Bikram Yoga and Pregnancy

by Annette Lang |   Date Released : 06 Dec 2007
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Annette Lang

About the author: Annette Lang

Annette Lang has been in the health and fitness industry since 1983, working in sales, education, management and personal training. She is one of the most sought-after presenters at health and fitness conferences in the US and abroad. She speaks on a variety of topics related to the education of fitness professionals, contributing to the integrity of the personal training business within health clubs. The conference groups include: Perform Better, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), International Health and Racquet Sports Association (IHRSA), Club Industry, Towne Sports International (TSI) Summit, Reebok International, Sara’s City Workouts and more. In 2005, Annette presented at international conferences in Moscow and Portugal.

Annette is a Reebok University Master Trainer and helped develop Reebok Reactive Neuromuscular Training (RNT), Reebok Core Training, Reebok One to One Flexibility Training and Reebok Deck Training. She presents for Free Motion Fitness exercise equipment and is one of the original authors for Annette was on the original team of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, developing and teaching the nationally recognized education program for Equinox personal trainers.

Annette teaches at numerous health clubs on a regular basis, some of her programs being a standard component of the facilities’ education process. The clubs include Equinox, Crunch/Bally, Wellbridge, NY Health & Racquet and many private facilities. Trainers enjoy Annette’s practical way of teaching, making concepts easy to understand and relating topics to real life training on the gym floor. Annette works as a private trainer in New York City.

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Cram, Catherine | 09 Oct 2009, 11:51 AM

Great article, and want to add to Annette's valuable information that it's very difficult to determine core temperature using an oral thermometer. It can be off by quite a bit, so internal temperature may be much higher than what the thermometer reads. Most studies looking at maternal core temperature changes use a rectal probe thermometer to be able to get a more accurate reading-something a pregnant women in a Bikram class probably won't be using.

Evaporative heat loss is one of the most effective ways to dissipate excess core heat, but in a Bikram class the air temperature and usually fairly humid conditions of many people in a small area make this avenue of heat loss less effective. I feel strongly that pregnant women should avoid any hot yoga and switch to a regular temperature class room. The risks outweigh the benefits, and as Annette stated in her article the stress of wondering about the safety of an activity during pregnancy is usually not worth it.

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