Bikram Yoga

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Bikram Yoga Athlone proprietor Tricia Fleming in Standing Separate Leg Stretching pose.

Bikram Yoga

Bikram Yoga is the 26 Posture sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga. It is conducted in a room heated to 40 degree Celsius. These 26 postures systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments, all the tendons and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function. Every posture is done twice, opening the body in the first set and then potentially aiming for depth in the second set. Each posture is done with precision in mind, working to maintain the correct alignment of the body. You achieve this by working on both strength and flexibility in every posture. We work from the bones to the skin, starting with the skeleton and then hoping to maintain the natural range of motion of all the joints and soft tissue. If you have only one set of every posture then there is sometimes that pressure to push too much and sometimes force the body to try to achieve depth. This class is suitable for all levels and is the best class for first timers. Read about each individual posture and its benefits here.


BYA Mix is a 90 minute hot yoga class using some postures from the Bikram class as well as a lot of new ones. More hip openers, arm balancing, forearm balancing and upper body strengthening. A dynamic energetic class which is great for preparing you for the Hot60. It is not suitable for first timers. Attend 10 Bikram classes before attempting this one.


Hot60 is a 60 minute hot yoga class that is a fantastic complement to the Bikram and BYA Mix classes. It involves a number of familiar postures from the Bikram series along with some new ones. Hot60 introduces some more hip openers and upper body strengthening. This class is a faster paced class than the 90 minute Bikram class and BYA Mix. There is an expectation that you are familiar with the basic set up of postures, so this class is not suitable for beginners. Students should attend at least 2 BYA Mix classes before attending this one.

Why the heat?

Yoga changes the construction of the body from inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. So, before you change it, you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a flexible body. Then you can reshape the body anyway you want.

Hatha Yoga flushes away the waste products and the toxins of all the glands and organs of your body. It provides a natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system, with the help of the respiratory system. It brings nourishment to every cell of your body so that each one can perform its function and keep your body healthy. Bikram Yoga also employs heat to further that cleaning process—When you sweat, impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin.

Practicing yoga not only increases our supplies of oxygen, but it also teaches us how to use that oxygen properly—we learn to control the breath through pranayama.

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