Today was my first day off from yoga. I woke up considerably less sore than I was yesterday! I can’t wait to go to the 4:30 class tomorrow!
Since I have nothing to talk about pertaining to my daily class, I thought I would educate you on Bikram Yoga. I really had no idea about it other than it was, “Hot Yoga.” Bikram Yoga is the same whether you take a class in Seattle, New York, or India. It is the same 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises (compared to a marathon, 26.2 miles, in more ways than one) done in the same sequence. If you become a Bikram Yoga addict in Seattle, and travel to Hawaii for vacation, find a Bikram Yoga studio, you can jump right into class, expecting the same instruction you receive in Seattle. (I guess I can’t really say, “same” as each instructor as his/her own style, but the curriculum is the same).
Here’s a more detailed explanation of the history, taken from http://www.bikramyoga.com/ (I recommend visiting the site)
Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury (that’s him above) is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India™. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with India’s most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Author of the most popular book on Yoga, The Autobiography of a Yogi, and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles).
Bikram practiced Yoga at least four to six hours every day at Ghosh’s College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, he won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated for the following three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.
At seventeen, an injury to his knee during a weight-lifting accident brought the prediction from leading European doctors that he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement, he had himself carried back to Bishnu Ghosh’s school, for he knew that if anyone could help to heal his knee, it was his teacher. Six months later, his knee had totally recovered. Ghosh was a celebrated physical culturist and the first to scientifically document Yoga’s ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body.
Bikram was asked by Ghosh to start several Yoga schools in India. The schools were so successful that at Bishnu’s request Bikram traveled to Japan and opened two more. He has since brought his curative methods of Yoga therapy around the world.