Me and Bikram

Bikram Yoga is one of the most intense, punishing physical workouts you will ever experience. Each class is 90 minutes long in which 26 postures are performed in humid 105+ degree heat. The format of every Bikram class is the same no matter where in the world you go.

I joined a Bikram Yoga studio in January 2014 and have quickly progressed from knowing little about Bikram Yoga to being a dedicated six-day-a-week practitioner and completing my teacher training certification in April 2015. I feel blessed that there are so many great teachers at my school, many of whom deliver good dialog and also give helpful tips, techniques, and life advice. I always learn something new in every class. If you're ready for a mind-body fitness regimen like no other and are willing to give Bikram Yoga a try, please stop by my studio and check out one of my classes. Namaste!

My yoga journey: →100, →200, →300, →400, →500, →600, →700, →800, →900, →1000, →1100, →1200, Evolation, Tony Sanchez, Pranakriya, JFC

November 10, 2020, 10:00am - class 1101 Bikram 90 - Yoga helps with your physical and mental balance. The postures can make you burn a lot of calories and develop your focus. The concept of calming your mind when things seem hectic and crazy can be applied to many of the challenges you experience in your life. I believe this is why so many people gravitate towards yoga.

November 11, 2020, 10:00am - class 1102 Bikram 90 - Nothing is ever free. If you want to improve your health, you have to devote an honest effort into it. What if your entire life depended on yoga and how much heart you put into it? What if you could extend your life by five years with just 90 minutes of yoga every day? Five years not in a wheelchair or in a debilitated state, but five years of being able to keep up with the energy of your loved ones. Would you do it? I definitely would. Just do it.

November 12, 2020, 9:00am - class 1103 Bikram 90 - I may have overworked myself the past couple of days because my spine feels really sore. Hopefully, the pain will subside soon. I spoke about how some people might like to compare their 20 or 30 year old badass selves against me, a 52 year old. When I was in my 20s or 30s, I was a badass, too, and what they see now is what they'll likely be when they're my age, but, chances are, most people will not continue their daily exercise and won't be in the shape I'm in. Chris Fluck said it best when he observed that just 10% of his students will continue their yoga a few years from when they started and just 1% will continue their yoga ten years later. Many people have good intentions when they start yoga, but few really have the motivation to do anything for the long term.

November 19, 2020 - IYSF 2020 Americas Continental Exhibition - For this virtual exhibition, I did push-ups to prepare for my lifts and practiced my routine over and over in my head. 24 postures representing who I am. I didn't practice yoga for a week. I couldn't. I injured my back last Wednesday, more severely than I had thought, and kept it a big secret. I almost forfeited my spot in the exhibition. But one thing kept me going.

Champions never quit.

Most people look at a yoga routine and are quick to judge. They don't know about the hard work that goes behind it. The endless hours of practice and pushing yourself beyond your limits. Some of you might say that's not what yoga is all about and you'd be right... but this is yoga asana. Yoga asana is a sport like gymnastics. For me, this exhibition was my chance to show postures seldom done and the flourishes I do in all of my postures. I lost my balance twice, in Split Arm Balancing Stick and Eagle, but kept going. It was not my best performance, but it was pretty great considering I had a bad back and haven't practiced for a week. I had to rely on my ability to quiet my mind and just do it. As if my whole life depended on my performance tonight. In the past, my pièce de résistance was Eight Angle. Tonight, it was Root Pose. A fiery pain shot through my right calf muscle two poses prior to Root and I almost wasn't able to do Fetal Lotus. A little voice in my head told me not to disappoint the over 200 people watching my performance, so I pushed on and finished my routine with nobody knowing I had a debilitating injury just days before in which I couldn't even turn my torso 30 degrees in one direction! Hour by hour, day by day, I worked myself back into a decent spine twist, so I could perform my routine to the world.

Because champions never quit.

My yoga journey: →100, →200, →300, →400, →500, →600, →700, →800, →900, →1000, →1100, →1200, Evolation, Tony Sanchez, Pranakriya, JFC