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by Madhumita Thakur (subscribe)
Freelance writer & journalist in the fields of lifestyle, technology and entertainment.
Published March 22nd 2011

With winter fast approaching Melbourne city is not only turning grey and windy but also a little heavy. Wonder how? Winter gives us ample opportunities to wrap ourselves under stylish and warm clothing and this is when we start ignoring those bulging tummies, love handles, bloating figures and increasing weight. Why not, after all what are jackets and sweaters for?

If you belong to the planet of health conscious people and love to lose those extra pounds even in winter, then enter the world of Bikram Yoga. It was established by Bikram Choudhary to bring the wonders of Yoga from India, its land of origin, to the rest of world. Over a period of time Bikram Yoga has turned into a brand known for its set of selective 26 yoga postures which are performed at a temperature of 40 degree Celsius inside the class.

Whether you are first timer or a pro, these yoga postures are designed to move each muscle of your body and make it more flexible and stronger with each session. So do not hesitate if you have never done yoga in your life. The high temperature of the room makes these asanas less difficult to perform, as heat penetrates your body and loosens up your muscles. This is the reason why this yoga is also popularly known as Hot yoga. Same postures are repeated each day in a 90 minute session, so that you learn to perform them with perfection and build upon your concentration and mental strength. If you follow the instructions of the yoga gurus, you can lose up to 250-300 calories in each session.

There are various plans which you can choose, depending upon your liking and pick up the time slots to fit into your schedule. Now you can thaw your body in the crib of Bikram Yoga class and get into shape, even in the biting cold of the city. Detailed information about class timings and pricing is provided on the website and if you are still confused then just give them a call and get your queries resolved.

Bikram Yoga studios are located all across the world. In Melbourne it has two studios at South Melbourne and Glen Waverley. These are run by instructors who are officially trained yoga gurus. Both the studios are located close to public transport, so you can just catch a train or tram and tone your body to feel awesome even in the winter season as the saying goes feel good to look good.
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Why? To straighten your flabs and resurrect your body
When: Everyday
Where: South Melbourne, Glen Waverley
Cost: Starting from $15 for casual visits
I heard a lot about it so I went for it only to discover that it was not my cup of tea. As we progressed with the time, the room felt hotter and I mostly looked at others to see what to do because it was hard to hear the instructor correctly.

I had 2 ltrs of water as I normally do and guess what, the instructor said I was supposed to drink 4 ltr because I had low blood pressure.
In the last half an hour, my hands and feet were tingly and they started to curl up on its own. Never had the courage to go back again.

This is just my experience but some of the people I met while I was waiting for the place to open had very good things to say about it and the benefits they gained out of it.
Just to let you know, I am not not telling the readers not to give it a go, it wasn't for me.
By pemac - reader
Friday, 7th of September @ 12:22 am
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