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.”

A Supurb Blurb About Verbs. 

Pure dialogue in a Bikram Yoga class is very precise. Step by step, it tells us what to do, how to do it, and the effect of doing so. Actions that create benefits. It’s a prescription. A path.

The action words are verbs. There are a lot of them. Pull. Kick. Step. Lift. Charge. Change. Be.

Dialogue too, as a word, is a verb.

dīəˌlôɡ 1. take part in a conversation or discussion to resolve a problem.

In class, it is an active conversation. An exchange between us. Back and forth, give and take, call and response.

The exchange is my mind, and your body. You don’t have to think.

Concentrate and meditate.


Posture Tip – Standing Bow Pulling

CHARGE!

We aren’t racing in on horseback to overtake the enemy cavalry. It’s not about speed or momentum.

It’s Strength. Control. Dynamic Tension. 

Work it, the sequence, step by step…

“Charge (strength) your body forward kick your leg back and up (dynamic tension to balance (so you can)), bring your body down UNTIL your abdomen and chest are parallel to the floor.”

When the body is down, the heart rate is up and you’re getting the benefit, so,  “Continuously keep kicking your leg up as hard as possible” (gas pedal).

Try the right way and it works.

“Your foot should be coming up over the top of your head in the mirror. Both feet should be in one line from the side.”

#2 Pencils

Imagine for a moment, I had a #2 pencil and I asked you to Grab it.

Now Hold it. Now Grip it.

Now imagine it’s not a pencil at all, but your foot and you are in class. See the difference?

Grab it like you mean it. Hold it like a baby bird. Grip it like something you hold dear to you, and don’t ever lose your grip.

Don’t settle. Try the right way and be a #1 pencil.


Posture Tip-Standing Head to Knee & Standing Bow Pulling 

Version 2

In both postures first you have to Grab your foot. For the beginner, its hard to do, so don’t think about it just Grab it. If you think about it, you might convince yourself otherwise.

Then you Hold it. That’s the ultimate destination. Very little weight of the foot in the hand. Hold it like a baby bird.