The Bikram Sequence

26 Bikram Postures

I seem to keep coming back to the Bikram Sequence. I did it in Paris for 3 months when I was 20, it was pretty cool to do the sequence in French and English. I love the chair sequence and I definitely have been missing that work lately. I also love the standing sequence, it is extremely energizing (not to mention exhausting).

I really got a push in this direction today when I started thinking more about hot classes and teaching them. Gotta learn to love holding eagle and chair. Also going have to start working on forehead to knee again, and lots of dancer. Here’s an example hot class standing sequence that I might teach:

  • Kabalabati – meditation – Ujjayi
  • Uttanasana
  • Arda Uttanasana
  • Chair – Mountain – Chair
  • Eagle – Eka Pada Padagustasana, repeat
  • Mountain – Eagle, repeat
  • Mountain – Dancer – Warrior 3, repeat
  • Warrior 3 – mountain, repeat
  • Tree – mountain – repeat
  • Prasarita – arms in reverse ragdoll – arms extended behind back
  • Triangle – reverse triangle, prasarita, repeat
  • Apanasana
  • Plow
  • Locust
  • Low Cobra
  • Extended Cobra, repeat
  • Child’s pose
  • Hero – Camel, repeat
  • Janu Sirsasana B, repeat
  • Spinal Twists
  • Sulpine Spinal Twists
  • Savasana

I really just wish there were better ending stretching poses in the Bikram sequence, that’s all.

It’s too bad about Bikram Choudry’s personal life (not that I have any sympathy, but apparently he is getting charged for rape by 3 different people). Seems like the power goes to people’s head? I guess that’s what happens when you do the same thing over and over and over again? I have no idea. But the yoga poses are great, I gotta hand it to him.

It’s kind of funny, both he and Baptiste pose next to water in their pictures. I’m wondering if I should start taking pictures of the poses in different angles for reference for people on the web, but it all seems so pretentious. Maybe I should go by the American River this summer?

“The body is an amazing apparatus.  There is no limit to what it can do—and to what the mind can do also.  Constantly people ignore this, make the body a bad thing, a thing to be ignored, hidden, ashamed of, abused, misused.  This is the greatest most single crime we can commit against the god, to treat stupidly the wonderful thing that has been given us.”

Bikram Choudry (