The Yoga

About Bikram Yoga Durham

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is the original hot yoga class brought from India to the west by founder Bikram Choudhury. The class is a 90 minute, 26 posture sequence done in a room heated to 105 degrees. The use of heat provides a safer, deeper stretch because it increases the elasticity of the muscle fibers. Additionally, all Bikram Yoga teachers have completed a rigorous 9 week training with Bikram and have been certified by him to teach.

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The Bikram Yoga series is most well known for its medicinal value and ability to normalize the body's systems and functions. As with other styles of yoga, practitioners all become more flexible, which is key for preventing injuries outside of the room, especially for athletes. It also normalizes weight by helping to build muscle, burn fat and regulate your metabolism. Below are additional benefits commonly experienced by practitioners.

  • improved sleep (including needing less of it!)
  • increased core strength and balance
  • relief from accute and/ or chronic pain, especially back and joint
  • glowing, clear skin
  • increased endurance
  • decreased stress, increased ability to deal with stressors
  • normalizes blood pressure
  • lean, toned muscles
  • heals old injuries, breaks up scar tissue
  • strengthens the immune system


Additional Classes


Inferno Hot Pilates

High Intensity Interval Training meets Pilates principles. This class is a fun, full-body workout in just one hour. Upbeat music and motivating instructors will keep you moving, and you'll notice yourself getting stronger after just one class.


Yin Yoga

This 75 minute class is geared toward flexibility and relaxation. Most of the postures are seated or reclining, and are held for up to five minutes to encourage opening in the body. Dim lighting and soft music will help you to unwind.