Bikram Yoga Sizzling In Miami

MIAMI (CBS4) — Yoga helps relax and ease the tension through resistance mixed with stretching exercises but if you want a really “hot body”; there’s Bikram yoga, a steamy take on the yoga tradition of mind, body and spirit.

So if doing yoga in an extremely hot room filled with sweaty bodies is your kind of workout, than the new Bikram Brickell Hot Yoga Studio is for you.

Spanish music star Nacho Cano, recently opened his new venture with the help of yoga guru Bikram Choudhury.

Bikram yoga is doing stretching and core strength exercises in a room heated up to 105 degrees. Paired with traditional yoga stances and postures, participants go from glistening to gushing as they sweat out those bodily toxins that many of us probably prefer to leave in place in air conditioned comfort.

But the scorching temperature is why the 90-minute Bikram class is warmly referred to as “hot yoga.” The guru insists the furnace-like heat is necessary.

“If you take a piece of steel to a blacksmith and tell him can you make a knife, what’s the first thing he’s going to do? Put it in the fire. Heat it up,” explained Guru Bikram.

“The heat’s meant to loosen up your muscle so you can really stretch, you can open, you can do a lot more in a hot room than you can in a cold room,’ said Bikram yoga instructor Raquel Palayo.

Cano says it’s not only good for you physically, but mentally as well.

“And that’s one of the good things of this, is you prove you’re stronger than you think,” said Cano.

In the master class, led by Bikram, the guru’s followers don’t sweat the small stuff. They’re convinced the benefits of melting outweigh any safety concerns like not being able to breathe.

“You get used to it,” said Palayo. “Your body starts to crave it.”

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  • clayrenoit

    I am a blacksmith and what your talking about steel and fire and a body is a little over the top. you can put what he said and try to mend steel with fire but not the same fire to try to fix or mend your body with fire…that would hurt. some may take what your saying and try to use it and get a serious burn. so please play it safe. there is no blacksmith on bikram yoga. there is more of a rednick term for this. you can’t put mending hot steel and yoga again you can get a bad burn. please watch the way you word this…i am a farmer and shoe horses/ blacksmith and we are so redneck that we can’t even spell yoga. So your mixing fighting’s not necessary

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