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Five ways that Bikram Yoga can prevent injuries

"I'm a runner/weight lifter/cross-fitter and I need some more flexibility so I stop getting hurt." "My trainer told me I need to increase my flexibility so I don't have this pain." "My chiroprator told me I need to start stretching to keep my adjustments better." These are common reasons people tell us why they are trying yoga. They heard it was good for their flexibility and that flexibility will help them to prevent injury. But there are so many other reasons that yoga can help to prevent injury - and also aid in healing current injuries. Bikram yoga specifically is designed to work every muscle, ligament, tendon, joint, gland, and internal organ system in the body and has incredibly therapeutic, healing benefits. By the end of the 90 minutes, you will have moved freshly, oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to 100% of the body. Here are our top 5 reasons why practicing Bikram Yoga will help you to prevent injury:

Thoughts on Yoga Clothes... And Not in the Fashion Sense!

We always hear that what you wear makes a difference, right? Also true in Bikram Yoga class! I was one of those yoga students that wore leggings and a t-shirt to yoga when I started 6 years ago. I quickly learned cotton was no good in the hot room and it had to go. I substituted with sports tank tops and after a few more classes I realized that the leggings also had to go because it was a LOT cooler wearing shorts. When the studio had a yoga clothing trunk show I wondered if I bought real yoga clothes, would I'd come to yoga more often?

Craving The Routine

When this time of year rolls around, I can sense everyone is craving to get back to a routine. Camps have ended, vacations are finished, and the lull before back to school tests parents everywhere. I first became aware of this time of year in the first year that the studio was open. People would come in for class and as they signed in, they'd say things like, "I need this!" and "I can't wait for school to start!" and "I can't wait to get back to the routine."

Now being a parent myself, I completely understand. This past month has been filled with long, hot, exhausting days. I think we've hit up every playground in Metro West. I've caved on numerous accounts and flipped on an episode of Thomas and Friends just to get through a little chuck of the day. A lack of routine is challenging. It can downright test you.

With the school year now upon us, I'm realizing there are new challenges ahead not only when it comes to my children but also with me evolving as a parent. Will my daughter burst into tears when I leave her with the new babysitter (spoiler alert: she absolutely will). How will my son settle in to his play school? And will I be able to handle these changes? All of a sudden, the lazy summer, home with my babies, the summer that I've been wishing away, doesn't seem so bad.

That's the thing about a challenge: when one ends, another is just around the corner. 

The same thing is true in Bikram Yoga. If you're working through an injury or dealing with pain, let that challenge be a teacher. Let it allow you to develop patience and compassion. Let it encourage you to rest. Even though it's a bummer to be hurt, try to stay present and not label it "bad." 

Many towns start school today, and we are so excited to see many of you back to your yoga routine. If though, when you snap those back to school pictures you feel a little lump in your throat, I'm right there with you. It's just like Bikram says, "you want to make your back stop hurting? You make your hip hurt! Then hair hurt! Then teeth hurt! Back's not hurting anymore!" For the past month, my head has been hurting. Now all of a sudden, as I see my son getting ready for his own back to school and my daughter about to turn one, my head doesn't hurt anymore but my heart does. 

So now that the routine is here and we embark upon another challenge, we are here for you!

The 7pm Class: A New Mom's Best Friend

Attention moms of young kids! I'd like to let you in on a little secret: The 7 PM class may just be our new best friend!

Between drop off and pick up, errands and spit up, rarely is there a moment during the day that we can find for ourselves. However, once the household starts to calm down after dinner time, an escape just might be possible. I know that in our household the baby is in her crib before 7 PM. That means my husband can take over with our toddler and I am left with an evening of freedom. And that is where a 7 PM yoga class comes into play.

I'll go out on a limb and say that there is no better way to decompress, relax, meditate, and sweat away the stresses of the day than with an evening class. The roads are quiet when class lets out, most stores are closed, and there is no one to rush to pick up.

So if you find yourself all of a sudden with no one to clean up, no one to feed, no one to dress, no one to bathe, treat yourself to an end of the day yoga class. Maybe I'll even see you there tonight.

Thankful For 90 Minutes

With the season of giving thanks upon us, and personally having recently come back to a regular yoga routine after taking 9 weeks off around the birth of my daughter, I am ever so grateful for the practice of Bikram Yoga. The essential elements that comprise a pure Bikram Yoga class: heat, humidity, mirrors, carpet, dialogue, 26 postures, 2 breathing exercises and 90 minutes are a formula for healing, health, peace of mind, and overall well-being.

In my personal practice, what I have come to appreciate so much is the 90 minutes it takes to do the class. Yes, taking 90 minutes out of our busy days for ourselves can seem impossible. Kids, jobs, homes, parents, spouses, pets, holiday shopping, yard work (the list is endless) take a tremendous amount of our attention; yet when we dedicate those 90 minutes to improve our own well-being, all of a sudden we become happier and more efficient when we tackle our other responsibilities.

The 90 minute class is not an arbitrary amount of time. 90 minutes is how long it takes to do two sets of the postures – the warm-up set and the healing set. 90 minutes is how long it takes to work every part of the body down to the cellular level. 90 minutes is how long it takes to give the mind an opportunity to relax and unwind.

At this point in my life, I am looking to recharge when I leave my household to attend class. Sure, I can get out for a walk or a run, or I can take a bubble bath or even nap for an hour if the stars align. But I’m always left needing just a bit more time for me. 90 minutes of Bikram Yoga is the perfect recipe: it’s enough time for myself without the household totally turning upside down!

So while our lives get busier and schedules get added to, remember that 90 minutes of Bikram Yoga – YOU TIME – is what it takes to be able to hold it all together. It’s a substantial amount of time for yourself but you’re still left with the other twenty two and a half hours in the day.