I’m opening a yoga studio

So this is what I’ve been working on while I’ve not been blogging:  opening a yoga studio. Well, technically, REopening a studio, as a new owner, with a new vision. If you’re in the area (‘MetroWest’ Massachusetts, between Worcester & Boston), please come by and take a class!

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Autonomy in a Nutshell

You are the Authority on You. You are the Expert on You. No one knows Your Body better than You do. No one is inside Your Body and Mind besides You. Be wary of any coach or trainer who claims expertise that supersedes your own Self-knowledge. Be wary of any yoga teacher who claims to know you better than you know yourself. Trust Yourself. Trust in your own Self-knowledge and Self-awareness. What can coaches, trainers, and teachers do for you? They can partner with you and your knowledge of your own body to help improve your general overall health or…

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Natural Movement

I am inherently a lazy person. I like the idea of movement that just fits into my life, doesn’t require a lot of dedicated time in a special location (gym or studio), and is “natural” for what my body is designed to do. This is why I’m a fan of walking. This is also why I love weightlifting. If you want to look at it through the lens of “naturalism” – which is abused by so many online gurus (think, Paleo, Primal, or other diets based on misrepresenting science and anthropology to sell the idea that you are supposed to…

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MYTH: Germs can’t survive hot yoga

There is a myth in the Bikram and Hot Yoga world: If you are sick, you can’t possibly spread germs in the hot yoga room because bacteria and viruses “can’t survive in the hot room”. FALSE. There is no evidence to support this assertion. If the yoga room was hot enough to kill a virus, it would probably be hot enough to kill YOU. As an example, the Influenza virus can be killed by heat AT TEMPERATURES ABOVE 166°F [75°C]. A Bikram Yoga hot room is around 105°F [40°C]. It’s not hot enough to kill the flu virus. You might hear the argument that…

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Electrolyte Depletion

“Why Do I Feel Sick In Class?” You have a rough class. It begins with a headache. Then you feel a bit dizzy. You take a knee, you decide to sit out a posture, take a break. You get up and try another posture, you sit down again. You start to feel nauseated, you wonder if you’ll need to run out of the room to vomit. You’re worried now, “what’s wrong with me?” By the end of class you are absolutely wiped out. When you come out of the hot yoga room to talk to the teacher, you are convinced there…

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Electrolytes & Nerves

Bikram Yoga Survival Guide My partner & I have joined forces on an e-book – Bikram Yoga Survival Guide – geared towards providing anyone walking into a Bikram yoga class, whether newbie or veteran, with basic information about how their body functions when exercising in intense conditions, and what they need to know to take proper care of themselves. (My partner, Silas Jackson, blogs at http://planetbeast.wordpress.com & is the author of The Man Who Pulled His Own Leg.) You can see the chapters on sweating and hydration here or at Planet Beast. Again, these are chapters from an e-book geared towards hot yoga class, but the information in it…

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Sweating & Hydration

Bikram Yoga Survival Guide My partner & I have joined forces on an e-book – Bikram Yoga Survival Guide – geared towards providing anyone walking into a Bikram yoga class, whether it’s their first time or they’ve been doing it for a while, with basic information about how their body functions when exercising in intense conditions, and what they need to know to take proper care of themselves. (My partner, Silas Jackson, blogs at http://planetbeast.wordpress.com & is the author of The Man Who Pulled His Own Leg.) So, we’re writing the book with a Bikram Yoga class in mind, but the basic information in there could…

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SIJ Injury & Yoga: Triangle

[SI joint injury frequently intersects with other causes of low back pain, such as bulging discs, arthritis, and muscular strains; these guidelines are also appropriate for injuries to low back, pelvis, & hips.] Previously: SI Joint Dysfunction Intro, SI Joint Injury & Yoga practice, SI Joint & Yoga: Key Points Continuing in this series, I’ll offer suggestions to manage individual postures with injury. Previously: SI Joint & Yoga: Half Moon My initial focus will be on postures in the Bikram series, because I teach this series & developed these guidelines to help my Bikram Yoga students. I also use these same guidelines in my own…

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Perception of Effort, or Calorie Burn in Hot Yoga

“How many calories will I burn?” “Will I lose weight?” These are, by far, the two most popular questions I hear from new Bikram Yoga students. And really, when you get right down to it, they are the same question – “I want to lose weight by burning a lot of calories – will I do that?” The answer people WANT to hear is: YES, you will burn a TON of calories and you will lose weight, you betcha, I promise! (Also, would you like to buy some magic beans??) The real answer: IT DEPENDS. If you understand general fitness…

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SIJ Injury & Yoga: Half Moon with Hands to Feet

[SI joint injury frequently intersects with other causes of low back pain, such as bulging discs, arthritis, and muscular strains; these guidelines are also appropriate for injuries to low back, pelvis, & hips.] Previously: SI Joint Dysfunction Intro, SI Joint Injury & Yoga practice, SI Joint & Yoga: Key Points Next in this series, I’ll offer suggestions to manage individual postures. My initial focus will be on postures in the Bikram series, because I teach this series & developed these guidelines to help my Bikram Yoga students. I also use these same guidelines in my own personal practice – in managing my own…

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