Posts Tagged ‘bikram yoga postures’

Day 110 – Charlie Horse Central

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana 8/10/10

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana 8/10/10

Charlie Horse Central is what you could have called my body during yoga today.  Man, I must have been dehydrated to get so many charlie horses.

I went to the 4:30pm class and while it is hard to break away from what you’re doing in the middle of the day, there is the benefit of not being as tight as I am in the morning and therefore, I feel a greater stretch and feel like I am not as much as a loser as I have been.

Today’s pose is Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose or Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana.  I am starting to feel really good in this pose – especially in the afternoons.  I can finally get my forehead to the ground again – but my right hamstring still hurts – that’s for sure.  I have to remember to keep my thighs flexed, so that I don’t re-injure my hamstring.  I like this inversion posture because there aren’t many inversion poses of the Bikram yoga postures.

I meant to go to the 6:30am class today, but didn’t make it.  So I think I will shoot for two classes on Friday – the quick and easy one in the morning and maybe the 5pm one.  I will also attend tomorrow morning’s.

Namaste.

Things To Know About The Origin of Bikram Yoga

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

The origin of Yoga Bikram style was extracted from traditional Yoga routines. It was developed by Bikram Choudhury and became popular in the early 1970s. Bikram Yoga consists of twenty six poses and two breathing exercises and takes ninety minutes to complete.

Bikram Yoga poses work to better health and wellness and the reason for the heated room is to generate deeper stretching, preventing injury, along with tension and stress relief. Bikram Yoga postures purport to stimulate and restore health to muscles, joints and organs of the body.

Bikram Choudhury is a Hatha Yoga Master who founded Bikram Yoga some thirty years ago. He studied Yoga when he was four years old in Calcutta, where he was born. When he was thirteen years old he won the National India Yoga Contest and remained undefeated for three years. He went on to become a marathon runner and a champion weight lifter. It was during a weight lifting accident when he was twenty years old when he sustained a knee injury. The doctors told him he would never walk again. He went back to India and with six months of Yoga therapy, he was totally recovered and that is how Bikram Yoga originated; through his own healing regimen.

Choudhury was able to prove the healing benefits of his Bikram Yoga system, and the findings were posted in 1972, at the International Medical Conference in Kyoto, Japan.

Day 75 -Tight

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
Awkward Pose 5/12/10

Awkward Pose 5/12/10

I think when I go to a 90 minute class the day before a 60 minute class, I am always tighter.  I need to make a big effort to go to Monday morning 6:20am, so that I can test this theory.  As I plan on going to tomorrow morning’s 90, which is followed by Friday morning’s 60 min.

Today’s instructor as well as tomorrow’s instructor is Maria.  I really like her as I think that she really enjoys what she is doing, but I am debating whether or not to ask her not to have her voice be so rushed sounding.  When we are 15 seconds from getting out of the posture, she has a crescendo that really makes a lot of people fall out of the Bikram yoga postures. 

Awkward Pose 5/12/10

Awkward Pose 5/12/10

I don’t know if I am totally right in my thinking, so I will have to keep paying attention to it.  Sorta stresses me out too when she does that.  I think she is trying to get us to bust our butts more, but I think it is backfiring.

Today’s posture is the second portion of the awkward posture series.  I have not advanced in this one and it’s because my knee hurts like hell if I go past a certain point, so I don’t.

Also, I have been asked to put more weight on my big toes – and from the looks of the photo to the right, it does appear that there is a lot of weight on my outside toes – but I assure you, that’s not where I feel it.  I also think there is something to how your feet are connected to your legs and how they would be aligned based on that in this posture.  Does that make sense?

Namaste.

Day 69 – Lovin’ The Afternoon Limberness!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
Dead Body Pose

Dead Body Pose

With a number like 69 and bragging about my limberness – wow, if this blog wasn’t named Yoga2010 – that statement could be grossly misinterpreted.  Oh well.

There is something about afternoon classes that give me great limberness.  I like that very much.  However, the head count is something I could do without.  There were 28 people in class today – which is less than there was on Monday – but still way too many people – more people = more smells!

I tell you what, with my knee being the way it is, I feel like all I can do is beginner yoga poses – not the Bikram yoga postures that I have been working on for months.

The girl behind me and to my right had the most beautiful body – and I can only wish that mine will look like that someday.

Shangane was the instructor for today’s class.  She is originally from Russia or the former USSR – I am not sure exactly where, but somewhere in that are.  So her accent is really strong.  And at the end of class when we were in final savasana, she goes, “Don’t cheat yourself out of savasana”, but at first it sounded like, “Don’t shit yourself out of savasana” – and I thought, “Oh man, if you only know how applicable that statement is to me.”  If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning then you know my problems with gas in yoga – knock on wood, I haven’t had that problem lately.

When I came home, Bill took photos of me – so new photos soon!  Man, getting into the Bikram yoga poses after you have cooled down and trying to get into them again in a cold room in my house – not fun.  I was really tired – so the poses aren’t as good as I can do them now – but they should show some progression.

Day 59 – Losen Up Already!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 2/22/10

Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 2/22/10

How’s that for a crotch shot?  Sorry, I couldn’t resist. 

I am really sick of how tight I am in the morning I want to losen up already.  I am not a fan of getting up any earlier – I already get up at 6am – which is sorta against my religion as it is.  So getting up any earlier is out of the question.  I just don’t want to go to the afternoon class.  But I always figure with the 90 minute classes that I will have more success getting into positions, but I don’t really.

Today there were only 5 cars in the parking lot when I pulled in, which means that there are only 3 people in class – because the other two cars belong to the instructor and the desk-checker-iner person.

Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 2/22/10

Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 2/22/10

But that soon changed.  3 or 4 more people walked right before class started.  One of them was that lady that breaths like Darth Vadar.  I really want to know if she has been trained in Bikram Yoga.  I do not know why she purposely breathes like Darth Vadar.  It drives me nuts and also makes me really weak because she sounds like she needs to get an inhaler for asthma.  I have sports induced asthma, so maybe that’s why I can relate.

Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 1/8/10

Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana on 1/8/10

Today’s pose is Fixed Firm Pose or Supta-Vaharasana.  I used to be a lot better at this.  Well, maybe not.  My back used to get all the way down to the floor, but only if my knees spread apart – which is not how this Bikram yoga pose is done.  Nonetheless, I feel stupid with where I can go in this pose at the moment and hope it improves. 

I do have a  gut feeling that one day this tightness is going to go away and I will be a master of disaster in all of these Bikram yoga postures.  Ah, the thrills of a good imagination.  Namaste.

Day 49 – Get Me Outta Here

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

I almost left class today because I was not feeling top notch.  I went to bed at midnight and got up at 6am, needless to say I was not refreshed and ready for yoga.  Then Bill and I got to the studio about 6:17 and class begins at 6:20, lovely.  Also there was a fair amount of people there this morning.  I think there were 13 or so, which seemed like a lot compared to my dinky morning classes.

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose 2/22/10

Today’s posture is Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose. Oh, how I want to love you again, Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose.  But I don’t.  Ever since I pulled my hamstring, Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose is not my friend.  I can barely grab under my feet anymore, but in the afternoon classes, I am able to do so.   I think it is just the morning classes that make this posture more difficult for me.

Today’s instructor was Conk.  I remember the first time he told me his name, I thought it was a joke.  Because in my head, I pictured Conch and eating Ceviche on a fishing boat in the Carribean. 

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose 1-8-10

But no, it’s Conk, from Conklin, for those of you that are as surprised as I was.  Conk is my favorite instructor, probably because of his final savasana.  He has an excellent one, that I think comes from Bikram himself.  He basically moves from your toes to the top of your head, repeating each body part three ties.  So he says, “Relax your feet, relax your feet, relax your feet.  Relax your toes, relax your toes, relax your toes…” you get the point.  At the end he says, “Relax your mind, relax your mind, relax your mind.”  As Bill said, “I thought it was a sort of cheesy savasana at first, but by the time he said, “Relax your mind, relax your mind, relax your mind.” I actually relaxed my mind! 

Bill and I are headed to Arkansas, so I will be MIA for awhile.  Hope you guys have a good couple of days.  I will return on the 22nd of March.

Namaste.

Day 48 – Bill Day 2

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
Balancing Stick Pose

Balancing Stick Pose

So yesterday Bill came to class again.  It is fun to have him in class and experience all these instructors that I have been talking about for a few weeks now.

Today’s pose is balancing stick pose of the Bikram yoga postures.   This one is done 4 times (or only 2 in the 6:20am class) and the cardio pump you get from just 40 seconds (10 seconds each – 2 on both sides) is equivalent to running 3 miles.  Nice.

Balancing Stick Pose 1/8/10

Balancing Stick Pose 1/8/10

My biggest struggle in this posture is getting my hips aligned.  The hip of the raised leg is always raised more than the hip of the other leg.  They are supposed to be in line, but they are not.  I feel like I will fall over if I try to get them inline.

Yesterday’s (I am writing this on Day 49, that’s why I keep saying “yesterday”) instructor was Lisa and Bill liked her very much, which I thought he would.  She is a very hands on instructor, so that makes class more interesting, as you tend to learn a little bit more.  There were also only 7-8 people in class, which is what I just love!  So class was wonderful yesterday.

Day 44 – More Flexible

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
Eagle Pose With Charlie Grabbing My Foot

Eagle Pose With Charlie Grabbing My Foot

I went to the 4:30pm class today, which is always rewarding from the flexibility standpoint.  I was pretty thrilled, actually.  Ihave found that I seem to be less and less flexible in the morning, so I hope that stops.

The Russian lady taught again today, and today, for some reason, I welcomed her teaching.  She’s pretty funny when she says “let your butt blossom into the air”.  I mean, that’s just funny.  She’s also pretty darn positive and happy.  If I taught that class every day, day in and day out, I don’t think I would be happy for that long.

The sister of an old high school friend (that I don’t talk to anymore) was in class today, which was exciting.  Of course, I am not a big fan of people seeing me fat, but I miss her sister very much and the fact that she still talks to me and gets excited to see me, makes me feel good.  I need to thank her for that.

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose on 1/8/10

Today’s pose is the Eagle pose, and as I have said before, it is one of my more difficult poses because I cannot for the life of me, get my foot wrapped around my other leg.  I wonder if this will be accomplished before year’s end.

It’s great to go to the late class to be more flexible, but I am going to get up for the early morning class to get it done for the day and to have more energy throughout the day.  Oh, forgot to tell you that I was a lazy bum and didn’t go yesterday.  It felt good not to go.  Have thrown around the idea of going twice in one day, maybe I will do that soon.  I would just have to eat superfood to have the energy for the second class, but I bet that would be beneficial and I would be WAY more flexible in the other class.  I am going to shower, folks.

Namaste.

Day 43 – Time To Wake Up!

Monday, March 8th, 2010
Awkward Postures 3rd Part

Awkward Postures 3rd Part

I don’t know what my deal is but I cannot seem wake up in the morning.  You’d think about 2 months of waking up at 6am that it would be a natural thing my body does.  Not the case.

Today’s class went well.  The instructor was sexy-voice Steve again.  He is a good instructor, and is dedicated to his practice, which I find admirable. 

Today’s posture is the 3rd part of the Awkward poses.  I always think this posture looks like you have to go to the bathroom really bad.  What do you think?

I should look like I am sitting in a chair, not a stool, but my knee will not allow for me to go further.  Well, I guess I could go further but being in a lot of pain doesn’t sound terribly exciting.

No one commented about the more informative posts over the weekend, so I am curious if that means that you hated them or just were indifferent.  Namaste.

Awkward Posture 3rd Part Side View 2-22-10

Awkward Posture 3rd Part Side View 2-22-10Awkward Pose Part 3 1/8/10