Bikram yoga - and tennis?

Friday 7 March, 2008

bikramBritish tennis player Andrew Murray has credited Bikram yoga with giving him the mental strength to compete on the world sports stage.


The 20-year old Brit admitted that so-called 'hot' yoga gave him the psychological strength to beat other top players such as world number one Roger Federer.

Murray said: "(Bikram) has helped me a lot with my fitness and my mental strength because it's tough being in that kind of heat for that length of time."

Murray isn't the only sports person to swear by Bikram; footballers and martial arts specialists go regularly to improve their flexibility.

Model Elle Mcpherson and Bond star Daniel Craig are also thought to be fans of Bikram, which is performed in a room heated to 105 degrees. Peter Mandelson was even rumoured to have signed up to lessons (read the story here). 

Bikram Choudhury, the feisty, controversial founder of Bikram yoga, developed the series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises.

Despite protests from traditionalists disagreeing with Choudhury's somewhat brash approach, the style claims to be the fastest growing yoga school in the world, with over 700 studios worldwide.


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