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 Devotee


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. 🙂