Bikram Yoga is a demanding series of 26 postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises (pranayamas) designed for all ages and all levels of ability.
Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments and joints needed for improved health, energy and vitality. Designed in a specific order, the Bikram method stimulates the organs, glands and nerves moving freshly oxygenated blood to 100% of the body.
Read below what our student(s) are saying about practicing at our studio:
"Within a few days of having embarked on Bikram’s 60 day challenge I had a dream. I dreamt that I was in the studio, laying facing down on my mat only to eventually fall asleep. I was not alone, Carrie was there as was Patrice. In the dream, I soon woke up to this wonderful world of colors that was a bit like one of my favorite summer dress as a child: a blue dress with all these colorful fishes swimming around. In the dream the world was happy and blue and fun like that summer dress. The dream told me something important about what I had just started: the 60 days practice would be an awakening. The experience lived up to the dream.
I cannot say that I have learned one singular powerful lesson, as much as I have learned a number of small lessons, each of them transferable to all other spheres of my life. It does not matter how often you come, how many classes you have taken, how flexible or strong you are, there are just going to be days when you struggle in class, when everything is hard and you are not ready to be in the class until the end, and there are days when you think you are going to have an awful practice, only to surprise yourself by having the best class you have ever had. Yup, it is that dreaded friend, Expectations! The sixty days challenge lets you “taste” physically what you might only know intellectually. Leave expectations out the door and you will have a better experience, you can be perfectly present in the moment and accept all that is happening whether good or bad, because in the end it is neither good or bad, it is just your mind that classifies it so. All you really have to do is put your mat down, show up every day and see what happens. Sure, just like in life, you need to be a bit prepared: wear light clothing, hydrate, and do not eat anything heavy two hours prior to class. The rest comes by itself. And even when you forget the mat, you can still rent one!
In this first lesson, I learned a powerful second lesson. In Bikram you learn through your body. The body becomes the site of your emotional, intellectual and spiritual transformation. Think of the 60 day challenge in terms of one of a rite of passage. Growth and maturity comes through the body. Keep focusing on yourself in the mirror and you realize that you can only focus on a small part of you at a time. But which one should you be focusing on? The face? The nose? The rotund belly you so wish it were flat? Finally one day it occurs to you that none of these parts are you, and if that is the case then you are to be found somewhere else. So perhaps you switch to your thoughts or your emotions. I am still switching around, but once in a while I know clearly that really the focus is the breath and voilà, I am in a pose and I know that it is not really about the pose, it is about my awareness of my breath in the pose. But I am only a beginner and even after 60 days I have to learn the lesson every time I enter the studio. I have to remember to flow from one pose to rest, to pose to savassana. They are a continuum, action and repose are no different, they only appear to be. One day I know I will remember, and I know that it will happen because my body has taught me to ‘taste’ my will power.
Before the 60 day challenge, I knew with my mind that I had will power, you do not get through a Ph.D. without some sheer will power, but it was a sort of fuzzy knowledge, because it was a knowledge of the mind not of the body. After the 60 days challenge, I know and feel with my body that I have will power. I have taken myself to the mat with a sore throat, a bladder infection, with a full interstitial cystitis flare and I have made it through because I wanted to make it through. If by the third week of classes my body temperature went bonkers and I felt cold all the time, by the fifth week my body was throwing me every possible reason to stay at home. I did not. Even if for a few days in January I dragged myself out of bed, took class, went back to bed, I still did it. Lo and behold it did not matter what was going on, mind and body became one again in class and I have made it through every time. But that will power did not come all by itself. All I learned I did not learn alone. The teachers were there every step of the way, each one sustained me with their own presence: Patrice with precious advice, Karrie with her incomparable joyous spirit, Paul with his steady encouragements, Frank with his peaceful calm demeanor, and Tu with his spiritual insights. Not to mention Jeff’s teasing at the beginning of each class. The presence of other students – Phong, Voltaire, the two Michelles, Victoria, Joshua – lent precious support with warmth and fun.
And this, this is only the beginning."
— Liliana Leopardi – Bikram Experience