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Eric Jennings

63 posts Oakland CA Website

I'm a poet, an invocateur, an accidental yogi, and a dilettante. I dabble in patamysticism which is the spiritual branch of pataphysics. Childhood sexual victimization informs my writing.

Don't Talk About Body Weight

When I opened my Bikram Yoga studio, I wanted to make it a safe and comfortable space for our clients. In my teacher training with Bikram Choudhury, he modeled a lot of behavior that I was intent on avoiding. Yoga Journal dubbed him the yoga community’s “bad boy,” and he reveled in the notoriety by frequently berating and abusing

Half Tortoise Posture (21)

Half Tortoise is primarily a relaxation posture. It is said to enhance longevity by slowing the breathing.


  • Tones and strengthens muscles of the legs.
  • Increases blood flow to the brain.
  • Releases tension from shoulders and neck.
  • Increases flexibility of shoulder muscles.


Start in a kneeling position, legs together, hips on the heels, sitting upright. Raise the arms overhead

The Anatomical Position aka The Start Position

In the Bikram Yoga posture sequence, all standing postures start in the Anatomical Position, which I call, Start Position. Basically, it's just standing upright, facing forward, with your feet together and arms resting naturally by your sides.

Some Western yoga traditions use the strict medical version of this posture, which has the arms turned outwards to face the palms forward,

Lateral Half Moon Posture

This article is part of a series on the Bikram Yoga posture sequence. I will eventually add a Table of Contents linking to each of the postures.

After Standing Deep Breathing, the first posture in the Bikram Yoga series is a combined sequence of three individual postures: Lateral Half Moon; Half Moon Backbend; Hands to Feet Pose. This article is

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