“Bikram Yoga is hot yoga, but ‘Hot Yoga’ is not Bikram Yoga”
[that quote was created by Brandon Keitzman]
Comparing what most people call “hot yoga” to real Bikram Yoga is the biggest mistake in understanding what Bikram Yoga really is. All “hot yoga” is derivative of Bikram Yoga and compromised, or made to be done without safety, accessibility, and effectiveness as the primary emphases (including adding “advanced” postures). The motivation for the changes are almost always business related, not Yoga or even health related. They are made with the interest in the studio (and it’s financial benefit) being primary, before the student. At our school, the student’s health and safety, and the accessibility of the Yoga for anyone comes first. The Yoga doesn’t change, We change. Yoga is Balance, Union, putting opposite forces into states of balance. By changing the Yoga to fit the imbalances of people, it’s not Yoga anymore. By putting the unbalanced person into states of balance, into the balance of Yoga, the person (in time, with consistent practice) becomes balanced. That’s Bikram Yoga.