Tips For Sweaty Success

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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Don’t Eat This Before Yoga

  You ate a triple-bacon, deep-fried, rocky road ice-cream-filled donut before class.  You’re 15 minutes in and you’ve spontaneously combusted.  The longest hour and fifteen minutes of your life later, you stumble out of the hot room and blurt out, “I think I ate too much before class.”     So what should you eat…

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What Your Bikram Teacher Won’t Tell You About Wiping

  It’s in your eyes.  It’s dripping off your nose.  It’s all over your arms.  And it’s really starting to distract you from your yoga practice.  Best wipe it off.     If there were a virtual buzzer, we’d sound it now.     You signed up for hot yoga.  One major purpose for the…

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The Most Important Thing You Might Be Missing In Awkward

  Legs are shaking.  Thighs are burning.  If I go any high on my toes, I’m going to fall over.  The teacher keeps saying to sit down lower, but I couldn’t possibly sit down any more without…     “Change!”   Don’t be afraid to make things a little Awkward, folks.   “Come up high…

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4 Things To Do In Triangle Pose Today

Triangle pose is one of those postures that can be so daunting.  Especially when the teacher unabashedly says, “Triangle, the master posture of the class!”  Cue horror movie theme song.     We’ve all secretly hoped she might forget about this one today.  But it’s those mountainous, scary postures that hold the most power.  Cue Rocky…

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