What HOT yoga can do for you

At 6ft 3in and with a body-fat content of just 6.5 per cent, tennis ace Andy Murray appears to be leaner, stronger and having more success on court than earlier this year.

Witness his performance at the recent US Open when he outplayed Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal before losing to Roger Federer in the final. Murray's secret? Like Elle Macpherson and Daniel Craig, he is a convert to Bikram yoga.

He was introduced to it by his strength and conditioning coach, Matt Little, to improve his flexibility.But, performed in sweltering rooms heated to 43C, just what is so special about this steamy form of yoga?

Walk into a typical Bikram studio, where vents pump steam into the room from all sides, and you're hit by a wave of sauna-like intensity. Everyone is equipped with a towel and a two-litre bottle of water, while the teacher encourages pupils to stretch themselves.

Hot Bikram Yoga in Fulham, West London, where Murray goes regularly for a steamy stretch, counts Olympic athletes, Fulham footballers and tennis professionals among its members.
The reason for its popularity is clear. Stretching in high temperatures, say fans, allows you to push your body twice as far - which means you really see results. And, as for all the sweating, it's a wonderful way to detox.

In each Bikram class, 26 poses and two breathing exercises are performed in a specific order.
Olga Allon, founder of Hot Bikram Yoga, says it provides a 'holistic workout' that stretches you physically and mentally, leaving you feeling balanced and calm.

Source - Daily Mail

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