Tree pose helps strengthen your legs and core muscles.
Bikram yoga is practiced in a heated room where practitioners perform 26 poses. The series of poses was developed to work every muscle in the body, which makes this style of yoga an effective muscle-building activity. The heat helps you ease into the poses for rapid body toning. Like any exercise, Bikram yoga needs to be practiced regularly for you to see results. After receiving your doctor's approval, practice Bikram yoga three or more times per week.
Legs and Gluteal Muscles
Various poses in Bikram yoga will tone your leg and gluteal muscles to strengthen the lower half of your body. The Tree pose strengthens your thighs and calves, while also increasing the flexibility of your ankles, knees and hips joints. Wind-Removing and Standing Bow poses tone the thigh muscles. Standing Head to Knee pose is an excellent strength-building exercise for hamstrings. To tone your gluteal muscles, practice the Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee and Half Moon poses.
Arms and Shoulder Muscles
Using your arms for balance and holding positions helps build strength in your upper arms, lower arms and shoulders. Standing Head to Knee pose, which is the fifth pose in the series, tones your biceps and triceps for firmer arms. Eagle, Bow and Awkward poses strengthen the upper arms. Improve your posture by stretching and strengthening your shoulder muscles with the Standing Stick and Awkward pose. Focusing your weight on your arms for balance in Locust pose is another effective way to build arm muscles.
The series of poses in Bikram yoga stretches, strengthens and tones the back muscles. The Spine Twisting pose stretches your back muscles from top to bottom and also improves the health of your spine by promoting blood circulation. Locust pose strengthens your upper back, while Full Locust pose strengthens your middle back. Bow is another pose that builds muscles in the upper back, while it also helps straighten rounded spines.
Muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen make up your core muscles. Keeping your core muscles strong improves your balance and posture. Balancing Stick and Toe Stand poses both activate all your core muscles. Wind-Removing pose improves hip flexibility and strengthens the abdominal muscles. To focus on your oblique muscles, perform the Tree pose, which also tones other core muscles. Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee pose and Standing Bow pose also strengthen abdominal muscles.