HOW NOW 2020?

WHAT.a.year.  It has been MASSIVE in terms of our Yoga community locally AND globally.  The world in its changing feels freefall and less predictable at the moment; where will we land! One thing we KNOW! Nothing is more dependable than CHANGE 🙂  You just have to look at the moon nightly to know this is true! BUT in that change …

OMG 30 Degrees ~ INTRODUCTION by Trisha

You already have reaffirmed in your mind that you can have a physicality and you can choose to get in your body and MOVE IT TO WHATEVER ITS LIMIT IS. You have turned up through personal choice and effort and realisation that there is no 3 minute miracle short cut, there is no such thing as a free lunch!  You …

YM Bikram Challenge

***DATES FOR DIARY*** Monday 18 to Sunday 24 NOVEMBER 2019 *** 7.BIKRAM.CLASSES.7.DAYS.CHALLENGE. *** ~170~ (Yes! One Hundred and Seventy!) People have COMPLETED a Bikram Yoga Challenge with YM in 8 years! We think you will agree that is pretty good track record for completion! Time now to think about signing up for our next Challenge see website for full info http://yogamattersjersey.uk/love-people/ …

LOCK THE KNEE (‘LTK’)

Our classes are mixed with ‘knees’ of all sorts! healthy and otherwise AND lately a few who have nothing wrong with their knees but who are fearful of Lock the Knee instruction and being overly protective of healthy knees. This post is not written to be all encompassing about knees, their variations or problems.  Its purpose is to remove fear …

All our ‘real life’ lessons, no matter the guise they come in, when we reflect on them, and we always do, they are Yogic lessons and ultimately they all inform our practice and teaching.  I know it is not always necessary to describe indetail the emotions that one might go through at a time like this becausepeople just KNOW. I …

No Devices in Yoga School

Sometimes we have to home in on the ‘etiquettes’ what they are and why we have them so people can work on the same page as us if they wish… PLEASE: Do not bring your phone/smartwatch/fitbit/smartring into the Yoga room If you have an electronic watch that gives notifications e.g. on the hour please turn off notifications or leave watch …

Good Things Come in 3s !!!

3 THINGS CANNOT BE HIDDEN! Is it THE SUN, THE MOON and NEW BEGINNINGS??? OR is it INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY ~and~ SUMMER SOLSTICE ~and~ FREE YM!   Yes! OF COURSE on the ‘Longest ‘International Yoga’ Day’, as always, YOU will BE OUR GUEST.  The sun will be at its highest in the sky (hopefully it will have its hat on too) and …

Yoga Ethics ~ Part III ~ Niyamas (Observances)

Remember from Part I & Part II we are focusing in on how you can apply Yoga ethics when you are at Yoga school and on your mat. The Niyamas are disciplines aimed at fostering positive qualities. Saucha ~ Purity, cleanliness of body and mind If you believe the expression ‘how you do anything is how you do everything’ you …

Yoga Ethics ~ Part II ~ Yamas (Restraints)

Remember from Part I that we are focussing in on how you can apply Yoga ethics when you are at Yoga school and on your mat. The ‘Yamas’ are universal principles aimed at destroying our lower nature; there are five of them: Ahimsa ~ Non-violence, Non-harming (think Ghandi!) Not just in relation to your fellow humans but also towards YOURSELF.  Not …

Raja Yoga ~ Part I – Ethics

A conversation with someone Friday in which they said they had always believed ‘pilates’ was Yoga has prompted me to do some new writing.  Remember Yogis! YOU and your needs and questions are always my main inspiration for being a teacher AND for writing these blogs.  For every person that makes such statement or question I am well aware there …

Mad Mat Matters II

Meandering through a dept store in London this was sticking out (see pic) from a pile of mats and it drew my attention.  It made me laugh ~ Yes! there are worse mats (no grip/bad quality) and there are thinner/thicker mats (grounding /light /bouncy /cushioning) but I always think the idea of a ‘Beginners’ Yoga ‘mat’ (which I see more …

Love is Like Breathing! You can’t ‘Live’ without it

Although hopeful, I know I am unlikely to persuade the pre-wedding party into the hot room on the wedding day for the ultimate de-stress.  So, in the moment just before the aisle walk or wedding speech, if nerves overcome, then a quick Yoga fix may be in order!  Asana would not be practical in the bridal gown and the groom …

Have a little local Yoga Break in a nice room…

‘Having a Yoga Break’ (coming to class A LOT) Versus ‘Taking a Break from Yoga’ (skipping a class) Sometimes a rest from your Yoga can work magic (quality not quantity); yes sometimes I give a class a miss when I feel that a rest will serve me more than the Yoga on that day. When you are new you have …

Designed BY Universe, Shaped BY Life

BY nature we are asymmetrical beings; parts of our anatomy are asymmetrical (e.g. contents of torso). Some muscles are highly active whilst others have been inhibited; a loop effect creates here and if you consistently fail to activate a muscle to its capacity it will inevitably stop working properly. Even in sports an individual will rely on one side predominantly …

Me? Acting/Bored with Dialogue? No Way!

My first Bikram Yoga class was like someone had finally turned the lights on. To some this might sound over the top (I am well aware that not everyone gets this feeling) but it was ‘WOW, OMG, what just happened? That was AMAZEing!’ I wanted EVERYONE to try it out; I presumed everyone would have similar experience. Not so. My …

Challenge Amy ~ 60 Days of Bikram

HEY! Miss AMY HALL, Please Stand Tall ! You rose in the face of your CHALLENGE So we now want to give ALL this CALL C’mon EVERYBODY let’s give Amy a shout Because of the following there is no doubt: 60.Bikram.Yoga.Classes. DONE KNOW that Amy is second to none 🙂 Amy was CHALLENGED by our challenge Sure isn’t that the …

OM AIM SARASWATYAI NAMAHA

Have you heard of Judith Hanson Lasater? She is: an American Yoga teacher who has taught yoga since 1971 (the year I was born) an early student of BKS Iyengar and is founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco a widely published author of articles and books a physical therapist and holds a doctorate in East-West psychology President of The …

BREAKING SYMMETRY

Have you ever heard the expression ‘if your gonna be tight be tight on both sides’ ? 🙂 Think about it!  One sure way your body will be MORE vulnerable to injury is the presence of asymmetry or extreme asymmetry.  Add in lack of body mind connection (me when I was BY newbie) add force (often what new people do) …

Lines of Energy

You can change a posture in an instant by creating a LINE OF ENERGY. You are a living being. You are a LIFE FORCE. In Yoga class we work to keep the Prana or life force flowing. Smoothly. Through the Nadis (Yogic energy channels). The process, repeated regularly, removes any blockages (physical or emotional), keeping you your BEST you, MORE …

~ WE ARE GLAD & GRATEFUL~

THANK YOU to ALL who have kept us company this year.  Our longer term practitioners hold glad space in our hearts but more have joined that space this year than ever.  When we pause at this time of year to take stock we feel humbled by your contribution to our world and our happiness. WE ARE SO GLAD & GRATEFUL …

BELLY UP PART IV ~ KNOW YOUR BELLY ~

I would like YM students to become more considerate of all the layers of muscles and organs* residing in this area.  Use your Yoga to tune into the deeper abdominal muscles to strengthen them because this is important to their function as stabilizers of the limbs but there must be movement here too, not rigidity. (After this post I list …

BELLY UP PART III ~ RESPECT YOUR BELLY ~

It is hard to know where to start on this point. Harder still to know where the stop!! AGNI   The fire of digestion resides in the belly area. It is associated with the Guna ‘Rajas’ (a quality sometimes translated as passion). Its characteristics are energy and action. APANA VAYU (ONE OF THE PANCHA PRANAS (FIVE ENERGIES))   The Female energy Apana …

BELLY UP PART II ~ SEE YOUR BELLY ~

AT THE BEGINNING of a Bikram Yoga Class in ‘Pranayama’ one of the standard phrases in the Bikram dialogue is ‘stomach in…depression of the abdominal wall…ribs stick out’ ‘RIB CAGE VISIBLE IN MIRROR’.  Whilst I have found many of my own words to deliver Bikram Yoga posture instruction in each unique class, this is one of his many excellent stock …

BELLY UP PART I ~ FREE YOUR BELLY ~

THE IMAGE: my belly is nearly 46 years old. My daughter resided and was nourished in there for 9 months. She arrived via c-section. She was 8.4lbs. Like many before us we marvelled at how she EVER fitted in there. I can tell you it felt like my internal organs got a fair punishing in last few weeks of pregnancy. …

Method in the Madness!

This post might help you when explaining to friends/family how a Bikram Yoga class works 🙂 A Bikram Yoga class is not the place for deep meaningful explanations about all elements of Yoga. We can only ever share ‘snapshot’ ‘nutshell’ insights within the 90 minutes instruction. There is a method in our teaching style.  Bikram teachers are taught to teach …

feeling your Yoga

A YOGA POSE IS A LIVING THING.  Not set in stone. Your pose is ever changing. It expresses differently from personality to personality, body to body, history to history, class to class. It is never about ideal textbook expression of the pose. IT IS ABOUT YOUR BEST EXPRESSION of the pose in the moment. This is how it will always …

~ FEEL V. FORCE ~

After 2 posts about ‘seeing’ your Yoga I thought I better ‘Yin’ it out with a couple of ‘FEELING’ your Yoga post :). Its all about balance 🙂 : Sometimes practitioners find it very hard to let go of the visual measures even years into their practice; I think it’s the way we are conditioned outside of the Yoga room. …

~ MIRROR MIRROR ~

Do you obey what your eyes show you or do you feel your Yoga? Some might say feeling your Yoga is King but as a beginner the reality can be different. Remember it is all relative 🙂 and I am teaching a beginning Yoga class.  I will write about ‘feeling’ your Yoga, but right now I want to focus on …

Don’t Nourish the Flourish

More experienced students taking places in front few rows please/should be aware of the newbies placed behind them and try to lead by example: remembering not to insert extra movements/quirks/flourishes as new practitioners may copy what they see. Please do not be surprised if the instructor appears to continually pick up students placing themselves in the front two rows doing …

Responsibility; the Road Less Travelled

BIKRAM YOGA IS, amongst many other things, about strength, flexibility, balance and stamina which contribute HUGEly to one’s overall health and fitness. This is a challenging beginning Yoga class and day in day out with new practitioners (and sometimes old) we constantly refrain the cautions and common sense approach needed for those developing their newfound body mind connection. People with …

~ YOGA and the MATTERS of ETIQUETTE

This is another tricky but necessary post to write because some of the issues highlighted are completely avoidable if one preps for first class by reading the information on the website and observing the etiquettes. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL that the vast majority of practitioners observe them graciously. Aside from its obvious purpose 🙂 please also consider that a Yoga …

Stiff As a Board V. Bendy Like a Pretzel

My friend remembered a conversation we had recently and tagged me in a clip yesterday (attached https://www.facebook.com/BarcroftTV/videos/1052132741466371/) and… it got me thinking… 🙂 Walk down the street and look closely. There’s an epidemic. (No. Not Pretzelitis.) Everywhere stiff, tense people. It’s hard to recognize as being different; it even seems normal because let us face it; Life just keeps adding …

Yoga For Drivers – Ahimsa

It’s no secret that the hardest ‘Yoga’ to practice is all that is NOT on your mat – don’t forget you don’t practice for the glory of the pose; you practice so you can live better outside of the Yoga room. One place off the mat where you WILL be tested is ‘THE CAR’! I often have conversations with people …

One Quick Fix Coming Right Up…

‘How little time do I have to spend in order to get maximum benefits’ seems to be the burning question these days. Guidelines from government health organisations seem to lower each year. Taking the stairs instead of the lift now counts as a daily activity and then there is HIIT (3minutes). The realization that ‘more’ people are ‘less’ mobile than …

The Hidden Challenges of ‘Doing a Challenge’

The guidelines on our site give advice on how to prepare for a YM Challenge… ‘ensure work is not going to make extra demands on you… plan your social life accordingly…’ etc. You have got passed all the pseudo reasons for not doing a Challenge, gave everyone close to you a heads up and you promptly turned up on your …

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 …

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 …

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 …

My Bunny. Again.

THOUGHTS FROM A VINTAGE YOGI ABOUT HER RABBIT (again) ~ YOGA GETS BETTER AS YOU GET OLDER!!!. I spent much time in the past working on some postures that tend to look more impressive e.g. Padmasana (Lotus), classic Yoga meditation pose; it took me five years to get into that one.  Hanumanasana (that’s Yoga splits) took me 7 years (that’s …

Bikram Yoga and Weight Loss addressed

Bikram says ~ ‘You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again.’ I’m going to add ‘Never Too Fat ! OK ~ I’m gonna address it. Someone asked again last night about weight loss and I also saw a post on the controversy over the Victoria Secret advert …

When Does My Teacher Practice?

Q: DOES YOUR YOGA TEACHER PRACTICE ? Hello Beautiful Yogis, the short time before and after class at the studio can be very intense, checking people, settling new people, dealing with queries related to conditions, postures and Yoga in general 🙂 and we like to focus on the practitioners and THEIR Yoga needs and dealing with such things in that …

The Power of Words

WORDS HAVE A VIBRATION All speech creates energy that radiates out to the world helping to create the atmosphere we live in. I do believe that our body and mind holds the residue of every kind or cruel word we’ve ever spoken OR had directed at us. When you feel a ‘vibe’ on walking in to a room you might …

Illuminating Standing Resting Position

STANDING. Simple in itself but more to it in a practicing Yoga scenario than you might think.  I remember having conversations with fellow Bikram Yogi’s on my training and over the years on the best way to stand in between the standing asanas. It wasn’t formally dealt with on the TTC in 2001. It was just taken as a ‘given’ …

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary…

Watched ‘Simpsons’ last night (yeah this is what I do when I get a night off :)) and Homer’s version of Poe’s ‘The Raven’ and of course it got me thinking 🙂 … If you’re feeling weary, afraid, melancholy, dreary read on… Once upon a midnight dreary, I was feeling weak and weary I needed to get off my bum, …

How a YM Challenge ends…

~CHALLENGE DAY 10~ Q: “HAVE YOU EVER FELT THE LONGING FOR SOMEONE YOU COULD ADMIRE?” Ayn Rand. A: “LOOK IN THE MIRROR.” Trisha Thomas. To round up this particular Challenge I have written a synopsis poem of the week’s posts 🙂 : At the end of this CHALLENGE, YOGA MATTERS’ wish for you We feel it strong and heartfelt, And …

Stop Trying So Hard and Get Back In Your Box! said no Yoga Teacher ever.

What is more important? Showing up, staying in the room, locking the knee, grasping your foot, grasping anything, holding the posture, falling out from trying, getting back in when you have fallen, resting when you need to, giving your 100%, coming back? ALL ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT. Everybody’s measure for personal success is different. Depending on where they set their bar …

Never Be Afraid of the BackwardBends !

~BACK PAIN CONSIDERATIONS for your Bikram Yoga practice~ DIAGNOSIS: Firstly, the instructors at YM are Yoga instructors and are not qualified to assess your pain. If pain is severe or keeps you from doing daily activities or does not go away after a few days it is a good idea to visit your health professional or back specialist to have …

OM ~ The Original Mantra

In Yogic thinking the first word was OM, the first vibration and sound from which all others emerged. There is no literal translation of OM; its three letters A, U and M signify three periods of time and three states of consciousness and all of existence. OM (correctly spelt AUM) covers the human threefold experience A is waking state (representing …

Bone Matters

We work on the 26/2 diligently, a group of people in our unique bodies. We regulars know it is clearly not one size fits all. In this post I am focusing on the bony skeletal and its variations (not mis-alignments, just the bare bones 🙂 ) to present regular practitioners with food for thought on how this may affect YOUR …

You Are Breathing Your Alive. You Are Not Breathing Your Dead. RIGHT?

You are barely breathing your still alive! It’s amazing. It is possible to live and to function whilst scarcely breathing at all. Breathing enough to keep you from keeling over whilst going about your business. We all walk around, functioning to a greater or lesser extent breathing as we do. This is how I was when I took up Yoga. …

Thumbs Up!

Whist I was tightening up all my bits preparing for Part I Utkatasana today I suddenly became excessively aware of my THUMBS! I feel them, any movement, they feel strong, the skin, the pressure of the side of it against the index finger, I perceive it as something really important and powerful, more than my hand, my arm or any …

Yogi Trisha Thomas ~ 7 answers to 7 questions

I have been practicing Bikram Yoga since July 1998 with a 4 year hiatus somewhere in the middle. I took it up because of insomnia (see my piece on ‘girl meets Yoga’) but I continued to practice for the ‘head stuff’ 🙂 the mental hygiene, the ‘shedding’, the peace of mind. All this I got from my very first class. …

The Running Man of Jersey III

Found Jersey’s running hero exploring the max on his way towards Egypt 🙂 ; still time to: donate on his just giving page; keep up with him on his RTR page or catch him somewhere on his last journey to give him a cheer

The Running Man of Jersey II

Having finally convinced my daughter that there really IS a man running around Jersey every day this week 🙂 I am still struggling to get my own little brain around it. What Paul is doing for Jersey Hospice is MASSIVE and a first in Jersey ! Anyway, we eventually FOUND HIM! YAY! Jersey’s Running Man Breaking Boundaries at Bouley Bay …

The Running Man of Jersey I

Things to do for free in Jersey this week ~ stone building at Stinky Bay, backward bending at The White House, draw in the sand at The Beach, hunt for that Paul Burrows 🙂 bloke on his Round The Rock x 7 in aid of Jersey Hospice Care. Paul was elusive today so we have no pic, BUT we have …

I Am Awesome Yogi

So folks, I’m psyched! After an amazing weekend in Brighton (I even got a glimpse of their naked bike ride!! Woohooo (ok more than a glimpse 😉 possibly more than I care to remember) I am so full of it I wouldn’t know where to start to tell ye stuff, I got great value out of my weekend away…  Here is one …

PEACE

“Don’t let anyone walk through your mind with their dirty feet”~ Mahatma Ghandi I love this quote but actually this post is not about other people’s feet 🙂 – it is about YOUR footsteps in your mind and the imprint YOU leave there and retrace. I choose a Ghandi quote because he was a great proponent of AHIMSA or non-violence. …

Bad Bunny !

Notes from a trip to meet Mary Jarvis Snr Bikram Yoga Instructor… So anyway, whilst in Brighton I asked MJ to take a look at my ‘Shocking Rabbit’ 🙂 (just to see if she could minister to it). I am proud to say she said “It’s not the worst Rabbit I’ve ever seen”.  I said “you haven’t seen it first …

Q. What does a Yoga teacher do when they need a break?

A. Take more Yoga 🙂 Q. Where? A. Brighton, Bikram inthe Lanes (a change is as good as a rest!) Q. With Who? A. Mary Jarvis teacher extraordinaire 🙂 Q. When? A. I will be gone Friday, Saturday and Sunday; Darren will look after all your Yoga needs over the weekend so SCHEDULE as NORMAL at YM :). Take solace …

Wax On. Wax Off.

I’m a lazy kinda person you know. Or at least I have the potential to be lazy; I kinda fantasize a lot about putting my feet up and veggin’ on the sofa; but as I get older I find my tolerance for sitting around for long periods has sadly diminished :); not at all as refined as it was in …

Cut Your Toenails BEFORE you Come to Yoga Class !

YOGA TIP OF THE DAY: TO AVOID INJURY IN YOGA CUT YOUR TOENAILS BEFORE YOU COME TO CLASS ! If you have been practicing Yoga a while you might be familiar with a few of these little common ‘wounds’ that can occur. Tiny bruises on your hip bones from balancing on them in Full Locust (I was very fond of …

Come Back to Your Yoga Practice

~ ! We’ve missed you shiny happy people! ~ It is always hard to find the right words for something that is essentially experiential. Words are limiting; my explanations seem so pale when compared to the wealth of the actual Bikram experience. But words have a place; they might motivate you back to class or into your first class so …

How To Get The Monkeys Out Of Your Temple

Your Body is a Temple 🙂 . It’s where you live, love, learn, dream. Sadly, you may also be sharing it with a few squatters. Yup. The monkeys. A little incident Monday in the lobby 5 minutes (less even) before class started caught me by surprize regarding one such monkey. The incident had nothing to do with the class or practitioners. …

“Let go or be dragged” Zen proverb (I think)

I DO like to employ a bit of Zen 🙂 ; as much as you can square anything off with Yoga you can round things off nicely with a little bit of Zen. You often hear me say, particularly after Ustrasana “whatever it is your feeling right now don’t hold on to it, it is already in the past…” my …

“There are many possibilities but the expert has few.” ~ Suzuki

Question Time: You all know my thoughts on keeping an open mind to receiving teachings from new/different teachers, yes? But what about the wisdom YOUR own body has to offer? You know you are your own best teacher? But are you open to listening to yourself? If you haven’t being listening there is no time like the present 🙂 So …

So Much Praise… WHY?

Yoga is not about awards and yet there is so much praise going on in the Yoga room; what is all this praise about? You might be thinking “I didn’t do anything different than usual or give any extra effort today or I actually sat out of that asana, what is going on”? The instructors know how hard this Yoga …

An Ounce of Practice …

PRACTICE is the only way to develop your Yoga to bring about the benefits. CONCENTRATION is required in the pose. Conscious setting up a REGULAR BREATH (Pranayama at the beginning) and continued attention to regulation of breath is necessary to develop your clarity of mind. Proper RELAXATION is essential part of the Bikram method (contract and relax). Constant attention to …

Yoga Homework

Put some “Yoga” in your journey to YM… Om Shanti 🙂

Step Right Up For the Trip of a Life Time

Have you time to take a Bikram journey to explore the unknown Self and discover untapped possibilities within? A VITAL HEALTHY BODY is a prerequisite for the journey of life.  Health is your body’s natural state. Your body craves it. Yoga re-establishes a primal relationship between body and mind and restores the body’s balance. Efficient muscles are long, free of stored …

Shaking & Shuddering

So. Bikram Says: “Your willpower must say “no” when no is required. When presented with a difficult choice your determination must lead you to say “Yes I will” {if yes is the right answer}. The right way is almost always the hard way. Reclaim control of our minds using Hatha to develop Raja Yoga. In Bikram’s chamber this quality is …

Life is Difficult

Hello. I love ‘journey’s; and constantly re-checking that I am on the right journey and not at the wrong destination! I am going to blatantly paraphrase the first paragraph of ‘The Road Less Travelled’ chapter title “Life is Difficult” which could easily translate to “Bikram Yoga is a Challenge” 🙂 . As with many things in life the premise of …

I LOVE SATSANG

While it does require some discipline to practice alone I would like to share with you why I think the shared class experience is so important too. What is “Satsang” (“contact with the Real”)? A: (1) being in the company of the “highest truth” (2) company with an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about and assimilate the truth …

Slippage

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK: So now and then we experience “slippage”; old problems/habits we have worked on rise again. It is not surprising, they have been highly-rehearsed and nurtured for years. It’s annoying tho’? you recognized an unwanted habit and then did “all the right things” to get rid of it and “fix” yourself and now here it …

Notes from Darren: Top Ten Tips for Newbies

These tips are written with the ‘new to Bikram’ Yogi in mind.  For those more experienced? no harm to refresh your memory but you will probably have already integrated these tips to your practice so you can visit our website to find lots of other articles/learn/tips to enhance your experience. 1~ THE FUNDAMENTAL. Never force or strain. Be patient. You’re …

The poses and their benefits… intro

I set out hereafter a very brief description of ‘How To’ do the prescribed poses.  I also list briefly what is happening in each pose. By no means are these ALL the benefits to be had from a class, as it is the sequence performed as a whole that maximises benefits. Practicing the sequence nourishes and invigorates the entire body …

Where to Find Peace?

Attendance at YM classes can be high and with a lot of bodies comes a lot of energy and activity. YM does value and appreciate serenity, calm, quiet and peace but we do encourage conversation before class.  YM is a dynamic and stimulating place to be and I LOVE it when I enter the yoga room to find it buzzing with …

Struggle

“PHEW, THAT WAS A STRUGGLE” “I struggled tonight”, “is it always such a struggle?”. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t hear the word ‘struggle’ exclaimed after a class by someone new to this practice. Yes, such exertion and discipline can be a struggle whether you are new or old to practice. Ask yourself (after making a commitment to …

Can I Practice Bikram Yoga When I am Pregnant?

Unless you are in a ‘high risk pregnancy’ category then YES, indeed you can practice Rajashree’s Pregnancy Yoga (modified Bikram) when you are pregnant. It was developed with maternal health and fetus wellbeing at its core.  Rajashree’s is also designed so that it can be practiced at home without heat (you can order dvd online) and even if you have …