This article will discuss the differences, who does it best, and which is right for you.
Both hatha yoga and Bikram yoga are types of yoga. Hatha yoga is a slower-paced yoga that focuses on stretching and strengthening the body.
Bikram yoga is a faster-paced yoga based on a sequence of 26 postures designed for you to do in a specific order to a particular temperature.
Bikram Choudhury created Bikram yoga, a yoga instructor from the U.S. He created the exact routine he thought a new yoga student should do to start their yoga practice and become a healthy and happy person.
About Bikram yoga
Bikram Choudhury developed this yoga routine that consists of 26 postures, in a specific order, in a room that is set to 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
The heat is supposed to warm the muscles in preparation for the practice, while the sweat released through the skin removes poisons and impurities.
The heat is also said to help the circulatory system and raise the heart rate. This sequence is done twice in a row with no break in between.
The 26 poses are milder versions of traditional yoga poses. For example, you don't use your hands to balance yourself while doing them, so they are more accessible than other types of yoga poses.
Difference between the two
- Temperature: You can perform Hatha yoga at room temperature. It is very comfortable and recommended for everyone. Bikram yoga is done in a room set at 104 degrees, with no breaks between the 26 poses.
- Calories: Hatha yoga burns about 250 calories per 60-minute class. Bikram yoga is supposed to burn up to 600 calories per 60-minute class.
- Asanas: Hatha yoga is all about the asanas. There are nearly 200 asanas in Hatha Yoga, each with hundreds of variations, so there’s always something new to try.
Bikram Yoga has 26 postures that are practised twice in a row during each 90-minute session.
- Style of yoga: Hatha is more relaxed and gentle. Bikram yoga is faster-paced and more vigorous.
- Purpose of the practice: Hatha yoga is more about stretching, strengthening, and meditation. Bikram yoga leaves no stone unturned when helping you become the very best version of yourself.
- Precautions: Hatha Yoga is one of the safest kinds of exercise available, and it is appropriate for people of all ages and fitness levels. The mild nature of the session allows you to work at your own pace and reduces the likelihood of injury.
Bikram Yoga is still considered relatively safe, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, as the heat can aggravate some health issues and interfere with the effects of some drugs, you should consult your doctor before trying Bikram Yoga.
Which one is best for you?
This question is one that I get asked a lot, and the answer depends on your goals. If you’re looking for a low-impact exercise program that you can do on your own, then Hatha Yoga might be the way to go.
However, if You're training for an event or competition and want to burn the most calories and lose maximum weight, Bikram yoga might be your best choice.
Your decision should be based on what you’re looking to get out of your yoga practice. To make the most out of your Bikram and Hatha Yoga experience, dedicate yourself to a daily routine and try not to do too many other types of exercises, especially if you are new to yoga. But, most importantly, enjoy yourself!