Bikram Yoga is a system of hot yoga devised by Bikram Choudhury and based on the writings of B.C. Ghosh, that became popular in the early 1970s.
It's one of the best forms of exercise and something I incorporated into my life pre-covid, now that yoga studios have opened back up again, I went on a mission to find the best studio and so far, Bikram Yoga in Marina Del Rey is the absolute best there is.
Located on Washington Blvd, this Hot Yoga Room maintains an intimidating consistent temperature of 105-110 degrees, it hosts very specific molecular systems to ensure the room operates at optimal performance.
Commercial ventilation runs 24 hours per day in conjunction with plasma air purification, UV lights and an integrated Co2 Carbon Dioxide monitor. Each of these applications applies premium sterilization factors.
This studio offers a variety of classes ranging from 60-90 minutes. I'm obsessed with the longer classes, just when you feel like you're dying, you surprise yourself with how powerful you really are.
There are numerous benefits to hot yoga, such as improved flexibility, in a 2013 study of Bikram yoga, it was found that after 8 weeks, yoga participants had greater flexibility in their low back, shoulders, and hamstrings than the control group.
Hot yoga also helps you burn a lot of calories, researchers at Colorado State University, said the calorie burn can be as high as 460 for men and 330 for women during a 90-minute Bikram yoga session, which is very dependent on the individual, personally, I believe it's significantly higher, but at the end of the day, at least you're burning them.
Finally, Bikram yoga is a great stress reliever. Once I started doing it consistently I noticed increased energy and a drastic difference in my mood.
In a 2018 study of stressed, physically inactive adults, it was found that a 16-week program of hot yoga significantly reduced the participants’ stress levels and it improved their health-related quality of life.
Check this studio out if you're in the LA area, you won't regret it.