While there are many different styles of hot yoga, most of the styles use similar poses. The poses used in hot yoga depend on the type, however all use a combination of moving fluidly through the poses with a technique of deep breathing. The physical movement in hot yoga is called an asana, while the breathing technique is called pranayama. When one is moving through an asana, they should focus on where and how their body is being strengthened. Also, when one is in the asana they should focus on pranayama and ensuring that the organs in the body are receiving adequate oxygen from the breathing technique.
What are the Twenty Six Bikram Yoga Poses
There are twenty-six poses that are done in sequence within Bikram yoga. The poses done in sequence and repeated twice are the hallmarks of bikram yoga. Each of the twenty-six poses are outlined below:
Standing Deep Breathing
Half Moon Pose
Standing Head To Knee
Standing Bow Pulling Pose
Standing Separate Leg Stretching
Standing Separate Leg/Head To Knee
Wind Removing Pose
Sit-Up with Double Exhale
Fixed Firm Pose
Half Tortoise Pose
Separate Leg Stretching Head To Knee
Blowing in Firm (Breath of Fire)
What Are Additional Hot Yoga Poses
Many hot yoga studios use similar poses as bikram yoga, however they may vary the sequencing or incorporate additional poses. Below are additional poses that are frequently used in hot yoga.
Downward Facing Dog
Check out the basic poses used in bikram yoga in the below video.