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. 🙂