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"We live in a rainbow of chaos."
~ Paul Cezanne
"I've always taken 'The Wizard of Oz' very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I've spent my entire life trying to get over it."
~ Judy Garland
Dear fellow yogis and yoginis,
Summer in Missoula is in full bloom! That means that all of you are out biking, hiking, fishing, running, and walking around, soaking up the warm air, sunshine, and rainbows (we've had so many lately!). We hope that as you immerse yourselves back in your summer hobbies you remember to stretch out, loosen up, and keep up your yoga cross-training.
Can't wait to see you in the hot room!
and the BYM crew
Check Out the New Classes!
Last month we hosted our first Technique Tuesday class and are excited to announce that we will also be offering a Master Class. Our goal is to offer you new ways to understand the postures we teach; even though we practice the same 26 postures in every class, each of us could spend a lifetime learning about them. Both of these classes will be listed on the Mind Body Schedule.
Technique Tuesdays will happen on the first Tuesday of every month. In June, the class will be held on Tuesday, June 2 at 4 pm. During Technique Tuesday classes we will have one teacher on the podium and another teacher walking around during class, offering adjustments to your postures. Our vision of the class is that it will offer you some more personalized help with individual postures; we hope that it might inspire you to understand your own postures differently and ask questions after class about what the proper form looks and feels like.
At 2 hours long, the Master Class at BYM will be a longer class that will allow more time for teachers to demonstrate and explain proper form and alignment. Including fewer hands-on adjustments, the Master Class will focus more on teaching the subtle qualities and benefits of individual postures.
Important Info: The Master Class will be limited to 25 students and all students will pay a $15 drop-in (even if you had a class card or auto-pay). Please leave your name at the front desk with your payment.
The first Master Class will take place on Sunday, June 14 at 9:30 am. (There will be no regular class that morning - only the Master Class!) The class will be taught by Cheryl, Pam, and Jess.
CHANGE to the Summer Challenge
We decided to shorten the terms of the summer challenge... but just by a tiny bit. The summer challenge will now begin on June 15 and will run until September 15. If you haven't signed up yet, PLEASE sign up now. No late sign-ups will be accepted. (And who doesn't want to try to win a FREE YEAR OR YOGA?!) Here are the terms:
- runs from June 15- September 15 - that's 12 weeks of yoga dedication
- you must come three times/week EVERY WEEK
- you can have one freebie week (for vacation, etc.)
Title Boxing Reminder
If you think you missed your chance for a free two-week membership at Title Boxing Missoula, you are wrong. Title Boxing is still offer this sweet deal to Bikram Yoga Missoula students. Check them out (HERE).
Joe Is Back!
Visiting teacher Joe Garrido will be back with us at starting in late June. Joe will join Please stop in, say hi, and give him a good old Missoula welcome. If you don't remember Joe from last summer, here's a little bit about him.
Joe was born and raised in Chicago, IL. A former Bar Owner and DJ decided he wanted to change his life. Through Bikram Yoga he did exactly that. Joe has been practicing Bikram Yoga for over 5 years, since May of 2009. After his first class he was hooked and practiced everyday. After a month of doing yoga everyday he started what he called his "Bikram Yoga for Charity Challenge" to raise money for The Lupus Foundation. It was at that time he decided that he wanted to become a Teacher. The following year in the Spring of 2010 he went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. Since then he has been teaching and traveling all over the U.S. and in September, 2014 he will start traveling and teaching all over the world. Joe says, "I love my yoga life, It has helped me and others grow in my heart, mind, body & soul."
Stay up to date with our daily or weekly schedule HERE.
Posture of the Month: Standing Bow Pose
The second posture in the standing series is Standing Bow Pose. Standing Bow is, perhaps, one of the most graceful postures - even if you hardly feel as though you can get into it. Like the other postures in the standing series, it challenges us to focus, balance on one leg, and put all of our attention toward not pushing ourselves past the correct form.
When you first begin Standing Bow Pose, you can notice the following things:
- Is my foot facing the mirror? It is important that your standing foot is straight and strong.
- Where are my eyes? In this balancing posture your eye gaze will help determine your balance. Focus straight ahead.
- As you reach back for your foot, notice the opening of your shoulder and chest. Even the very beginning of this posture offers a slight twist to the upper spine. Notice how your shoulder, neck, and chest feel. Are they open enough to continue?
- Notice the alignment of your thighs and draw your knees back together. How do you quadriceps feel? Your knees?
Answers to all of these questions can help you work with where your body is today, right now. They will also help you attend to the subtle details of the posture and will help you avoid some of the common ways we lose the integrity of the posture.
- Focus your energy initially on your standing foot. You should feel the foot equally anchored on both sides and your weight should be slightly forward, into the ball of the foot.
- When you reach around to grab your foot from the inside, make sure that your hand is round the base of the ankle.
- As you raise your other arm up, reach it up toward the ceiling; feel your torso stretch upward before you even begin.
- Finally, the emphasis in this posture is the kick into your hand. Focus your energy on kicking your foot into your hand. As your leg, hip, and back gain flexibility the kick will naturally being your body forward and down. If you just bring your body down, you're missing out of some of the important benefits of this posture.
- improved circulation from one side of the body to the other.
- increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage
- improves lung capacity
- tightens abdominal wall and upper thighs
- tightens upper arms, hips, and buttocks
- improves focus, concentration, and patience