Illuminating Sit Up

If you don’t practice Bikram you might wonder how complicated can a Sit Up be? It’s a Bikram Yogi thing folks! Only the Bikramites out there will be interested in the finer details and so these posts are written for them. These are the sort of things that occupied my mind as a serious beginning Yoga student when I was …

Bikram’s Five Qualities of Mind

The Boss says: “the greatest challenge we face as human beings is controlling and properly using our own minds… The ego driven mind… does not want to give up its ultimate authority over your life… It will divert your focus from your Spiritual goals… using fear and desire, its primary weapons… To overcome this is not easy.” Yup – there …

Its not singing. Its CHANTing :) ~

So ye’ve all recovered from my solo Kirtan demo on Sunday. I have anyway :). You weren’t expecting THAT in your Bikram Yoga class now were you (don’t tell Bik :)). I thought I’d elaborate on my explanation about the Dhyana Slokas which come from the Bhakti Yoga path. Meditation verses are another instrument to help train the mind. They …

A Bikram Yoga journey can go something like this…

First class… Pranayama. OMG I feel so silly! What is that funny SOUND they are all making? Their all so serious! I want to laugh. 10 minutes in: my ARMS feel like they’ve got lead weights attached to them? My legs feel like jelly!. 15 minutes in: omg its 3million degrees in here!!! Are we done yet?…. After first class… …

Yoga Matters Manifesto

As you LOOK into the eyes of your reflection and KNOW these are the eyes of your teacher, you REALISE there is nowhere to hide. Your smartphone can’t help you now.  So it is cold outside but are you BRAVE enough to prise yourself off the sofa to go where there is struggle? So it is HOT outside but have …

First International Yoga Day

HAPPY First International YOGA DAY ~ The interesting thing is that it is a political leader in India (Prime Minster) that has taken this stance to create this significant day which is also Summer Solstice! ‘Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment, harmony between man and nature, a holistic approach to health and well …

“Set Your Life on Fire ~ Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames.” Rumi

We’ll provide the heat. Be it fahrenheit or centigrade from where we’re standing the temperature will be just fine. All YOU have to do is show up. Again and again. For those 90 minutes let nothing negative survive in the heat. Just give your best effort, struggle if you must. All so you can be re-molded, born again in the …

WHO AM I

A self enquiry that has been pondered through the ages. It’s a mystery! In Yoga, observation of breath can be one method to assist with finding the answer. Just switch your ‘awareness’ to the simple act of breathing. We all know that conscious breathing is the connection between mind, body and movement and that by the end of a round …

Nobody wants to get side lined by injury in their chosen sporting activity. Consider bringing your body into balance by adding Bikam Yoga to your training regime. Training in a sport specific manner whilst you endeavour to refine your winning technique can create stress in or exacerbate imbalances in the skeletal and muscular body making you prone to injury or …

Yoga Etiquette Rule #101 Have you got Issues with Your Tissues?

Q:  WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A RUNNY NOSE IN YOGA CLASS? Do you sniff, wipe, produce your neti pot 🙂 or blow? A:  YOU BLOW! You absolutely need to be able to breathe during your Yoga practice so if you have sinuses that tend to fill and need to be cleared you absolutely should blow your nose. If you …