## Advanced Bikram Yoga: 84 Poses to Tempt Your Left Brain
It’s no secret that Bikram yoga is an intense, full-body workout. But did you know that the Bikram yoga method has 84 poses? That may sound intimidating, but—trust us—ace the postures, and you’ll feel fantastic afterward.
Let’s take a look at a few of the advanced Bikram yoga postures.
### Standing Head to Knee Pose
This pose is a great way to increase your physical and mental strength. You should begin standing with your feet together and your palms pressing against each other in front of your chest. Then, slowly bend at the waist and bring your forehead to the front of your shin. Your hands should remain against each other. Hold the position for 10-30 seconds.
### Standing Bow-Pulling Pose
This pose is also known as “Dancer’s Pose.” Here is how it’s done. Start with your right foot forward and bend down. Swing your right arm under your right leg and grab the right ankle with your right hand. Now move your left arm up in the air and then back. Hold for 10-30 seconds.
### Locust Pose
The Locust Pose might look easy, but it’s deceptively difficult. Lie on your stomach with your legs together, your arms lying by your side, your forehead on the floor, and your chin raised slightly. Then, lift your head and chest off the ground. If possible, reach your hands back and grab the ankle of your feet. Hold the pose for 10-30 seconds.
### Camel Pose
Camel Pose is a great way to stretch the spine and open up the chest. Start on your knees and lean backward. Place your hands on your heels. If you can, arch your back and lean your head back as far as you feel comfortable. Hold the pose for 10-30 seconds.
### Half Tortoise Pose
This pose might seem like a lot of work, but it’s worth it. Begin by lying on your back with both legs bent and feet on the floor. Lift your legs up and move them toward your chest. Grab the toes of one foot with the corresponding hand and hold that position for 5-10 seconds. Now repeat the same process with your other foot. The stretch should last 10-30 seconds.
While the 84 poses of Bikram yoga can feel daunting, you’ll eventually get the hang of each pose. Don’t worry; you don’t have to tackle all 84 poses right away. Start small, and work your way up. If you have an experienced instructor, you can use them as a great resource. Finally, don’t forget to practice breathing and mindfulness. That will help you relax and get the most out of your workout.