Feeling The Heat

As an antidote to winter’s cold, Bikram yoga offers a warm alternative.  Developed by Bikram Choudhury, the technique is sometime referred to as “hot” yoga since it is practiced in a studio heated to 105 degrees. On a recent visit to the Bikram Yoga studio in Middletown, practitioners worked through Bikram’s 26 poses and two breathing exercises that are incorporated into a 90-minute class. Each class follows the same sequence of poses. The warm, moist air – the humidity is set at 45% – feels like a sauna, but it is the optimal climate in which to increase flexibility in the poses, according to owner Jennifer Brown. “When it’s juicy in there, it makes you more limber,” said  Brown. The warmth helps students stretch safely and deeply and helps remove toxins from the body, she explained.  She said the increased blood flow benefits your entire body and helps focus your mind.  “Its the hottest place in town!” said Brown.

MIDDLETOWN 01/21/14 Drenched in sweat, Sarah Leone, of East Lyme, does the camel pose at Bikram Yoga in Middletown Tuesday.    Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises that are done in a room with the temperature set at 105 degrees, a nice departure from the latest cold snap.  CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

MIDDLETOWN 01/21/14 Drenched in sweat, Sarah Leone, of East Lyme, does the camel pose at Bikram Yoga in Middletown Tuesday. Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises that are done in a room with the temperature set at 105 degrees, a nice departure from the latest cold snap. CLOE POISSON|cpoisson@courant.com

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