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Bikram Yoga Sarasota Brings The Heat

By Jake Levin

How does a 90-minute workout featuring 26 poses in 105 degree temperatures sound to you?

For Farky and Timi Fuszfas, it's business as usual at Bikram Yoga Sarasota. The owners are both longtime practitioners and teachers of Bikram Yoga, a method popularized in the 1970s.

The duo said that they've always been active between playing sports and practicing other types of yoga, but agreed that no type of exercise has given them the strength, stamina and mental clarity the way Bikram Yoga has.

"Bikram Yoga is the original hot yoga," Timi said. "It has been proved and experienced by millions that these 26 postures systematically work every part of the body to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function."

Timi further explained that each component of Bikram Yoga takes care of something different in the body, but at the same time, the different pieces all work in unison.

"They all work together synergistically, contributing to the success of every other one and extending its benefits," Timi said.

Timi can't imagine not sharing her experience as a yoga instructor with others. She said that the best part was seeing the growth in participants of Bikram Yoga over the course of their learning.

"The greatest reward is witnessing the startling transformations in beginning students and helping them motivate themselves to develop long-term yoga practices to reap and maintain the health benefits of this unique system of hatha yoga," Timi said.

Inferno Hot Pilates is a training system which combines Pilates principals with High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT.

This full body workout is also featured at Bikram Yoga, with quick, visible results, according to Timi. And since it's performed on a yoga mat, it's a zero-impact exercise, thus avoiding wear and tear on your joints and muscles caused by running or jumping.

"It creates long, lean muscle mass, burns fat and increases fitness level," she said. "It creates a strong core, improves circulation and increases flexibility."

Bikram Yoga offers numerous benefits for any and all participants. Timi listed reduced stress, fatigue or anxiety from a mental standpoint, as well as a reduction in high blood pressure or cholesterol in terms of physical benefits.

Quicker recovery from surgeries, or even an avoidance in going under the knife in the first place, is another perk of Bikram Yoga, not mention a regulation of hormones and blood sugar levels.

More information about the Fuszfas' studio is available at their website, www.bikramyogasarasota.com.

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