What can Bikram Yoga do for my health?
The Bikram Yoga practice is and always has been curvy-friendly, trauma-sensitive, and accessible to those healing from injuries and surgeries – yet challenging to the professional athlete and embraced by sports coaches. It is particularly accessible to men, as well as those over 50.
Sufferers of various chronic conditions – who have tried everything else – experience dramatic health benefits with a regular Bikram Yoga practice; it is recommended by physicians both locally and internationally. Please scroll down this page for a small sampling of conditions that this yoga improves.
It is also practiced by professional and amateur athletes more than any other yoga training system available today.
We welcome and support students with limited mobility, chronic pain or injury, and even those who are not able to walk. Our teachers are trained to help each student with the therapeutic approaches and goals of each posture, and all have access to direct mentorship by senior teachers (15-20+ years experience) and other experts who can assist them in guiding your practice.
We safely teach to those who need chairs at first, who have broken bones, less than four limbs, and who have chronic pain.
We also specialize in teaching all body shapes and sizes, in all classes.
Our regular students range in age from 6 to 94; this yoga system is practiced safely and gently by many in their 80s and 90s. We work with individuals to find the best approach, intensity level, and practice frequency for their needs.
Our teaching method is very practical and straightforward. It does not include language or belief systems that conflict with faiths or religions.
Who can benefit from Bikram Yoga?
Relief from Autoimmune Diseases with Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga specifically brings tremendous relief to those with pain and symptoms caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Type I Diabetes, Lupus, Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, and other autoimmune diseases. For more information on Rheumatoid Arthritis and Bikram Yoga, check out the Paddison Program here.
Chronic Pain and Bikram Yoga
Modern biomedical approaches often leave those with chronic pain behind. Bikram Yoga and Ghosh lineage yoga specifically bring relief to those with pain caused by fibromyalgia, traumatic injuries and amputations, surgeries, and chronic stress.
Aging and Bikram Yoga
What we think of as the symptoms of “aging” can happen at any time during the lifespan. Bikram Yoga and Ghosh-lineage yoga are specifically designed to treat the symptoms of aging that are thought to be inevitable. With a regular practice over time, you will see many or most of your aging processes slow down and usually even reverse. Read more about how it helps with back pain, high blood pressure, chronic kidney failure, and more.
Athletes and Bikram Yoga
Professional, amateur, and aspiring athletes have benefited from Bikram Yoga for several decades. Many Lansing area distance runners use Bikram Yoga to shorten their recovery times, reduce injuries, and drastically improve athletic performance.
Men’s Health and Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga starts from strength and muscle control, not stretching. It is particularly accessible to male bodies and those who think they are “not flexible enough” for yoga.
Women’s Health and Bikram Yoga
Although contrary to expectation, perimenopausal women actually reduce or eliminate their hot flashes with a regular Bikram Yoga practice. Other health benefits include: reduced pre-menstrual irritability, reduced menstrual cramps and flow, increased pelvic floor strength, more balanced hormone levels, and reduced pack and pelvic pain.
Morning sickness, back and pelvic pain, and other unpleasantries of pregnancy are usually resolved with a regular practice. Prenatal yoga is available for those who have already established a regular Bikram Yoga practice for six months prior to becoming pregnant; contact the director for more information.
Safe Space Policy
At BYCA, we welcome and support all individuals, yet we have a zero-tolerance policy for any forms of harassment, manipulation, abuse, or other “unsafe” or purposefully disruptive behaviors.