Bikram Yoga & Self Awareness

Yoga & Self Awareness

I have been practicing yoga for a few years now and the most important thing that I have learnt is this:

“When I practice yoga, I feel good. When I don’t practice yoga, I feel like crap.”

The difference is obvious across all aspects of my life. I know and feel the difference between my yoga self and my non-yoga self. With each class I try to learn and understand more about yoga so that I can pin point exactly what is having such a dramatic effect on me. I can’t say that there is any one thing. Yoga is not a pill that you can take and expect a quick fix. One class on its own will not make you skinny, fit or healthy.  However, after one class you will notice instant change.

Yoga can create instant change in your body, in your mind and in your life. The change may be really slight but it is always there. You shift as a person and you grow.

I learn something new about myself after each and every class. These lessons make me more aware and encourage a greater sense of self. Yoga encourages and facilitates self-awareness.

Self Awareness and YogaI have practiced many different styles of yoga but Bikram yoga is my favourite. It is very different to other yogas. Bikram yoga is practiced in a hot room and once you choose to go in to the room, you are not allowed to leave. You are ‘forced’ to stay in the room and as a result you will benefit from just being around all the energy of others.  In Bikram, you need to look at yourself in the mirror in order to correct your postures. This ‘forces’ you to look at yourself, accept yourself and smile at yourself. In Bikram, the teacher does not practice with you, instead the teacher uses a dialogue to guide you. You are ‘forced’ to shut off your mind so that you can listen and follow.

When I use the word ‘force’ I don’t mean for it to sound negative. In fact I truly believe that it is this ‘force’ which pushes you to try harder, do better and learn more about yourself.

In Bikram, you practice the same routine of postures in the same order every single time. This means that you always know what to expect. You know how well you are doing and you know what you need to do in order to improve. This in itself ‘forces’ awareness of your practice.

Bikram yoga inspires so many creative ideas. After one class, I write millions of potential blog posts in my mind. I don’t always get to write these posts here on my blog, but i would like to write more often. Perhaps I will from now on. Perhaps this will also help me to become more self-aware and to actually pin point the reasons why yoga makes me feel good.


Driving Around Ireland – Photo Flashback

Driving Around Ireland

One of the first countries that we visited on our big Europe trip was Ireland. We hired a car and drove around the country, that is, until we ran out of money for petrol. This picture was taken somewhere along the drive. I don’t know exactly where it was taken… but we liked the view and just decided to stop for a while.

If you know where this spot is, then please tell me in the comments!

Dear Higher Self, Please Forgive Me!

Bikram Yoga Quote

Dear Higher Self,

Please forgive me for I have sinned. It has been 5 weeks since my last yoga class and I am feeling really guilty.

My digestion is clogged up and my belly feels bloated. My skin is breaking out with pimples and the scales are going up. My mind is racing around like crazy and it feels like the world is sitting on my shoulders. Simple tasks in life feel like like a struggle to accomplish. My food choices are unhealthy and I have eaten too much chocolate and cake. I know that this is because I have been eating mindlessly without consciousness or awareness.  I have lost focus and I’m feeling depressed.

Life is not the same without a mind – body connection.  Life is not the same when I don’t practice yoga or take the time to meditate.

Please forgive me, for I have mistreated my self, my body and my mind.

Today I will make it up to you. Today I will do a yoga class. I will do Bikram yoga. I will feel the heat on my body and I will allow myself to sweat. I will drink water to hydrate and I will smile at myself in the mirror.

Bikram Yoga Quote

Dear Higher Self, today I will offer you unconditional love. I will allow you to be you. It doesn’t matter how well you do in the class. It doesn’t matter how deep your stretch goes. It doesn’t matter if you have to sit down for a posture or two. The most important thing is that I show up and practice.

Through yoga practice I will focus again. I will breath again. I will create awareness again. I will ‘be’ again.

All I need to do is get my arse to class!

It is never too late to start from scratch again…

The Coloured Buildings in Copenhagen – Photo Flashback – Denmark

The Coloured Buildings in Copenhagen

While in Copenhagen, we took a boat tour around the city. This photo was snapped as soon as we boarded the boat, before we actually began the tour. The coloured buildings along the water were a beautiful site to see. Cafes and restaurants occupy the bottom level of the buildings and there are a lot of tourists in this part of the city.