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Yoga members in final Bikram yoga pose blowing in firm pose with hands on knees

Closing Out The Bikram Yoga Series: The Blowing In Firm Pose

Embarking on the path of Bikram yoga is a transformative experience, where each pose is a gateway to physical and mental well-being – the Blowing in Firm Pose being no exception.  From poses like the Tree pose which tests your balance to poses like the camel pose, which trains your flexibility, every pose in the…

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lady in bikram yoga class in rabbit pose on knees bending head over to touch knees

Hopping Into the Rabbit Pose (Sasankasana)

If you got a chance to read our previous article on the camel pose, then you already know that it’s one of the more challenging Bikram yoga poses. Now I’m here to show you the polar opposite of the camel pose – the rabbit pose (Sasankasana). But why is it so different?  While the Rabbit…

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woman in bikram yoga class in camel pose on knees, extending head toward back wall and grabbing ankles with hands

Ascendant Willpower: Mastering The Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Arguably, one of the most challenging yet rewarding Bikram Yoga poses is the Ustrasana (camel pose). Demanding a handful of spinal dexterity, this particular pose, once mastered, can open the door to a dreamscape of peace and calm.  A vital aspect of mastering this pose lies in recognizing and embracing these powerful emotions. It’s about…

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lady in half tortoise pose in bikram yoga class

Exploring the Serenity of Ardha Kurmasana – Half-tortoise Pose

Imagine yourself in the serenity of the “Half-Tortoise Pose” within a 105-degree Bikram Yoga studio. There you are sitting, in a 105-degree yoga studio filled with a dozen other yogis, but somehow, you feel like no one else is in the room with you. You’re in your own private little shell, cut off from the…

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Bikram Yoga participants in fixed firm pose on back

Bold Respite: The Fixed Firm Pose (Supta Vajrasana)

Legend has it that the Supta Vajrasana was a beloved pose of ancient yogis who sought profound introspection and meditation. In the timeless pages of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Sanskrit name ‘Supta Vajrasana‘ was crafted. It translates to ‘Reclined Thunderbolt Pose’ (Supta – Reclined, Vajra – Thunderbolt, Asana – Pose).  Its name illustrates the…

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Barbara leading class in bow pose on stomach with arms holding legs off of mat

Unleashing Your Inner Archer: The Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

Picture yourself at an archery range. Bow in hand, you squint at a distant target, as if aiming for the bullseye of life. As you draw the bowstring, you sense the tension building in your muscles, ready to release and propel the arrow forward with a triumphant ‘woosh’! This is precisely what the Bow Pose,…

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male bikram yoga student in full locust pose on stomach

Soar to Serenity with Salabhasana: The Full Locust Pose

In the wonderful world of yoga, each pose is not just a physical exercise. Yoga is s a journey of self-discovery. It’s an exploration of the mind-body connection and profound symbolism that weaves ancient wisdom into modern-day practice. This is especially true when it comes to the Bikram yoga pose, Salabhasana, also known as the…

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Bikram Yoga Participants in Locust pose with hands under body and legs lifted off mat

Locust Pose: Strengthening the Hips and Back

If you frequently have lower back pain, the odds are that your lower torso strength is in need of some loving attention! Consequently, the Ardha Salabhasana (or Locust pose) can gradually reinforce your back, hip, and buttocks muscles. This iconic yoga pose isn’t just any stretch; it’s a powerful tool that has the potential to…

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Andrea performing Cobra Pose lifting front of body off of mat in bikram yoga class

Embrace Your Inner Snake with Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Let’s slither into the world of the king cobra, a creature that effortlessly captures our attention with its serpentine grace and mesmerizing gaze. This majestic snake is like the rockstar of the animal kingdom, exuding power, elegance, and an air of mystery. Now, you might be wondering how on earth a snake like the king…

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Bikram Yoga Class members in sit up pose with first two fingers around big toes

Mastering the Paschimottanasana Pose: A Power-Packed Sit-Up

Ah, the ancient practice of yoga. A tapestry of poses that promise to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. But today, we’re focusing on one specific pose: the Paschimottanasana, also known as the sit-up pose.  Originating from the Sanskrit words “Paschim” meaning “western”, “Uttana” meaning  “stretch”, and “Asana” meaning “seated”, or in some cases, “pose.”…

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Bikram class participants in sitting head to knee pose

Calming Surrender in Seated Head to Knee Pose

When a pose like the Seated Head to Knee Pose encourages introspection and a calm mind, I connect to my yoga practice more than ever.  Seated head to knee pose is one of the final poses in the 26 & 2 class. It definitely provides the expected physical benefits. The pose deeply stretches the hamstrings…

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Bikram Yoga Class in Wind Removing Pose on backs with knees to chest

The Wonders of the Wind Removing Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

Raise your hand if you’ve ever struggled with digestive issues right before an important event. Perhaps you were going to meet your partner’s parents for the first time or getting ready to sit in another grueling meeting at work.  We’ll be the first to say that holding in gas is uncomfortable. However, letting it out…

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Class laying in Savasana or Corpse pose in bikram class

Corpse Pose: Rest and Recover

In our busy, fast-paced lives, it’s easy to get swept away by our thoughts, feelings, and endless responsibilities. But what if we could find a way to slow down, turn down the volume, and just be still like you see when someone performs Corpse Pose in yoga class. You know, the pose where you lay…

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Tina laying in Savasana after hot yoga class

Yoga for Your Menstrual Cycle

The final days of my menstrual cycle… I lay on the floor in Savasana, wiped out. The sweat rolled off my entire body. And yet I felt embraced by the weight of the heat and humidity. In that moment, I knew day 1 of my menstrual cycle would be the next day or possibly the…

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Bikram Yoga pose 12 Toe Stand

Toe Stand: Embrace the Challenge

Remember playing hopscotch as a kid? One foot up, a quick hop, and a burst of laughter when we toppled over. The funny thing is, we didn’t realize it then, but those moments were our first introductions to Bikram yoga. Fast forward to now, and say hello to the adult version of that game! The…

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bikram yoga pose 11 tree pose

Tree Pose: Standing Tall and Steady

Trees have a serene presence – something I think about when practicing the Tree Pose or Vrikshasana. Trees stand tall, staying balanced even when powerful winds try to knock them down. Likewise, when we face our own winds in life, there’s always a spot waiting for us on the mat where we can regain our…

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bikram yoga pose 10 standing separate head to knee

Bend and Stretch: Standing Separate Head to Knee Pose

Dandayamana Bibhaktapada Janushirasana, or Standing Separate Head to Knee Pose, may feel like you’re in a spontaneous game of Twister on your yoga mat, but your body is actually working on stretching and strengthening. This posture, along with others, is about exploring your mind, body, and spirit. It’s perfectly okay if you can’t get the…

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bikram yoga pose 9 triangle pose

Triangle Pose: Your Path to Stability and Mindfulness

Picture this – you’re standing at the edge of a cliff, arms wide open, with the sun kissing your face. The waves crash below, as the wind whispers secrets to the trees. This is what the triangle yoga pose, or Trikonasana, feels like: a moment of freedom, strength, and deep connection. Translated from Sanskrit, Trikonasana…

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bikram yoga pose 7 balancing stick

Balancing Stick Pose: A Journey to Inner Balance

Ever watched a surfer riding the waves? Maybe it looks easy, but behind the gracefulness, is a whole lot of balance, patience, and practice. The Balancing Stick Pose, or Tuladandasana, is kind of like surfing your yoga mat.  Translated from Sanskrit, Tuladandasana means “balancing on a stick.” It asks us to stand strong and steady…

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Bikram yoga class in twisting spine pose

Spine Twisting Pose – The Ultimate Journey

Could Spine Twisting Pose be the pinnacle of the practice? Answering that question is certainly a matter of opinion. And my opinion is that yes, it could very well be the pinnacle of the hot yoga practice. Well, except perhaps for Corpse Pose. But I digress. Spine Twisting Pose is the only pose in the…

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Bikram yoga pose 6 standing bow

Standing Bow Pose: The Art of Elegance

As elegant looking as a prima ballerina or primo ballerino, the Standing Bow Pose can be breathtaking when performed correctly. Also known as Dandayamana-Dhanurasana, this popular yoga posture, a favorite among many, requires great balance, flexibility, and strength.  Essentially a standing backbend, this Bikram posture has several benefits for the body and mind. Even if…

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hot yoga community sitting in asana

Practice Gratitude for Better Physical and Mental Health

Practice gratitude the better way. When the pandemic hit, the yoga industry had a tough time keeping the lights (and in our case, the heat) on. We never started this business to make a ton of money. Our goal has always been to provide an inviting community where like-minded yogis could gather to experience the…

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woman in full eagle pose during bikram practice

Eagle Pose: Bringing More Balance to Your Body

Fly like an eagle, or at least stand like one! Whether you think Steve Miller Band or Seal sang it better, one thing is for sure, they weren’t talking about Bikram Yoga! The eagle pose, also known as Garudasana, is quite still, unlike the soar of our national bird. As a result, this pose takes…

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Awkward Pose pose 3 of bikram yoga

Awkward Pose: the Benefits of Warming up With Chair Pose

Hot yoga is about to get a little awkward!  Remember the first time you attended yoga class and felt awkward because everyone was staring at you?  Newbie jitters can be uncomfortable and feel a bit isolating at first, but chances are others were way too focused on themselves to notice your epic yoga moves anyways….

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Yoga studio owner Dan Markowitz in camel pose

Does Yoga Actually Reduce Frailty as you age?

Yoga reduces frailty, says researchers… When we were kids, we used to dream what we would be when we grew up. I don’t know about you, but once I reached my 30s and 40s, I figured I had grown up. I look ahead a year or maybe 5 in advance, and that’s about it. But what if…

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Mastering the Half-Moon Pose

Ah, yes, the Ardha Chandrasana. You’re here because you want to get a grasp on the Half-Moon Pose. Thankfully, you needn’t tread any further. We’ll help walk you through all of the steps and ways to approach the Half-Moon Pose so you can get the most out of it! Do not feel discouraged if, at…

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5 Reasons to Attend a Community Class

Community class and trying new things… I remember doing all kinds of new things as a kid. Riding a bike. Roller skating. Crossing the monkey bars. And I loved it. As a kid, most things are new anyway. And before a certain age, everyone is new at it, so it doesn’t seem unusual to give…

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5 Reasons Yoga is the Perfect Last Minute Holiday Gift

Last minute holiday gift ideas are a must for the under-prepared, the busy, the procrastinators, and the less creative types. Let’s face it. Even the most prepared among us sometimes just miss a name on the list until we check it twice. I’m lookin’ at you, Santa. I remember the days when it was cool,…

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hot yoga members resting in savasana

I Tried Yin Yoga for the First Time: Here’s What Happened

My first-timer Yin yoga experience… It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and I’m stressed to the max. I have “career girl” work as usual. Project deadlines that everyone wants delivered BEFORE the holidays. And on top of that, I’m determined to make real contributions to this year’s Thanksgiving meal. You know, the kind that don’t reek…

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Kapalabhati Breathing Benefits: Hot Yoga Leaves you Ready to Conquer What’s Next

Hot yoga kapalabhati breathing can get you ready for the day. Breathing is all the rage these days. Everyone’s doing it. 😉 And what’s more, everyone’s talking about it. I feel myself getting a little out of breath just thinking about it. And because there are so many studies happening on breath work, I’ve started…

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teacher performing the standing separate leg stretching pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Is the Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose a cure for sitting? Most of us sit for the majority of the day. That keeps our hamstrings contracted for hours on end. And you’ll know you have tight hammies the minute you try to bend down and touch your toes. That’s why the best workouts focus on…

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Yogasol member in standing head to knee pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose: Is it a Lifetime Journey?

Dandayamana-Janushirasana: Standing head to knee pose “…lock the knee, lock the knee, lock the knee…” When you hear that pose named, how does it make you feel? In my own yoga journey, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Standing Head to Knee Pose. Standing Head to Knee Pose from the Beginning The first time I…

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Yogasol members exhaling in pranayama pose at beginning of class

Pranayama: How Breath Control Changes Your Mind and Body

Pranayama. This is how we begin each 26 & 2 Hot Yoga class. Prana: life force + Yama: control. We start by bringing conscious control to our life force with the breath. During pranayama, we take the time to connect our minds to our bodies and bring stability to our practice. When your prana or…

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HIIT class increasing cardio fitness

VO2 Max, a Longer Life, and Hot Yoga – What’s the Correlation?

Can VO2 max predict a longer life? Everyone wants to live longer, look younger, and feel better. We’ve been searching for the elixir of life since before de Leon’s expedition for the fountain of youth. If the medieval alchemists ever succeeded, we’ve since lost the knowledge. However, science has helped us discover we have the…

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Person - Yoga Teacher Lauren Sussman

Mint Aromatherapy: Boost Your Mood and Improve Your Yoga Practice

Are you a fan of reducing stress and feeling calmer on a daily basis? One way to do that is through aromatherapy. Combine that with some yoga, and you’ll sure to be feeling really zen throughout your entire day and into the night. This guide will walk you through mint aromatherapy benefits. Keep reading to…

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HIIT Pilates Class Side Plank

Top 7 Benefits of Practicing Pilates

If you like fun and fast ways to get and stay fit, we’ve got a power-packed treat for you. Our pilates classes fit almost any lifestyle. AND the best part – we keep them fun, fast-paced, and calorie-burning. Whether you’re a parent, workaholic or simply someone who doesn’t move their body as much as you’d…

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cobra pose inhale

8 Benefits of Air Purification in Your Yoga Studio

When you’re heading to the yoga studio, you probably don’t think about air quality; however, we think you should. A studio with excellent air quality can help keep you healthy and enhance your practice. But if you’re practicing in an enclosed, hot and humid environment, fresh and clean air might be tough to provide. At…

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lady practicing yoga in hot room

Science Shows 5 Unlikely Benefits of Regular Heat Exposure

As a hot yoga and hot pilates community, we have long experienced the benefits of regular heat exposure. We love coming to the hot room day in and day out. We feel more energized, flexible, even nicer when we sweat it all out! And now scientific researchers have data backing us up. In one of…

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student in savasana at end of class

Somatic Experiences: Mental Health Strategies with Yoga

In June of 2022, 3.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the Johnny Depp defamation trial, and many more followed the proceedings on social media channels. Many of those viewers were hearing about Borderline Personality Disorder for the first time. Is this new focus on BPD helping or harming the community? While naming the disorder can give…

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5 Reasons You Need a Yoga Posture Clinic

A yoga posture clinic? Who needs that? In our current electronic society, it’s rare for someone to intuitively understand and practice proper posture and body alignment. We’re constantly hunched over desks. Sitting all day. Looking down at our mobile devices. All of theses activities can lead to poor posture and poor alignment. In many cases,…

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yogasol members practicing the sit-up pose

Why Hot Yoga 26 & 2 is the OG Hot Yoga in the US

Hot yoga 26 & 2 offers many benefits. And some people don’t realize it, but hot yoga 26 & 2 is the OG hot yoga in the US. The roots of yoga began over 5000 years ago in India. Because of the heat and humidity in India, there was no need to create a different environment…

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rabbit pose - sasangasana

Why We Believe in Setting Intentions Before Yoga and Pilates

Aside from helping you improve flexibility, relieve pain, and have a healthier heart, yoga has amazing benefits for your mental and psychological wellbeing. In fact, yoga practice can lead to a decrease in anxiety and depression after just a few months. However, setting intentions when practicing yoga is one of the most important things you can…

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7 Reasons Arriving Early to Hot Yoga Class Benefits You

Everyone knows the early bird gets the worm. But that doesn’t necessarily apply to hot yoga class. And here’s why. The concept of the early bird getting the worm makes it seem like there’s only one worm. Like there’s a supply issue with a resource you need. So, you have to arrive early. And that…

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Practice Like the GOAT Tom Brady, Using His TB12 Principles

There’s no argument, Tom Brady is one of the greatest athletes of all time. In his new book The TB12 Method, the GOAT shares his method for a lifetime of high performance. Digging into the book, we realized Tom Brady’s TB12 principles can benefit every yoga participant too. Here are some of our favorite principles…

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Benefits of Weight Training After 40

Once you hit the age of 40, you might feel like gravity is working overtime to weigh down your once tight muscles and taut skin. You’re not entirely wrong. In fact, your muscles start to weaken around the age of 30. This includes changes in your muscle mass and a decrease in muscle strength. But…

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Benefits of Acupressure Therapy to Your Yoga Practice

In a world full of stresses and strains, self-care routines are more important than ever. Beneficial for the mind, body and soul, self-care can also prevent a wide range of physical and mental health issues. It can also enhance energy and general day-to-day feelings of contentment and well-being. Self-care can take many forms, with many activities that…

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Science: Boost Mental Focus, Endurance, and Resilience With 90 Minute Yoga

What can science tell us about boosting mental focus, endurance and resilience? Over the past couple of years, with the pandemic, we’ve all been through a lot. And it probably feels like your stamina is waning. Dr. Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist professor at Stanford university, studies mental focus in his lab. He works with other…

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How Not to Die With a Daily Yoga Routine

Any fans of Dr. Gregor’s book, How Not to Die? While it’s mostly about nutrition, Dr. Gregor does also cite scientific studies about exercise. In his health framework, he makes science-based recommendations for how exercise can help you lose weight and extend your life. So, where does a daily yoga routine figure into the equation?…

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Implementing New CDC Mask Guidance for Fitness Establishments

View our Reopening FAQs here. As of October 5, 2021, we will only offer vaccinated classes. This decision was made in response to requests by the over 90% of our practicing members who have submitted proof of vaccination and 100% of our teachers who are vaccinated. In order to serve more of you even better,…

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Reopening the Studio

View our Reopening FAQs here.   We are thrilled to welcome you back to YogaSol. The world has changed since we last saw you, but our commitment to offer our members the best and safest hot yoga and pilates classes remains unchanged. Below, we are laying out what we are doing to increase safety, how we…

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Coronavirus: Our Pledge to You

Updated: MONDAY, March 16th With the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the incredible speed at which things are changing around us, we are continually adapting our operations at the studio. It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to temporarily close the studio at this time, starting after the noon class on…

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Teacher in YogaSol Tank in prayer position smiling and saying namaste after hot hiit class

5 Proven Ways That Will Make Your Workout Consistent

You want to take care of yourself; you really do. You know making exercise a part of your regular routine is one of the best ways to do that. You know how it decreases your stress and gives you more energy, reduces your aches and pains, and helps you give your best to the rest…

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Lianne’s Story

I’ve been playing soccer professionally since I was 14. I played for England’s national team in the last World Cup in 2015 where we won the bronze. I recently picked up my first ever injury in my career. It was devastating, but yoga has literally changed my life during my injury. I always thought people who…

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Yoga Students practicing yoga breathing exercises

5 Hidden Reasons Yoga Breathing Can Save Your Life

  Yoga breathing exercises are part of our regular routine in our Bikram Yoga and Hot HIIT Pilates classes. You have no idea how you are helping your mind, body, and spirit trigger positive benefits with our deep breathing techniques. Here’s a list of just five health boons you receive by coming to practicing yoga…

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Group of young sporty people practicing in bikram yoga classes with instructor, lying in half tortoise pose

What is the Best Way to Get the Most Out of Your Bikram Yoga Classes?

Bikram Yoga is all about connecting you with your body, mind and soul. This connection brings you many health and social benefits. But how do you get the most out of your Bikram Yoga classes? At YogaSol, we believe taking a 90-minute class, twice a week is a must.   Here are 5 ways you get…

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Tennis player who practices Bikram yoga coming off the court

9 Ways Bikram Yoga Will Make You a Better Athlete

Being athletic involves hard-core training, mental resilience, consistency and more. One often overlooked exercise activity to incorporate into your athletic training is Bikram Yoga. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, for example, have seen yoga’s benefits, including beating cramps and preventing injuries. As a former athlete myself, I can vouch for the effectiveness of adding Bikram…

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Bikram Yoga Class in Half Tortoise Pose

The Truth About Bikram Yoga. What is it? And Why Should I Want to Practice?

Yoga practice heals and engages the body and mind. Through precise movements, breathing and meditation, practitioners can come into the peace of the present moment. Flexibility, balance and strength all improve with repeated practice. Bikram Yoga History Renowned teacher Bikram Choudhury developed Bikram Yoga in the 1970s. He began heating his classrooms to mimic the…

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8 of the Best Reasons for Consistent Bikram Yoga Practice

At YogaSol, the beginning of the fall season is a great time to jump start your Bikram Yoga practice and realize the virtues of practicing steadily. Bikram Yoga works your every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, organ and gland. The postures massage your internal organs and stimulate your endocrine and nervous systems. They release any deficient…

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Sweaty-fit man doing HIIT yoga

What is HIIT and Why it’s Absolutely Powerful Training?

If you want a highly efficient workout, HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training is all the rage. So, what is HIIT? HIIT is where you push your limits in short bouts of time and repeat the routine for maximum results. Work. Sweat. Repeat. It’s powerful, and it comes with a slew of benefits. You have the…

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Room full of bikram yoga students in Full Locust position

Get Hot: Simple Bikram Yoga Tips for Beginners

If you are reading this, you have probably decided it’s time to take the plunge and give Bikram Yoga a try. You may be worried about whether or not you can do this. Let’s face it, watching some of the best yogis balancing their whole body weight on the tips of their fingers while twisting…

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