An offshoot of traditional Hatha yoga, Bikram yoga is taught in classrooms that are heated to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and 40 percent humidity, which Bikram says promotes flexibility and the removal of toxins from the body. This type of yoga employs a sequence of 26 poses that range from standing to seated to lying down. Many yoga studios offer Bikram yoga, which has benefits that include helping you burn calories.
Although any Bikram yoga teacher has the ability to adjust the duration of her class, this style of yoga often takes place in 90-minute sessions, which allows those in the class to devote adequate time to each of the 26 poses. As with any type of physical activity, the longer you perform it, the more calories you'll burn. Unlike a lengthy activity such as running or cycling, however, a yoga studio won't give you the ability to practice Bikram yoga for several hours per day.
During a 90-minute Bikram yoga class, someone who weighs 100 pounds will burn 477 calories, according to HealthStatus.com. An individual who weighs 140 pounds will burn 667 calories during the same length of class. If you weigh 180 pounds, expect to burn 858 calories, and if you weigh 220 pounds, you'll burn 1,049 calories during a 90-minute class.
Regardless of your weight, Bikram yoga offers a significant number of calories burned in the span of a class. A 180-pound person who cycles moderately for 90 minutes, by way of comparison, will burn 981 calories. A 180-pound person who plays basketball or swims at a leisurely pace for 90 minutes will burn 552 and 735 calories, respectively.
Because of the calorie-burning benefits of Bikram yoga, this exercise is an effective way to help you lose body fat. To lose 1 pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories in excess of what you consume. It's unrealistic to try to lose a pound of fat in a day, but it's possible to lose 1 or 2 pounds a week by taking Bikram yoga classes on a regular basis in combination with a calorie-restricted diet and other exercise sessions on days when you don't practice Bikram yoga.