Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class (Second Edtion)

Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class (Second Edtion)

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class (Second Edtion)

Sweat, strain, laugh, and do more for your health, body, and general well-being than you even imagined possible as you take your beginning yoga class from Bikram. For more than twenty years, Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class has been among the preeminent and most beloved of all yoga guides-and now it has been revised and updated by Bikram, with virtually all-new photographs and an updated section on yoga’s medical benefits.

With nearly two hundred vivid instructional photographs, Bikram’s Beg

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  1. Eclectic reader "softarch" says:
    107 of 109 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    My experience – it works!, June 3, 2003
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    This review is from: Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class (Second Edtion) (Paperback)

    I have been using Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class (the book alone, no instructor) and found it to be tremendously effective for improving flexibility, strength, conditioning, and energy levels. I do my best to follow the instructions to the letter and perform each pose as well as I can, and it really works.

    I knew nothing about yoga before I started, so I intentionally chose this book for it’s defined program and limited set of poses, as opposed to others that have a smorgasbord of poses that I could dabble in. As other reviewers have pointed out, some of the poses are not easy, and there are many that I still probably only get 25% right because I don’t have the strength and flexibility, but the honest effort I make is paying off.

    I found myself getting more and more out of shape because nagging injuries stopped me every time I tried to start an exercise program. My formerly active lifestyle was slowing way down, and I just felt bad — and felt bad about myself as a result. Bikram’s yoga has turned that around in 2 short months. I’ve lost some weight, gained a tremendous amount of flexibility, added muscle tone, and feel a lot better about my long term health outlook.

    I do the full program (it takes me about an hour and 15 minutes) at least 4 times a week, usually 5 or 6. I’ll probably take a class with an instructor eventually.

    Is Bikram’s yoga the best way? I don’t know. But it’s working for me.

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  2. Michael Charles says:
    73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Bikram’s Back, Better Than Ever, After 22 Years, August 25, 2000
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    Michael Charles (Long Beach, NY USA) –
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    This review is from: Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class (Second Edtion) (Paperback)

    Bikram Choudhury’s classic Yoga work has finally been revised. Unlike the second edition of many popular books, this one is better than the first. It’s good for what it has and good for what it doesn’t have. The book retains Bikram’s detailed, often hilarious, commentary and descriptions of how to perform each of his 26 postures (asanas) and breathing(pranayama). It also retains his unique “ideal” and “reality” versions of the poses, a great help to novices. In addition, there are more than 200 high quality black and white photos to augment Bikram’s commentary.

    What the book doesn’t contain is just as important. It eschews adding anything about the new, trendy forms of Hatha Yoga that have taken over American popular culture. After all, Hatha Yoga has been a highly successful form of physical and spiritual renewal for more than 5,000 years. As Bikram in his new introduction states,”Americans are very inventive, even if what they invent is wrong. They are inventing posture after posture, making up names for them. Then they sell their wares to innocent, uninitiated people who do not know that they are getting ripped off, even getting hurt. There are more flavors of Hatha Yoga in the West than ice cream. Americans think that’s wonderful. I tell you it is disastrous. Most of these so-called Yoga systems are not Yoga at all. Giving them a Sanskrit or Bengali name doesn’t make them Yoga.”

    Bikram’s series of postures and breathing performed in a 100-plus degree studio, taking 90 minutes, is one of the more challenging but worthwhile things you can do for your physical and spiritual well-being. It is certainly unique and is totally different than many of the so-called Yoga Systems available today. This book explains it all. Study it, take a Bikram class. They may change your life.

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  3. Carl E. Gunther says:
    64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
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    A Miraculously Helpful Set of Postures, November 20, 2002
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    Carl E. Gunther (West Hollywood, CA USA) –
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    This review is from: Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class (Second Edtion) (Paperback)

    I attended classes at Bikram’s Yoga College of India for three years, and have received instruction from Bikram himself during quite a number of those classes. About two years ago the college moved to a different location and since then I have continued my practice at home.

    Everything they say about Bikram the man is true. Yes, he is an egotist. Yes, with his millions of dollars and multiple Rolls Royces he has fully embraced the materialistic lifestyle of his adopted country and in particular of his home city of Beverly Hills. He is well aware of his egotism and materialism, and revels in both to the point of self-parody.

    None of this erases the fact that the 26 Bikram postures are perhaps the most concise, therapeutic, balanced and adaptable compilation of the yoga repertoire ever brought together under a single method.

    They are concise, in that every part of the body is exercised, but if the same part is exercised in more than one posture, it is always in a slightly different way, and always in a way that takes advantage of the repetition to further increase the flexibility of the body, and always far enough from the original posture to make the repetition meaningful rather than redundant (e.g., standing head to knee is posture five, while the seated head to knee is posture twenty-four). They are therapeutic, in that circulation is enhanced, muscles are stretched to release toxins, and intense heat and perspiration help to carry those toxins out of the body. They are balanced, in that each posture that stretches in one direction is invariably followed by another that stretches in the opposite direction (e.g., camel pose followed by rabbit pose). Finally, they are adaptable, in that every posture can be done to a greater or a lesser degree, allowing both beginners and long-time practitioners to benefit from exactly the same set of postures.

    In so many ways, this makes the Bikram postures “all you really need” – a comprehensive set of postures beyond which you need look no further in order to maintain your flexibility and health.

    Yes, just as some others have reported, I too made an effort to attend classes taught by “anybody but Bikram” while I was at the college. While he is very knowledgeable, his constant banter often interrupted the flow of the postures, and his classes invariably ran late as a result. But I will always be grateful to him for having developed his method, which has been of enormous assistance to me in maintaining my physical health and clarity of mind.

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