Bikram Yoga Missoula Newsletter
July, 2016     
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Tuesday, June 21 @ 4 pm w/ Lori

Friday, June 24 @ 9:30 am w/ Emily



"My life, I realize suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August, but here it is, July, and my life, this year, is July inside of July." 
~ Rick Bass

"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." 
~ Henry James












Dear friends, 

Summer is upon us! The sun is out, the rivers are hopping with fish, and the trails are full of people walking, running, and biking their ways around one of the best parts of this country. We love Missoula this time of year and we know you do, too.  Can't wait to see you in the hot room. 


and the BYM crew


July 4th Schedule Change 
Friday July 1, 6:30 am and 9:30 am ONLY.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday: 9:30 am ONLY. 

Summer Challenge is ON!
The summer challenge began June 5 and so far we have 20 people who have put themselves in the ring. Let's cheer them on as they pursue this awesome summer commitment to yoga.
New Hot Vinyasa
We are so excited to be offering a new opportunity to further your relationship with yourself.  The Hot Vinyasa will be challenging but rewarding. The sequence will be guided at the most accessible level, but will still hold challenges and options to do less or to expand deeper. The room will be heated to 100 degrees with low humidity; the rest of the heat will be built internally through breath work. This is an excellent way of building upper body strength and is a beautiful compliment to the Core 40 and the 26 & 2. 
We will be offering two sneak peek classes before adding it to the schedule permanently in July. Come play and experience something new on Tuesday, June 21st at 4 pm with Lori, and Friday, June 24th at 9:30 am with Emily! 


BYM Welcomes Nomad Family Yoga
Let's give a warm Missoula welcome to our newest visiting teachers Jenna Rosene and Josh Biro of Nomad Family Yoga. We're pretty excited that they can come teach here at BYM as a part of their family "world tour" and we are looking forward to getting to know a family that has made such clear, intentional life choices. Josh and Jenna (and Arjuna and Lux!) will be here from June 19-23. If you want to know more about them, check out their website and blog here.

Kombucha on Tap
Attention kombucha loving yogis, you have a reason to celebrate: locally made, small-batch kombucha from Nourishing Cultures is now available at BYM for $1/4 oz. There are many health benefits that can be derived from drinking the fermented tea and as an added bonus, it just tastes really good. You can learn more about the benefits of kombucha here, and more about Nourishing Cultures hereLook for the mason jars in the studio. You can drink it in-house and leave the dirty jars in the bin on top of the fridge, or take it to go.  

BYM is on Instagram
That's right, Bikram Yoga Missoula is making its way in the Instagram world. If you have yoga pictures or pictures of yourself in the Bikram or Core 40 postures, don't forget to hashtag #BYM or #bikramyogamissoula. And don't be photo shy - want your pictures!

Need An Office With Free Good Vibes?
If you are looking for a new mediation space or a simple office there is an available office space for rent in the Bikram studio. $300/month includes everything. Ask Cheryl if you wan to check it out (wait until you see the gorgeous exposed brick - the room is a complete hidden gem).

Schedule Updates:
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Yoga Etiquette: Being on Time
We have all been there: you look at the clock and it says 8:30 am, but then you look again and it says 9:10! In a mad dash, you grab your yoga mat and water bottle and race out the door, fly to the studio, run up the stairs, strip your t-shirt off, race into the room and BOOM, class begins. You exhale deeply and thank your lucky stars you made it.
Life can be crazy busy, we know that. We know that sometimes yoga only happens because it is literally squeezed in between meetings or errands. And we know that the moment of relief when you arrive is sweet. But dearest yogis, we invite you to think about yoga differently. What if your yoga practice began with the moment you decided to come to yoga?
What if everything about your practice - from the drive/bike/walk to the studio, to the climb up the stairs, to the moment you place your mat on the floor, to the sweaty post-class laundry was a part of your yoga?
We decided to write about this here because we've seen so many of you rushing in, just barely catching class. Our classes begin and end promptly precisely because we respect that the class is just one part of your day. We want to be reliable for you so that you can get here and practice, but we're struggling to make that happen and we need your help. We are hoping that those of you who are timeliness challenged (you know who you are!) will take a moment and reflect on your habits and daily patterns and make the changes you need to make to arrive here with just 5 minutes to spare. We think you might be pleasantly surprised.

 Posture of the Month: The Floor Series

Raise your hand if you've ever looked forward to the floor series because you're just dying to lie down and rest a little. Yep, you're not alone.  Savasana brings us to the mat, and as we move into the floor series it can feel like we've moved into a lower gear.
But the floor series, if anything, is intended to be the harder work of the whole set of postures. In fact, many teachers view standing series as preparation for the spine work happening in the floor postures. Bikram himself said, "All the standing exercises, they are warm-up. The floor exercises are the serious Yoga."
The reason the floor series requires so much warm up is that the postures in it require the spine to move in a wide variety of ways. In the standing series the spine primarily moves forward and backward (with the exception of the side bends in Half Moon). The floor series builds on these by intensifying the forward bends (in postures like Rabbit) and backbends (in postures like Camel). However, the floor series also introduces postures that specifically strengthen the muscles around the spine (such as a Cobra, Locust, Full Locust, and Bow) and it introduces twists.
A spinal twist means that the upper body and lower body move in opposite directions in much the same way as wringing out a dishrag. Twists offer vital benefits to the body, but they need to be practiced with conscientious movements and mindful listening. Twists happen in the floor series in belly-down savasana (where the head is turned to the side), Head to Knee with Stretching Pose (when we try to bring the opposite elbow toward the floor) and in Spine Twisting Pose (in which the entire spine twists, top to bottom).
The floor series also introduces a different kind of energy and a more obvious movement between what Bikram calls, "big effort, the total relation." Rather than simply pause between postures, we take a 20-second, belly-down savasana in order to allow the body to absorb the benefits from the postures. And after each savasana we gather and build energy by using the breath and the core to sit up and stretch forward.
The floor series brings important new elements to the 26-posture series. If you listen hard to the dialogue and make your best effort during each short posture, the floor series can give you vital information about your body, mind, and spirit.