Friday, March 25, 2011
Yoga Challenge - March 2011
Momentum is rolling for the 30 Day Yoga
Challenge at Detroit Bikram!
Congratulations to all of the yogis who are showing up every day to
practice yoga. Even those who don't practice every day are probably
feeling the effects of the energy around the studio.
If this is your first time doing a challenge you might be
experiencing a whole range of feelings, in both your body and mind.
Don't be suprised if you notice that...
- you feel amazing, relaxed, limber, comfortable in your own
skin, and completely rejuvenated
- you are less stressed during your day
- there is a little extra room in your jeans
- you feel sore in certain places or your muscles are stiff
- you have a difficult class or series of classes when you feel
less flexible than the day before
- you experience some highs and lows, ebbs and flows
All these experiences are a natural part of the Yoga Challenge.
Why such a variety or experiences? Because 'progress' in your yoga
practice is not always linear. Instead, your practice will blossom
in unpredictable ways, this direction or that direction. It's
entirely possible that you do not feel a lot of progress DURING the
Yoga Challenge. This is very common and is nothing to be concerned
about. We know from past Challenge experience that most
improvements come in the weeks and months AFTER the Challenge is
We encourage you to consider the 60 Day Yoga Challenge! It's not
every day that you have completed 30 Days in a row, so go ahead and
keep the momentum going. Go for it! Just ask for a 60 Day sticker
at the desk, and place it top of your completed 30 Day sticker.
Bikram advises 60 days in a row for complete transformation,
There are many of you who could not commit to the daily Yoga
Challenge due to your other responsibilities, so we ask you to give
this a try: simply attend a few more classes per week, and take the
classes on CONSECUTIVE DAYS. For example if you normally practice
only a couple times throughout the week, try attending 4 days in a
row! Even if you just try this once, I promise you will feel
tremendous changes in your practice. There is nothing to lose! You
will only feel better as a result.
As always, it is important to stay
hydrated when you practice daily, and even more important if you do
a 'double'. Lots of water is essential, but it is also important to
make sure you are not depleted of electrolytes and trace minerals.
If you ever feel dizzy, nauseous, or lethargic in class or
throughout the day, you might be dehydrated. Fruits (the juicier
the better) and vegetables (especially the green ones) are also
very hydrating. If you feel like you have a difficult time drinking
enough water, have a couple of apples, oranges, or grapefruits
throughout the day. Eat more green leafy veggies for lunch or
dinner. Grab a coconut water or electrolyte pack to help stay
hydrated. Educate yourself more with Jenny B's article Hydration Is A Lifestyle.
ALWAYS feel free to talk to a teacher, whether it's a technical
question about a posture, or just for some motivation and
~ Erika Budson, Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher
Erika Budson is a senior Bikram
Yoga teacher at Detroit Bikram in Michigan. Erika completed her
Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2001, and has taught over 5,000
Bikram Yoga classes in the past 10 years. She has a B.A. degree in
Early Childhood Education from Naropa University, Boulder,
Colorado. Erika is currently working on a graduate degree in
Community Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy at Wayne
State University in Detroit.