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Skip Bikram and Try This Heat-Building Sequence Instead

May 27 2015 - 3:05am

While plenty of people swear by Bikram yoga [1], there is also power that comes from building your own internal fire. Move through a fierce twisting sequence with loads of vinyasas (Four-Limbed Staff [2] to Up Dog [3] to Down Dog [4]) that will challenge your body but be well worth all your effort. It's a great way to use all the strength you've built up from following our Better-Body Challenge [5].

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog sets a strong tone for the sequence:

Standing Forward Bend

Standing Forward Bend will help loosen up the back of your body before getting into the more strenuous twisting postures:

Warrior 3

Warrior 3 will help bring the fire to your core so you can power through the rest of the practice with ease:

Open Triangle

An active Open Triangle with proper alignment is some of the best yoga medicine you can offer your body:

Extended Side Angle

Extended Side Angle opens up your hips and quads, while stretching the sides of your torso:

Rotated Side Angle

All the muscles along your spine get a big, deep twist in Rotated Side Angle:


Chair Pose looks simple, but after those deep twists, it's sure to bring the heat on heavy:


The twisted arms in Eagle open up tight, stressed shoulders, while the bottom of your body gets its own deep twist:

Side Fierce

Twisting the torso to one side increases flexibility in your spine, but you'll be bringing the fire to your legs, as well, in Side Fierce:

Seated Spinal Twist

Seated Spinal Twist will help you cool off and lengthen your spine as you focus on deep breaths:


After all the hard work you've put in, your body deserves a sweet Savasana:

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