Feeling HOT HOT HOT!
doctors told him that he would never walk again.
A severe injury to his knee during a weight lifting accident surely
was to confine Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury to life in a wheelchair from the
tender age of 17. Astonishingly, six months later his knee had fully recovered.
Bikram knew if anyone could assist him with his broken knee it was
his yoga teacher Bishnu Ghosh – from his College of Physical Education
in Calcutta. Ghosh, the first
person to scientifically document Yoga’s ability to cure chronic
physical ailments and heal the body, had taught Bikram the art of Yoga
since he was only four years of age.
A model student of Ghosh, Bikram was asked to start several Yoga schools
in India. Their success was
such that Bikram travelled to Japan and opened two more.
Since then he has brought his curative methods of Yoga Therapy
around the world.
Sklar discovered Bikrams Yoga classes at age 27 after a broken hip 14
years earlier was beginning to create considerable discomfort from
degenerative arthritis. Sklar
was told to prepare herself for the inevitable hip replacement and until
that time to endeavour the deterioration as best she could by exercising
within her pain threshold. After
6 months of Bikrams Yoga her pain had disappeared and her joints remained
healthy so long as she continued practicing.
The overwhelming results achieved by this form of exercise
convinced Sklar to forgo her corporate career and she became a Bikram
teacher in Pasadena, India in 1998.
sounds astounding, so what is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is a system of 26 postures, performed in a standard sequence.
It is a fairly vigorous style of yoga and requires a certain level
of fitness on the part of the students. As
with many forms of yoga it has the benefits of improving strength and
flexibility, reducing stress, promoting relaxation and it is claimed that
regular practice of Bikrams Yoga can reduce the symptoms of arthritis,
diabetes and even thyroid problems.
However, one of the major differences between Bikrams and other types of
Yoga is the fact that the room it is performed in is heated to
temperatures of up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
In fact Bikrams Yoga is also known by many as “Hot
I get warm enough with normal yoga, why would I want to exercise in a
sauna style setting?
A Bikram class is intentionally heated to warm muscles and allow you
to exercise your tendons, ligaments and muscles more deeply and safely.
This is designed to help prevent injuries, and the profuse sweating
is argued to flush toxins from your body increasing your general health
and well being.
novel concept that is fast gaining momentum throughout the globe, however
you may have to wait a while until you get the opportunity to trial a
class in New Zealand. There
are currently only a handful of centres practicing this type of Yoga
throughout this country. And
by the way... if you are embarrassed to be seen sweating in public,
perhaps go and spin on a bike at the gym instead!
Deficiency - The Cure
We all know the importance of
a well balanced diet, and that if we do not eat the right type and variety
of foods it can affect our physical health right? Now how do we all
know this? Very few of us have ever studied nutrition. Is
a) Mum has been harping on about eating our veges for years?
b) We are told to eat 5 servings a day by the media and what we read in
the paper is always right?
c) All of the above!
But do we really know the importance of a well rounded diet ... so what if
we don't get enough Vitamin C, it's not really going to matter is
it? We can always take a multi vitamin, that will fix it aye?
For those that do have a less that adequate diet, supplements can be very
useful in maintaining optimum levels of health. Additionally, for
those performing at elite levels of sport and endurance it can become
difficult to gain the required nutrients purely through dietary
intake. However, the most recommended procedure with which to gain a
balance of vitamins and minerals is still through your diet. The
table below outlines a number of nutrients, and the recommended foods to
increase the presence of these nutrients in your body. It also lists
common signs and symptoms of vitamin deficiency. Are you suffering
from a vitamin deficiency?
Sign / Symptom
of Eyes, Dry Skin
cabbage, milk, eggs, beetroot
Anxiety, Headache, Skin Rashes, Depression
green leafy veges, wholegrain cereals
fruits, green veges
eggs, soy products, dairy products
Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Poor Bones, Poor Teeth
fat dairy or soy products, green leafy veges, salmon
Blood Sugar, high cholesterol
meat, whole grains, black pepper
Fatigue, Apathy, Hair Problems, Ridged Nails
parlsey, meat, fish, poultry, egg yolk, soy products
tremors, eyelid twitches, insomnia, fatigue, muscle cramps,
leafy veges, Soy products, seafood
Appetite, Fatigue, constipation, muscle cramps
leafy veges, tomatoes, wholegrains
garlic, onions, or may require a supplement
growth, low immune function, reduced sex drive, sleeping
disorders, loss of taste, smell, poor hail & nails
peas, garlic, seafood, poultry, nuts, pumpkin seeds