Seeing Is Believing 

I wish everyone could see what I see when I’m teaching a Bikram Yoga class.

Especially those who might not fully believe in themselves just yet. To see from my vantage for even a second would fill you with enough inspiration to last a lifetime.

And what is it that I see?

I see you.

So if you’re not sure and don’t quite believe in yourself that’s ok.

I see you and I will believe in you until you can.


Posture Tip-Standing Bow Pulling

In the setup, bring your arm up in front of you. You want to start the posture with your chin close to your shoulder. img_7651

In some postures we bring the arms over the head sideways. For example in Half Moon, to get the palms together and arms touching with the ears.

Often the dialogue tells us what to do, and the effect of doing so. So,

“Bring your arm up in front of you, chin close to your shoulder.”

When The Scars Align

Twinkle twinkle little scar
How I wonder where you are
On the knees and seen with the eyes?
Or deeper inside, beneath and besides.

We all have them. Scars tell the tales of our traumas. They are permanent markers from times of suffering or dis-ease.

Some of us have scars on the outside, and some of us have scars on the inside.

Most of us have them on both.

Bikram Yoga is Therapy for where our scars are.


Posture Tip-Head To Knee 

Don’t just Tuck your chin to your chest. Touch your chin to your chest.

This is not a stretching pose, it is a compression posture.

The goal is to create maximum pressure to the abdomen and throat. It is a marriage between compression and extension between the pancreas and kidneys, thyroid and pituitary glands.

Even by doing just 5% of the posture you get 100% benefit, as long as you are trying the right way and don’t give up.


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.

 

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.