Just Think Of It

The dialogue used in a Bikram Yoga class covers just about every single body part.

Arms, legs, toes, tongue, hair, spine…almost everything.

(I say “almost” because of the unmentioned unmentionables. However, one could argue “nothing loose, nothing hanging” covers it.) But I digress. #ohnoyoudidnt

For 90 minutes, we are developing body awareness. Concentrating on all of the parts. Understanding how they work. Feeling how they feel. Seeing what they can do.

The seemingly simple act of just Thinking about things can create shifts.

Just be certain you are Thinking the right thoughts.

So Think of your hands.

Think of your feet.

Think of your face.

Just Think of it.


Posture Tip – Triangle

In the setup, just before you move your both arms, is this instruction…

“Hips forward, arms back, body back…open your chest”img_6238

Do your posture first side, then, when you come up and stop in the middle, keep your arms there.

Back.

Arms back, open your chest.

I Practice To Eat

I have Crohn’s Disease. I’ve had it my whole life. They say there’s no cure.

It’s a torturous thing, and those affected suffer in silence. Nobody likes to talk about digestive problems.

For the first 34 years of my life I couldn’t eat most fruits or vegetables. No nuts, grains, coffee, red meat, wheat, dairy. I was in and out of the hospital and had to constantly juggle medications and their various side effects.


It’s not like that anymore.

You see, 5 years ago I became symptom free. Diet independent. I can eat whatever I’d like. No meds. No docs. I can have spinach and peanut butter and apples for the first time in my life.

With Bikram Yoga, I changed my own physiology from the inside out. I have reclaimed my body. I have my life back.


It wasn’t easy. Or fast. But doable.

So now I practice 5 or 6 times a week so I can maintain my digestive health and enjoy all the wonderful foods life has to offer. So I can sit and have a coffee with my dog by my feet. So I have the choice.

I remember long ago giggling to myself when the teacher would inform us during Wind Removing Pose that we were massaging the ascending  and descending colon.

I don’t giggle anymore.

 

If you know of someone with Crohn’s please don’t hesitate to share my story and contact info. There is no need to suffer, and no need for silence.

 

Let It Rage 

The greatest benefits of Bikram Yoga happen when we are outside of our comfort zone, holding the posture in stillness, and breathing normal.

Being under control inside, regardless of the outside.

The greatest storm could be raging on the surface of the ocean, but in the depths below it remains calm.

The wind and waves will most certainly stir some things up down there, but only enough to create the subtle shifts of growth.

If we can be comfortable when it’s uncomfortable, we can have a better life. 


Posture Tip-Triangle 
You’re trying to touch the ceiling.

Here’s a quick test:

  • Lift your right arm up over your head.
  • Stretch it up as much as you can.
  • Now stretch a little more.

What’s up with that?

Stretch up. Touch the ceiling.

We Are The Rebels

We are the Fighters. The Rebels and Reclaimers.

One of the reasons that Bikram Yoga is a beginners Yoga, is that everything we do in a posture is within a human beings normal range of motion.

I won’t ever ask you to put your foot behind your head.

Age, injury, stress, overuse, underuse…all of these things contribute to us losing some of the flexibility in our joints.

When you were 9, it’s likely that you could sit in Fixed Firm Pose and watch Tom & Jerry on a Saturday morning without even thinking about it.

In our practice we are Reclaiming that range of motion.

Rebelling against stress and the wear and tear that living takes on our bodies.

Fighting back to have a happier life.


Posture Tip-Fixed Firm


Make sure heels are touching the hips the whole time.

If there is a gap there, then it’s outside of the knees normal range of motion.

No gap, no risk, and you can safely work to reclaim your range of motion.

Come Sail Away

Every day our body is a little bit different than the day before. And we have no choice but to live in the body that we are in.

To sail the ship we are aboard.

The ship may be different every day, but the same principles of sailing apply.

  • Through the wind and the waves and the weather keep steady your course.
  • Master your maps and your compass and refer to them often.
  • Stop to restock and refuel well before your reserves run low.
  • Make sure your crew is willing to paddle as hard as you.

And don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is always an option.  To fail is to have tried something new that might not work, and that’s where the best exploration can occur.

He who invented the ship, also invented the shipwreck.


Posture Tip-Rabbit

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It’s pretty amazing. Simply by pulling we can stretch our spine. 

The harder you pull, you can stretch more. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. I don’t make this shit up. It’s Newton’s third law.

So pull. 

Your friends will wonder what you’re doing to get such nice tone arms. Push-ups? Paddle boarding? What’s your secret?

And you can tell them no. I go to Yoga. And I pull.

 

It Is What It Is

Bikram Yoga is…

A 90 minute therapeutic hatha yoga sequence consisting of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, performed in an environment heated to 105 degrees with 40% humidity.

The 26 postures work the whole body – every muscle, tendon, ligament, joint, and internal organ, including the heart.

The sequence was created for people with chronic pain, injury or illness, and is designed for beginners to balance and strengthen all the systems of the body creating optimal health.

From innumerable personal testimonials to scientific research studies from the likes of the American Council on Exercise, Colorado State University, and Massachusetts General Hospital to name a few, the benefits of the Bikram Yoga series of 26&2 have been proven time and again.

Brought to the US over 40 years ago, it was the first of its kind, and thus is the foundation upon which all other hot yoga styles were created.

The original healing hot yoga.

That’s what it is. 


Inspiration-

Her name is Ann Marie. She’s been doing yoga for 50 years, Bikram for 10. I’d tell you her age but I know better.

When Ann Marie broke her kneecap, she took some time off to let the swelling subside. But mostly because she couldn’t make the hours drive to class.

She’s back now, 4-5 classes a week, doing her practice in a chair, and holding onto the yoga bar for help when she needs.

She is healing, happy, healthy, and back to her tennis game.

Ann Marie is our most senior student, an inspiration to us all, and we love her.