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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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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Those Who Can’t Do, Teach.

GUEST POST from Silas Jackson (The Man Who Pulled His Own Leg: A Bikram Yoga Memoir) You’ve probably heard the old saying that “Those who can’t do, teach.” Maybe you took offense on the behalf of teachers everywhere—maybe you are a teacher, and were personally offended. I can certainly understand that. It’s a crass, infuriating sentiment—it’s used ignorantly by ignorant people who don’t appreciate what a complex and amazing skill it is to effectively teach someone something. But actually, there’s some truth in it. Have you ever had a teacher who was naturally gifted at whatever they were trying to teach you? Didn’t…

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MYTH: You can’t hurt yourself doing yoga

MYTH: You can’t hurt yourself doing yoga. FACT: You can hurt yourself doing almost anything, including yoga. Depending on what yoga style you practice, you have a higher or lower risk of injury depending on aggressive approach and lack of attention to alignment. It’s a bit of a dirty little secret, but for yoga practitioners, injury to the sacroiliac joint, neck, knee, and shoulder are not uncommon. Yes, you can hurt yourself doing yoga. There is still a great deal of controversy over how high or low the numbers of yoga-caused injuries are. Partly because the numbers are difficult to…

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