Noon vinyasa classes will take a summer hiatus. Look for them again in the fall.
We like to order from Onzie and Mika once a month, so please let us know if you would like to order something for yourself. You can check them out here and here.
"Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire."
~ John Dewey
"Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all of my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands."
~ Linda Hogan
We wanted to let you, dear reader of this newsletter, know how grateful we are that you're reading this. Each month we think carefully about how we use this newsletter to share important studio news, information about postures, and to give you a way to participate in the decisions we make about our schedule. The new summer schedule will go into effect on May 1, so we hope that if you haven't completed our summer survey you'll click over and give us some feedback.
Can't wait to see you in the hot room!
and the BYM crew
Steve Halpin Memorial
It is with happy memories and sad hearts that we approach the anniversary of Steve Halpin's death this Easter. Steve was a dedicated yogi and a vital part of the spirit of Bikram Yoga Missoula. Some of you may not have known Steve and if you would like to learn more about him, you can read this article
that features his journey through cancer and yoga. You can read his lovely and moving obituary here.
To honor Steve's dedication, perseverance, and spirit, our 9:30 am class on April 20 will be free and we will honor him in the rest of the classes during the day.
New Summer Schedule
Warm air and sunny, blue skies mean it is time to put the finishing touches on the summer schedule, which will go into effect on Friday, May 1. Please, pretty please, let us know what your preferences are for that schedule by taking this quick survey.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Summer Challenge
If energy, dedication, and camaraderie can define success, then the summer challenge last year was a wild success. We're gearing up to try it again and are hoping many of you will be up for this unique and epic challenge. Here are the terms:
- runs from June 1- October 1
- you must come three times/week EVERY WEEK
- you can have one freebie week (for vacation, etc.)
Everyone who completes the challenge will be eligible to win a FREE YEAR MEMBERSHIP! (We will draw names out of a hat to find a winner.)
Don't Miss These Deals
BYM student, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and owner of Inner Wisdom Hypnotherapy, Clark Patton, is offering a 50% discount on your first hypnotherapy session through April 30th. You can learn more about Clark and about hypnotherapy here.
Also, massage therapist extraordinaire, Kristen Gregoire is still offering a special deal for BYM students. If you are a new client to her you can get 15% off as well as either a free TMJ treatment or a facial cupping treatment. Learn more about Kristen here.
Stay up to date with our daily or weekly schedule HERE.
Posture of the Month: Eagle
Twisty, tangled up Eagle pose is the third and final posture of the warm up series and it is also the first balancing posture. Half moon warms up the spine, awkward pose warms up the muscles, and eagle warms up all 14 of your largest joints.
Eagle often makes new students wary because it seems like it would be complicated with one arm under the other and one leg over the other. Luckily, like all postures in the Bikram series, you can gain the full benefits of this posture even if you can't wrap your foot all the way (or at all!) or if you can't pull your fingers below your nose (or wrap your arms at all!).
In Eagle, you can notice the following things:
- How tight are your shoulders today? Your wrists?
- How is your balance? Is your foot rooted into your mat with both sides of the foot equally resting on the mat?
- How are your hips feeling?
- Where are your eyes? The eye gaze is important in all postures, but especially so in the balancing postures.
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.
Some of the most important benefits of this posture come from the compression of the lymph nodes under the arms and in the hip crease. When you wrap the arms and legs these two lymph sites compress while the lymph nodes under the chin and in your lower back stretch.
So if you are new to this posture and cannot wrap your arms all the way, you can put your hands on your shoulders and pull your elbows down toward the floor and achieve the same effect. Similarly, you should begin by simply wrapping the legs as much as you can and sitting down low. Even with these accommodations you will receive the full benefit of the posture.
Balancing on one leg can be another challenge. Bring your weight back into your heel as much as possible and keep your eyes on one point in the mirror.
Benefits (as listed in Bikram Yoga):
- improved flexibility in hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, and wrists
- supplies fresh blood to the reproductive and sex organs
- increases circulation to the kidneys
- tones the calves, thighs, and hips as well as the latissiums dorsi, trapezius, and deltoid muscles