In this day and age, the stresses that surround us all are beginning to take a toll on our health and wellbeing. Our mental health deteriorates and we lack the clarity and peace of mind that make for a conscience existence. Physically, we are growing sick, both internally and externally, aging and aggravating our bones and organs. As a society, we have become emotionally and spiritually void. We have become so familiar and comfortable with this constant discomfort that we think it’s normal, and fail to recognize that it is not us sitting in the driver’s seat anymore. Without knowing it, we get sucked into a spiral of mindless self depreciation and abuse.
Yes- taking the time to care for yourself does take time, effort and motivation. But I can say with one hundred percent confidence that your life can and will transform if you take the time to respect and love the mind and body you were blessed with.
I began practicing Bikram yoga a little over one year ago. I had just left a 4 year relationship, my job, and moved back in with the ‘rents. Everything that I thought I had, everything I thought I was, came crumbling down overnight. My “sense of self” was stripped away and I felt completely alone and confused. A family member of mine was sick and business was not going too well for the family. I found myself in an endless battle with my mind and emotions, it was literally making me sick, stressed, depressed, and angry, which in turn affected every single area of my life. There was a small part of me that knew something needed to change, lest I lose hope for myself completely. I needed a good kick in the butt, a wakeup call. That is when I decided to try something new, get off my sorry ass and start being proactive about my life. I was ready to steer the wheel.
Over the course of one month, I began practicing Bikram yoga about six days a week, my life took a complete 180 turn for the best. My perspective completely shifted and I began to grow strong and healthy in every way of the word. My mind was clear- I felt more optimistic than I ever have before, my thinking was sharp and I could focus better and longer. Physically, I lost a lot of flab and became extremely toned, my skin, hair and nails looked better than ever. I finally connected with myself, mind and body- and that took me to a place of spiritual connection that I had never experienced before. I was on cloud 9, to say the least.
Now what is Bikram Yoga you may ask?
Bikram Yoga is a sequence selected and developed by Bikram Choudhury from Hatha Yoga. Bikram’s classes run exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (≈ 40.6°C) with a humidity of 40%, and is the most popular form of hot yoga.
It has been proved and experienced by millions that these 26 postures systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments, and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function. Each component takes care of something different in the body, and yet they all work together synergistically, contributing to the success of every other one, and extending its benefits.
What are the benefits of Bikram Yoga?
- Improves balance and coordination
- increases strength and flexibility
- Promotes weight loss
- Develops muscle tone
- Relieves stress
- Improves posture
- Increases energy
- Aids injury recovery
- Strengthens respiratory system
- Slows the aging process
- Detoxifies the body
- Promotes well-being
- Increases willpower
- Improves concentration
- Strengthens immune system
- Increases blood circulation
- Aids digestive processes
- Improves sleep
- Helps balance mental, physical and emotional energy
- Awakens, rejuvinates and invigorates the entire body
- Promotes optimal physical health
To Quote Bikram: “You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again.” It’s time to get on the ultimate path to radiant good health and personal fulfillment.