Why not? This yoga has so many amazing benefits, here's yet another perspective outlining the many bonuses this therapeutic yoga has to offer.
Yoga isn't just about stretching out the body and gaining flexibility, it's a huge mental and emotional challenge as well. When you face yourself for 90 mins it's amazing all the silent dialogue you can create in your own mind and thoughts you come up with. Part of the meditation is to learn and practice how to clear it all, taking away all the drama, endeavour to reaching a deeper level of self awareness. This article gives a few tips how to clean up your practice, taking away all the extra stuff, and learning how to accept and just be.
Had a look in my fridge today and found some leek and spinach, so soup for dinner. Originally I was going to thicken it up with potatoes but that always sits quite heavy in my stomach, so a lighter substitute was cauliflower. The subtle mustard adds a slight tang to the flavour and I must say I was quite please with the result. Leek is a very underrated vegetable, it's a delicious prebiotic, an inulin rich food that alleviates sugar cravings by nourishing your healthy bacteria.
It's always nice to read and hear of inspirational stories regarding health and overcoming challenges and this article hits the spot. As a Bikram teacher I've seen students working through debilitating diseases as well as overcome mental and emotional hardship. Yoga in all forms is so therapeutic and I speak from firsthand experience, having spent the last 15 years of my life with health problems and not being able to find a cure. Amy nails it with:
"the point I would really like to impress is, that you just can’t quit on life.
It’s not over, you can heal yourself. Just get out there and do something, anything.
Even if Bikram is not for you, no yoga is bad yoga."
I'm not a huge fan of eating for breakfast as I normally have a green juice or smoothie but Mum bought a huge bag of chia seeds the other day so I thought I'd try them out. This chia seed pudding was quick to make, and I tried it for breakfast and it wasn't bad, filling and tasty and wasn't too heavy either.
I made some extra to have as dessert as well :) The bananas and cashews went really well together. I wasn't after something very sweet, so the light creaminess of cashew worked well, and the bananas gave it a sweet taste. You can use any sort of nut milk for this, or if you want something even light try using coconut water instead.
Chia seeds delivers a huge amount of nutrients with very few calories, they were prized by the Aztecs and Mayans for their ability to provide sustainable energy. these little black seeds absorb 10-12 times their weight in water, turning into a gel like consistency and expanding in the stomach, increasing fullness and the providing fiber which also feeds the friendly bacteria in the intestine, boosting the gut health.
Jim Kallett, a senior Bikram Yoga teacher, who graduated in 1997 during Bikram's 5th Yoga Teacher Training, owner of Bikram Yoga San Diego is hosting a 13 week internet radio talk show where he discusses everything to do with yoga, and how it addresses the fundamental questions and concerns of life. It will focus on some history of Yoga, especially in the West, what is Yoga, current trends and what it means, the practical application of Yoga, proper techniques, safety, effective use, precautions, and the reality. How the proper practice of Yoga is the best, safest, most scientific tool for improving the quality and longevity of one’s life .
The second week focuses on Yoga and Self Responsibility.
“Happily, as Yoga has become so increasingly more accessible and practiced by more and more people around the world, I am excited to be able to contribute to the redirection of the discussion of Yoga (especially Bikram Yoga), back to it’s primary principles, to the practice of Hatha Yoga Asana done safely, effectively, and properly. It’s more important than ever….”
Cashews is a must have in my pantry, apart from having a wonderful delicate creamy flavour, they are packed full of goodness. they have a lower fat content than most other nuts. About 3/4 of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, which is a healthy fat, helping to lower bad cholesterol and promote heart health and cardiovascular health. It contains high levels of copper, which in turn helps regulate thyroid functions, helps the body to utilize iron, maintaining bone and connective tissue health as well as helps produce melanin.
Seeing the body from a different perspective - the fluidity and beauty of movement of the human skeletal system.
Yoga is so therapeutic for not only the body, but more importantly, providing therapy mentally and emotionally. I think it's wonderful to introduce it for PTSD as an alternative therapy rather than medicating these people. The same applies to everyone who has had trauma in their lives. I remember one time I was the doctors, the doctor treating me saw that I had fibromyalgia and compartment syndrome and she asked why I wasn't on antidepressants. When I asked her why did I need them, her answer to me was "well, don't you want to be happy?". I just laughed.
Instead of looking for a quick fix, medicating the symptoms and suppressing the problem, isn't it better to slowly over time deal with the issues in learning how to manage, overcome, accept whatever is going on and working therapeutically to release the trauma, even if it does take longer. We are so much stronger than we give ourselves credit for.
"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 and studio owner 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 16 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, which now includes a yoga husband, a mini yogini Estell, and our dog! 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...