up, shaved, with the dress, tie, suit, went for meeting.
And he asked me first thing, 'Sir,
who are you? Are you an Indian black magician?'”
After stating that he was not a
magician, he explained that he was a yogi.
Choudhury claims that Nixon was so happy
with the treatment, he gave him an open invitation to come and live in the United States,
(CBS News, 2005).
Bikram yoga, or nicknamed “hot yoga,” is a type of yoga that is practiced in a
room that is heated to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with special mechanisms to keep the
humidity level at 40%.
The classically ninety minute class is made up of 26 different
postures and two breathing exercises.
The first 12 poses involve standing backbends, forward bends and balancing
poses to build focus and to get the body sweating.
After this grueling first half, one
welcomes the "corpse pose,” where the entire class drops to the floor for two minutes of
heavenly relaxation, (it really feels better than sleep)!
Bikram yoga involves no shoulder
stands, headstands, salutes to the sun or downward-facing dogs, common to other forms
Instead, the following floor postures include knee-to-chest stretches, straight-
legged sit-ups and a brief, forward bend followed by a brief but challenging set of
postures: the cobra, the half locust, the full locust, the bow, the fixed firm, the half
tortoise, the camel, the rabbit, two more forward bends, a twist and a kneeling pose.
But why the heat?