How’s that body feel?
Maybe it hurts. Maybe it’s functional, graceful, even beautiful. Or maybe it’s, um, OK, probably?
Maybe you have no idea how it feels. Yoga can help you figure it out — and, while you’re at it, figure out who you really are.
Yoga “is about coming home to know how it feels to live in this shape,” said teacher Sundari SitaRam of downtown Vancouver’s Shanti Yoga Center.
“Body awareness” is a central point, agreed teacher Melonie Nielsen. But it doesn’t stop there. Because it combines poses and movement with motionless meditation, serious exertion with deep relaxation, yoga is a discipline for both body and mind.
My bra’s too tight. Is that cellulite on my biceps? I might be having a heart attack. And why does everybody in here have a tattoo?
She’s 80 pounds overweight, divorced, out of work, and deeply in debt. She needs a physical and spiritual overhaul. Can 60 days in a Bikram hot-yoga studio really undo years of damage?
The teacher wants me to make a Japanese ham sandwich. To my knowledge, I’ve never seen a Japanese ham sandwich, but as I understand it, I’m to stand bent with my face to my shins and chest to my thighs in perfect vertical union – I am the sandwich.
Can You Transform Your Whole Life in 60 Days? Part II
It’s never too late, You’re never too old, never too sick to start over again. This thought drives me back into the 105-degree room day after day. Page Williams hoped the 60-day yoga challenge would change her body, her mind, and her life. It did – in ways she never expected.
Last month Paige Williams – overweight, divorced, out of work and in debt – embarked on the 60-day Bikram challenge in hopes of turning her life around. This month she writes about the final 30 days of her journey.
I am such a cheater. In a couple of hours , I’m supposed to unfurl my yoga mat at Bikram Yoga Memphis, yet here I am at Karen Wilder Fitness, considering a fling with the exercise machines.
My 15 minute yoga sculpting workout
Jenny McCarthy has always been known for her knockout body. So when she found herself with a little extra jiggle last year, she tried Bikram yoga, a series of 26 poses performed in a 105-degree room. “I’m now doing it three or four times a week,” says Jenny. “And I’m firmer, leaner, and more flexible than ever before.”
The key to Bikram’s success is its pace, says Jenny’s go-to instructor, Rob Manosca, owner of Bikramm Yoga Jacksonville in Neptune Geach, Florida. “You hold poses for up to 1 minute,” he says. “Your muscles have to contract that entire time, which really challenges them.” Do these moves several times a week and experience an om-my! moment every time you look in the mirror.
New NFL Training Methods
Forget standard weight training, today’s NFL players are using new and unorthodox workout and recovery strategies
1.) BIKRAM YOGA
You wouldn’t expect burly guys to love Half Moons and Half Tortoises. But Bikram is no standard yoga. This athletic variation of the practice is 90 minutes of hardcore stretches performed in a 105-degree room with 40% humidity. Bikram forces participants to simultaneously stretch and work on their balance, improving blood flow, and building strength and flexibility while also cleansing the body of toxins. No wonder the Pittsburgh Steelers added hot yoga as optional workouts years ago. And according to Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards, Bikram is “the way to go” to increase the stamina needed for this position. “I couldn’t last 20 minutes, at first. You really have to be mentally strong [to do it].” He’s since learned how to improve his breathing techniques.
Is It Hot Yoga Or Just Balmy?
The parking lot outside my health club is, as always, dog eat dog, and by the time I find a spot, I’m sure I’ve lost out on prime classroom positioning. I may end up next to the Grunter, which would, I have to say, harsh my mellow. But in the spirit of the yogic tradition I choose not to view my exasperated state as a negative thing. Instead, I congratulate myself for my good judgment in getting to this yoga class on a Sunday morning at the godless hour of 9:15.
I am a conscientious but nondenominational exerciser, and coming to Bikram (a.k.a. “Hot”) Yoga began more as a scheduling convenience than devotion to its unvarying regimen of 26 poses (asanas), each performed twice and held for what can seem like forever over the course of the nearly two-hour class.
Demi Moore’s Steamy New Workout
Demi Moore’s eternally youthful looks are a hot topic in real life, and now she plays a sexy suburban mom who’s the envy of the neighborhood housewives in the big screen drama The Joneses. At the film’s Hollywood premiere last night, the 47-year-old actress told us she looked hot because she’s turned up the temperature on her workout routine. “My husband and I have taken up Bikram yoga,” Moore said. “But it wasn’t until I filmed a scene in the movie where my character talks about ‘hot’ yoga that I realized why I’ve been doing all that sweating!”
David Beckham Hopes Yoga Craze Helps Rescue His Career
FOOTBALL hero David Beckham has a secret weapon in his fight to play for England again ? Bikram yoga.
The footie hunk has told pals he aims to play top-level football into his 40s thanks to the relaxation techniques.
David Beckham, 35, fell in love with the workout after a one-on-one lesson with the technique founder Bikram Choudhury last year.