The one thing that can help your Yoga practice!

Sometimes it can be frustrating as a beginner or even as a regular practitioner to feel like you aren’t moving forward in your yoga practice.

It can be physical, mental and emotional walls we face. I personally believe that we need to understand the fundamental parts of the body that need to connect and work together. The “core” or what ancient yogis harnessed and mastered over time are called “bandha systems”.

This is what we are essentially trying to tap into and use. By understanding the importance of our core stability in our yoga practice we become increasingly in control of our long term health, longevity and wellbeing. Learning about your body and mind can have a ripple effect into your discipline as a yoga practitioner and can help to change your attitude and approach to life holistically.

At the end of the day it’s important to feel we have a choice to be in control of our minds and bodies. We have a choice to be responsible for our own health and wellbeing. For ourselves, our family and our community.

And this starts from going back to the core.bikrams16library-177-of-181

love Kash

Kash Bazil

Bikram Yoga Teacher and Core Devotee1

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Balancing Stick (Tuladandasana)

BikramsBrookie (57 of 106)One of the great things about this posture is that it is relatively simple for a beginner.  But be warned – by simple, we don’t mean easy! One of the most challenging postures to do as a beginner, this posture builds mental and physical resilience, is a great calorie burner and will tone the entire body.

How to set it up?

Stretch tall in the set-up, keep your arms and head together and stomach in. Try to keep your arms and head together the whole time, just like Paula is doing.

Keep both legs locked to provide a firm foundation for the rest of the body. When you are doing Tuladandasana, anchor your focus to a point in the mirror. This will help you to maintain your balance. When you come down keep your eyes still. You are focusing through the mirror, not on it.

Benefits of Balancing Stick

The forward tilt of your torso sends high-speed blood pouring into the heart, especially the neglected lower region, cleaning out the veins and all the arteries, therefore strengthening the heart muscle. The same rejuvenating flood rushes into the brain as well.

Like standing head-to-knee and standing bow-pulling pose before it, bringing the chest parallel to the floor helps to stimulate and strengthen the heart muscle giving huge cardiovascular benefit.

Your lower legs and particularly the inner muscles of your quadriceps (front of the thigh) will become stronger and will develop higher endurance. It requires extreme concentration and mental focus to hold the posture for the duration. 10 seconds can seem like a very long time!  By perfecting balance and body control, balancing stick strengthens physical, psychological, and mental powers.

Imagine you are trying to stretch your shoulders forward to the mirror. This posture is excellent for relieving any stress and tension along your entire spine. Your body posture will improve as well, as the muscles of your lower back and shoulders will be strengthened.

In fact, this posture is one of the best exercises for bad posture.

As you become stronger and more proficient in this posture, every muscle will be contracted in your body as you learn to concentrate your mind for 10 honest seconds.

Bikram says “The hardest thing in human life is to concentrate, even for ten seconds.”

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Craig Villani Comprehensive Class

 

6 Top Tips from Craig’s Class

It may be the first time we’ve ever whistled in a Bikram Class, and we loved it! A very funny and powerful 3 hours of postures, education and perfect hair.

Craig Villani has been teaching yoga for 15 years. He served as Director of Education and Teacher training for Bikram Yoga worldwide from 2000 – 2008 and continues to support student and teacher development through progressive secondary education.

After he’d spent 3 days running a seminar for teachers, he got up on the podium to take the Brookvale students through their postures in one of his legendary comprehensive classes. There was so much information to absorb and we see that many of our students have been applying what they learnt. If you weren’t there, or you’d like a little memory jogger, here are just a few of the tips Craig gave us.

  • Find your first position and return to it between standing postures – stomach in, spine lifting up, thighs tight
  • Don’t just bring your arms up in half moon/triangle/standing sep leg head to knee, stretch them up in a fluid arc
  • Be grateful that 2nd part awkward pose is only 10 seconds in regular class, not 2 minutes!
  • If your arms are beginning to feel heavy (full locust), stretch them out more
  • In rabbit, coming down try to touch your forehead to your belly button.  You won’t get there, but the intention will set your posture up the best way possible
  • Above all, remember that this is a 90 minute exercise in breath

If you were there, we’d love to hear what you thought, learnt from the class. Post your comments on our gorgeous new blog spot, right here!

Thank you Craig from everybody at Bikram Brookvale, for a transformative 3 hours.

By the way, we are now officially the friendliest studio he has ever taught at  When he walked into the room and said “Hello”, the whole room said hello back.  Apparently that happens, well, never.  What a well brought up bunch our Brooky lot are. 🙂6

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Posture Clinic with Juan

This is a limited opportunity to attend a posture clinic taught by the current world champion yogi, Juan Manuel Martin-Busutil. We strongly advise you to book early as this event will sell out!!!!

Juan’s 6 hour workshop will include the following:Juan Manuel Martin-Busutil Workshop

  • Demo of the entire 84 Bikram postures
  • Demo of the 26 beginners’ Bikram postures
  • Bikram Beginner’s class
  • In-depth Posture Clinic with discussion and opportunity for individual corrections

When: Sunday 17th March 10am – 4pm
Where: Bikram Yoga Brookvale level 1 18 Wattle Road Brookvale

How much: ONLY $80 – This is an incredibly good price for a 6 hour workshop and mat space is at a premium. Don’t leave it till the last minute!!

Book at: The front desk or call and book over the phone on 9907 4960

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