Note: I’m not a yoga teacher. Any time you want to do (Bikram) Yoga you should listen to the teacher, not just some blogger with a yoga mat and a camera. What I write is based on my personal knowledge and experiences.
Also, this whole lots of pictures and little bit of text-blogging is not really my thing, but I’m want to do a post with pictures like this every two months to see if you can see any progress.
I fucking love backbends.
This is the first backbend of the Bikram Yoga series. Bikram Yoga isn’t perfect (you train and stretch a lot of your muscles but not everything) but one thing it DOES give you is a flexible spine.
In Benjamin Lorr’s Hell-Bent* there is an entire part dedicated to the science of why backbends are so beneficial — This made a lot of sense to me. I had a lot of (lower) back pain in her teens and has NONE these days, I am sure I owe my healthy back to Bikram Yoga.
Also, the adrenaline spike when you come out of it is pretty good.
Balancing Stick. Also known as The Reason Why You Shouldn’t Wear A Loose Shirt For A Picture, also known as I Know Now How I’ll Look When I’m Pregnant.
Triangle Pose. I love and loathe this pose, as written in this (long ass) article. This posture requires a lot of strength from me, I have to contract a lot of muscles for a while — And that’s my weak spot. I’m flexible but not very strong, not for very long. Luckily, my technique is okay! I just need to keep at it.
Camel Pose: Another backbend. If I wasn’t wearing this damn loose T-shirt, you would have been able to see I have a good rounded spine, but alas — The world will never know.
Camel Pose is the highlight of the whole series of Bikram Yoga Postures and it can be intense. I like it.
And the last one, my ultimate favorite…
This pose is known for its Party Trick value: If you tell people you do yoga and they ask for a demo, you go into this one. It has a lot going on and can look quite impressive: Balancing on one leg, going down with your upper body and one leg high in the air. Some people can even do a Standing Bow in full split — which is SO pretty and I’m totally not jealous except yes I am.
But that’s not why I love this posture so much. I love it because it’s one of the postures I have to work very hard in but I can stay relaxed in the posture at the same time. Also, I can move within the posture, while working that hard, to make it better. I can (re)lock my leg, stretch further with my arm, kick my leg up higher while in the posture. And when I fall out, I just get back up and do it again.
I think it’s a great metaphor for life.
Work (very) hard but find relaxation within what you do, if you can. When you are in challenging situations, keep moving, keep doing things to make it better. And when you fall, you get back up again.
*I’ll stop mentioning this book and referencing to it when a better Bikram Yoga book comes out. It might be a while.