Denyse Kling, owner of Bikram Yoga York, said Bikram Yoga provides people with consistency in their practice. For example, you could take the same Bikram Yoga class in Munich, Beijing, New York and Paris. And now, you can practice Bikram in York County.
Kling opened her York Township studio in September. All Bikram instructors must go through the same training. Each 90-minute class is a series of 26 postures executed in a room heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. She said Bikram — hatha yoga — is the original hot yoga. Each posture is performed twice, and she said, each is designed to prepare the body for the next.
According the Mayo Clinic, “the postures require lengthy, forceful and well-controlled contractions of all major muscle groups.”
Kling said she decided to open a Bikram studio because there wasn’t one in the county. She started practicing the style of yoga in 2003, after a friend recommended it.
“The rest is history,” Kling said. “I became so passionate about this.”
Soon after, she started to feel the benefits. Her back felt healthier, her sleep improved, and she felt more balanced and focused in everyday activities.
“You’re feeling so good,” Kling said. “Just by nature, you’re healthier.”
She said Bikram Yoga can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent migraines, improve digestion, and help people manage stress, depression and anxiety.
Kling said the heat isn’t to make people sweat more — it’s used to detoxify the body. It helps the body relax and the muscles let go, which enables people to engage in postures.
She said Bikram Yoga is a complete body and mind experience, and each posture has its own benefit.
For example, she said, Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee works to regulate the metabolism, and targets the thyroid, parathyroid and pituitary gland, while working the endocrine and immune systems.
The class also includes meditation.
“It allows people to just let go,” Kling said. “In society, we don’t have the opportunity to do that.”
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