Bikram Yoga & T-Tapp

How T-Tapp integrates nicely with Bikram Yoga

I recently started attending Bikram Yoga classes again, or Hot Yoga as it is also known. For those that aren’t aware, Bikram Yoga is a method of Hatha Yoga bikram-yogacreated by Bikram Choudhury.  The room is heated up, imitating the climate of his native India. He says the heat helps the muscles warm up more quickly, deepening the stretches, but it also creates a natural purificatory process like a sauna. You are then taken through a series of 26 postures.  The yoga poses focus on stretching,  strengthening and stimulating glands in your body.

I hadn’t gone to a class in a few years. I was curious to see how my T-Tapp training would affect my practice of these poses.

  • T-Tapp form basics are: feet hip width apart, bend the knees, tuck butt, lift ribs, shoulders back and down, knees to little toes.
  • The basic stance in yoga is feet together — heel to heel, toe to toe.  Emphasis is on strong legs rather than bend the knees. But there is still the call to activate the muscles in the legs by ‘lifting the knee caps’, which knees to little toe does as well. This was the only thing I found different than T-Tapp (although other stances had us basically hip width apart with our feet). Tucking butt, pull belly in and shoulders back and down were a constant reminder from the instructor. I was loving this!

First, the heat really got to this perimenopausal girl! If your instructor is any good, they will be aware of your process and make it clear that you can pause, lie down and take a break at any time.  Do NOT keep pushing until you pass out! But don’t run out the door and quit! Take it at your own speed.I recall that the first couple of classes often have this effect in me, but then you break through and the heat feels more like a fantastic muscle relaxer, allowing you to push more deeply into a pose. You learn to love the sweat dripping from you!I was glad to see that my form and alignment were strong, thanks to T-Tapp! My core was strong as well. I just need to build more endurance and become adapted to the heat. Refining the poses will come with practice.

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Dorothy

BrightyBodyFitness.com provides tips and information for staying fit and happy naturally during perimenopause and beyond, using the T-Tapp workout and more.

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1 Response

  1. Lori says:

    Hello –
    I do yoga a few times a week, but have never tried hot yoga. It sounds like your training would be a good complement. By the way, I’m amazed that you run barefoot! I suppose it helps that you’re in Hawaii and don’t have to deal with snow!
    I love the look and feel of your blog!
    All best to you –
    lori

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