Although it is easy to buy a Bikram yoga dvd from most popular stores, and this may give you a great introduction, it would probably be better to join a class. The benefits of joining one of the Bikram yoga classes is there will be people to interact with and even make friends with, also if you have any problems there will be an instructor on hand to help you with any problems. You will probably only need a mat, water bottle and good loose clothing when participating in a class.
What to Look For In A DVD:
A good Bikram yoga DVD will explain what Bikram yoga is all about, you’ll find it is different from the other styles. It should explain how to heat the room to around 95-100 degrees without it costing you a small fortune on your utility bills. The reason for the high temperature is that the poses and exercises have to be done in a heated room, this is one of the main differences to other styles.
It should also explain in a clear manner, that there are 26 poses to practice and learn. It is also important to be shown the proper technique for each pose, this will help to lessen the risk of an individual injuring themselves during an exercise. Additionally a good Bikram yoga DVD should make allowances for beginners and give some easier alternative poses, whilst also offering the opportunity for more experienced practitioners to practice the most difficult poses.
A good quality Bikram yoga DVD should also give both instructions of the various poses but also shown some different workouts so a practitioner can choose the ones that suit them best. A class is usually around an hour and a half in length, therefore the DVD will normally offer a short version workout plus a longer version that is more in line with a class workout time.
Probably it will be better for an individual to go to Bikram yoga classes before practicing with their Bikram yoga DVD. The mean reason for this last statement is that unlike a DVD the class will have a trained instructor who will be able to make sure an individual is learning and doing the positions in the correct way, before doing them at home on their own. This will also reduced the risk of any injuries. Please Also Note! This style not be practiced by pregnant women, since it can raise the core body temperature.