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April 27, 2015
Interesting opinions all around. So, Bikram insults Iyengar Yoga. " title="Crying or Very sad" /> I speculate he sees no theapeutic value in any form of hatha yoga. I would like to be neutral in this because I can see there is a need for a hot sport yoga exercise class that can put your health at risk. People want to test their limits but you can die from a heat stroke. Yoga can be safe and gentle, but there is always room for those who want pain and torture. The heat alone is good reason for most people to leave, but cheers to those who love it. Obviously this form of yoga wouldn't be good for an American population where 85% are out of shape and don't exercise. Students who are in shape but are pregnant, seniors, recovering from illness, have high blood pressure, have heart problems, or have ailments should also take their health into consideration.
People who usually get heat stroke are seniors, very young children, pregnant women or debilitated who stay in warm environments for too long. Seniors are very vulnerable to heat because as your body ages it is is less likely to be able to handle heat and cool itself off. Some of the most common causes of heat stroke are high temperatures, lack of body fluids and overexposure to the elements. You could stand still in a 105 degree room and get a heat stroke. Heat stroke isn't always caused by exertion. If your body temperature gs over 106 degrees you are at extreme risk. It is important for the yoga student who has heat stroke to be treated immediately as this can cause permanent damage or death.
In summary, those who pay huge bucks to teach 26 yoga asanas and have an arrogant attitude are not really teaching yoga at all. The creator of this style admits he doesn't know how to meditate. That should tell you this isn't yoga. It's just a hot torture circus invented by an arrogant clown who has found his own cult in California.
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