4-week online immersion course
Written by Senior Bikram Hot Yoga Teacher : Bill Thwaites
My aim is to show Bikram style hot yoga students how they can take their yoga practice up a level.
Unfortunately all too often yoga students get stuck in chapter one of the journey never moving onto the next phase, making their journey needlessly long & arduous. Students end up going into the hot room, attacking the postures with the same headspace cultivated as a beginner. This means they never gain the full health benefits hot yoga can bring. I too was guilty of this, for many years.
Yoga teachers are predominantly focused on instructing the beginners. After 6 months of practice, the basic framework of the postures will have been programmed into your muscle memory. You know what to expect in class, so now it’s time to let go of that beginner's mindset and start the next chapter of your yoga journey. You’re still conforming to the teacher’s timings, and the sequence remains the same but now you have an alternative focus.
The real power of Bikram hot yoga only comes in this next phase when you focus on applying your strength to OPEN the Body with an Aware & Calm Mind.
As a beginner you’ve learnt the basic framework by stretching yourself INTO each of the postures. This second chapter is all about seeing how well your are able to OPEN OUT to the basic framework already built into your muscle memory. You will use totally different muscle firing patterns. OPENING OUT to a posture requires more strength than getting INTO a posture. As your body opens your alignment improves and your flexibility, strength and awareness explode. This next phase is where you discover the real magic of the Bikram style of hot yoga to heal and strengthen the body & mind.
Your class remains the same but now your approach is no longer that of a beginner.