Bikram Yoga Missoula Newsletter
September, 2015     
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Winter Schedule
The winter schedule will begin October 1. Give us your feedback about it in the survey here

New Mika Order
We will place a new Mika order on Friday, September 4. Please let Cheryl know if you would like to add anything to the order. You can peruse the Mika site here.

Technique Tuesday
This month the TT class will be taught by Angeline and Jessica on Tuesday, September 1 at 4 pm. 

Labor Day Schedule
During the holiday weekend we will offer Friday/Sat/Sunday/Monday 9:30 am ONLY. Challenge participants, make sure to get your challenge classes in!



"You said live out loud, and die, you said lightly, and over and over again you said be." 

~ RM Rilke

"Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath."

~ Kabir







Dear fellow yogis and yoginis,

If you live in or around Missoula you know that this month has been one wild, smoky ride. Instead of the blazing hot, dry month we might expect, we've been waking up to a cool, day-long haze. In recent weeks our normal trails and rivers have been quite nearly uninhabitable and many of you have found refuge in the hot room. We hope you will keep coming in to douse your lungs in clean, humid air. We  can't wait to see you soon!

Warmest Regards,
and the BYM crew

   Summer Challenge is ALMOST Over

Unbelievably, the summer challenge is almost over. There is only one week remaining for our amazing challengers to keep up their three-class-a-week schedule. Next Sunday, September 6 will be the last day of the challenge. On September 15 we will draw to see which of our challengers will win a free year of yoga! The drawing will take place on Tuesday, September 15 in the 9:30 am class (but you don't have to be present to win).
Thank you to all of you who have risen to this annual yoga challenge. You are truly amazing. 


Vote on the Winter Schedule
The winter schedule begins on October 1. We're thinking about offering more early morning classes and fewer evening classes, and are curious about your interest in 60-minute morning classes at either 6 or 6:30 am. 60-minute classes would cost the same amount as 90-minute classes, but we've heard considerable interest in an option for a shorter class session. Please let us know what you think! The survey is here.

Please let us know what you think! The survey will close on September 15!

Sad Goodbyes, Happy Hellos
This month we will say goodbye to Angeline and Frank. Angeline's last class will be on Tuesday, September 1 at 4 pm (for Technique Tuesday!) and Frank's last class will be on Wednesday, September 2 at 6 pm.
However, we also get to welcome back a happy, familiar face - Emily Sumstine is coming back to visit! Her first class back will be Saturday, September 5 at 9:30 am. 

Here is Emily's note to you! "Hello Missoula! I am so excited to be returning and seeing all of your lovely faces! Over the past year or so I've been traveling and teaching a bit. I was fortunate enough to live and teach in New Zealand and then travel through Australia and South East Asia teaching along the way. I can't wait to see those happy smiling faces in camel. See you soon!"



Schedule Updates:
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Posture of the Month: Triangle Pose
Whether you're new to Bikram yoga or a veteran, Triangle pose is one of the more memorable postures in the series. Some people remember it because there are a lot of directions and others because you get a little twisted up, but many of us think of only one thing when we think of Triangle: it's hard!
Triangle pose is sometimes referred to as "the top of the mountain" in the Bikram series because many of the previous postures have prepared us for it. In previous postures, we've warmed up the hips, shoulders, middle back and neck - all parts of the body that need to be ready for action in Triangle. It also feels like "the top of the mountain" because it is so muscularly intense. Triangle is intense because it works all of your joints, muscles, tendons, and internal systems; Bikram also says it requires "a marriage between the heart and lungs."
Here are some tips for beginners:
  • When you step out to the right, make sure that your heels are aligned. This will help you rotate your hips forward.
  • Throughout the posture, pay attention to your bent knee; it should never extend out over your ankle.
  • Make sure that your back leg stays straight and strong with your foot flat on the floor. Both legs should be supporting you in this posture, but often we send too much weight forward, which puts an unfair burden on the front hip and thigh.
  • Don't forget about your arms! As you come into the posture, it's easy to forget to energize the arms. If you keep your arms straight and strong it will help you support the weight of your upper body.
  • Finally - one of the main goals of the posture is to create a straight line from your back foot, up the straight leg, through the spine, through the top of your head. Although the dialogue instructs us to put the front elbow against the knee, many of us cannot quite get there without bending the spine and moving out of the posture. If you have to choose one or the other, keep the upper body lifted away from the knee in order to keep the spine straight! (See the picture below.)

Benefits of Triangle Pose (from Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class):
  • improves every muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ.
  • revitalizes nerves, veins, and tissues.
  • helps cure lumbago and rheumatism of the lower spine.
  • creates strength and flexibility in the hip joint and muscles on the sides of the torso.
  • firms upper thighs and hips.
  • slims the waistline.
  • improves the deltoid, trapezius, scapula, and latissimus muscles.