In body terms, hardware means: spine, skeleton and bones. Software means: muscles, tendons and ligaments.
My first seven years of Bikram Yoga resulted in
- generally feeling ‘loose’ around the joints, especially the shoulders
- strengthening the muscles around the back, so that its painful feelings of brittleness turned into some flexibility and certainly strength
- noticing serious improvements regarding what I could do with my left leg: whether it’s getting dressed or in Yoga positions
- observing how my left hip gradually seemed to get ‘set’ in new micro-ways, as if before it wasn’t quite in the right place.
But now I spent five weeks clearing out my mum’s household which obviously was more than just 26 postures in a hot room… Once I was so exhausted that I went to bed before 8pm and slept for 8 hours…
Now I’m back in London and noticed during my first Yoga session
- how exhausted I am for I felt like fainting
- how painful my left leg is so that I actually limp most of the time
- how I can hardly make certain movements that used not to be a problem.
Hence I have decided to commit myself to coming twice a week, until I am ‘back to normal’ again. In Berlin I always could do more, for the studio is never as hot. But in London I certainly should be able to do a lot more than I did today.
Above all else I KNOW that, one fine day, the left side will be like the right side. I just hope it’ll be before I leave my body altogether! But if not, at least I’ve tried – with the ONLY method that offers me that promise!
- Journey into Bikram Yoga (crystalclearconservative.com)
- B is for Bikram Yoga: My Trip Into the Bikram Chamber (raisingthecurtain.net)
- Hot topic in yoga: for those who can take the heat! (ritawatson.com)
- Alignment: Body, Mind & Spirit. ~ Cat O’Connor (elephantjournal.com)
- Review – Bikram Yoga (myjourneythroughthickandthin.wordpress.com)
- My Bikram Yoga 90-Day Challenge (mayramejia.com)
- 10 Commandments of Bikram Yoga. (elephantjournal.com)
- Bikram Yoga with Joseph Encinia at Bikram Yoga Darlinghurst (nellsyogastory.wordpress.com)