Currently at BYT, we have about 25 people who are completing a 30 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge which means that they will complete 30 classes in 30 days. This can be done by taking one class a day, or making up one class a week (if missed) by doing two classes a day. What is the point of this, you may ask?
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“Give me 30 days, I’ll change your body. Give me 60 days, I’ll change your life!” – Bikram Choudhury. The Bikram Yoga series was created to move through all the muscles, joints, and systems of the body to systematically open up and speed healing to all areas of the body. In today’s world, most Westerners suffer from high stress lifestyles which result in various chronic illnesses and disease in the body. These can vary from heart problems, spinal disease, diabetes, muscular skeletal disorders, back pain, poor circulation, obesity, sinus problems, sleep disorders, and depression just to name a few. In order to achieve peace of mind, one needs to start with the body and relieve pain, disease and chronic illnesses such as these mentioned above.
Through yoga, millions of people have found healing for physical, physiological and psychological disorders. By using the body as a medium, we let the mind rest and come closer to knowing ourselves. A consistent yoga practice allows us to align our inner and outer bodies so that we can achieve optimum health. Three key factors of practicing Bikram Yoga
frequency, precision, and intensity. In the practice, we repeat each posture and complete the same 26 posture series. By doing the practice daily (as in a 30 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge) the practitioner is able to gain flexibility, strength and medical benefits of the postures sooner than practicing a few times a week. As a student progresses with consistent practice, he/she is better able to listen to the body and be more precise with movements. Finally, with a consistent and careful practice, a student will be able to use more strength to go deeper.
The 30 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge, while a commitment of time, is more importantly a commitment to one’s health, wellness and spirit. We often help others around us, only to find that we are exhausted, stressed out, or left feeling empty or alone. Through a regular yoga practice such as the 30 Day Challenge, students give themselves at least 90 minutes a day to revive and create a healthier inner environment which then allows them the health to more easily help others. Bikram Choudhury tells us that we are all here to serve a purpose, but we have to prepare our bodies and minds so that we are ready to do our work at any time. Yoga gives us energy and allows us to connect our body, mind and spirit so that we can function to our maximum and live life to it’s fullest.
A regular practice of Bikram Yoga results in a wide range of benefits. The most common experiences include stress reduction, weight loss, improve muscle tone, reduced pain and stiffness, recovery from injuries, better digestion and improved energy and vitality.
Doing the 30 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge is a great way to feel the potential of this powerful practice. It’s not just a gift to yourself, but to those around you. It could be your own contribution to peace around you as well as within.
See you in the hot room!