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Bikram yoga, Dunedin

Bikram yoga, or 'hot yoga', was developed in the 1970s in Calcutta, India, by Bikram Choudhury. It is performed in a room heated to 40°C, supposedly to imitate the Calcutta climate. In this video clip Donna Wikio, the owner of Dunedin Bikram Yoga, explains the system, and one of her students describes its benefits. 

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Bikram Yoga Dunedin
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Mark Derby, 'Yoga, Pilates and other exercise systems - Traditional exercise systems', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013