Bikram Yoga Baltimore

Posture Benefits - Floor

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Wind Removing

  • Helps constipation, flatulence and hyper acidity
  • Massages ascending colon, descending and transverse colon

Sit Up

  • Stretches the spine and increases flexibility
  • Trims the lower body
  • Works muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the legs and abdomen, and improves circulation
  • Prepares body for additional postures in the floor series


  • Strengthens the lumber spine, relieves pain, and combats slipped or herniated discs, scoliosis and arthritis in the lower spine
  • Improves digestion, relieves menstrual disorders, improves appetite
  • Improves the functioning of the liver and spleen


  • Drastically helps with slipped discs and sciatica
  • Strengthens the upper spine, and is excellent relief for tennis elbow
  • Helps improve varicose veins in the legs

Full Locust

  • Strengthens the middle spine; improves scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylosis and slipped discs
  • Opens up the rib cage and increases elasticity
  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles, upper arms, hips, and thighs

Floor Bow

  • Opens up the rib cage, allowing expansion of the lungs
  • 360-degree spine flexion revitalizes the spinal nerves and increases circulation
  • Aids in digestion, fights constipation, and combats bronchitis and diabetes while improving the functioning of the large and small intestines, the liver, kidneys and spleen

Fixed Firm

  • Strengthens and improves flexibility of lower spine, knees and ankle joints
  • Helps to cure sciatica, gout and rheumatism in the legs
  • Helps varicose veins
  • Helps to cure and prevent hernia

Half Tortoise

  • Provides maximum relaxation
  • Cures indegestion, constipation and flatulence
  • Stretches lower part of the lungs good for emphysema and asthma
  • Helps diabetes


  • Strengthens muscles in the back and shoulders
  • Produces maximum compression of the spine, stimulating the nervous system
  • Improves flexibility of the neck and spine
  • Relieves backache
  • Helps kypho-scolitic deformities


  • Stretches spine, maximum extension opposite of Camel
  • Helps maintain mobility and elasticity of spine and back muscles
  • Nurtures the nervous system, brings blood to the brain, helps cure depression
  • Helps diabetes
  • Helps with colds, sinus problems, chronic tonsillitis, sore throats and strep throat
  • Good for thyroid, parathyroid and larynx

Head to Knee with Stretching

  • Helps to balance blood sugar level, especially good for diabetes
  • Good for the immune system, stimulates the thymus
  • Improves kidney function
  • Increases circulation to the liver and the spleen, pancreas, thyroid, thymus and intestines

Spine Twisting

  • Only posture that twists the spine from top to bottom at the same time
  • Improves flexibility of spine and hip joints
  • Helps prevent slip discs
  • Increases circulation and nutrition to spinal nerves, veins and tissues
  • Helps sciatica
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps tennis elbow

Kapalbhati Breathing

  • Helps to rid body of toxins
  • Good for emphysema and other respiratory ailments
  • Stengthens, massages and increases circulation to the abdominal organs and muscles, including the diaphram
  • Good against high blood pressure and good for the heart
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