The BFM is starting to put a few pounds on,losing a bit of hair and getting aches and pains, oh no not good.So my wife introduced me to Erin Douglas,who is the Yogi teacher, in her Belfast studio.She is now based in Lisburn.
46-48 Market Square
Bikram Choudhury, founder of the Bikram Yoga system, is also the founder of the Yoga College of India. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began practicing yoga at age four. He practiced yoga 4–6 hours every day. At the age of thirteen, he won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated for the following three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion. Bikram later devised the 26 postures sequence and founded Bikram’s Yoga College of India. He has also written books and sings.
So I’ve taken the plunge and enrolled in a starter course for 20 pounds for unlimited 8 days. Must admit it was tough for first few times but you do get used to it and your body does also.
I managed to get Erin to say a few words:
“Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 beginner yoga poses and 2 breathing exercises; systematically threaded together to bring high speed oxygenated blood to 100% of the body’s cells. The 90 minute class is taught in a heated room of 42 degrees C and approx. 50% humidity. The heat and humidity in the class are essential to aid detoxification, enhance deeper stretching in typically stiff bodies, prevent injury and allow for the breakdown of old chronic injuries through the correct healing of scar tissue.
Bikram Yoga is more than a form of exercise. It is therapy, Hatha Yoga therapy; as it releases and removes stresses from the body on a daily basis it not only breaks down toxins and flushes the lymphatic and renal systems, improves circulation and respiration; but it also restores a connection between body and mind through the medium of the breath. When this goal is realized in yoga, the student begins to witness the beginning stages of ‘being present.’ As the student continues and progresses, he/she will move through a myriad of conscious fluxuations, resulting in in the removal of old emotional baggage that have kept the body in pain for long periods of time and trapped the will/personality in stories that make the person believe that change is not possible.
When this happens the student’s life can and does change in miraculous ways. Bikram Yoga Lisburn is a community. A place where people are safe to let go and grow, the community of students have been strengthened over the years as each ones opens up on an individual level, they learn to be more accepting for those around them. They age range is from 8 years to 75yrs, both male and female, both new and avid practitioner alike. The class is always guided to bring new students to the best of the potential on any given day. It is both compassionate and demanding, there is nothing to be gained when ones feels pity for oneself or others.
Hydration and good healthy food are not only essential to a healthy and happy life; but also to aid a smooth transition into Bikram Yoga. If you continue to fill the body with toxins and harm full drugs, in class your body will always be in pain.
Trace minerals are vital for good hydration in a Bikram class as you are losing some salts through the practice and if you already have a caffeine habit (including sugary soft drinks) your body is going to be dehydrated. Electrolytes balance helps the body to recover correctly and you ultimately stay out of fatigue and lethargy. Electrolytes improve cellular function and therefore the performance of the distribution of oxygen to blood is more effective and therefore the practitioner has more energy and always improves organ function and flexibly.
You can eat whatever you want, keep it fresh, local and eradicate, white flour, gluten, corn syrup, alcohol (yikes) in large quantities, caffeine and most of all – the deadly white refined sugar. Lots of nuts and seeds, grains and whole grains for bread, good quality olive oil, lots of hydrating greens, cucumbers, rocket, salad, all veggies. Spices are great for eliminating phlegm in the body. Diary – NO. Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Soy if preferable, dried organic fruits to snack on. If you stick with what’s in season you cannot go wrong and spice it up however you like. If you eat meat, stay with local high grade organic meat and eat if sporadically, the beauty of having a regular Bikram Yoga practice is that you will naturally let go of bad habits as you learn to love yourself more. After all if bad habits were easy to give up we would not have the health issues that we have in our society today. With Yoga, we learn once again how to love and appreciate our selves, respect that we must take care of our minds and body’s. After all, life is a gift.
This is definitely worth the time and effort,after all the BFM has to stay trim.
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