Make Your Resolutions Stick with Bikram Yoga!

Craving the fit in fitness?

Being  “fit” doesn’t just mean looking good, it means feeling good too. We know everyone wants to be their best selves all of the time and you need the confidence to match it. Yoga is the union between body and mind and without the cooperation of both you cannot make a permanent healthy change in your life. Bikram Yoga is a slow medicine according to Dr. Divi Chadna. He says, “It is slow medicine but it is the best medicine.”

Not only will you experience physical change while practicing Bikram Yoga but you will also experience positive mental and emotional changes as well.  So if you want a fit body and a fit mind then we recommend a higher intensity at first – 5 times a week for 3 months – and then you can continue from that point on at 3 times per week to maintain the improvements you have made in your body.

Taming the bulge?

We know how easy it happens – you get busy, you stop paying attention, you start eating unconsciously, tack on a few beers to tame the stress and a few pit stops at McDonalds and you’ve gained 15 pounds. You want to lose weight and you don’t know where to start. Here’s the thing – we do.

1. Find your BMI and your ideal caloric intake per day.

2. Go to the doctor and have your vitals checked. Get your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, and have some blood work done to check if you have any other low vitamin/mineral levels in your diet like iron or vitamin D.

3. Fill out your Bikram Yoga Progress Chart to begin to keep track of the state of your body and mind. Get control of your meals and add any missing vitamins and minerals to your diet.

4. After you’ve taken all the initial steps, start and fully commit to coming to Bikram Yoga class 5 times a week for 3 months no matter what is going on in your life.

5. Make sure you maintain proper eating habits and help track what you eat via mobile apps such as Lose it! or websites like the LIVESTRONG calorie counter.

6. Visit the doctor every 30 days to check your vitals and update your progress chart.

According to The Biggest Loser, people undergoing vigorous workout while controlling diet portions should lose an average of 2 lbs per week. Start with this as your goal and don’t get discouraged if you body takes longer – just be honest with yourself and commit to doing the best you can.

Quitting Smoking?

Research says that quitting smoking is about small, successive steps instead of one huge, giant leap. Getting into a routine and replacing unhealthy habits with healthy ones will help you put out those cigarettes for good. Planning for how to handle obstacles is one of the biggest hurdles. Instead of going out for drinks / smokes with friends, bring them into yoga. Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee or caffeinated pop, have a huge glass of ice water to be hydrated for yoga later in the day. Once you build your life around improving your yoga practice, little changes will come naturally and the small, successive decision to quit smoking will become easier.

Not only will adding yoga to your routine leave less time in the day for a smoke, it will show you the state of your lungs in the breathing exercises. As you regularly practice Bikram Yoga your lung capacity will improve, helping to flush out the toxins in your body from years of abuse! A yogi from Bikram Yoga White Rock testified, “Bikram Yoga has changed my life, I would recommend it for anyone struggling to quit smoking because once you step into the heated room and realize how sick your lungs really are, you will not touch another cigarette again.”

Stressed out?

“Suffer for 90 minutes not a lifetime.” Bikram firmly believes that if you push yourself to 100% of your ability in class then you will prevent a life of suffering from major illnesses, depression/anxiety, and common aches and pain – especially in the spine. Many people think that when life becomes stressful they have no way out. Well, you can’t leave your own life but you can make an effort to be present in it for 90 minutes a day. During this 90 minutes you will have no where to go, no one to help you, and no changes can be made other than the way you see yourself and the world. The room will always be hot and your body will always experience some amount of discomfort so the only choice you have is to change the way you think about it.

Once you learn how to relax, accept the moment, and release your expectations in the yoga room these new found insights will spill over into your every day life. You won’t get so riled up by the little problems and anxieties of every day life and you will find the ability to truly relax in a moment. We recommend Bikram Yoga as a buffer to stress if you commit to a regular practice of 3 times per week after the time of day you feel most stressed out – your mind will be bouncing around with a million different thoughts but the moment you step on your mat the world will become quiet.

Longing for a healthier diet?

When you practice yoga regularly you will realize positive changes in your cravings for specific types of food. You notice that your body naturally needs more water and, after a class, you will crave a healthier meal. If you are practicing Bikram regularly, the two-hour no food requirement before class will help you regulate meal times. The compressions of the thyroid throughout the series will also help regulate your metabolism.

If you are planning to make positive changes to your diet we can guarantee Bikram Yoga will help you stick to your regimen. You will choose better foods because your body will crave better foods. You will begin to look at the food you eat as a source of energy (you will need all of your energy some days just to drag yourself back to class). Choosing foods that are packed with energy will mean getting more benefit out of eating less food.

Saving Money?

We know—Bikram Yoga isn’t cheap so how can it possibly help me save money? Well, to start, you will have less free time in your day to spend on restaurants, alcohol/bars, and shopping. We are completely aware (and can sympathize) that 90 minutes is a huge  time commitment – especially considering the commute to/from the studio and showering/post-yoga coma.

But, if you spend $99/month on a yoga membership and come 5 times a week then each yoga class works out to being $4.95 per class and that is covering about 120 minutes of your day, 50 hours of your week, improving your health, and changing your life! Not to mention the amount of money you will save from your new need to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and eating out at restaurants.

Cutting down on caffeine or alcohol?

Caffeine and alcohol cause dehydration. When you are hitting your mat in a Bikram class regularly your body will sense this dehydration more readily and avoid these beverages as a result. If you are committed to cutting down on either alcohol or caffeine we suggest coming to yoga in the times when you would normally have a coffee (like before work/school) or have a glass of beer (like after work/with friends).

Often the hardest part about cutting either of these beverages out is the consequences in our social circles. Instead of going for drinks/coffee, make a habit of bringing your friends to yoga! We are continuing our promotion for friends and family of our yogis to get their first class free so there are no excuses! Not to mention all the new friends you will meet as you begin to practice more!

Namaste,

Bikram Yoga Vancouver

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