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What Every Yogi Should Know In Eagle

By Pepper | Jun 22, 2016 | Comments Off on 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

By Pepper | Jun 10, 2016 | Comments Off on 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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Student Feature: Cindy

By Pepper | May 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Student Feature: Cindy

  I love seeing Cindy walk in through our front door at the studio because she always rocks a beautiful smile. There is always something exciting that she’s noticed in her yoga practice or changes in her body that she runs in to tell us about.  The yoga has helped her physically with several stubborn injuries,…

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3 Things To Do For Happily Locked Knees

By Pepper | May 24, 2016 | Comments Off on 3 Things To Do For Happily Locked Knees

  Contrary to popular belief, the term “lock your knee” is not just a cute, fun thing that Bikram Yoga teachers like to say.  Over and over again.  Until you hate them.   It is a real (and important) element of keeping the yoga practice safe and therapeutic.   In locking your knee, you bone…

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The Most Magical Posture

By Pepper | May 8, 2016 | Comments Off on 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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Teacher Feature: Laura

By Pepper | Apr 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Teacher Feature: Laura

The amount of energy Laura has never ceases to amaze me.   At 51, raising two beautiful children, Laura teaches anywhere between 18 and 21 classes per week, and still manages to attend class herself 4-5 times per week.  She swears by Bikram Yoga because she was cured of her Type 2 Diabetes, anxiety, and…

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How To Ride A Camel

By Pepper | Apr 25, 2016 | Comments Off on How To Ride A Camel

Camel Pose can be one of the most intimidating postures when you first start practicing Bikram Yoga.  Unless you’re a bat and you are used to the sensation of being upside down.  For the rest of us, getting on the camel can take a few tries.     Fear, anxiety, lightheadedness, dizziness, that feeling of…

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Three Things Guaranteed To Soothe Your Muscle Aches

By Pepper | Apr 21, 2016 | Comments Off on 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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Student Feature: Meredith

By Pepper | Mar 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Student Feature: Meredith

I literally cannot say enough about how consistent and committed Meredith is in her yoga practice.  She is, without a doubt, one of BYF’s Most Dedicated.  She has lived most of her adult life with Chronic Lyme’s Disease and all the infections that come with it.  Practicing Bikram Yoga 4-5 times a week, consistently for…

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What Every Yogi Needs To Know About Cobra Pose

By Pepper | Mar 25, 2016 | Comments Off on 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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