The Ghosh lineage and Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class follow a specific, traditional hatha yoga method of alternating stillness, physical meditation, and direct, instructional language.
The primary physical benefits that take place rely on a circulatory process called the tourniquet effect.
This effect was researched and written about in the 1960s by Gouri Shankar Mukerji and collaborating physicians in Germany. It relies on holding still in an active posture for a prescribed amount of time, and then resting in complete stillness for an equivalent amount of time.
The mental benefits derive from the constant effort to follow the words precisely and maintain normal breathing.
With consistent practice and right effort, we develop balance, emotional control, and equanimity.
With long-term practice, we develop faith, patience, self-control, determination, and concentration.