Bikram yoga may support your weight-loss goals.
While yoga is not a calorie-blasting exercise, Bikram yoga proponents claim that with regular practice, this form of hot yoga helps regulate appetite and curb cravings. Bikram yoga features 26 poses performed in a room heated to at least 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. With just a few personal details, you can calculate how many calories you really burn per Bikram yoga session. There are health risks to consider with such an intense and strenuous form of yoga, so check with your doctor before signing up for a class.
Calculate Calories Burned
Calculate how many calories you burn while performing Bikram yoga using your current weight and time spent per yoga session. Traditional Bikram sessions are 90 minutes in length. A 150-pound person who performs 90 minutes of Bikram yoga burns 716 calories, according to HealthStatus.com. A 185-pound person burns 882 calories, while a 135-pound person burns 644. To lose 1 pound, you must post a 3,500-calorie deficit, which you can do by burning calories through exercise and adjusting your diet.
Compare to Other Yoga Styles
Hatha yoga, which focuses on the alignment of the body and mind, burns approximately 284 calories in a 90-minute session for a 150-pound person. The more athletic Ashtanga yoga burns 526 calories in 90 minutes for a 150-pound person. A vigorous Vinyasa yoga class burns 891 calories for a 150-pound person completing a 90-minute class.
Incorporate Calorie-Boosting Tips
According to the official Bikram guidelines, performing at least three sessions per week is necessary to normalize your appetite and weight. The more experienced you become at performing a Bikram yoga routine, the better you can perform the poses with the proper posture and keep up with the fast pace. Take your increased flexibility and expand your exercise repertoire to include aerobic and strength training to burn additional calories.
Recognize Potential Dangers
Pregnant women and those who are prone to heat-related illnesses or who have heart disease should avoid Bikram yoga, according to MayoClinic.com. If you experience heat exhaustion symptoms like dizziness, faintness or nausea, excuse yourself from the class and find a place where you can rest quietly while hydrating. If your symptoms do not resolve, seek prompt medical attention.