Monthly Archives: May 2012

Halfway! Days 6-15 Dunzo!

Day 15 Down and I’m Feeling Like a Million Bucks!

I have to say I was pretty skeptical about hot/bikram yoga going into it because I’ve heard so many crazy anecdotes of the healing nature of the practice…I was finding it hard to believe.  But now that I’ve been practicing in a hot room for about 3-4 months, I really think that there is some truth to the stories.  I’ve never quite felt the way I have over the past couple months, especially very recently with my intense focus on Bikram.   There aren’t many things I’ve come across that are potentially life changing but I have to say with all honesty that this practice could be one of those things!

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Bikram Day 5 – Journey vs. Destination

Day 5 Complete!

Today I am thinking about this mini journey of a 30 day challenge.  All of my post headers read something like Day X complete!  Look, I’m X% of the way “finished”!!  So Ryan, the elephant-in-the-room question is: what then happens when I am 100% complete?  I become Superman?  I achieve enlightenment and supreme consciousness?  I shake hands with the Dali Lama?

And So The Journey Begins…But Never Ends!

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Bikram Days 3 & 4 – In the History Books

Days 3 & 4 In the Books!

The last two days went off without a hitch.  The one thing I will mention is that, like most things that are difficult, one needs a little motivation to get across the finish line.  For me it is the post workout coconut water!


Day 2: Complete.


Seems Easy Enough!

This image is the last thing I see while filling up my water bottle before entering Bikram’s torcher chamber of tough love.  Let me tell you, this little reminder sign is more than a bit misleading!  Yeah sure, stay in there for 90 minutes!  Check – no problem.  Try your best to do the postures correctly!  Easy Peezy.  Upon reading this, a first timer might just start pondering what type of exercise they should do after class in order to get a full body workout.   Thankfully I’m 100% indoctrinated and not tempted by this Siren’s song…instead I am literally trying to hit the fast forward button on my body’s TiVo machine exactly 90 minutes so I can get all the yoga benefit and none of the pain.  Funny, this damn thing never works…I’m calling Direct TV.

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Bikram Challenge – Kickoff

Day 1: Complete.

It was a tough session marked by my sore (or possibly torn) hamstrings/tendons.  I think I got overly aggressive with my practice the last few weeks and now am paying the price.  I did a little online research and determined the best ways to get into poses or modify in order to eliminate the excess strain on my hamstring tendons at their origination point (i.e. where the tendon meets the pelvis).   The instructor (Chris) also had some great ideas for relieving the pressure on my hammies.

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