Why does something so intense, feel oh, so good?
Yoga is an absolute essential in my life. It’s not a question of want, up there with eating, it is a need.
Like a sponge, I leave feeling as though I have been wrung out mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
I have practiced yoga off and on since I was 19. The first time I practiced, it felt impossible to hold a pose well. Shaky and fidgety, I thought to myself, “I don’t think could I ever become good at this.”
Over the years, it has become an art form that is constantly being perfected. The poses become deeper, more intense, with all the same pleasure of flexibility and stretching.
Yoga and the many types I have practiced, has brought about many shifts in my life. It facilitates a space of internal processing and healing. When practiced more, life seems to take on an easier and more beautiful presence.
Bikram yoga is a 90 minute class in a 105 degree room, consisting of 26 poses.
Sounds intense, but once in, the class seems to take a life of its own. It becomes breathing life into the poses, breathing awareness into places in the body, awakening memories and stored feelings. Breathing ease into the intensity of hurt that is felt. In pushing through those moments of pain, a true sense of accomplishment is felt.
The benefits of Bikram Yoga are outstanding. As with anything, some sources say the opposite.
~The asanas(poses) work for stretching the body and immensely improving flexibility.
~In one session every organ, system, function, and muscle in the body are worked on.
~Healthy weight loss, or weight gain occurs,depending on body’s needs. ( I gained)
~Bikram assists the immune system and body’s natural ability to repair and heal itself.
~Strengthening, stretching and lengthening of the muscles occurs.
~Lymphatic, nervous and circulation system stimulated.
~It gives a cardiovascular workout while building muscle.
~It works both sides of the brain, not only with the breathing exercises, but the poses as well.
~Massages internal organs, aiding in the proper removal of toxins and waste.
~Assists in regulating metabolism and healthy digestion.
~Lengthens the spine and vertebrae, allowing for more spinal flexibility.
~Helps to build focus and self-discipline, the more often you go, the better you become.
~Creates internal cleansing and purification of the blood and circulatory system.
~Causes relaxation, while stimulating the mind, body, and spirit.