As a Mum, finding a way to look after myself has been really important! Here’s a bit of an insight into how Bikram yoga has changed my life…
Each time I enter the hot room I am excited by the prospect of my mind being able to rest.
Like most of us, my life outside of the room can easily be taken over with planning, doing, organising, running, and generally juggling a few balls in the air at any one time.
When I practice Bikram I cannot possibly be doing shopping lists in my head or menu planning for the kids or I will simply die in there!
“My mind is strong and clever, but in order to listen to my body I need it to be quiet sometimes”
When I first started practicing my relationship to Bikram was quite externally focused. I looked around the room, compared myself to others and did anything I could to distract myself from the fact that it was so bloody hot.
I remember the teachers saying it was about the ‘breath’ and I would think to myself as if, I can’t possibly breath in here.
But over time I quickly learnt that the more that I could come back to my breath and each moment, the more my body would surprise me with what it was capable of.
One of my teachers often says “isn’t it interesting that it is your body that is doing all the work and it is your mind telling you that you can’t do it”… Yes it is!
Bikram yoga has given me permission to get out of my head and into my body.
My relationship to Bikram now is an internally focussed one. I thank myself each time I practice for valuing myself enough to take 90 minutes out of my day just for me.
Practising in front of a mirror has also totally changed my perception of my body and allowed me to start loving and accepting all of my curves and edges.
“I am blown away with my bodies strength and stamina, and choose to focus now on what it can do rather than what it can’t”.
So as I continue to show up and I breathe through each posture, my body remembers how good it feels to be in each moment and then let it go and move onto the next one.
My intention is to keep practicing what I learn in the room, outside of the room in my daily life. To notice distractions and what I can so easily do to avoid being in the moment.
Because the truth is when I am in my body and each moment, I flow and my body knows exactly what to do!
“My life outside the room has changed because of the magic that happens in the room”.
My favourite studio is Bikram Yoga Northern Beaches in Warriewood.
Martin, Katie and the Team make you feel welcome from the moment you step in the door and the layout and design of the studio, as well as the experience of the teachers contributes to the overall positive vibe they have created.
By tuning in I have been able to tune up my body with increased flexibility, strength and stamina.
It has given me access to internal resources that I never even knew I had and provides a constant reminder for me about how good it feels to come back to my breath and into my body.
Creating this level of stillness in my mind serves my beautifully on my journey though motherhood and I would encourage all of you to give it a try.