26-two original hot yoga, or simply “26-2,” is an accessible system of hatha yoga, devised by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s. The Sanskrit word हठ hatha literally means force and thus alludes to a system of physical techniques. In its own way, hatha yoga is similar to jujutsu in its use of minimum physical force to achieve extraordinary physical effect.
Millennia ago, yoga was taught one-on-one. However, to accommodate its relatively recent explosion in global popularity, Choudhury refined a selection 26 postures based on his upbringing in India. Postures suited for group learning rather than individually. The postures consist of 26 asanas (poses as exercise), and two breathing exercises.
Not only has this selection of postures been deemed by many as the world’s most effective practise of hatha yoga, it is also among the most elegant. When combined with heat and humidity, two more characteristics of 26-2, research shows the postures yield health benefits not enjoyed by traditional yoga. Further, research also shows 26-2 also offers some of the benefits of high-impact sport but in a low-impact practise.
Scientific investigations into the benefits of 26-2 original hot yoga are ongoing and growing by the year, conducted by the likes of the American Council on Exercise, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the Bone Density Clinic at the Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital, the University of Texas at Austin, and many more. They are verfiying the health benefits of a regular practise, benefits that address anxiety and depression, osteoperosis, and diabetes, to name a few. However, we always recommend safety first: Please consult with your physician about your yoga practise if you suffer any health conditions, and always be well prepared for class, which means lots of water, electrolytes, and avoiding heavy meals ahead of time.