Bikram Yoga Missoula Newsletter
November, 2015     
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Christmas and New Years Schedules

12/24: 9:30 ONLY
12/25: CLOSED
12/26: 9:30 & 4:00
12/31: 9:30 & 4:00
1/1: 4:00 ONLY
Trucker Hats!
The newest logo gear is in - trucker hats in the coolest colors you can imagine. Next up, hoodies will be arriving soon. Keep an eye out! 

New Class/
Free Class

Saturday, December 12: try out the Core 40 class at noon and it will be FREE. 

The Core 40 is a 90-minute class. The room will be slightly cooler (around 100-103 degrees). It will be listed on the schedule beginning in January, but in the meantime, come see firsthand what all the rage is about! 

College Night
Thursday night 6 pm classes are College Nights. A valid college ID gets you into class for a $5 drop-in.

Friend-ly Reminder
Remember to bring your friends to class with you. Bring three friends and get 20% off a class card or merchandise! (Grab a punch card from the desk!)



"If anything is sacred, the human body is sacred." 

~ Walt Whitman
"To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine." 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson









Dear fellow yogis and yoginis,

It's December and change is in the air. As we begin to celebrate the end of 2015 and think about welcoming 2016, we're feeling grateful for our community of yogis. We hope that despite the tumult and calamity of the world around us - and even in our own daily lives - BYM has remained a place of positivity and peace, a place to talk with people we love, and also listen deeply to ourselves.
January promises some new exciting changes, but we take comfort in knowing that these wonderful things will stay the same.
Warmest regards,

and the BYM crew


Cheryl is Coming Home 
with a New Class!
Bikram yoga Missoula is excited to offer a new class starting in January 2016. December 12th, 2015 at NOON we will be offering a FREE preview of the core 40. 

Core 40 is based on the Bishnu Gosh lineage, the same lineage from which Bikram created the familiar 26 and 2 series we teach in our current classes.  Tony Sanchez's Core 40 is designed to deepen any practice by building internal heat and focus more on the body developing sustainability, concentration, alignment, upper body strength, balance, breath control, mindful movement, mental and physical flexibility. 

We ask that you come explore new postures and advance the fundamentals of your current practice. Depending on the class, we have the opportunity to try different postures that will compliment each posture in the current 26 + 2 series. 

Whether you're a beginner or advanced practitioner this class is for you.  I hope you can find the time to deepen your practice with this class and enjoy it as much as I do. I have had an amazing experience learning the Core 40 and can't wait to share it with you. 

Much love, light and inner peace. 


PS: The picture above is Cheryl living it up with the famous yogi, Tony Sanchez.

We're Sad to Say Goodbye to You, 2015 

2015 has been an amazing year here at BYM. As we begin to anticipate the coming of 2016, we want to reflect on what a great ride this year has been. Here are some of the highlights:

  • We began this year with a brand new logo and a whole new look for the studio.
  • We expanded our ordering to new merchants in order to bring a more diverse selection of apparel in an effort to fit every kind of hot yoga body and every hot yogi's preferences.
  • We listened to you and changed our schedule with the seasons - and we added a new class, Technique Tuesday, to meet the many requests we had for more specific, personal feedback in class.
  • We helped you foster well-being for your whole self by meeting your needs for therapy and cross training by creating connections with Lambert Chiropractic, massage therapist Kristen Gregoire, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Clark Patton, and Title Boxing.
  • We saw some wonderful teachers come and go - Angeline, Frank, and Joe - a teacher return to us - Emily! - and a new teacher  - Carrie - who stepped up to the podium like a veteran straight out of training.
  • We gathered for non-yoga fun and went biking on the Hiawatha Trail and floating on the Clark Fork.
  • We gave back to our community this year by donating hundreds of your dollars to the West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation, the Adara Group for Nepali Earthquake relief, The Max Wave, the Sletvold Family Fundraiser, and the Watson's Children's Shelter.
This has been a great year in the studio. We couldn't have done it without you! 

Schedule Updates:
Stay up to date with our daily or weekly schedule  HERE.

Posture of the Month: 
Tadasana, Tree Pose
Ah, the relief of Tree Pose. After the intensity of the standing series, Tadasana or Tree Pose, comes as a welcome respite. Tree pose improves posture and balance and the flexibility of the ankles, knees, and hips.  One of the most important things to know about tree stand is that if you try too hard, you aren't doing it right. Here are some tips:
  • Before you even get into the posture: Don't use the entry into Tree Pose as your time fix your mat and towel or have a drink of water. For some reason, this is sometimes a popular moment for all kinds of adjusting - maybe we anticipate of quietness of this posture? Nevertheless, once you finish Stand Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose, you are already facing the mirror and in the perfect position to begin Tree. So stay there!
  • Find your feet: Before you lift one leg, pause to ground your standing foot into the ground. Try to feel the four corners of your foot (the inner and outer edge of the ball of the foot and the heel) pressing into the mat. Draw your thigh muscles up tight and stretch up tall.
  • Go slowly: Tree pose is a hip opening posture, which means that one of its essential roles is to let you know where your hips are tight. Most of us hear that message loud and clear! However, the hip is attached to the knee so you have to be very, very careful about how quickly you move into the posture. If you move too deeply into the posture you will either 1) put damaging pressure on your knee and/or 2) poke your rear end out behind you.
  • Hold the foot: Most people need to hold the foot with their opposite hand and this is not a bad thing! It is quite advanced to be able to hold the foot on the thigh without slipping - especially because we are so sweaty by that time in class! Hold the foot gently in your hand and use the hand to gently (very gently) guide the sole of the foot up toward the ceiling. Look in the mirror and make sure that the shoulder of the raised hand has stayed in line with the other shoulder. Both shoulders should be even.
  • Notice alignment and stretch up tall: Once you have your foot in position (held in your hand or not), notice the position of your hips. Your hips should look just like they would if both feet were on the ground. Find your own eyes in the mirror and stretch your spine up tall - as though you were being lifted gently by the hair on the top of your head.
Done correctly, Tree Pose is a traction posture because one of the main goals is to lift up through the crown of the head and stretch the vertebrae, creating space between them. Tree Pose is a quiet posture. On the most basic level, it asks us to root down through the standing leg and grow up from the tops of our head and all in one group, spend a minute or so just blooming.