Yoga and Life

Experience the Bikram Challenge

Bikram himself has put out the challenge to one and all to do one class of Bikram’s beginning yoga every day for 60 consecutive days. At the end of those 60 days he promises you’ll have a new body, a new mind and a new life. If you’re like most people, you’re probably wondering just what he means by that. How can that be? Bikram Yoga is an amazing process in so many respects. The structure of the class, the sequence of the postures in which every posture prepares the body for those that come next, the group environment,... Read More ››

Finding Balance

Retreat! Retreat! My psyche screamed at me as I saw the latest emails waiting to be opened. These were from a new source demanding my attention and time, something that was already in short supply. Just days before I’d realized that my life was out of balance. The daily routine of work and life had lulled me into a place of complacency such that I’d become so bogged down with responsibilities that I was no longer enjoying my life. I was not sure where my professional life ended and my personal life began or where those boundaries should be... Read More ››

Growing Through Change

Growth is the natural evolution of life, all life, all aspects of life. Sometimes it shows up in the guise of death, but as the saying goes, “As one door closes another one opens.” Death is really just a new beginning. In order to grow, things must change. We know this, and we may consciously want change, but more often than not we cannot seem to let it happen. Why is change so scary? It is very easy to maintain the status quo and stick with things and situations, even ones that we know are harmful, dysfunctional, or simply... Read More ››

Hydration & Electrolytes

Surviving the heat of the summer (or Bikram Yoga) requires proper hydration and electrolyte balance. But most Americans operate in a state of dehydration. They simply don’t know how much better they’d feel if they just drank more water. When they get a headache they reach for a pain killer and never wonder why they have the headache in the first place. Headaches, dizziness, scratchy throat, stiffness, achy body, clogged ears and sinuses, dry eyes, fatigue and slower cognitive function can all be signs of dehydration and/or an electrolyte imbalance. A properly hydrated human body is over 70% water... Read More ››

My trip to see Bikram in Dallas

Bikram Choudhury. What an amazing man. I met him for the first time eight years ago on September 30th, 2001. It was the first day of Bikram Yoga Teacher Training, the shock and tragedy of 9/11 was fresh and raw and I was about to immerse myself in his world for 9 weeks straight. I really had no idea what I was getting into, all I knew was that his teacher training (often called a boot camp) was the format I’d been asking for for years on my quest to get back to the health and sense of personal... Read More ››

New Year’s Resolutions: Beginning With the End in Mind

We’re nearing the end of the year and that moment of truth when we look back over the last 11+ months and make an assessment. What have you accomplished? What are the highlights of your year? What do you have to show for 2017? And that, of course, will lead you to some resolutions for 2018. But before you go there, I want to share with you what I see as the problem with New Year’s Resolutions. We focus on the wrong thing. We know there are changes we need and want to make, and we create individual goals... Read More ››

Quieting the Mind

When was the last time you had absolutely no worries occupying your mind? Do you know what it feels like to have a calm mind, free of worries or concerns, and to truly be at ease and feel peaceful? Peace is not an intellectual concept. Peace is a state of being that comes from deep within. No one can truly understand peace or know what it feels like until they have personally experienced it. The biggest gift from practicing Bikram Yoga is quieting the mind. Our minds are constantly thinking, analyzing and critiquing everything we do and see, and... Read More ››

Sweet Summer Sweat

I grew up in a little beach town in San Diego and boy did I love summertime. I would be at the beach from 9:00 a.m. for Junior Lifeguards until sunset everyday with my brothers and friends. When we weren’t out in the surf or playing volleyball, we’d slather our bodies in baby oil and soak up the sun. Only a couple weeks into summer and I’d have dark tan lines and a little golden scab perched on the top of my nose from all the exposure. Clearly the fear of skin cancer or sun damage had not yet... Read More ››

The Birth of Bikram Yoga

July 9th, 2010 was the 40th anniversary of the passing of Bishnu Ghosh, Bikram Choudhury’s guru. We say the word guru means teacher, though a more thorough translation is “one who removes darkness.” Bishnu was the youngest brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, the founder of the Self-Realization Fellowships in the United States and author of the book Autobiography of a Yogi who spread the teachings of Kriya Yoga throughout the West. Bishnu was initiated into yoga by his brother and was the first to scientifically document yoga’s ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body. He opened Ghosh’s... Read More ››

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