90-minutes to Spare: Taking the Time to Look at the Original 90-minute vs. the 60-minute Bikram Class
Bikram Yoga is 90 mins, and in recent years there's been a huge increase in 75 mins, 60 mins and even 45 mins classes that gives you a workout but allows you to 'save' time. One one hand it offers versatility and gets a workout in on busy days, but on the other hand, is society so intent on doing so much that we try to shorten everything so we can rush off to the next thing. However, what does that extra half hour away from the hot room actually give you? Please take two minutes to readthis blog which gives some insight between the two classes:
"I'm worth 90 minutes."
Actor Wang Deshun, walked the runway during China Fashion Week in Beijing and slayed it, redefinining stereotypes and has become known as China's "hottest grandpa". However what's truly inspiring about this national icon is his journey and his attitude to never give up.
We can all do with a good chuckle and what better way to have a laugh than seeing animals in their natural habitat. This year 40 photos have been selected as finalists in the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards and a winner will be picked at the end of Nov. Click on the link to see the others, below are just some of the best of what nature has to offer!
John Salvatore is well known in the Bikram world as one of the most charismatic and entertaining teachers in the room. I have been fortunate enough to take his class several times, and loved it every time. His personality isn't just for in the room, having spent time with him, I know firsthand that his friendliness and zest for life extends to every part of his life. He's also a performer for the Jersey Boys in Las Vegas. While that certainly helps with his stage presence as a teacher, he also credits Bikram Yoga not only with helping him to focus mentally, but also with finding a connection with the human spirit through teaching.
"One of the main tools I use for keeping mentally focused and present onstage is my daily yoga practice.
Not only do I practice yoga once a day, I also have been a certified Bikram yoga instructor for 13 years,
teaching five to six 90-minute classes per week."
It's about time I posted up a recipe! I've been cooking since baby Estell arrived but I haven't been posting them up so tonight Nick looked after her while I managed to blog this. Risotto is such a warming comfort food but it's often ladened with cream and cheese, so I use buckwheat groats to make a healthier alternative and loaded it with assorted mushrooms. Since we've discovered buckwheat it makes a regular appearance in my recipes as it's just so versatile and easy to cook with.
In recent years there's been a lot of hype about Bikram Yoga, and with the good comes the bad. Over the last year or so I've read articles and heard people go on and on about what they don't like about it, some even not liking it because of the man who started it, rather than the method itself. As with all things in life, this particular style won't suit everyone, but is that any reason to condemn it? This well written article written by a studio owner and teacher highlights some of these points, and shows that it's all about how you approach it, as well as address some of these 'negative' points that have been brought up.
While it's super easy to make curry powder, if you don't have access to a lot of spices you can still create a delicious dish. Simply buy the curry powder pre made, then add in a few extra touches. I was tired today from being at the hospital getting scans (baby is now overdue) so I wanted to make something quick, I simple threw some vegetables together with the curry powder and still managed to create a healthy yummy dish.
There's often a misconception that just because you are a yoga teacher, you are somehow holier than thou and free from thinking and acting like any other people. Just because someone has the job title of a yogi doesn't mean they behave that way. As both a student and a teacher, I can safely say that spending most of my 20s in this industry, the one thing I am sure of is that in reality, yoga teachers are just like normal people, and that their behaviour; whether good or bad is a choice. Having the title of a teacher doesn't automatically make them better people.
Sometimes a slice of gooey chocolate cake hits the spot and this one is rich, gooey, creamy and chocolatey! The icing on the cake is that it's healthy as well! The main ingredient being sweet potato, which adds a natural sweetness to the cake. I found some soy whipped cream from a vegan store and that turned out to be the perfect combination with the rich decadent dessert, guilt free indeed!
This meal was surprisingly filling and kept us full the whole night, who knew a simple vegetable like cauliflower combined with protein rich flour would do the trick! I used a combination of chickpea and almond as they both contain protein and are quite mild so it the spices in the mix can come through. If you want more of a protein hit use almond milk instead of soy for the batter.
"I am not what happened to me,
I am what I choose to become"
Carl Gustave Jung
I'm Binny, a full time Bikram Yoga teacher that lives in Perth, Australia.
I started this blog to share the things I love the best in the world: being healthy and happy, food (especially raw), yoga, traveling and most importantly, learning how to love and be true to myself.
I suffered from severe digestive problems when I was younger, being gluten and lactose intolerant, and developed compartment syndrome and fibromyalgia in my teens. I have lived with constant pain for over 13 years now.
Over the past 10 years, I've shifted to a mainly plant based diet and realised that being well and healthy is a way of life. I have been teaching Bikram yoga since 2011, in the US and Australia. Due to my health issues I've also had a lot of bodywork done as well as explored alternative therapies.
I've become much more aware of myself as a result of all this - physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Right now I love my life. In my career I love what I do and I do what I love. I have traveled to some amazing places around the world and made lifelong friends. In between working and traveling, I cook up a storm in the kitchen, especially raw desserts, spend time with the people I love the best and also my dog Caileag, and I try to listen to my body the best I can.
I truly believe that we all have the power and the capabilities to heal our own bodies, to nourish the spirit and seek our own happiness and life's purpose. This my journey...
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