Bikram Yoga Missoula Newsletter
July, 2015     
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Punch Card Expirations

A quick heads-up to all of you who have class punch cards: a reminder about the expiration date for your punch card will come to you via email. Keep an eye out!



Tonic and Manduka!

We are excited to offer new clothes from Tonic and headbands from Manduka. Check them out and let us know if you want to order! 


We also still have the Onzie and Mika orders available. You can check them out here and here.



Technique Tuesday

This month the TT class will be on July 7 at 4 pm with Jessica and Joe.






Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything - even mountains, rivers, plants and trees - should be your teacher.


~ Morihei Ueshiba



In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.


~ Leonardo da Vinci









Dear fellow yogis and yoginis,


Well, it's no news to anyone that summer is here because it is HOT. During this time of year regular practitioners are greeted by one of the greatest benefits of a hot yoga practice: your body is really good at thermoregulation. What does that mean? It means that it isn't quite as tortured by the heat outside because it has gotten so good at adjusting to it. But just in case you need to get out into the cool rivers, we've got some great ideas below. 


Can't wait to see you in the hot room!

Warmest Regards,
and the BYM crew




Fourth of July Schedule

The 4th of July is right around the corner.  During the holiday weekend we will offer Friday/Sat/Sunday 9:30 am ONLY. Challenge participants, make sure to get your challenge classes in!




BYM Float Trip!

On Sunday, July 26 we will gather for the annual Bikram float trip. Bring your tubes and beverages to Caras Park at 9 am and we'll carpool to the put-in. This year we're going to team up with our friends over at Title Boxing. WE HOPE YOU'LL COME!!



Yoga in the Park

Missoula Parks and Recreation will host yoga in the park and two of the BYM teachers will be out there. On Tuesday, June 20 at 6 pm Jessica will be teaching a 1-hour Bikram series class at Pineview Park. On Tuesday, July 7, at 6 pm, Pam will be teaching the Bikram series with a twist at Bonner Park. Suggested donation is $3, $1 for children. 





The Max Wave Donations

We have decided to try something new instead of donation classes. Each month BYM will donate $100 to a worthy cause and we will welcome your donation as a contribution to the fund. This month we're donating to The Max Wave. You can read about them here and donate to them either at the desk or here.




One Fire Hot Yoga Festival

This October Bethesda, Maryland will host the very first-ever hot yoga festival. Teachers with amazing backgrounds in competition and teaching will be there leading students through Bikram and vinyaya classes, and teaching presentations. Get more information and check out the list of teachers here. A few of these important people have taught in Missoula - can you pick them out?


We're casting out a net to see if people might want to get together and go experience this first-time event. Perhaps we could split costs? Please let Cheryl know if you're interested!



Salmon River Yoga Retreat


If you love yoga and you love rivers, this might be for you. 208 Rafting out of Idaho is offering a 5-day float and yoga retreat on the Main Salmon River. Each morning and afternoon they will offer a yoga session lead by Lisa Bateman an instructor from Boise.  They offer "amazing meals, hikes, hot springs, and more stars than you can count each night." 


If you sign up and tell them you heard about it from BYM, you get $50 off your price.  Their website is currently under construction, but if you have more questions, you can email Zach Mason at


Schedule Updates:

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





Posture of the Month: Tuladandasana, Balancing Stick


The third posture in the balancing series, Balancing Stick, is the shortest posture in the series, but what it lacks in time spent, it makes up with the energy it requires! However, because it happens quickly in class, Balancing Stick can be a good posture to really study outside of class so that you have time to unpack all of the subtle elements of the body mechanics. Here are some tips:

  • The way you come into the very beginning of Balancing Stick is vital to your overall performance of the posture. When you draw your arms up overhead to bring your palms together, look in the mirror. Strengthen your arms and notice how your back is straight and your energy is moving straight up to the ceiling. Notice how even your hips are.
  • As you step forward, keep that energy moving upward: imagine you are shooting a beam of light right out of your fingertips.
  • Once you have stepped forward, settle your forward foot strongly into the floor, raise your kneecap, and continue lifting up through your arms and straight, flat back. 
  • Pause here, and strong, straight, and upright.
  • Notice here, again, how your hips look: they should be just as even as they were when you were standing on two legs.
  • Now, as you begin to slowly move forward, keep the energy moving through your arms and fingertips, while keeping your standing leg strong, and your hips even.
  • As your back leg begins to rise, keep the kneecap raised, and imagine light shooting out through your toes toward the back wall.

Now, if you follow these steps and are very honest with yourself, many people will not come down very far. Most people either collapse in the chest (dipping it toward the floor or rounding it toward the ceiling) or accidentally rotate the hip open sideways. Both of these adjustments put you in a completely different posture. 


In order to improve in this posture, be patient. The beauty of Balancing Stick is that you really can watch yourself and study your own alignment the whole time (until you get into quite nearly the complete posture) -- you just have to remember to watch!


Benefits of Balancing Stick 

(from Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class):

  • Perfects control and balance by improving physical, psychological, and mental powers.
  • Firms hips, buttocks, and upper thighs.
  • Increases circulation, strengthens the heart muscle, and stretches the capacity of the lungs.
  • Increases flexibility of the latissimus, deltoid, and trapezius muscles.
  • Increases flexibility and strength of the shoulders, upper arms, spine, and hip joints.