Posture of the Month
I have been practicing hot yoga at different studios for 2 years prior to discovering Bikram Yoga in May 2011. I thought given my previous experience, my very first Bikram class would be a walk in the park – yeah, I was so wrong. I still remember just sitting during Standing Head to Knee and watched the more advanced students attempt the pose, thinking to myself, “oh my god. NEVER going to happen.” Somehow I survived that first class, but even then, I thought Bikram yoga was just a challenging physical workout that I enjoyed so I committed to practicing regularly. Over the next few months, that’s when I started to realize that while the benefits to my physical health (improved flexibility, balance, and strength) were great, the emotional and mental benefits that I get from each class were far beyond my expectations. I used to think savasana was just a much needed physical break after the challenging standing series (and personally, time to make a mental list of what I needed to get done after class). It’s through regular practice that I learned that it’s okay to just pause and find and enjoy that peace, to “empty your minds” as the instructors say. Life is too fast and too short and I am grateful that I am now more grounded and better able to appreciate and enjoy each moment in my life through the mental clarity and emotional balance I achieve with a regular Bikram practice.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the amazing team at Bikram Yoga Mississauga. While the heat and postures are the same each time, I am very grateful to each and every one of you for making each class a new challenge and a different experience. It’s now almost two years since that first class and because of your consistent support and encouragement, I can now do a pretty awesome standing head to knee 🙂 Thank you!