May 31, 2008
Tomorrow is June 1st. Tomorrow I start my second Bikram 60 Day Challenge.
Deep breath in.
I have done this before. I remember going to class November 1 of last year (2007) and telling myself if I could get through a solid week of classes, I’d sign up for the Challenge. This time it’s different. This time I am committing from the start.
The Bikram Challenge is simple. Take 60 classes in 60 days. Bikram promises, “give yourself to me for 60 days and I will give you a new body, a new mind, and a new life..” Bikram keeps his promises. My last challenge, which was technically my second Bikram Challenge, changed me forever. There’s nothing that compares to the discipline required to submit yourself to 90 minutes a day of Bikram’s Torture Chamber. Unless, of course, you’re going to Teacher Training. But that’s for another blog.
Tomorrow I will get up, drink my sea salt, and get on my mat. It will be just like any other Sunday morning for me at BYTW. But I will know that for the next 60 days, my world revolves around that hot little orange room. I will eat sleep and breathe Bikram Yoga. And I love it.
Many of my friends laugh when I tell them I am doing this. They’re the ones that were around last fall when I was doing 9 classes a week. They’ve seen me do this, and they have no doubt I can do it again. I have no doubt. For me, this challenge is about finding something besides the discipline. It’s about finding something new. Depth, breath, understanding. I want to come out of this challenge totally changed. And I will.
I feel honored to be able to do this. I feel incredibly blessed to have a loving, supportive husband who refuses to let me give up (or sleep in). So thank you all for joining me in this. I look forward to sharing ever sweaty moment with you..
May 31, 2008
I wrote this for my other blog. But this will give you information on Bikram Yoga.
I practice Bikram Yoga. I found Bikram yoga by accident really. I picked up the “Bikram Bible” about eight years ago in a little bookstore in Boulder Colorado. I proceeded to practice at home with my own “heat” for years. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I took my first “hot” Bikram class. I am fortunate to live so close to BYTW – Bikram Yoga The Woodlands. BYTW is a fabulous studio with amazing teachers and world class Bikram facilities.
Bikram yoga is a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises performed in a room heated to approximately 104-106 degrees with humidity ranging from 40-60 percent. The heat serves three purposes. It helps to detoxify the body and its systems, it relaxes the muscles to prevent injury, and it assists in an excellent cardiovascular workout. Each class follows the exact same dialog. Bikram yoga teachers all attend the same training course and must stay certified with Bikram.
There is much controversy about Bikram “franchising” his yoga series. He has placed a copyright on his sequence and has in the past prosecuted teachers for teaching “his” sequence without using his name or the trademarked “Bikram’s Yoga College of India” insignia. There are many other “hot yoga” brands out there, but only Bikram is Bikram.
Bikram yoga is appropriate for anyone, any age, any situation. Bikram says, “You’re never too old, never too sick, it’s never too late to start again, to be born again..” I have been doing this yoga on and off for many years and have really devoted myself to Bikram over the past two years. I am fortunate to have access to one of the premier Bikram studios in the world. My teachers have become like family to be. BYTW is my second home and I have always felt comfortable and loved. The support, encouragement, and respect that emanates from the staff and students at BYTW is second to none.
Many of you have read my other blogs about my “Bikram Challenges.” Bikram believes you give yourself over to his practice for 60 days and you will heal your body, renew your mind, and change your life. I have completed on 30 day challenge and one 60 day challenge in the past seven months. Basically you take 60 (or 30) Bikram classes within 60 (or 30) days. The beauty of the challenge is that it’s simple. You go back, day after day. It changes your whole life. I can attest not only to the physical changes, but the emotional changes as well. Bikram yoga has changed my life. It has brought me back into balance as a whole person, as a mother, and a wife.
I typically practice five days a week. You can do Bikram every day for the rest of your life. It’s that amazing. Getting on the mat is the first step. Everyone has a “first class” and I won’t lie to you, it’s hard. 90 minutes of sweating, stretching, and work. Bikram says “I don’t sell cheesecake.” This is not “stare at your navel” yoga. It’s work, and it works.
So, put some shorts on, grab some towels, get some water, and get in the room. Oh and please come back and tell me how much YOUR life has been changed..
May 30, 2008
I will be adding archives from my personal blog Unfolding over the next few days. Be sure to check back to find older entries I have written.
May 30, 2008
Welcome to my Bikram Yoga Blog. I am excited to get this blog up and running. I have been a student of Bikram Yoga for over two years and have been recently writing about my experiences. Bikram Yoga has changed my life in every way and I love sharing it with people. So feel free to stick around, unroll your mat, and let’s go..