My 30 Day Challenge - Anika

 

Energy Vampires!

19th September 2017

In class yesterday there were a couple of people who were distracted and doing their own thing and not following the teacher.  I noticed Lizzie our visiting teacher out the cornor of my eye and she was looking straight ahead in the mirror, foccuseed and present.  I realised I was getting caught up in what other people were doing instead of focusing on my own practice! 

When we were lying in savasana in Jude spoke about savasana meaning dead body pose and if you moved it would give everyone a fright! My first thought was “or you would be a vampire”.  This reminded me of one of my first teachers who used to talk about ‘energy vampires’.

Yoga means ‘yoke’ or union and it is the union of the collective energy in the room, this means whatever you do has an impact on the people around you. Bikram is a group lead class so we all move together and you can feel the energy when everyone is in sync.  The beauty of everyone moving together is we give each other strength, when you are feeling tired you can feel the strength form your neighbours helping you and when are feeling strong and focussed you are giving your neighbours some of your strength and focus.

An ‘energy vampire’ is someone who waits until everyone else is already in the posture before getting in the pose themselves.  What happens then is they are using the energy of the people around them to gain strength or energy without giving anything back.   

The goal is to move together. One of the keys to our Bikram practice is Precision.  Be precise in your movements and actions.  Be mindful of what you are doing and the impact on both yourself and the people around you.  It doesn’t matter if you come out of the pose early, what matters is you commit to the pose and give it your honest 100%.  This is where the change happens. Dancing on the edge of your comfort zone.

Start to notice if you always have a break to fidget or wipe sweat at the same time every class, or if you always hold back before entering a certain pose.  Also start to notice if like me yesterday, you are letting your own attention wander by focusing on someone or something other than yourself.

Remember, there is never any judgment simply awareness of what you are doing and ultimately an understanding why you might be holding back or what you are avoiding.

As we say in class, just like in life the things you avoid are usually the things you need the most!

 

 

Getting rid of the yoga funk!   

12th September 2017                                                                   

When you are coming to yoga every day you may start to notice the yoga funk! 

Yoga clothes do have a shelf life, you will find that after wearing your clothes repeatedly in the heat at some point your yoga clothes will get that funky smell!

The yoga funk has a distinctive smell and unfortunately everyone around you can also smell it.  It is not pleasant.  

When this happens, the only cure is to throw out your clothes!

Please note, the yoga funk has nothing to do with personal hygiene, it is purely your clothes and towels that ‘can’t handle the heat’!  Some of you may remember Margaret Brereton who used to teach with us, Margaret has a background in textiles and she once told me that whilst the fabric used for clothes is often great quality the cotton is not good quality, so it is the seems that unfortunately hold onto the smell.

So, what can you do to have avoid the funk for as long as possible?

Number 1: Always wash your yoga clothes the same day you wear them – this is a MUST!

Number 2: Soak your clothes if you have to leave them for a few hours before washing them.

One of our long-term students recently mentioned to me that he uses Dettol Laundry Sanitiser and he reckons it is the only cleaning product he has found that actually does get rid of the smell.

I bought some Dettol Sanitiser over the weekend.  We moved to our new house last week and as we a semi-rural we have a septic tank which is a natural system and we have a tank full of worms to ‘eat’ our waste.  In order to keep our worms alive, we can only use eco products in our house! Whist Dettol is probably great for the yoga funk I don’t think it would be too good for our worms.

We have a washing machine here at the studio so I will be washing my clothes with Dettol this week – fingers crossed.

If nothing else it is a good excuse to treat yourself to some new yoga clothes as it’s hard enough keeping up with your washing as it is! 

 

 

When you really don’t want to practice…..                                                                     

1st September 2017

….is when your body needs it the most. This was so true for me today.

This week I knew I was going to have to practice a double on Thursday to get my 5 classes for the week.

The plan was to practice the lunchtime express and then come back after dinner for the Hot 60 at 7.30pm.  I ended up teaching the 5.30pm class as Emily was sick.  It made it a very long day for me however I am very grateful I ended up teaching the 5.30pm otherwise I’m not sure I would have made it back to the studio for the 7.30pm!

The only problem was I got home and everyone was already asleep, as we’re staying at my mother in laws my husband was asleep on the couch in the open plan lounge kitchen. I didn’t want to wake him up so no dinner for me! 

The next morning, I was very hungry, tired and sore, it’s been a while since I have practiced a double and also taught – it’s a long time in the hot room! I really wasn’t looking forward to practicing the 9.30am but it was the only class I could do to complete my 5 classes this week. I had some toast at 7am and drank a couple of large glasses of water to rehydrate and still felt like i had been run over by a bus! 

I turned up to the studio and a truck was blocking my car park so I had to park in the Top of Tory car park.  I paid for my ticket and realized I needed to get a flyer from up at the studio to put in my car.   I got the flyer went back to my car, then back up the studio. (I’m sure you are all familiar with this scenario!). Then I couldn’t undo the plastic tie on the towel bag so I was not in the best of moods.

Part of me was hoping that Emily wouldn’t be well enough to teach so I’d have to teach the class instead! The other part of me was reminding myself what we always so “when you really don’t want to  practice is when your body needs it the most”! True enough my body was stiff in class however as soon as we started the tiredness left me. Yes  I was sore however I could feel my body opening back up in class.

After class Emily asked if I was feeling in a better mood and sure enough I had completely forgotten my grumpy start to the day.  My back no longer hurt, I felt energised and ready for the rest of my day – and I have the weekend off so I’ll be back ready for my Challenge on Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

“If you can you must”

25th August 2017

After another rough night on the couch (see previous post) I was feeling tired and stiff this morning when I came to class.  I was then pleasantly surprised at how good I was feeling in class.  Emily was on form teaching a lovely strong class and I felt myself working harder and going more deeply into some of the postures.   I was riding the yoga wave.

Then we hit standing bow and the wave came crashing down.   It just wasn’t happening for me today. My shoulders and wrists were really tight and I couldn’t maintain my grip on my kicking leg.  I came out early on the left side and stood still ready to ‘sit out’ the rest of the pose.  Then I heard Emily say “get right back into the pose” so I thought oh ok I’d better give it another go and I got back onto the pose.   It’s wasn’t any easier however I could do it.

The same thing happened on the right side.  I came out of the pose early and stood still, again I heard Emily say “everyone get back in”.  This time however I didn’t feel able to get back into the pose.  Emily repeated “get back in” a couple of times and I thought I bet she’s talking to me!   


It reminded me of one of Bikram’s sayings “If you can you must”.   As a teacher it is our responsibility to guide you into the pose, it’s also our job to push you and yes, sometimes challenge you to go that little bit deeper or further than you think you can.   As a student it’s your job to keep an open mind, listen to the instructions and if you can go a little deeper or get back into the post you ‘must’.  


It is also your responsibility to do what is right for you on any given day.  Take each breath, each posture and each class at a time. If you know you honestly don’t have it in you today to push or go further it is your responsibility to honor your body and yourself.   

If you want to create change the key is to make a conscious choice – If you can you must.


 

30 Day Challenge Starts Today!

21st August 2017

After practicing the 9.30am class today I realized that I wasn’t scheduled to teach for the next two weeks and I have no excuse not to practice every day and start my 5 x 6 Challenge today.  

It has been a busy year for me, with Tyrone leaving at the end of last year I have been teaching a lot more.  I love teaching and I feel more connected to both the studio and students when I teach.  However the times I can easily teach are also the times I can easily practice so I haven’t been in the room as much as I’d like doing my own yoga!

This month I took myself off the teaching schedule as we are moving house and I knew it would be a busy stressful time.  We moved out of our old house but we can’t move into our new place for a couple more weeks.  My husband, son and I are staying with my mother in law in her two bedroom apartment down the road on Tennyson Street.  Whilst it’s fabulous and close and my mother in law is lovely,  the first week my son had a stomach bug and was off school for the week, then my husband got the bug.  As I have been fine and haven’t been sick  I get to sleep on the couch!

Needless to say I need more yoga!

The last couple of classes I have practiced have been hard for me.  My body is tight and sore and I had to sit out some postures.  As a teacher and studio owner it’s hard to leave my ego at the door and not care what people think of my practice.  I try to set an example of respecting myself and my body and as Tyrone used to say the beauty of “Bikram yoga is that it meets you where you are on any given day”.     

I find when I practice 3 or more times a week it doesn’t matter how I am feeling or what the class throws at me I can ride out the 90 minutes no problem.

So, I decided to meet myself head on and start my 30 Day Challenge today.  It also means I will finish before the school holidays start in October.

I’m excited to see how good I feel practicing 5 times a week. I remember what I felt like when I first started practicing over 13 years ago.

 

Emily and Lisa have also joined me. If you are undecided about completing the Challenge just give it a go!  Put your name on the board give it an honest 100% and you will be amazed at how good you feel.

Anika

 

 

Farewell Tyrone

14th January 2017


 

The best laid plans...


16th November 2016

I don’t know about you but the Earthquakes and this wild weather have wreaked havoc with my 4 x 6 Challenge! 

I had it all planned; highlighting on the teaching schedule the classes I was teaching in pink and the classes I was practicing in yellow! So, everything is all planned and then we have a natural disaster come along and shake everything up (pun intended!). 

The idea behind the challenge it to experience a consistent regular practice, you start to notice the difference when you commit to coming 4 times a week.  You create a new habit by breaking some old habits.

When you come 3 or more times a week you are more able to handle whatever class throws at you, the heat, the teacher, how your feeling, you can ride out the highs and lows.  You learn to focus on your breathing; breathing slowly, breathing calmly, breathing deeply in and out through your nose.  This allows your heart rate to slow down and calm your central nervous system.  This is a great gift to yourself to be able to find calm amongst the chaos.  If you are feeling anxious or stressed remember to breath!

You get to take all these skills off the mat and outside the yoga room.  It’s a good lesson in behavioural flexibility.  The challenge is about integrating yoga into your daily life this means riding out the highs and lows, being able to adapt and change with whatever life throws at you.

Yoga is a fantastic tool to help destress and find focus and calm, however sometimes your yoga is to be home supporting your family and loved ones. 

Don’t worry we still have 4 more weeks to go in the challenge so plenty of time to catch up and if it takes you a couple of extra days to complete your challenge that’s OK too!   

See you on the mat!

Namaste, Anika

 

 

Lower Hutt Studio - SOLD

26th October 2016

 

 

Our Gift to Wellington High School

August 31st 2016

 

Profile Greg Best

August 4th 2016

 

 

Bro Yoga "Broga"

July 20th 2016

Winter is Coming...

May 30th 2016

Tyrone Talks Diversity

May 18th 2016

 

Each to their own: A Bikram Challenge Conclusion

by Sara Warnock 1 June 2016

At the end of 2014, long before joining the Yoga for the People Team, I came home from a year of exploring India and was feeling lost. More than Corn yogalost, I was a mess. I needed to find something to distract me and decided to give Bikram Yoga a try. I challenged myself to doing a class everyday of the 10 day intro special and wrote about my experience more for my own interest than anything else. Almost a year and a half later I find my observations to still be true and I continue to fall in love with this practice in all its crazy intensity......

Read Sara's blog posts

https://seedlingyogini.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/each-to-their-own-a-bikram-challenge-conclusion/

https://seedlingyogini.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/a-bikram-challenge-days-5-7/

https://seedlingyogini.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/a-bikram-challenge-days-2-4/

https://seedlingyogini.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/a-bikram-challenge/

 

Profile - Victoria

February 11th, 2016 

Teacher Profile - Leon

January 7th, 2016

 

How often should you practice?

October 23rd, 2015

 

 

Is Bikram Yoga Spiritual?

October 17th, 2015

 

 

Broken Bodies

October 10th, 2015

Tyrone and I have been filming a series of short video clips about Yoga for the Peope, who we are, what we are about and anything and everything else in between!

This clip talks about the healing power of Bikram Yoga.

 

 

 

Letter from Bikram Choudhury

September 29, 2015

 
Dear Students,
 
I hope this letter finds you all well and happy.
I first want to thank you for your continued support of Bikram Yoga College of India.
Much is happening in the world of yoga in general, as well as in the world of Bikram Yoga.
For example, this year's UN-sanctioned, inaugural International Day of Yoga shows us how yoga is seen and accepted by the world at large. It shows us that people of a countless number of backgrounds and cultures understand and embrace the many beneficial aspects of yoga, from physical to mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Now, think of the way yoga was understood 45 years ago, when I first began teaching! It wasn't understood. No one outside my country knew anything about it, or at least very few did, and those people were seen as counter-culture outsiders.
I started my first American studio in Los Angeles in 1974 and today Bikram Yoga is available in every corner of the earth.
Before coming to America, I opened a school in Japan, then another in Hawaii. Those schools are still flourishing today.
Obviously, I didn't do this by myself, you guys did it with me. There is no way we could have done it without each other.
We are the biggest army in the world.
Today, I ask you all to be grateful for Bikram yoga and to take time to remember all the lives we have changed.
Through the 26 and 2 sequence, we helped create the momentum which has made yoga familiar to millions worldwide.
I am asking you all, as my Bikram family, to keep this sequence alive, to continue to shine its light of healthy living and profound healing power onto millions more bodies and minds in the correct way.
In India there is a saying, "The truth is the most bitter thing in the world."
As human beings, from our birth, we listen to lies so that we can be happy. Later, we learn the truth and hate each other because life isn't the way we thought it would be.
We go to yoga to learn the truth.
And the truth is we now take for granted what Bikram yoga has become, but have forgotten its spirit and where it came from.  The original series was embraced, appreciated and spread through each authentic Bikram school.
As the popularity of yoga has grown, the number of Western gurus creating Western yoga has also expanded.
I see it everywhere and it is a travesty. 
I know they can never duplicate the essence and inspiration of India, but I see their influence. I see it in the watered-down versions of Bikram more and more often offered in our affiliated schools.
I created this series as if creating a song. Everyone in life knows the same notes, but putting them together in a melodic way is what distinguishes the great composer. The difference with my yoga sequence and Western gurus is that I spent my life steeped in Indian yogic tradition. When I combined my true culture with Western ways something sublime and irreplaceable came about.
As you all know, what makes the Bikram yoga system unique is the sequence in which the poses are done. Each posture forms the perfect basis for the next, warming and stretching the appropriate muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class systematically moves fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of each practitioners body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to their most vital capacity.
Bikram yoga has been proven.
Ask yourself if there is ever going to be another Bikram Choudhury in this world.
No, there is not.
For this reason, I want us to continue to cooperate. I want to continue giving you all my knowledge, love and support and I ask you for yours in return. 
We already made the world understand Bikram yoga the right way. Why change it?  
Yoga and its unique form of spiritualism - one of inclusion and interconnection - originates in my homeland, India.
There, as most of you know, I studied under the auspices of my very capable guru, Bishnu Ghosh.  He was already a renowned physical culturist when I came to him at five years old, practicing and teaching countless boys and girls yoga in his tradition - very disciplined.
Notably, Bishnu Ghosh is the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the most popular book on yoga, The Autobiography of a Yogi, and founder of the Self- Realization Fellowship. 
My heart, my mind, and my spirit were in his hands from the time I met him. Every day, year in and year out, he generously and personally handed down to me, as is the way of our culture, thousands and thousands of years of yogic wisdom.
As I grew older and became a man, he inspired me by using the methods of Western science to explain, or at least try to explain, the physical effects of yoga in ways new to us in the east. (Modern science has still not been able to explain much about yoga's effects, and has not explained at all how it corrects us spiritually and maybe it never will.)
Anyway, after a literal lifetime of enculturation into the ways of yoga in India, I wanted to find a way to share the best of what I had learned in some way that would be accessible to virtually every person, no matter their age or skill level. 
Ultimately, I designed my sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. They worked.
This design carries the life spirit that made true Bikram yoga popular all over the Western world. Diluted methods will not have the same sustainability or compelling vitality.
Go back into your heart and think about why you decided to become a Bikram Yoga teacher and how that has changed.
Do you remember? 
I implore you to go back, way back and to unlock what is left of that memory and commitment from your heart and let's continue to work together.
From the 1970's until the present we have carried the torch of Bikram Yoga together.
Let us continue further into the 21st century to carry this hot torch of Bikram Yoga, my humble students who have been so loyal.
Let us heal together and get our spirits aligned as one, so that we may continue teaching the real Bikram Yoga.
Let us remember our commitment to introduce Bikram Yoga to all people the way you agreed to in teacher training and from which our community has sprung.
I know our community has grown apart.
A disconnect was likely as we grew like wildfire so fast across the world.
My hope is that we can now reunite and re-ignite the power to reconnect us with our commitment and our original purpose - to help give life through Bikram Yoga.
I look forward to seeing you all at teacher training in Thailand. 
As always, I welcome all suggestions from studio owners and students, but one thing I will not compromise or change in any way is my beginning series, Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes, 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises.
I ask you to look in the mirror and help me to maintain the system that works.
My wish is the people who sway away from the original style and attempt to create their own interpretation under my name will refocus and understand.  
Why kill the spirit?
If you are thinking about changing my sequence, ask yourself why are you dead inside. Ask yourself why you studied and took advantage of the essential vitamins of knowledge I taught you through my style of true Bikram Yoga. 
Everyone has a profession. In most professions, we choose to make money to survive.
This profession, our profession, teaching yoga, we derive satisfaction from giving life. You save lives. Bikram Yoga has healed a diverse number of people.
Just look at me! From 1971 in Hawaii and now 2015.
I say no more my Bikram community, except wake up while the sun is still rising, my friends!
Fire heats, water cools, Bikram works!
American saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
Bikram yoga has been proven 100 percent. Let us continue working together 100 percent.


Regards,
Bikram

 

Tyrone's Challenge Blog

So here’s the deal....

25th August 2015

So here's the deal by Wednesday last week I knew that I wasn’t going to get all 24 classes done in the 28 days. I started the challenge knowing it was going to be close, and I was cruising along until the middle of last week when the wheels fell off and I just couldn’t fit them in. I cycled through all five of the stages of grief; I couldn’t believe that after all my hard work I wasn’t going to ‘complete’ the challenge (Denial), the challenge is stupid and people have lives so it’s unreasonable anyway (Anger), Maybe I could convince Anika to let me do extra doubles (Bargaining), Why doesn’t anything ever work out for me! (Depression), and by Saturday I landed on -to heck with it- I’m just going to keep going. The whole point for me was to up my practice and get back into the habit of a regular practice. And my biggest takeaway from the last three weeks is I’m more well than I thought and practicing isn’t as scary as I thought. (Acceptance).

I practiced class on Saturday, then took the morning to spend some time on the waterfront, in the sun, feeling virtuous.

 

Dry Day

15th August 2015

Saturdays are generally my "Dry Day" where I don't have to teach, or practice, or sweat. So at the start of today's 8am class I found myself a little resentful of being there. The moment my feet hit the floor during the week I'm running like the devil’s chasing me, so at the start of today's 8am class I found myself a little resentful of being there. I was totally reevaluating my life choices the first time Jude said “interlock-your-fingers-release-your-index-fingers-thumbs-crossed” because I was missing my chance to stay in bed a little longer. At about Triangle Pose I was less grouchy and by the end of class I was almost glad I came. But now after a lunch catch up with friends and a bit of a siesta I’m actually glad I went.

If I’m honest with myself - I’m probably better to be around today, I bet I would have stayed sour if I had skipped class.

 

 

My first week down!

12th August 2015

I was nervous about doing the challenge because I didn’t know how I was going to fit all the classes in. In fact I planted my feet in all the usual excuses and apologies… I teach so much there’ll be days when I can’t practice, it’s too much time in the room- I can’t stay hydrated, plus I have other responsabilities.  For those students who may not know my history, the real truth is that a few years ago I was diagnosed and treated for leukaemia and my practice has become a bit confronting, and sometimes emotional, because I’ve ‘lost’ a lot of the strength, flexibility and stamina I had pre-chemo. I say all that as a statement of fact and not as another excuse or an apology. That is where my practice is now, and while I’ve just started feeling strong enough to up my practice, I kinda knew the challenge wouldn’t be so much physical as mental (so I’ve avoided it). Until now.

For this yoga to work at its most therapeutic you have to dance on the edge of what you can do. The edge shifts from posture to posture, from class to class. If you’ve been sick, or if you’re broken the edges may move in closer and you have to let go of what you think you should be able to do, or what you used to be able to do, and just work towards what you can actually do right now. When I put my name on the challenge card I seriously doubted my ability to complete the challenge. But joining the group was my promise to myself to let it go and do what I’m able to do.

Well what do you know? I’m seven classes in and the idea of 24 classes in 28 days was way worse than the reality. After years and years of a pure 90 minute Bikram practice I have had to keep reminding myself that is not cheating to do a Yin class or a 45 Minute Express class BUT a way to make a daily practice achievable.  It’s definitely a mental exercise when I fall out of postures I used to be able to hold, or when I can’t go as deep as I used to, or even when I just have to sit down, but I’m glad to be in there dancing on the edge (wherever it is today)!

 

Exciting Changes are coming!

20 April 2015
Anika Speedy Director

We will be making some changes over the next few weeks. 

Bikram Yoga Wellington is 10 year old this year and I've always said you are either “green and growing or ripe and rotting”. We want to stay growing and help you stay green and growing too!  

The first change you may notice is we will be changing our name and rebranding the studio to better reflect what we offer here - yoga with attitude for every-body!

After 10 years I am still as passionate about Bikram yoga as I was in my first class.  I still get from this sequence what I haven't experienced from any other form of exercise; the holistic benefits of yoga, the release and complete calm after class, combined with a feeling of strength and power. It changed my life. After 9 months of practicing Bikram yoga I left a very well paid job at a multi-national advertising agency in Sydney to attend the teacher training and move back home to Wellington to open the studio so I could share the yoga with as many people as I could.  Over the years I have seen so many people’s bodies and lives transform through Bikram's yoga series, and you guys continue to motivate and inspire me! We have built up a wonderful diverse community of yogi’s and yogini’s here at the studio - we have all body types, all sexes, all ages, all ethnicities, all fitness levels, and our students are happy, strong, disciplined, confident and proud. 

Recently there has been some negative press about Bikram Choudhury, the man who created the Bikram’s beginning yoga sequence that we teach.  Whilst the allegations have not been proven, I do not condone or support any of Bikram’s alleged behaviour.  There is also a misperception that we pay royalties to Bikram or that we are a franchise studio.  This is not the case, we are a completely independent studio and we pay no money to Bikram himself or his organisation.

It is such a shame that the image of the yoga is being tarnished by the actions of the man because what we do (and we do it very well!) is teach Bikram the yoga series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. 

This powerful 90 minute sequence has transformed so many lives, it will always be the 'hero' of our studio. It will remain our core offering. To complement and support your Bikram yoga practice though, we have been introducing some new classes. And, from your feedback to our recent survey we will be updating our timetable from 1st of June.

Plus, we will be rebranding together with Hot Bikram Yoga Lower Hutt to offer you even more flexibility and choice!

There are more exciting changes to come.  We will keep you posted.

Stay tuned! Anika

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Exciting Changes are Coming!

20th April 2015

We will be making some changes over the next few weeks. 

Bikram Yoga Wellington is 10 year old this year and I've always said you are either “green and growing or ripe and rotting”. We want to stay growing and help you stay green and growing too!  

The first change you may notice is we will be changing our name and rebranding the studio to better reflect what we offer here - yoga with attitude for every-body!

After 10 years I am still as passionate about Bikram yoga as I was in my first class.  I still get from this sequence what I haven't experienced from any other form of exercise; the holistic benefits of yoga, the release and complete calm after class, combined with a feeling of strength and power. It changed my life. After 9 months of practicing Bikram yoga I left a very well paid job at a multi-national advertising agency in Sydney to attend the teacher training and move back home to Wellington to open the studio so I could share the yoga with as many people as I could.  Over the years I have seen so many people’s bodies and lives transform through Bikram's yoga series, and you guys continue to motivate and inspire me! We have built up a wonderful diverse community of yogi’s and yogini’s here at the studio - we have all body types, all sexes, all ages, all ethnicities, all fitness levels, and our students are happy, strong, disciplined, confident and proud. 

Recently there has been some negative press about Bikram Choudhury, the man who created the Bikram’s beginning yoga sequence that we teach.  Whilst the allegations have not been proven, I do not condone or support any of Bikram’s alleged behaviour.  There is also a misperception that we pay royalties to Bikram or that we are a franchise studio.  This is not the case, we are a completely independent studio and we pay no money to Bikram himself or his organisation.

It is such a shame that the image of the yoga is being tarnished by the actions of the man because what we do (and we do it very well!) is teach Bikram the yoga series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. 

This powerful 90 minute sequence has transformed so many lives, it will always be the 'hero' of our studio. It will remain our core offering. To complement and support your Bikram yoga practice though, we have been introducing some new classes. And, from your feedback to our recent survey we will be updating our timetable from 1st of June.

Plus, we will be rebranding together with Hot Bikram Yoga Lower Hutt to offer you even more flexibility and choice!

There are more exciting changes to come.  We will keep you posted.

Stay tuned! Anika

 

I'm Feeling Restored

21st  November 2014

Restorative Yoga with Bibi

Last night I had the best sleep I have had in a long time! Bibi who will be teaching a restorative class at the studio 8pm on Thursday December 4th taught a class for the teachers last night.

The last couple of weeks I have had a lot on and I have been waking up a few times a night with my mind going a million miles an hour!  I was able to let all that go last night in class and simply BE; I left feeling incredibly relaxed and open.  I got home and had a deep deep sleep, the best sleep I’ve had for ages and I’m still feeling relaxed and grounded today!

I love Bikram, I love the strength, I love the challenge and I love the energy.  I was wondering if I would find a restorative class too ‘passive’.   In fact it was the opposite, even though the postures were ‘gentle’ I was still challenged in my practice.  I felt a deep stretch and truly felt where my body was holding tension and I felt the tension slowing leaving my body as I relaxed into my breath and allowed myself to truly relax.

Bibi’s skill is gently guiding us, allowing us to feel safe and truly surrender into the postures.

We started with a few breathing exercises to help us get centred, relax and energise our left and right brain cells.  This was a great way to wind down and relax into the class.

We then moved into some gentle stretches that we stayed in for a few minutes each time. Bibi was able to give lots of individual direction where needed and also left us feeling completely safe and taken care of.  

You can feel a bit silly when you are making a puffer face to bring blood to your face, or when you are waving your arms in the air for 4 minutes!  However Bibi also has a great sense of fun so the class was kept very light and real!

You’ll love it; especially all you ‘A’ type personalities.  Bikram is a very ‘masculine’ practice, very strong energy, it’s important to balance that energy out with a more ‘feminine’ energy.  In Bikram we work the left and right side of our body, we balance out our forward bends and our backward bends, we find the balance between our strength and flexibility so it makes sense to balance our masculine and feminine energy.  They are both equally strong in different ways; they are the perfect complement or union.

Come and join us 8pm on the 4th of December.  We will be adding some regular restorative classes to the schedule in January so we’d love your feedback!

 

The Magic is in the Stillness

9th September 2014

It’s amazing how the energy is the room is very different from class to class.  Yoga means yoking or union and when you practice a led class like Bikram, the class is a union of all the energies in the room.  Everyone contributes to the overall experience and everything you do effects everyone around you.

The other day I taught the 4pm class and the energy in the room was really strong and focussed and it was fantastic to be part of class. Everyone was working really hard and even though a few people sat down, they did it calmly without drama and then got back up when they were ready. As a result you could feel everyone supporting each other and working together to create the energy and focus in the room.  

The next day I was practising and the class had a totally different energy as a result it was a long 90 minutes!  Afterwards everyone commented on how the energy felt really scattered in class.  It’s   fascinating the flow on effect when people start to move and fidget, it’s like a chain reaction.  The class is no longer working together.

Yoga is ultimately a discipline and part of this discipline is being able to maintain stillness and be with whatever is coming up for you in class; learning to acknowledge where you are at without judgement. 

When we are unfocussed often it’s our ‘monkey mind’ distracting us “wipe the sweat”, “scratch that itch”, ”straighten your towel” these are usually distractions to avoid the discomfort of the heat, the challenge of the pose, seeing ourselves in the mirror, doing something you haven’t done before or the hardest thing for a lot of us; staying still.

The real magic in the room happens when you learn to ignore your monkey mind and learn to stay still and focussed. 

Start to become aware of your energy in the room, If you know you have a tendency to wipe the sweat away, fidget, or adjust your mat and towel, set an intention next time you are in class to stay still.  Notice if it’s become a habit! Notice if it’s really hard to stay still and notice what is coming up for you?

Without judgement simply notice your habits and bring your awareness to maintaining focus and stillness in between the postures and notice the change in how you experience your class.

Also be aware the front row sets the tone and energy for class.  When you place your mat in the front row by the mirrors know you are leading the energy in the class.  This has nothing to do with the postures themselves but your energy. It’s fine to sit out of a posture if you need, to simply do it calmly without drama. 

If you know you are working on staying calm and still, maybe go to the back of the room for a few classes and develop the stillness in your practice before going in the front row. 

Not spring has sprung it’s getting warmer outside and you are turning up to class already warmed up so the class can feel hotter.  Create the habit of a disciplined practice and you will find you can maintain your calm no matter what the class throws at you.  You learn to find the magic in the stillness!

 

Experienced Students

30th July 2014

What makes and experienced yoga practise?

 

Tyrone and I recently went to Sydney for a Bikram Teachers seminar and the teacher - Craig Vilani, made similar comments to Luke about what makes an experienced yoga practitioner.

 

"Experienced students move gracefully and efficiently in transitions between postures, anyone can be strong, anyone can be flexible."

 

It is all about your energy, your focus, your discipline and your grace in the yoga room.  Yoga means 'yoking' or union. Bikram is a group led class; it is the union of the energy of everyone in the room. You can really feel the difference in class when everyone is moving together and staying focussed.  This doesn't mean you can't sit out a pose if you need to, you simply do it calmly and efficiently without drama.

 

We sometimes say that the front row leads the energy in the room.  This has nothing to do with the asthetic of their postures, it's all about their energy. Trying the right way to get 100% benefit.

 

When everyone moves together the class stays strong. If you are feeling strong you give your neighbour some of your strength when you move together. On days when you may be feeling tired you can feel your neighbours energy and stay with them and it helps you stay focussed.

 

Follow the teacher and have the intention of staying in the pose, then if you need to back off, that's fine listen to your body and back off.  If you hold off entering the pose and try to 'gather up the energy' you have physicked yourself out of the posture before it's even started.

 

I believe as teachers it is our job to lead by example, and when we are practising to keep the discipline and grace in our movments and help lead the energy or union in the room.  Please join us!

 

 

Luke's Workshop

15th July 2014

“Throw out the aesthetic!”

I’ve been reflecting on the last couple of days with Lucas Miles, we had over 30 people each day for the posture clinic and workshop class.  It was fantastic to see so many of you wanting to understand the yoga and your practice in more detail.

As Luke reminded us, it doesn’t matter how long you have been practicing your Bikram class is always different there is always so much to learn about your practice and yourself.

On Saturday Luke talked us through his philosophy of Bikram Yoga which he spoke a lot about over the weekend -  “Throw out the aesthetic!”   

Bikram yoga is a therapeutic series, it not about the aesthetic of the pose. No two bodies will ever be the same anatomically so there can be no ‘perfect pose’.    What is at the heart of your practice is connecting with yourself.  This is through creating an effect or an experience, this experience is unique to you and your practice.

Everyone’s posture is perfect in relation to where you need to be.

Ultimately it all comes down to finding balance. Balancing your strength and flexibility, balancing where you want to be in the pose vs the reality of where your body is at.  Balancing working hard and maintaining your normal breathing.

“Where there is imbalance there will eventually be dysfunction”.   For example if you always reply on your flexibility in a pose and not your strength over time this can cause problems in your body.   This may mean you don’t go as deep in the posture, however you will get the therapeutic benefit for your body (not the desired aesthetic).

This can take courage, humility, determination, patience, practice and awareness …

Luke drew a visual of the 5 key elements to your practice.

  1. Attention: your gaze, where you look, what you focus on

  2. Action: the key movements you do with your body

  3. Relaxation: staying calm in the pose

  4. Duration: how long you hold the pose, how long you have been practicing for

  5. Respiration: normal breathing

These 5 are all interrelated and support one another.  In class as teachers 85-90% of our instruction is on the action. Giving direction, what you do.  This action can be broken down into two parts.  The key is to listen for the instructions and connect the words back to your body.

Major Action

These are Infinite ie what we are continually working towards. For example in half moon it is the lift up and stretch you feel down both sides of your body. Often we sacrifice the stretch for depth.

Minor Action

These are finite ie the corrections given to take away what you don’t need in the pose to attain the correct finite action.  For example when you bend your knees to half moon a bit to go deeper!

Your Experience

When you focus your attention on the key actions of the pose, you realise how much extra we bring into the room.  Luke talked about having the courage to stay with your body and not try to deeper at the expense of the technique or the key action in the pose.  I believe we are all probably guilty of this from time to time. I know I am very conscious of what my postures look like, I feel the ‘pressure’ to have a ‘good’ strong practice.  My challenge is having the courage to be true to my body and the yoga. To not get caught up in how I think my practice should be.  This can be confronting and challenges the ego!  As Luke said “you are only cheating yourself”, I also say this in class and I need to take my own advice.  When I am focussing on depth rather than form my practice is about the aesthetic not he therapeutic benefits.  I need to bring my wheel back into line.

I’d love to hear what you took from your time with Luke?

 

My 28 Day Challenge - Anika

30th May 2014

Thank You

I survived my double, it was really fun to practice an 8pm class!  My forehead lightly brushed the top of my towel in Separate Leg Stretching pose – I’ll take that as forehead to the floor!  Thank you everyone for your support it really helped!

I feel very proud of myself for completing the challenge.  It was a huge time commitment; I think making the time is almost more challenging than the classes themselves.   I really admire everyone for committing to the challenge.  We all have work, families, friends and commitments and it’s a real gift to give yourself the time to do the challenge and to focus on you!

I feel much more positive, stronger, more focussed (and slimmer!)  It has reconnected me back to my yoga practice.   And reminded me why I fell in love with Birkam Yoga in the first place.

My commitment going forward is to come at least 3 times a week and more when I can.

We say 3 times is the magic number.  When you have a regular consistent practice you can handle whatever your class and life throws at you!

I also realised towards the end of the challenge that the skanky smell I noticed when I was doing the floor series was actually my yoga mat! I still practice with the original mat I bought over 10 years ago when I first started Bikram Yoga.  My reward for completing my challenge is a new yoga mat!

I’m talking the weekend off then back into it on Tuesday.

I love our wonderful community here at the studio and I look forward to practicing with you in the hot room!

Thank You, Anika

 

 

2 Days and 3 Classes Left

26th May 2014

Looks like I’ll be doing a double! My son is sick and it threw a spanner in my challenge plans.

Wednesday 8pm will have to be my 24th class and will my second class on that day.

I rarely practice the 8pm, once I’m home it’s hard to get back out the door.  Luckily I have a client on Wednesday night so I’ll be at the studio already so no excuses. 

To be honest, I’m actually looking forward to practicing at 8pm because you are naturally more flexible and having practiced in the morning my body should be nice an open!

My challenge will be to get my forehead on the floor in standing separate leg stretching.  Let’s see if the extra flexibility helps me get there at the end of the challenge.

Today my challenge was the heat. This morning the room felt cooler to me, and it reminded me of a saying one of the senior teachers at my training had.  “It’s not hot, you’re hot”. The same can be said for the cold “It’s not cold, you’re cold”. It’s a good reminder that we all react and respond differently to the heat in the room, and what is important is what we chose to focus on.   What we focus on is what we get.  Today I chose to focus on being calm and relaxing my face and enjoying the strength and energy in the room.

I felt a little cooler and had a lovely relaxing class.

(I looked at the temperature gauge after class and it read 39 degrees and 41% humidity, this is actually pretty hot!)

 

Feeling good today! Strong and focussed I had yesterday off and it gave me a second wind today. Now I have 5 days to complete 5 classes.

We had our weekly teachers meeting today and we were commenting on how this is the healthiest challenge board we’ve seen. It’s fantastic to see how many of you are not only doing the challenge but also on track to successfully complete the challenge on the 28th.

Only 5 days left, we’re on the home stretch.

My challenge now is logistics.  It sound so simple, 5 classes in 5 days. 

To complete the challenge I have to juggle priorities.  It is a huge time commitment to make.  It is so important to make time for yourself.  It is also important to make time for your family and friends.  So these next few days are going to be a juggling act for me; balancing my time.  I may end up having to do a double on Monday and practice the 9.30am and 4pm.

As Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t - you’re right”

If everyone else can do it, so can I.

- See more at: http://bikramyoga.onorcas.co.nz/blog.aspx#blog_120

 

Home Stretch

23rd May 2014

Feeling good today! Strong and focussed I had yesterday off and it gave me a second wind today. Now I have 5 days to complete 5 classes.

We had our weekly teachers meeting today and we were commenting on how this is the healthiest challenge board we’ve seen. It’s fantastic to see how many of you are not only doing the challenge but also on track to successfully complete the challenge on the 28th.

Only 5 days left, we’re on the home stretch.

My challenge now is logistics.  It sound so simple, 5 classes in 5 days. 

To complete the challenge I have to juggle priorities.  It is a huge time commitment to make.  It is so important to make time for yourself.  It is also important to make time for your family and friends.  So these next few days are going to be a juggling act for me; balancing my time.  I may end up having to do a double on Monday and practice the 9.30am and 4pm.

As Henry Ford said “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t - you’re right”

If everyone else can do it, so can I.

 

Surviving the 6.15am

21st May 2014

The beauty of doing the challenge and getting back to a regular consistent practice is that it really doesn’t matter when I practice; I am able to enjoy different classes and times and generaly handle whatever the class throws at me.  I find I don’t get attached so much to the posture themselves, instead the class becomes more about the overall experience. 

It also means the classes flow by quite quickly when I‘m not thinking about a particular posture or what’s coming up. I know that every day is different and I’ll simply do the best I can.

I was able to really enjoy Liz's 6.15am class; Liz teachers a good strong class yet still keeps it light and fun. It twas also good hearing a new voice, hearing new things I hadn't heard for a while. I was also able to enjoy the focus and energy in the room without worrying too much about how my body felt.

We often talk in the changing room about how you are naturally stiffer in the morning classes. Yes, it’s true your body hasn’t had time to wake up and move around so you are a lot less flexible; however I believe you are stronger in the mornings.   You can work more on your alignment, your strength, your balance.  This means that when you do practice an afternoon or evening class you will have a much stronger foundation for  your practice, you’ll find yourself not only going deeper but you’ll have much better technique.

So it’s all good!

 

Tell me why  I don’t like Monday’s?!

19th May 2014

There seemed to be a lot of Mondayitis thismorning - I felt I earned my sticker today!

Having been so attached to ‘my spot’ in the room I’ve realised after moving around these last two weeks that it really doesn’t matter or affect my practice where I go;  my body still hurts wherever I am in the room!

I have noticed a couple of good things though.  I’ve noticed that when I’m in the back row my leg always looks like it’s higher over the top of my head in standing bow.  And when I’m practicing in the front row I seem to look slimmer! Must be something about the perspective?  So more quick wins where ever I am in the room! 

I’m enjoying coming every day and I know that when the challenge is over I will start to see some more shifts in my practice. I’m excited to see what starts to open in my body.

Liz is teaching tomorrow morning and I’m looking forward to taking her 6.15am class.  It’s also my birthday so as a present to myself (and a reward for practicing the 6.15am) I’m going to put my mat down and practice in ‘my spot’!

Whose joining me in the morning?

 

One day at a time

16th May 2014

The challenge can be a roller coaster both physically and emotionally.  Sally reminded us today in class to take one day at a time.

Yesterday I was struggling to balance in head to knee and bow pose, I think I fell out the postures both sides both sets! Then when we got to the floor series we got to floor bow which is my least favourite pose and I found myself feeling really strong and flexible in floor bow and I was surprised at how high my toes were peeking over my head.   Then I was able to go all the way back in fixed firm, my knees were still wide open but I was able to bring my upper body to the floor with my arms over my head.  It’s these ‘wins’ in the class that keep me motivated, as there is always somewhere to go in the pose.

This morning, I had the opposite class, I had a great head to knee and standing bow I stayed strong and focussed in both postures.  When it came to floor bow however I was nowhere near where I was the day before, and there was no way my knee was going to allow me to go back in fixed firm!

The great thing with practicing the same sequence each class is that you can always gauge how your body is each day.  Every day is different and every pose is different.

Our bodies have muscle memory, so when everything comes together in a posture know that your body remembers and you will get there again, maybe not the next day or even the next week but you will get there. 

During the challenge you can also feel like you are going backwards in your practice but know things are opening and changing in your body all the time. The niggles in your body are a sign things are changing and realigning.

Don’t forget to acknowledge the discipline it takes to come each day even when sometimes it’s the last thing you feel like doing! Acknowledge your wins in class.  Acknowledge when a pose comes together for you and acknowledge your niggles as they mean things are changing.

 

Half Way

14th May 2014

Whoo hoo, half way, 12 stickers on my challenge card! I’m feeling all 12 days today!

Yesterday I woke up feeling like I had been run over by a bus, I was tired and grumpy.  I arrived at the studio and the first thing I did was complain about something before I had even said hello! I had meetings all day and only just made it back to the studio in time for the 4pm class. I entered the room stressed and bothered.  And then class started and I instantly relaxed and had a great class, one of the best of my challenge. I felt strong, flexible and focussed and I found myself working hard and going deeper in some postures.

Today I woke up still feeling good, my son woke up crying at 5.30am from a bad dream so it was an early start but I still felt good…..Then I got into the yoga room!  Yikes today everything hurt. It was a very very long 90 minutes for me.   I focussed on staying calm and simply giving the postures my honest 100% for today.  Now it’s over and I’ve had my shower and my body is still a bit sore but I feel energised and ready for my day!

It’s funny you never know what is going to show up in class, the trick is to come regardless of how you are feeling knowing you will always feel better after class!

Often when you really don’t feel like coming you need the yoga the most.

Let the teacher guide you and you can forget about everything else and simply enjoy!

 

Mini Challenges

12th May 2014

It’s been an interesting few days with lots of mini challenges.  I turned up on Saturday for the 4pm class and realised that all my yoga clothes were still hanging on the line at home.  I’d also left my favourite towel at home (it's over sized and covers my whole mat, it is also big enough to have some dry patches on it when I come to dry my face after my shower!).  So I had to practice in a pair of full length pants that I usually teach  in.  Luckily I had a top that I brought in the other day that I didn’t wear then as it was still wet. 

I’m not sure which is more challenging the classes or keeping up with my washing!

I was a bit worried about overheating in my long pants so I went to the back of the room by the windows (it’s a few degrees cooler in the back row).   It was a really full class and for the first time since teacher training I couldn’t see myself in the mirror.  Lucky the two people in front of me were shorter than me so I caught a few glimpses of myself.  The person in front of me had a logo on the back of their top which I used as my point of focus.  It was a great test of my balance!

I felt surprising good in class. My husband and I went out to dinner after class and I soon started to fade, one of our friends looked at me and said “you’re really tired aren’t you?!” It was a lovely night but we were at home in bed by 9.30pm.

Luckily our son was having a sleep over at his nana’s so I got a sleep in on Sunday morning and then I had Mother’s day off, got spoilt, ate sticky date cupcakes with caramel sauce and caught up on my washing.

I came this morning to practice and the heat has been accidently left off the night before so the room was not hot.   I warned Tyrone I might give him the ‘stink eye’ in class.

I was surprised at how flexible I felt without the heat.  It’s a good reminder not to get too attached to anything; it’s easy to get attached to the heat.   Yes, the heat helps to open you up and it’s great to sweat.  However, it is the postures and the sequence of postures we are getting the most benefits from.    

It’s amazing how different each 90 minute class can be.

 

Yoga You TRY

9th May 2014

Feeling good!  The last couple of days I have really enjoyed my practice and it reminded me why I fell in love with Bikram Yoga in the first place.  It’s the sense of release I get after class and the sense of strength and calm within myself and my body.

It still amazes me how powerful Bikram’s beginning Series is, and although it’s called a beginning series it still challenges me after 12 years practising.

I believe there is always somewhere to go in the postures. Your body is always changing and this means the class will always be subtly different.   The posture you hate suddenly becomes the posture you love and vise versa.

As Nicole one of our teachers used to say, “The posture is not advanced, you advance into the posture” and I think this is true for your practice in general.

To me an advanced practitioner is someone who stays with their breath, who stays with their body and stays with the instructor;  someone who moves with discipline, control and grace.

Bikram says, “Yoga you TRY (as long as you try the right way).  It’s the process of trying to do the Postures, correctly and safely, that gives you the 110% benefit,..”

How strong or flexible you are is irrelevant.  You can do the standing splits in bow pose but if your standing leg isn’t locked you are not in the pose, you are still beginning your journey.

Like any journey you have to go from A to B to C, if you skip B, you’ll end up lost or somewhere else!

I’m enjoying my journey, are you?

 

Week One – Getting out of my Comfort Zone.  

7th May 2014

Yah, one week down, I can’t remember the last time I practiced 6 times in one week! I am definitely feeling it. 

It’s an odd combination of feeling physically stronger in my body and at the same time mentally I’m tired.  The good news I no longer feel stiff so fingers crossed I’m over that hump!

What I have realised is how I have got stuck in my comfort zone.  I usually practice the same class each week and I put my mat in the same spot on the floor.  (Luckily I’m always here before the doors open so I can get my spot!).  I also tend to go the same place in the postures without really pushing myself any further.  I usually go to a place I know I can maintain.   

I’ve got comfortable in my routine and have found it mentally challenging to go to different class times.  If I couldn’t make the 9.30am class I wouldn’t practice that day.  This is crazy as I never used to care when I practiced.  So this week as well as the 9.30am’ I’ve practiced two 4pm’s and the 10am on Sunday.  And of course the classes were the same!  Some busier than others but the floor didn’t open and swallow me, nothing ‘bad’ happened. 

My next challenge will be to place my mat in a different spot in the room. Now I’ve put it out there you can keep me honest and make sure I move around!

I talk about it all the time in coaching; all the growth and change happens outside our comfort zone, the results we are getting today are based on what we know and do today.  So to get a different result we have to do something different.  To create change we have to change.  We have to push a little deeper and not be afraid to get it wrong or to fall out of the posture or to place your mat in a different spot.

Time to get out of my comfort zone and create some change.

What’s your challenge?

 

Don’t let anyone steal your peace

5th May 2014

Today my body is tired.  I am aware of my body, I’m not in pain I can just feel a little stiff all over.  When I woke up I felt stiff but it was the good feeling of knowing you are getting stronger and knowing you are working your body.  However when I got into the room that good stiff didn’t feel so good anymore!  Every pose felt hard today, it was a challenge.

As result, I was struggling to stay focussed and my mind and eyes kept wandering!

I found I was getting distracted by what other people were doing.  There was some heavy breathing, some fidgeting, the usual stuff.  Normally I tune this out; today I let it all come in. The more  I focussed on it the louder and more distracting it became.  And the more I got distracted the harder it was to balance and do the postures.

Bikram always says “don’t let anyone steal your peace!”   I’d like to say that once I realised that I was letting someone steal my peace I came back to my breathing and focussed back on myself and my practice for the rest of class. But NO unfortunately not today!

Tomorrow is another day and I shall set my intention before my next class to stay present and not let anyone steal my peace!

 

Yoga is like a Gas Station

4th May 2014

I’ve gotten into the habit of only practicing the 9.30am classes. This weekend to fit in the classes for the challenge I had to practice the 4pm Saturday and then 10am Sunday.

I started to get worried about how I would feel practicing two classes so close together. Which is ironic given I survived teacher training where we practiced twice a day for 9 weeks! Bikram often talks about yoga as being your gas station. Yoga gives you energy and refuels you.

You are tuning up your body, getting all your systems working, getting you motor running to your optimal condition and of course leaving you all shiny and glowing! Like a car you also need to look after your body outside the gas station. This means you have to make sure you hydrate properly before and after class and eat well to support your body. (The challenge is not the time to do a detox! Practicing 6 days a week is detox enough for your body).

For me it is all about how much water I drink. For the past 15 years I have started my day with a large glass of hot water and the juice of half a lemon, this is a great way to kick start your metabolism. I have found if I have an extra glass of water in the mornings on the days I’m practicing I’m good to go.

So this weekend I had my two glasses of water in the morning, drank throughout the day, ate well and I felt good in class and my engine is still going strong!

Never underestimate the importance of hydrating and eating well.

 

Leave Your Ego at the Door

1st May 2014

One down.  My first star is on my challenge card. 

Class for me today was all about leaving my ego at the door!

Over the Christmas break I hurt my knee jumping on our new trampoline and when I came to my practice at the end of the holiday my knee was still tender. 

My first class back I let my ego get in the way.  I have always loved standing head to knee pose and when I came to lock out my knee my leg was shaking away and it was a real challenge to keep my knee locked.   My ego said just kick out, everyone will expect you to be able to do it.  My body said hang on, take it easy you don’t have to do it!  Ego won and I kicked out and sure enough my leg gave way and my knee ended up twice as sore as it was at the start and it’s still sore nearly 5 months later!

One of the principles of yoga is that our body is the object not the posture; meaning it’s not about what the pose looks like, the aesthetic, it’s about what is happening in your body.  Where you are building strength, where you are stretching and what internal body systems you are working. 

This can be challenging when there are mirrors and people around you.  The real yoga begins when  you leave all that behind and simply focus on your breath, and where you are feeling the pose in your body.

My knee is still tender in some poses and today I had to tell myself, it is only day 1 of the challenge, “leave your ego at the door” and enjoy the class for what it is today. So I focussed on relaxing my face (thanks Tyrone), enjoying being in the room, enjoying the energy and not caring when I fell out of a couple of postures.  Sure enough the 90 minutes flew by and I know if I have no expectations of my practice and simply take each class as it comes I’ll be up for the challenge!

 

 

 

Exciting Changes are coming!

20 April 2015
Anika Speedy Director

We will be making some changes over the next few weeks. 

Bikram Yoga Wellington is 10 year old this year and I've always said you are either “green and growing or ripe and rotting”. We want to stay growing and help you stay green and growing too!  

The first change you may notice is we will be changing our name and rebranding the studio to better reflect what we offer here - yoga with attitude for every-body!

After 10 years I am still as passionate about Bikram yoga as I was in my first class.  I still get from this sequence what I haven't experienced from any other form of exercise; the holistic benefits of yoga, the release and complete calm after class, combined with a feeling of strength and power. It changed my life. After 9 months of practicing Bikram yoga I left a very well paid job at a multi-national advertising agency in Sydney to attend the teacher training and move back home to Wellington to open the studio so I could share the yoga with as many people as I could.  Over the years I have seen so many people’s bodies and lives transform through Bikram's yoga series, and you guys continue to motivate and inspire me! We have built up a wonderful diverse community of yogi’s and yogini’s here at the studio - we have all body types, all sexes, all ages, all ethnicities, all fitness levels, and our students are happy, strong, disciplined, confident and proud. 

Recently there has been some negative press about Bikram Choudhury, the man who created the Bikram’s beginning yoga sequence that we teach.  Whilst the allegations have not been proven, I do not condone or support any of Bikram’s alleged behaviour.  There is also a misperception that we pay royalties to Bikram or that we are a franchise studio.  This is not the case, we are a completely independent studio and we pay no money to Bikram himself or his organisation.

It is such a shame that the image of the yoga is being tarnished by the actions of the man because what we do (and we do it very well!) is teach Bikram the yoga series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. 

This powerful 90 minute sequence has transformed so many lives, it will always be the 'hero' of our studio. It will remain our core offering. To complement and support your Bikram yoga practice though, we have been introducing some new classes. And, from your feedback to our recent survey we will be updating our timetable from 1st of June.

Plus, we will be rebranding together with Hot Bikram Yoga Lower Hutt to offer you even more flexibility and choice!

There are more exciting changes to come.  We will keep you posted.

Stay tuned! Anika

- See more at: http://www.bikramyoga.co.nz/blog.aspx#sthash.CskC0BRc.dpuf

Exciting Changes are coming!

20 April 2015
Anika Speedy Director

We will be making some changes over the next few weeks. 

Bikram Yoga Wellington is 10 year old this year and I've always said you are either “green and growing or ripe and rotting”. We want to stay growing and help you stay green and growing too!  

The first change you may notice is we will be changing our name and rebranding the studio to better reflect what we offer here - yoga with attitude for every-body!

After 10 years I am still as passionate about Bikram yoga as I was in my first class.  I still get from this sequence what I haven't experienced from any other form of exercise; the holistic benefits of yoga, the release and complete calm after class, combined with a feeling of strength and power. It changed my life. After 9 months of practicing Bikram yoga I left a very well paid job at a multi-national advertising agency in Sydney to attend the teacher training and move back home to Wellington to open the studio so I could share the yoga with as many people as I could.  Over the years I have seen so many people’s bodies and lives transform through Bikram's yoga series, and you guys continue to motivate and inspire me! We have built up a wonderful diverse community of yogi’s and yogini’s here at the studio - we have all body types, all sexes, all ages, all ethnicities, all fitness levels, and our students are happy, strong, disciplined, confident and proud. 

Recently there has been some negative press about Bikram Choudhury, the man who created the Bikram’s beginning yoga sequence that we teach.  Whilst the allegations have not been proven, I do not condone or support any of Bikram’s alleged behaviour.  There is also a misperception that we pay royalties to Bikram or that we are a franchise studio.  This is not the case, we are a completely independent studio and we pay no money to Bikram himself or his organisation.

It is such a shame that the image of the yoga is being tarnished by the actions of the man because what we do (and we do it very well!) is teach Bikram the yoga series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. 

This powerful 90 minute sequence has transformed so many lives, it will always be the 'hero' of our studio. It will remain our core offering. To complement and support your Bikram yoga practice though, we have been introducing some new classes. And, from your feedback to our recent survey we will be updating our timetable from 1st of June.

Plus, we will be rebranding together with Hot Bikram Yoga Lower Hutt to offer you even more flexibility and choice!

There are more exciting changes to come.  We will keep you posted.

Stay tuned! Anika

- See more at: http://www.bikramyoga.co.nz/blog.aspx#sthash.CskC0BRc.dpuf