Dear New Girl

Hi. My name is Billy. I practiced in front of you this morning. I’m the guy with the oversized water bottle and undersized shorts.

I overheard you talking with the teacher after class. You said that at one point you felt overwhelmed and needed to take a break. And it made you feel embarrassed.

Just so you know, I’m a teacher too. In fact I own the studio. I knew it was your first ever Yoga class so I was keeping a bit of an eye on you.

You did better than you think. 

I saw your determination in trying to grab your foot. I saw your progress by getting it the second time. I saw your concentration in figuring it out. I saw your patience in taking a break. I saw your strength in getting back up.

How you felt is perfectly normal. We all have our struggles, that’s why we are there. And we will be there again tomorrow.

I vote you join us. We can try to grab our feet and see what happens.

Billy

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Studio Tip-After Class

The best compliment that you could ever give your Yoga Teacher…

“I’ll see you tomorrow.”


Play Less

Music was my first true love. It was my college study and first career.

Primarily, I play the electric bass. My Dad played the tuba in a dixieland jazz band so I was always surrounded by music, and I started playing instruments at an early age.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a hotshot player. A gunslinger. I played a lot of notes, and I played em fast. Fast meant you were pretty good I thought.

My Dad taught me otherwise. 

He said, “Even more important than the notes you play, are the notes that you don’t play. It’s the space between that creates music. No space, and it’s just noise.”

The same principle applies in Bikram Yoga.

It’s the space (stillness) between that is Yoga. No space, and it’s just exercise.


Studio Tip-Music Classes

Some studios offer classes where you practice along with music. These can be really fun for everyone and great yogatainment.

img_9317As much as I love music, we don’t offor those classes at my studio. You see…

Music, perhaps more than any other outside influence, can deeply impact our feelings and emotional state.

I believe that Yoga offers us space. And in that space we can free our minds to do the real work. Getting in touch with our selves. Developing a mind-body connection, and practicing self-realization.

That, is Yoga.

Screw It

One of the benefits of Bikram Yoga, is that it tightens our loose screws.

Screws are tricky business.

Nails are easy. Take a hammer and beat them into the wall. Done.

Screws are more complex. Even just starting one takes concentration. Only consistent and controlled pressure will work it into the wall. Too hard or too fast, and it’s stripped of it’s grip.

Go Slow. Be Consistent. Concentrate.

Try the right way.

Don’t lose your grip.


Studio Tip –

This is Riley. You’ll see her around. It’s hard to define her job exactly, however she does important work at the studio.

img_8817-1She’s always up to cheer from the lobby for postures well done, or root for those struggling too much. She’s the only girl allowed in the boys changing room, and she never, ever, misses final breathing.

The tag on her collar reads “loved by all”. And so it is.