Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cleansing Mind and Body

It has been a little over 2 years since I have done Bikram yoga or hot yoga. Bikram Yoga was actually the first type of yoga I was introduced to and I had a love/hate relationship with it.
It took quite a bit for me to get myself to the studio, because I knew that the next 90 minutes was going to be very hard for me… Torture! I love heat, however, being new to yoga, my ability to stay present was minimal and it was really difficult for me to make it through the 90 minute class in a 100 deg studio at 40 % humidity. The love part of the experience was that it challenged me to stay present, sweat dripping from every pore and every time I walked away from the studio I felt extreme rejuvenation and completely cleansed.
I arrived in Florida last night and did my first practice outside this morning. My practice was great, with sweat dripping from every pore my body was more pliable and with every move I felt I was getting maximum benefit in both posture and detoxification... I was reminded of how healthy it is to sweat and assist with the detoxification process.
Sandra Kim Leong talks about detoxification in an article she wrote called Hot Yoga for Detoxification Benefits:
“Your skin is one of the best waste disposal systems in nature. While it is different from your waste-extraction organs like kidneys or livers, your skin is an equally effective organ for removing waste, especially toxic wastes. It does this through sweat.
Hence, hot yoga provides the perfect channel for detoxification to happen. You would be tapping the ability of your skin to convert toxins that come from various fats into simpler and water-soluble compounds that can be easily removed. At high temperatures, you will begin to sweat. Amonia and urea is eliminated as well as sugars and salts.
By boosting circulation and metabolism through deep breathing and yoga posture, hot yoga accelerates the result of any detoxification program. Additionally, you also get to learn the techniques of meditation. You learn to relax your mind, thus addressing stress toxins. In conclusion, bikram yoga or hot yoga for detoxification is a powerful means to achieving balance between mind, body and spirit.”
I feel absolutely rejuvenated and motivated to take on the day. It also reminds me that we can get into a routine of doing what we always do, which can be absolutely right, but it is also great to step out of the normal routine and allow your mind, body and spirit to experience something different… You never know what you might find and you never know what may happen for you!
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Be Blessed,


  1. I noticed that since the weather is warmer that my Vinyasa Flow Yoga practice seems easier and that I do work up a sweat in the half hour practice.
    Through my massage therapist, I've found the source of my tightness. Between sitting on a ball at my desk at work, massage therapy and Zenner Yoga for Fluidity Riding, I'm on my way to better health and riding.
    Thank you, Theresa!

  2. Hi Jan, thank you for your comment! The heat absolutely makes our muscles more pliable, you can get deeper into postures and it reduces risk of injury... I love the added benefit of detoxifing your body. Thank you for following the program, and I am thrilled that you are seeing a difference in your health and riding!