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Health Benefits of Bikram Yoga and Its Main Flaw

Avatar of Dr Artour Rakhimov, Buteyko Breathing Practitioner and Master TrainerBy Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
- Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD
- Last updated on August 9, 2018

Effects of cough and overbreathing on brain O2Right now, hot yoga is possibly the most effective type of yoga in relation to health benefits and fighting chronic diseases. It helps to improve skin and often works well for weight loss too.

The main problem (or side effect) with the current Bikram yoga system is that, right from the start, in the main book written by Bikram Choudhury ("Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class"), it was suggested that CO2 is a toxic gas.

Therefore, he suggested that the goal of hot yoga, in relation to breathing and body oxygenation, is to breathe more air and get rid of the waste gas (CO2). This is a major risk that worsens physical health, promotes diseases, and creates many other side effects.

Bikram yoga teachers on Birkam yoga benefits, breathing, O2 and CO2

Benefits of Hot Yoga in San Francisco - Bikram Yoga Richmond District
"Blowing in Firm Pose - Kapalbhati in Vajrasana
Benefits: 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."

Bikram Yoga Södermalm - Health Benefits
"... helps in the removal of waste products (... carbon dioxide ...)

Bikram Yoga Elk Grove: Bikram Yoga Benefits
"What are the higher goals of yoga? Deep breathing is the key to longer life..."

Bikram Yoga West Linn Poses and Benefits | Bikram Yoga West Linn
"... You generate prana, and push out every ounce of carbon dioxide, replacing it ..."

Hot yoga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
... Deep breathing helps to calm the body and mind and helps oxygen ...

BIKRAM YOGA CAPITOL HILL:: Benefits of Bikram Yoga
"... and push out every ounce of carbon dioxide replacing with life-giving oxygen ..."

FAQs - Bikram Yoga Seattle: Practice Hot Hatha Yoga at Seattle's ...
" ... helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide ..."

Meanwhile, all ancient Sanskrit texts teach the opposite idea: we need to breathe slower and less 24/7 for better health yoga effects. Classic yoga books are correct: overbreathing reduces O2 delivery to body cells. This fact has been proven by hundreds of clinical studies (see links below and my Amazon book "Yoga Benefits Are in Breathing Less"). Moreover, overbreathing is a very common problem.

Breathing changes during last 80 years

YouTube Video (on the left side): Hot Yoga Teaching Flaw.

Traditional hatha yoga suggests that breathing should be "suspended", "restrained", "held", and "calmed". (Such quotes can be found in three main classic manuscripts on Hatha Yoga: Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Shiva Samhita, and the Gheranda Samhita). Therefore, the classic yoga provides true results for weight loss, skin state, and better physical health.

What about the views of Bikram yoga teachers?

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Correction of these myths and superstitions will help to dramatically reduce risk and improve the quality of teaching and health of Bikram yoga teachers themselves and their students.

Current effects of hot yoga

The present benefits of Bikram yoga include removal of body waste products due to intense perspiration (sweating), lymphatic drainage due to physical exercise and some other immediate physical effects. However, swayed by popular fantasies related to the deep breathing myth and the supposed poisonous, toxic nature of carbon dioxide, modern hot yoga teachers promote these myths creating an illusion that a deep automatic breathing pattern is a part of yoga. As a result, Bikram yoga, as well as Wikipedia or Wiki, provide limited help to millions of people suffering and dying from chronic diseases, being overweight and with low energy.

Bikram yoga effects could be greatly amplified with reversal of these superstitions and elimination of all its side effects. You can greatly amplify hot yoga health effects if you try to breathe slower and less during Bikram classes.


  1. Bikram Yoga (From wikipedia)
  2. Hot Yoga: Booming, but It May Be Bad for You (From healthline)
  3. The Effects of Bikram Yoga on Health: Critical Review and Clinical Trial Recommendations (From
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