Tennis Star, Andy Murray, Does Bikram Yoga

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Andy Murray does Bikram Yoga

The physical improvement in Andy Murray over the past 12 months has been well-documented and was plain for everyone to see last weekend when the British No 1 kicked off the 2008 season in style by winning the Qatar MobilExxon Open for the fourth ATP title of his career.

But the Scot, who lost at the AAMI Classic eight-man exhibition event in the Melbourne suburb of Kooyong this morning as he completes his Australian Open preparations, revealed yesterday that there is a secret ingredient in his new fitness plan: yoga.

Not just any old yoga, though. Bikram yoga. Described as the fastest-growing yoga in the world, it takes place in a room heated to 42C (107F) and is designed to increase flexibility and strength, as well as helping to prevent and heal injuries.

Murray got involved with Bikram yoga through Jez Green and Matt Little, his fitness consultants and two members of the support group he hired after his split from Brad Gilbert, his former coach, in November.

Andy Murray (tennis star) does Bikram Yoga