Bikram Yoga Missoula Newsletter
March, 2015     
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In The Middle of a $30/30 Days?


If you are in the middle of a 30/30 deal we have a new deal for you. If you sign up for our auto-pay or buy a class package before your 30/30 runs out you can get 20% off. That's 20% off of any class package or 20% off your first month of auto-pay.


Onzie Order?

If you're interested in ordering something from Onzie, talk with Cheryl to place your order by March 10.


For Free!!


Now that we have our new, gorgeous logo, we find that we have many, many too many yellow BYM bags with the old logo. So we want to give them to you for free. Seriously - if you see them on the benches in the lobby take one or three. They're washable, reusable, and excellent for post-yoga clothes or groceries.  





If you love the cool, lavender washrags after class, then please help us keep them! Since December about half of them have walked away from the studio. If you have accidentally taken them home, please bring them back to us! 




Isagenix Replenish


We will now be offering a new hydration option: Isagenix Replenish for $1.50 each. Check them out HERE.  









"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."







"Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy. It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity."


~ Henri Nouwen













 March is arriving with so much news! New logo gear, new rewards for being a BYM student, new deals for $30/30 days students, and maybe even a new class on the schedule. Keep reading for details and follow the link to the survey below to give us your opinions about how BYM can be its best for you.  We can't wait to see you in the hot room.  


Warmest Regards,
and the BYM crew


Out With Challenges, In With Rewards


If you're a regular at BYM you know that a consistent yoga practice brings a lot of rewards. In fact, that's part of the reason we create challenges - to help you find the motivation to come in regularly and revel in your benefits. However, we also know that yoga is just one part of serving the whole health of your body. Sometimes everyone can benefit from therapeutically massaged muscles and/or a different kind of power cardio workout.   


So this month we are excited to offer you some rewards instead of challenges. For the month of March, if you are a current BYM student you will be able to get discounts on massages with Kristen Gregiore, and a sweet introductory deal with Title Boxing of Missoula. Here are the array of deals:

  • Kristen Gregoire: Current BYM students can book a massage in March or April and a free TMJ or fascial cupping treatment for free (ask for it when you book!). NEW students who book in March or April get 15% off as massage.
  • Title Boxing of Missoula: All BYM students who are new to Title Boxing can get TWO WEEKS FREE. Also, if you decide to join after the two weeks you will receive a discounted enrollment fee.

Cross-training can serve your yoga practice in innumerable ways. The explosive action of boxing works your muscles, heart, and lungs in completely new ways. So give it a try - there's no risk! All you need to do is tell them that you are a student at Bikram Yoga Missoula. Easy as pie.



New Logo, New Styles


Hold onto your hats: the much-anticipated new logo has arrived! We were very excited to reveal the new Bikram Yoga Missoula look last month and now we have a variety of sizes, styles, and colors of t-shirts in stock. Stickers will be arriving next week and since they're only $2 a piece, you can get one for your water bottle, your bike, your helmet, your computer.....You get the idea.


So come see what we've got and find the best way to show your Bikram Yoga Missoula pride!



60-Minute Noon Class?


As we continue to search for the perfect class schedule that meet the most peoples' needs, we will keep sending out these quick surveys. This one has ONLY TWO QUESTIONs! First, we're wondering what you think of a 60-minute Bikram-style class at noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. Although the class wouldn't offer quite the same benefits as a full 90-minute class, there are some great added potential benefits: some yoga is better than none (of course!) and it moves more quickly and is therefore more cardio intensive.  Here's more info:

  • This class would include all of the Bikram postures, but we would only do them one time through.
  • The room would still be as hot and humid as ever.
  • Cost for the class would be the same as the other classes.

Please think hard about this before answering. If you could commit to coming once a week, then yes, please say "go for it," but if you think it sounds good in theory, but know it wouldn't actually fit into your lunch break... please tell us to pass on it.


Our second question is about kids camps, which are just exploring. Click HERE for the survey.

Schedule Updates:

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



Posture of the Month: Half Moon Pose With Hands To Feet Pose               



Half Moon Pose with Hands to Feet Pose, or Ardha-Chandrasana with Pada-Hastasana, is the very first welcoming posture of the traditional Bikrma series. Although it can be one of the more challenging postures for students, it is a warm up posture because it has within it so many other qualities you will use throughout class: it requires your spine to bend in all four directions, it requires balance, and it requires conscious, slow breathing. Importantly, too, it is the first chance we have to really check in with how our bodies are feeling. When you arrive in half moon, you can notice: 

  • How does it feel to bend side to side?
  • How do you shoulders and wrists feel as you interlace your fingers?
  • Are you balancing well or do your feet want to come apart?
  • How is your gaze? It is focused in one place in the mirror?
  • Where do you feel the backbend today?
  • The forward bend?

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. 

Beginner's Tips:

  1. First, be patient. When students first begin working in this posture, it might not look like much is happening, but it takes flexibility and strength to clasp your hands in the steeple position, biceps to the ears. For many people, this first part of the posture takes practice.
  2. Don't bend forward at the waist in the first part of the posture. When your shoulders, wrists, and/or lower back get tight, it can be tempting to bend forward at the waist. Don't do it! Stay upright and imagine that you are stretching your spine apart, making space between the disks.
  3. Keep those elbows and knees straight. Again, this posture gets many of us in our tightest places (shoulders, neck and upper or lower back), and while in the posture it might seem to relieve the intensity to bend the elbows or knees. In fact, if you bend the elbows or knees you are just avoiding stretching the places that need to stretch. If the posture becomes too intense, refer back to point number one above: be patient. 


Posture Benefits (as listed in Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class)Both postures trim the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.



Half Moon:

  • gives quick energy and vitality
  • improves and strengthens every muscle  in the central part of the body, especially in the abdomen
  • increases the flexibility of the spine
  • corrects bad posture
  • promotes proper kidney function
  • helps cure enlargement of the liver and spleen, dyspepsia, and constipation
  • increases flexibility and strength of the rectus abdominus, latissimus dorsi, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles


Hands to Feet Pose:

  • increases flexibility of the spine and sciatic nerves and most of the ligaments and tendons of the legs
  • strengthens the biceps of calves and thighs
  • greatly improves circulation in the legs and to the brain
  • strengthens rectus abdominus, gluteus maximus, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles