Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class is a series of twenty-six traditional hatha yoga postures designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons, in the order in which they should be stretched.
Bikram Yoga's twenty-six posture exercises systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as Nature intended. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health, and a sense of well-being will automatically follow.
How Yoga Works:
First the blood is saturated with O2 from the pranayama breathing done at the beginning of class.
Yoga works by the extension and compression (the torniquet effect) created by the postures.
The compression and stretching restricts blood flow to an area-daming up the blood for a short period- of time then releasing it, and like a dam bursting-it flushes toxins out of the organs and cells and bring fresh blood and nutrients to the area that was compressed.
How quickly you progress will depend entirely on you -- upon your natural ability to a small extent, but mostly upon the time and effort you give to Yoga. It will have little to do with how "perfectly" you can do the poses.
Few of us ever do the poses "perfectly". Instead, it will have to do with how well you understand what you are trying to accomplish in each pose, how you try to accomplish your goal, and how supple your muscles and joints have become in comparison to the point at which you began. In Yoga there is no standard of comparison except yourself. To be 'Perfect' in Yoga is to do the best you can do.
Bikram teaches you not only the ideal pose - how you will eventually be able to do it - but also the reality - telling you what problems you will have as you try to do the pose, what clues will help you make rapid progress, and where you might be tempted to "cheat," thus depriving yourself of the benefit of doing the pose properly. Bikram explains to you, in his inimitable humorous and informative way, how his scientifically designed series of twenty-six poses will enhance mind and body, relax, strengthen, reshape, and heal all of you in 90 minutes.
Things to think about:
Perfection in yoga is doing the best you can do for that day and accepting that was your practice for the day. Nothing more/nothing less.
It doesn't matter how well you do the posture, only that you try the RIGHT WAY through the instruction of your teacher. There is nothing in this class that will harm or injure you if you follow instructions carefully. Fear is the biggest obstacle you must overcome. You have to open your heart, mind, soul, eyes and ears-all your senses to gain an understanding of your life.