melts away by the end of class. It has helped me in so many ways. It's very complementary to the raw food diet. But then again so is everything that involves the body and mind in a positive way.
09-29-2007, 08:54 AM
Why thank you that was very inspirational as i sit here deciding if i should attend again this morning.:)
So thanks to you I'm off again :D
09-29-2007, 09:08 AM
Yeah, I love Bikram. The focus I get is sensational. Going tomorrow! Yay! :D
09-30-2007, 09:32 AM
I know what you mean this was my 3rd class tonite and I am feeling great.
Its getting easier and harder , al:) l at the same time if you know what I mean :)
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