Bikram Yoga & ACL Reconstruction Rehab

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Standing Bow Pose

If you are reading this you are either researching the best ways to rehab, currently rehabbing or just plain curious.

An Anteriror Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction of the knee joint is one of the most common surgeries and the recovery time can be up to a year. That is a long time for anybody and even after the instructed rehab has finished for many the pain can still be a problem as surgery doesn’t always mean a pain free life.

This is where Bikram Yoga comes in as an aid for your ACL reconstruction rehab. (more…)

5 ways to help you into a deep slumber from our certified nutritionist

Nourish your sleep
Nourish your sleep
From Jess, our BYCJ Nutritionist:
There are three crucial things the body does while you’re in a slumber…

  1. Your brain recharges.
  2. Your cells repair themselves.
  3. And your body releases important hormones.

A good sleep really is a fundamental part of feeling refreshed and energized throughout the day and if you don’t get enough sleep, and quality sleep, it can leave you feeling groggy and under-performing. (more…)

Young Yogis

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Beginners workshop Clapham
Before the boom of Bikram Yoga, yoga was not the number one choice of exercise by the younger generation of the western world.

The image of sitting in a room with old people, doing funny movements and postures – oooing and ahhhing was the typical the stereotype, and the emergence of Bikram Yoga changed this whole perception.

Bikram Yoga has been around since the early 1970’s, but in the last decade it has become the worldwide practise it is today. (more…)

The Importance of Savasana

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Bikram Yoga Posture – Dead body pose
Keeping still is one of the hardest things for us to do, especially in that heat! 60 seconds of absolute stillness can seem like 20 minutes and there will always be something distracting you right?!

Savasana is sanskrit for Dead Body Pose and once we actually get to that place we will not be moving a muscle! So there is no doubt this is hard to do when we are live and kicking, however it is one of most important postures in Yoga and for some it takes years to master and for others it may be a walk in the park. (more…)

Nutrition For Yoga

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Drink plenty of water when you excercise.
Our internal body balances varies with age and gender. About 45% to 50% of body weight in females is water. Since males generally have higher amounts of lean mass, body water is around 50% to 60%.When normal conditions exist in the body, we have many mechanisms to help preserve our fluid and electrolyte balance. (more…)

Meet the Staff: Stephanie Hollis

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Steph Hollis – Bikram Yoga teacher
“Never underestimate your own body’s healing power….this Yoga is a medicinal practise that will give your body the tools to heal and change for the better”.

That was the first of many lessons that I have learnt from my first Bikram Yoga teacher and now mentor back in Sydney 6 years ago.

I was a Ballet dancer when I first discovered Bikram Yoga (thanks to my mother!), and was immediately hooked…..the intensity and discipline that Bikram yoga demands was very familliar to the Classical Ballet training I was going through. At the time I thought I was healthy and strong, but very quickly I realised how much damage I was doing to my body and mind as a Ballerina ( Yoga tends to go give you tremendous awareness and insight into your bodies true needs and wants).

Shortly after I started Bikram Yoga I was diagnosed with PCOS, and was told I had to be on medication for the rest of my life.I decided to leave the Ballet world as it was jeopardising to my body and overall well being. I started practising Yoga almost everyday….hoping that my body would start to heal and restore, just like my teacher had said. After 6 years of regular practise and a Teacher Training in-between, I have not needed my medication for 3 years!!! It works!!

Meet the Staff – Letitia Simone Wilkinson

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This month we have a Meet the Staff entry with Letitia, who has been with the studio since it opened in the summer of 2013. Enjoy this great read!
Why and when did you start working at BYCJ? I have been with BYCJ since we first opened, I was a dance student at the time and was already practising Bikram Yoga, therefore, BYCJ was the perfect place to work alongside my dance training and luckily I have wonderful friends to work with too!

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Meet the Teacher – Marylou McDonnell

Why did you want to start teaching Bikram Yoga?

A couple of months into discovering Bikram Yoga, I knew that I had found something that would be significant for me for a long time to come. Every time I walked through the door of BYCJ, it just felt right. As it happens, I walked through that door pretty much every day (occasionally twice!) and the studio began to feel like a home from home. As my love for the practice deepened in those first few months, I started to dream about what it would be like to teach a class. It was not just the yoga that was changing my life but also the teachers who were inspirational and helping me to access the wonders of the practice. (more…)

Meet the Staff: Marylou McDonnell

I’m so grateful for the warm welcome I received at BYCJ when I returned to London recently from Teacher Training in Thailand. I worked hard to represent us all well and I had an incredible time. We were 333 students from 38 countries. The resort we were staying in was beautiful and on the beach, so we were a particularly lucky group of trainees. It was extremely humid and hot which was a challenge but, as you all know, our ability to challenge ourselves is key to the practice of Bikram Yoga so we took it on the chin :). (more…)

Meet The Teacher – Sam Magee

sam-mWhat was the reason you started doing Bikram Yoga? I had already been practicing different styles of yoga for a few years and then a Bikram yoga studio opened up near where I worked. I went to try it out with a colleague and instantly loved the system due to the the tremendous therapeutic benefits and detoxing.

How long have you been teaching for and how has your life changed since becoming a Bikram yoga teacher? I have been teaching for almost 13 years. My life as a teacher is very flexible in that we do not work regular hours.We tend to work when most people do not as in evenings and weekends. Also our students can be so varied and that makes each every class different and interesting. (more…)

Chris Hingel

Chris-hingelMy yoga journey started in 2007. At the time I was working as a freelance artist and waiting tables in a high pace restaurant in the middle of Times Square in NYC. I was searching for something to help me reduce my stress and anxiety levels and alleviate my chronic back pain that I developed as a result of incorrectly lifting and carrying heavy trays at my restaurant job.

After my first class, I knew I had come across something life changing. I felt so refreshed, and recharged, a feeling that I hadn’t had in so long. I worked on developing a consistent practice, and experienced tremendous amount of change overall. My back and shoulder pain became more manageable, I began eating healthier foods, I had more energy, and my anxiety even started to disappear little by little. As time went on, the benefits of the yoga increased. However, this journey has been anything but easy. I have found it to be quite challenging, especially in the beginning. I had to face a lot of fears, resistance, and even work through tremendous amounts of pain. It was as if yoga was chipping away at the person I thought I was, revealing to me the person I truly am. (more…)