Tips For Sweaty Success

Do This One Thing For Back Pain

Spinal traction is a form of decompression therapy that relieves pressure on the spine.   Spinal traction is used to treat herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and many other back conditions.  It can cost $100-$200 per visit, and an average of 20 visits to achieve your desired treatment goals, which may not…

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Groundhog Day The Bikram Way

  Here you are again.  Going to your Bikram class, your 4th one this week.   You walk in and set up your mat, 2nd row, two mirror panels in from the left, Hydroflask (with exactly 9 cubes of ice) on the bottom right corner of your mat. You lay your towel down, one pat…

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Avoid The Half Moon Mess

Throughout my years of practice, I’ve come across a couple concepts that spoke really loudly to me.   One is Kim Tang’s “Why make a mess then clean it up, when you can not make a mess at all?”  And another is the “Measure twice, cut once” philosophy.  Both, I feel, address the same issue…

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How To Remove The Wind

  The holiday season is upon us.  You do it every year  – so do I – you’ll tell yourself control your portions, not too much wine, and don’t go for the cookies after dinner!  But, alas, feast, wine, and cookies are just so delicious.   Well, good news.  Have your cookies.  But have them…

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The Post-Challenge Challenge

  The 30 Day Challenge is always an exciting event for the studio. Extra traffic, a sense of community as people cheer each other on, and an abundance of dedication that you can feel as soon as you step foot in the yoga room. This year we had more than 25 students complete their goal,…

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What Every Yogi Should Know In Eagle

  During your first attempt at Eagle Pose, the dialogue may sound much like this: “Bring your right arm underneath your right foot.  Twist your ears like two ropes. Sit down and bring your left eye under your right armpit.”     There’s something peculiar about your first few Bikram classes that has you lose…

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The Best Painkiller Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You About

  I hear plenty of reasons why students can’t come to the studio to practice.  The one I hear the most is, “I’m injured.”   And as I sadly, (figuratively) crawl after them, I (mentally) yell, “But that’s WHY you need to practice!!”   Unfortunately, most people view yoga as a fitness trend.  What they don’t…

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The Most Magical Posture

  Who doesn’t love the magical sound of the teacher saying, “Savasana?”   This paradoxical posture is the simplest posture in the Bikram series, yet it can be the most difficult one to master.  It can go by several other names including Dead Body Pose, Corpse Pose, and Relaxation Pose.   The correct form for…

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Three Things Guaranteed To Soothe Your Muscle Aches

  You start a new work out routine.  It’s Day 1 and you’ve already discovered muscles you didn’t even know existed.  A few days into your new and improved life, your body starts screaming at you.  Everything aches.    The questions start forming in your head.  Is it even worth it?  Am I built for…

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What Every Yogi Needs To Know About Cobra Pose

When my Bikram teacher says, “Cobra Pose is next!” I immediately think sleek, sexy, and slithery. Slithery as in House of Slytherin from Harry Potter. Harry Potter as in, “I wish I had a magic spell that would lift my body higher in Cobra Pose.”   Well, here it is.   Think length when you’re…

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