Bikram yoga is a form of yoga popularized by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s in California. The patented practice involves repeating the same 26 poses in set cycles over a 90-minute class. Bikram yoga instructors go through a nine-week training program in which they learn the set practice and dialogue. Currently, there are more than 1,650 Bikram studios around the world.
The poses — which include triangle pose, tree pose, eagle pose and cobra pose, among other common hatha yoga poses — should be done in a specific, unchanging order, in order to achieve the desired benefits.
This approach very much like the Vinyasa Flow style yields many benefits, including flushing toxins from the body through sweating, and even helping with weight loss. Additionally, the hot temperature improves blood flow and helps oxygen reach muscle tissue, which makes practitioners more flexible.