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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Books

    SI JOINT & YOGA: How to manage SI Joint (and other low back injuries) in Bikram Yoga class. Chock-full of useful information to help injured students (and teachers of injured students) navigate Bikram Yoga group classes, with posture-by-posture advice. Private yoga instruction for only $4.99 USD. 14 pages, Devra Mattes.   BIKRAM YOGA SURVIVAL GUIDE: How to survive hot yoga – tips & tricks for newbies and veterans alike. Your field-guide to the things your teacher mentions in class but doesn’t have time to explain. $5.99 USD. 38 pages, Silas Jackson & Devra Mattes.   … Coming Soon … The Man Who…

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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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to be on the internet and raging is not enough

Bad things happen. Painful things happen. Both in your personal life, and in the broader world. There is a fine line at times between taking responsibility for everything – to the point of self-blame and self-hate – and doing what you can, in the context of self-care. Know where your line is. That is your personal boundary. Good people do what they can. Most people ARE good. Good people get angry. Good people feel bad or sad or mad. Good people feel helpless and heartbroken. Good people have feelings about things. Good people act on those feelings in different ways.…

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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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Building a Habit

I have many good qualities. (It’s okay for me to say this. There was a time I thought it wasn’t, but it actually is okay. We’re given the message that liking ourselves is not okay. And so we don’t dare. Well, now I dare. I dare to like myself. That sounds funny, and it’s a bit tongue in cheek, but how many years did I spend NOT liking myself before I started to change my mind? Many years. And I wasn’t alone. Even now, I know very few people who honestly like themselves as they are. Everyone is looking to…

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