Bikram – is it too hot to handle?

Just when you thought yoga couldn’t get any hotter – because it seems everyone is doing it – here comes a New York insider’s guide to the practice that is causing devotees to think again. In his investigation into Bikram, the most fashionable and extreme form of yoga, that is conducted in rooms of scorching heat, writer Benjamin Lorr warns that potential followers must go into it with eyes open: this is a fitness regime that should come with a health warning. Yes, it can it help you get into the leanest and most flexible shape of your life: but if you do as he did and follow the regime to its limit you are entering a world of almost addictive pain and taking huge risks with your body.
Lorr’s book Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga, is making waves in the US with its shocking descriptions of 12-year-olds able to bend their bodies into perfect O shapes, women who exist on diluted grapefruit juice (fasting is part of the culture) and fans habitually starving and dehydrating themselves to fulfil the demands of their monstrously strict-sounding yogis (teachers).

Source  - Telegraph

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