If you practice Bikram Yoga that are some inevitable SHOULDS…

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If you practice Bikram Yoga that are some inevitable should and should not

When you step into that hot room, it should not be relevant who is teaching, who is next or behind you.

You should move around, don’t pick the same spot, don’t bring 2 water bottles, one is enough. You should not bring the extra sweat-wiper towel. Leave your cell phone off and hidden in a deep pocket of your yoga bag in the changing room. You should stop your personal rituals, it is normal we all do, they are special, but not need for them, they are distractions, we are avoiding being ourselves. We are trying to escape.

You should keep coming back.

You should tune in, that is what you are here for.

You should go to that scary place in triangle that you have been avoiding for so long, you should stay in camel pose longer.

You should relax in Savasana.

You should not blame your teacher for trying to help you in the process; she has a job to do. She should help you tune in. Not to fix you; you should fix yourself. Your teachers’ compassion toward you will not be perceived as compassion at all. But she is doing her job; you should allow it.

You should have no distractions, no outside stimuli, no escape, and no choice but to tune in.

In return in a Bikram Yoga class guarantees a better you, a stronger you, it should help you physically, mentally and emotionally to be yourself. If we allow ourselves to get rid of all those road blocks and directly yet slowly face what is really scaring us in class we’re building useful neural pathways that will allow us to do the same when faced with fears and challenges outside of the hot room.

Your yoga teacher,

Namaste

A non Yoga story…

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My yoga journey didn’t start because I had the intention of becoming a “yogi” or had the call to connect with myself or anything spiritual whatsoever, my yoga story started actually in the most physical way imaginable. It was really a 6 words phrase that would forever change my life: “You have an immune disorder disease”. It was in 2005 when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis; a disease that affects not only bone joints, but also organs in your body, the excruciating pain that I went through for almost 2 years before I was properly diagnosed was the worst period of my entire life. So knowing what was causing the pain as bad as it sounded; it gave me some relief. I was also told that there is no cure.  

What I did with my life from that day on, that is my real yoga story, in pain and with very limited mobility in most of my body, I joined Bikram Yoga. The honest truth is the fact that it was in a heated room got my attention, being from Mexico and leaving in Canada by then for over 5 years and the fact that everyone kept telling my that this yoga was extremely therapeutic was enough to make sign in for a 1 year membership. I had nothing to loose, well a lot of weight from been almost immobile for so long, and the pain was my excuse and my salvation, what an irony right?

It’s in 2007 not to long after joining my very first class, along with the right and proper medical care I decided to become a Yoga Instructor.

I had quite a few medals over my neck like a Panamerican record in Kayaking, a Black Belt in Karate, waterskiing, and dancing professionally among others, that I am sure gave my the motivation to keep on going to keep trying to never give up. And I never did. I decided to swim not sink.

I graduated in beautiful Hawaii in 2007 and have been teaching since then. And loving it!

When I teach I communicate with all of my heart. I put lots of energy into it. I have the capacity as a teacher to lead students in the direction of themselves; I don’t fix people I help them fix themselves. My job is to tell students what to do and how to do it, that shows respect and is honest. Yoga is about precision of intent, just like I did; one class at a time, one posture at a time, just show up, that is sometimes the hardest thing to do. See you in class; can’t wait to help you in your yoga journey and write you story.

Namaste