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 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
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,
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
The following is adapted from a Yoga Studio Instructor’s Guide that I wrote for my hot yoga studio. The heat specific references won’t apply to everyone, obviously, but I hope they are still instructive.
A professional yoga studio should allow instructors a good amount of autonomy in how they teach their classes. However, there are certain unwritten principles
Ten minutes into my first Bikram Yoga class I hated it. The heat was overwhelming and I discovered that my body had an unnatural and obscene capacity to sweat. My eyes were burning, my clothes were heavy with sweat and I could barely breathe. I spent much of the class lying down and promising myself to never come back.
Many people practicing within the Western yoga tradition, and perhaps as many who are not, share a belief that “hatha yoga” is an ancient spiritual practice. It is not. Yoga Off the Path refers to the fact that I don’t consider my yoga practice and instruction to be in accordance with this belief nor even explicitly spiritual. I say,
A Los Angeles jury recently found Bikram Choudhury liable for $924,500 in compensatory damages after finding he had subjected an employee to harassment and retaliation. The same jury later hit him with a punitive award of $6,400,000 for just generally acting like a despicable human being. There are several more women who have outstanding lawsuits that accuse
This was originally posted on my yoga studio’s website in 2013. It was my first public admission about being a survivor of sexual assault.
I am 53 years old. I was 40 when I first told anyone that I had been sexually abused as a child. Having kept my secret for more than 30 years it wasn’t easy