Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Series
Standing Deep Breathing Pranayama
- Good for detoxification.
- Exercises nervous, respiratory, and circulatory systems.
- Helps prevent respiratory problems such as bronchitis, emphysema and shortness of breath.
- Expands the lungs to their full capacity.
- Promotes mental relaxation.
- Helps with high blood pressure.
- Helps with sleep disorders.
- Stimulates blood circulation and brings fresh oxygenated blood to every cell of the body.
Half-Moon Pose Ardha Chandrasana
- Half Moon Pose strengthens every muscle in the body's core, especially in the abdomen, and flexes and strengthens the latissimus dorsi, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles.
- It increases the flexibility of the spine comprehensively, from coccyx to neck; promotes proper kidney function, and helps to cure enlargement of the liver and spleen.
- Half Moon also firms and trims the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
Hands to Feet Pose Pada-Hasthasana
- Increases flexibility of the spine and the sciatic nerves and most of the tendons and ligaments of the legs.
- Strengthens the biceps of the thighs and calves.
- Improves blood circulation in the legs and to the brain.
- Strengthens the rectus abdominus, gluteus maximus, oblique, deltoid, and trapezius muscles.
Awkward Pose Utkatasana
- Awkward Pose will tone and shape your legs.
- It heals chronically cold feet.
- It also helps relieve rheumatism and arthritis in the legs, and helps to cure slipped discs and other problems in the lower spine.
Eagle Pose Garurasana
- Eagle is the only posture that opens up the 14 largest joints in the skeletal system.
- Beyond improving flexibilities in the hips, knees, ankles and the rest, Eagle Pose also supplies fresh blood to the reproductive system and sex organs, plus the kidneys, which increases sexual vitality and helps clear up reproductive problems.
Standing Head To Knee Pose Dandayamana-Janushirasana
- This posture improves the flexibility of the sciatic nerves and strengthens the hamstrings and leg muscles.
- It also works the muscles of the back, the biceps and the triceps.
- It helps to squeeze and flush out the internal abdominal organs, such as the gall bladder, pancreas and spleen, as well as the uterus and ovaries.
Standing Bow Pulling Pose Dandayamana-Dhanurasana
- Standing Bow moves all the blood from one side of the body to the other, then back again.
- It develops balance, increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage, firms the abdominal wall and upper thighs.
- It improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine.
- Standing Bow builds patience, determination and concentration.
Balancing Stick Pose Tuladandasana
- The forward tilt of your torso sends high-speed blood pouring into the heart, especially the neglected region, cleaning out the veins and all the arteries, strengthening the heart muscle.
- The same rejuvenating flood rushes into the brain as well.
- It strengthens your powers of concentration.
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana
- This posture is like kryptonite for sciatica! That's because it stretches and strengthens those poor crushed and shriveled sciatic nerves, as well as all the tendons in the legs.
- It also massages the internal abdominal organs and the small and large intestines, and gives you added flexibility in the pelvis, ankles, hip joints and especially in the last five vertebrae of the spine.
Triangle Pose Trikanasana
- It improves every single bone, muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ, and it revitalizes nerves, veins and tissues.
- Flexing and strengthening the last five vertebrae in this posture can alleviate crooked spines, as well as rheumatism and lower back pain.
- Triangle Pose also benefits the heart and lungs, forcing them to work together.
Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana
- Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose trims the abdomen, waistline, hips, buttocks and thighs.
- It messages and compresses the thyroid gland, which helps to regulate the metabolism and the immune system.
Tree Pose Tadasana
- The Tree Pose improves posture and balance and increases the flexibility of the ankles and knees as well as the hip joints.
- By strethening the internal oblique muscles, it prevents hernia.
Toe Stand Pose Padangustasana
- Toe Stand strengthens the knees and is therapeutic for rheumatism of the knees, ankles, and feet.
- It also opens up the knee and hip joints, and helps cure hemorrhoid problems.
- It also develops mental strength.
Dead Body Pose Savasana
- Dead Body Pose facilitates powerful blood flow, then lets circulation return to normal, creating internal cleansing and greatly magnifying the benefits of the postures that precede it.
- We begin to learn relaxation.
Wind Removing Pose Pavanamuktasana
- Wind-Removing Pose compresses and massages the ascending colon and descending colon.
- It also messages the transverse colon and compresses the entire digestive system.
- It strengthens the arms, prevents flatulence, improves hip flexibility, and firms the abdomen and thighs.
Cobra Pose Bhujangasana
- Cobra Pose strengthens the lumber spine, relieving pain and combating slipped or herniated discs, scoliosis and arthritis in that region.
- Other important benefits include improved digestion, relief from menstrual disorders, improved appetite, and raising low blood pressure.
- Cobra Pose also improves the functioning of the liver and spleen.
Locust Pose Salabhasana
- Locust Pose has many of the same benefits as Cobra, but it is even better for slipped discs and sciatica.
- It strengthens the upper spine, and the uncomfortable stretching of the arms can actually relieve tennis elbow.
- Locust can also help with varicose veins in the legs.
Full Locust Pose Poorna-Salabhasana
- Full Locust increases strength in the middle spine; it is good for scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylosis and slipped discs.
- It opens up the rib cage and increases elasticity there.
- It also firms the abdominal muscles, upper arms, hips and thighs.
Bow Pose Dhanurasana
- Bow Pose opens up the rib cage, which allows the lungs to expand more fully.
- This 360-degree flexion of the spine revitalizes all the spinal nerves by increasing circulation, and strengthens the spine along its entire length.
- Besides helping with all manner of back problems, Bow Pose aids digestion, fights constipation, and combats bronchitis and diabetes while improving the functioning of the large and small intestines, the liver, kidneys and spleen.
Fixed Firm Pose Supta-Vajrasana
- Fixed Firm Pose strengthens and improves the flexibility of the lower spine, hips, knees and ankle joints.
- It increases circulation to the lower limbs, and is therapeutic for lower back pain, sciatica, rheumatism and varicose veins.
- It helps prevent hernias.
Half Tortoise Pose Ardha-Kurmasana
- Half Tortoise Pose can actually help us to live longer.
- Tortoise is great for tense necks and shoulders.
- It also increases blood flow to the brain, which enhances memory and mental clarity.
- This posture also stretches the lower part of the lungs, which is therapeutic for asthma, and counter indigestion, flatulence, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
Camel Pose Ustrasana
- Camel Pose creates maximum compression of the spine, which stimulates the nervous system.
- It also improves flexibility of the neck and spine, relieves backache, and helps degenerative spinal problems such as kyphoscoliotic deformities and cervical spondylosis.
- By stretching the abdominal organs, Camel helps constipation, and it also stretches the throat and thyroid and parathyroid glands.
Rabbit Pose Sasangasana
- Maximum extension of the spine increases its mobility and elasticity, and does the same for the back muscles.
- Spines stretching also expedites the feeding of the nervous system with fresh blood and oxygen.
- Rabbit Pose relieves tension in the neck, shoulders and back.
- It helps alleviate colds, sinus problems, and chronic tonsillitis and, through compression of thyroid and parathyroid, rejuvenates those glands as well.
- Rabbit Pose can also be therapeutic for insomnia, diabetes and depression.
Head to Knee Pose Janushirasana
- It is excellent for the immune and lymphatic systems, increases circulation to the liver, pancreas, thyroid, thymus and intestines.
- It improves digestion and is good for allergies and arthritis.
- It also relieves chronic diarrhea by improving the circulation in the bowels.
Spin Twisting Pose Ardha-Matsyendrasana
- This is the only posture that twists the spine from top to bottom, which increases circulation to all the spinal nerves, veins, and tissues, and improves the elasticity of the spine.
- Spine Twisting relieves lower back pain and helps prevent slipped discs, rheumatism of the spine, kyphosis, scoliosis, cervical spondylosis and arthritis.
- It also calms the nervous system.
Blowing in Firm Pose Kapalbhati in Vajrasana
- It improves digestion and circulation and increases the elasticity of the lungs with every forceful exhale.
- You generate prana, and push out every ounce of carbon dioxide, replacing it with life-giving oxygen.
- It also strengthens the abdominal organs and increases circulation to them.
- Blowing in Firm stimulates the digestive system as well.