Congratulations, now you are on the right track and ready to try a Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class.
It’s the most exciting, hard-working, effective, amusing and glamorous Yoga class in the world. Nothing about Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class is haphazard.
Bikram Yoga is designed in a specific sequence of postures to scientifically warm and stretch muscles and ligaments. The elevated temperatures in the yoga room help to improve stretching and strengthens the immune system, which in turn improves T-cell function to fight infections.
Bikram's twenty-six exercises systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as Nature intended. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health, and a sense of well-being will automatically follow.
How quickly you progress will depend entirely on you -- upon your natural ability to a small extent, but mostly upon the honest time and effort you give to Yoga. It will have little to do with how "perfectly" you can do the poses. (Few of us ever do the poses "perfectly.") Instead, it will have to do with how well you understand what you are trying to accomplish in each pose, how honestly you try to accomplish your goal, and how supple your muscles and joints have become in comparison to the point at which you began.
Perfect is the best you can do that day.
Bikram teaches you not only the ideal pose but also the problems you will face to achieve it, what can help you to make rapid progress, and where you might be tempted to "cheat", thus depriving yourself of the benefit of doing the pose properly.
Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India.
Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with Bishnu Ghosh, brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi, founder of the Self Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles).
Bikram practiced Yoga four to six hours a day with six thousand other students at Ghosh's College of Physical Education in Calcutta; and at the age of thirteen, he won the National India Yoga contest. He was undefeated for three years.
At seventeen, an injury to his knee brought the prediction from leading European doctors that he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement, he had himself carried back to Bishnu Ghosh's school, for he knew that if anyone could help to heal his knee, it was his teacher.
Six months later, his knee had totally recovered. Ghosh was a celebrated physical culturist and the first to scientifically document Yoga's ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body.
Bikram was asked by Ghosh to start several Yoga schools in India. The schools were so successful that at Bishnu's request Bikram traveled to Japan and opened two more.
Bikram has since brought his curative methods of Yoga therapy around the world.