Keeping on a travel tip: one of the simplest and best things to do when you’re flying is to drink plenty of water. I get tired of over-paying for water after going through security so I started carry my own water bottle. It doesn’t take up much space, or add any weight when it is empty, and most airports have water fountains where you can fill up. If you’re fussy about your water get one of those self-filtering bottles and you’re all set!
Bikram says you should practice yoga every day but let’s face it — we simply can’t get into the studio every single day, no matter how hard we try. This is especially true if you’re travelling. Whether for work or holiday, it is easy to lose your yoga routine if you’re on the road, but it isn’t inevitable.
Take some time out to do a few poses — warm up with pranayama breathing, then gently flex your spine with half-moon pose. Half-tortoise pose is great for releaving tension and aiding rest. If you’re feeling energetic get the blood flowing with awkward pose and standing head to knee. Even if you only do a few moves I guarantee it will help shake out the stress of travel and feel more grounded, even if you’re in the air.
My Bikram Yoga Holiday in the Algarve is booking up fast, so if you’re interested please email YogaHolidayWithPaul@gmail.com ASAP.
The holiday includes
– Three hours of yoga tuition per day
– Posture Q&A workshops
– Yoga mats
– Daily meditation sessions
– 2 generous meals per day prepared by the resorts personal chef
– Fresh fruit from the orchards
– Multiple swimming pools on a 4-acre estate
– Accommodation (based on double occupancy)
I’ll also be offering massages and other treatments to make this a total mind/body rejuvenating experience.
Giving is something we usually think of in relationship to special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas. But giving can be so much more than that, if we make it an integral part of our daily life.
There is a universal law that the more you give the more you receive. Most people only give and love while expecting something in return… that’s not called love; that’s called a contract! When you give freely, it takes the attention away from your ego, opens the heart and raises your vibration.
We can cultivate giving in every aspect of our lives — starting in the Bikram studio. Next time you practice think about giving yourself to each pose, and giving your positive energy to the other students. Then take that attitude out into the world and practice being open and generous in your work, friendships and family.
What can you do today to be a more giving person? I’d love to hear your comments!
Everyone suffers injuries sometimes and it can be easy to get into a rut of worry that exacerbates the problem.
As I mentioned last week massage can be a useful tool when working through an injury. But along with physical adjustments you need to make sure your mind is engaged in the healing process.
When you’re injured it is tempting to hold back, or take a break until you feel better, but that is often the worst thing to do. If you start skipping practice you’ll lose the benefits of Bikram, and won’t necessarily improve more quickly. It’s better to continue your practice with whatever breaks or modifications you need. This will promote good circulation and respiration, boost your immune system, and build your physical and mental strength.
If you practice other forms of yoga, as well as Bikram, you may notice that we don’t do any feet-up or inversion poses in the Bikram postures. Sometimes it’s nice to get the change of perspective – both mental and physical -that comes from putting your feet up, so this is a simple, safe inversion pose you can do in addition to your Bikram practice.
Sit facing a wall (or your headboard) with your butt about six inches away.
Lie back and extend your legs up the wall.
If this is too intense a stretch for your hamstrings, slide farther away from the wall.
If it’s not enough, scoot closer.
Let your arms rest by your sides, palms facing up, and breathe gently, feeling the stretch in the backs of your legs
Recently I sustained a slight shoulder injury and unfortunately I’m not alone. Maybe it’s down to the long, cold winter but lots of my students are struggling with various aches, pains and ailments.
Bikram yoga is a great way to boost your immunity to help fight issues like colds and flu, but if you have an injury complimentary therapy can make a big difference. As a licenced massage therapist I know how valuable massage can be as a healing tool. It’s something I seek out myself to aid muscle repair and also total-body wellness. Massage, like Bikram yoga, is an investment in your long-term health.
What’s your favourite type of complimentary therapy? Leave me your comments below!