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What Bitcoin and Ahimsa Have in Common

As yogis, we could be forgiven for not knowing the ins and outs of the global financial and currency system.  We’re more worried about fully crossing our heels in Bhujapidasana or establishing mulha bandha than we’re concerned about where all this paper money comes from, where and why its printed, and if a particular group of people benefit while another group of individuals may suffer due to the currency system that we operate under.   Well, I am here to break the bad news that once you read this post, you will no longer be able to claim ignorance.  So please stop here if you wish to remain blissfully in the dark! Continue reading

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A Simple Answer to What It Means to Be in Your Original State of Being

I’ve been doing Bikram yoga for ~ 7 months now and I’ve changed my diet.  I’ve lost ~ 20 lbs since the winter time.  One of the techniques in Bikram is building a strong, interlocked grip with your fingers which helps you move into many of the postures.  Strangely, I find myself performing this interlocked grip throughout the day, many times without even realizing it.

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They are utilizing the interlocked grip in standing forehead to knee pose

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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!

BIKRAM CHALLENGE – DAY 2

Day 2: Complete.

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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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Yoga and The Magic Kitchen

Ok this is my first post on the Yoga blog so I want to make it meaningful. So I’ll start with something that has been on my mind a lot recently – The Magic Kitchen. The Magic Kitchen is a place I read about during my recent trip to Asia in The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Basically, Ruiz draws an analogy between the abundance/(lack of) food and the abundance/(lack of) love one has to offer to the world.

So here’s a run down of The Magic Kitchen:

If your cupboards are bare and there is no food in sight, you are starving. You are willing to do just about anything for food. Someone comes to your door with a gigantic DiGiorno supreme thick crust pizza. You take it. You don’t care what the consequences or conditions are because this is a matter of survival. Maybe you just sold your soul to the devil, who knows? But your stomach is full. And it tasted great too!

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