Thursday December 12, 2013
Two pieces of news concerning Bikram Yoga this week.
- A study done at Colorado State University calculated the calories burned during a Bikram session, as well the participants core body temperatures and heart rates. Though the study group was quite small, the results are still very interesting.
- Vanity Fair's January 2014 issue includes an article detailing the rape, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits currently plaguing Bikram Choudhury.
Tuesday December 10, 2013
Before I started yoga, I remember having this feeling that I wanted to do it, I just didn't know how. (Which, incidentally, is why I wrote How to Start Doing Yoga.) I think a lot of people have the same feeling about meditation, so I put together a step-by-step guide on meditation at home for beginners.
Monday December 9, 2013
When I took a class with Shiva Rea at Wanderlust Austin recently, she taught her flowing version of cobra pose, which she calls sahaja bhujangasana. There's no exact methodology here, since the idea is to move in your own way. Starting in a low cobra (pictured), begin to roll your shoulders back one at a time as you slowing straighten your arms. You can move up and down, side to side, try making figure eights with your shoulders. Do whatever feels good to you. It's a really nice way to get some movement into your shoulders and spine.
Friday December 6, 2013
Last month, I had the opportunity to attend my first big yoga festival when Wanderlust brought its gig to Austin, Texas. If you're curious about what happened when a grouchy yogi (that'd be me) joined the yoga circus, read my Wanderlust Recap.