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It’s Getting Hot In Here

A new, state-of-the-art yoga studio is a boon to New Orleans
January 13th, 2014 by: Jennifer Hughes

You’ve probably heard of Bikram yoga. Developed by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s, it’s a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises performed in a hot room.

“Bikram yoga has the power to heal mind, body and spirit through the practice of calm breath, while holding stillness in a posture. Bikram yoga is for everybody, no matter your age or physical shape.”

Sarah Scharfenstein, Co-owner, Bikram Yoga, Uptown New Orleans

How hot, exactly? 
Bikram studios are heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The idea is that the
heat increases blood flow and flexibility in each posture, and detoxifies the body through sweat; it also helps students cultivate a mindover-matter attitude that they can take with them after class.

The Bikram yoga posture sequence takes exactly 90 minutes, systematically opening and stretching the body’s major joints and muscles. The sequence pays
particular emphasis to the spine, with the goal of lengthening and strengthening this core skeletal component.

Bikram Yoga Uptown New Orleans, which opened in November 2013, offers a 1,500-square-foot yoga room with precise, state-of-the-art temperature control. Along with showers, lockers, a retail area and monthly-unlimited class passes, the studio also offers a sleek, spacious lounge for talking with fellow yogis about favorite poses. 

Yes, Bikram yoga can be grueling — but the payoff is flexibility, strength and a mood boost for the remaining 22.5 hours of your day. Don’t be afraid to get sweaty!

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