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Bikram Yoga Poses

Updated on March 20, 2013

Bikram Choudhury developed Bikram Yoga in the late 20th century, Bikram Yoga is a sequence of postures done in a room that is heated to 40 degree C. The unchanging sequence of bikram yoga consists of 26 different postures. Each one of these postures are developed to help improve your core strength, balance, and health.

Each Bikram Yoga instructor must be certified and trained by Bikram Choudhury himself. To be even considered into the program to become a certified instructor one must have at least six months of regular Bikram yoga practice at an affiliated studio, letter of recommendation from studio director at an affiliated studio, and minimum of 21 years of age. After you have satisfied the pre-requisites, you will need to attend a intensive nine week training program in Los Angeles with Bikram and Rajashree Choudhury which costs 11,400 USD for the training program.

The following 26 postures are the ones that are taught in beginner Bikram Yoga classes by a certified instructor:


  1. Standing Deep Breathing

  2. Half Moon Pose with Hands to Feet Pose

  3. Awkward Pose

  4. Eagle Pose

  5. Standing Head to Knee Pose

  6. Standing Bow Pulling Pose

  7. Balancing Stick Pose

  8. Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

  9. Triangle Pose

  10. Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

  11. Tree Pose

  12. Toe Stand Pose

  13. Dead Body Pose

  14. Wind Removing Pose

  15. Sit-up

  16. Cobra Pose

  17. Locust Pose

  18. Full Locust Pose

  19. Bow Pose

  20. Fixed Firm Pose

  21. Half Tortoise Pose

  22. Camel Pose

  23. Rabbit Pose

  24. Head to Knee Pose with Stretching Pose

  25. Spine Twisting Pose

  26. Blowing in Firm Pose


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