11th and 12th April marked my VERY FIRST Bikram Yoga Workshop / Posture Clinic. Actually, I’ll just call it PC for short.
I’ve always wondered why they call it a Posture Clinic instead of a Posture Workshop. Clinic conjures up images of people in white with thermometers in the mouth waiting for a doctor to see to them. So I let my fingers do the typing and dictionary.com ‘d Clinic and got :
[klin-ik] Show IPA
|1.||a place, as in connection with a medical school or a hospital, for the treatment of nonresident patients, sometimes at low cost or without charge.|
|2.||a group of physicians, dentists, or the like, working in cooperation and sharing the same facilities.|
|3.||a class or group convening for instruction or remedial work or for the diagnosis and treatment of specific problems: a reading clinic; a speech clinic; a summer baseball clinic for promising young players.|
|4.||the instruction of medical students by examining or treating patients in their presence or by their examining or treating patients under supervision.|
|5.||a class of students assembled for such instruction.|
|6.||Sports Slang. a performance so thoroughly superior by a team or player as to be a virtual model or demonstration of excellence; rout or mismatch.|
|7.||of a clinic; clinical.|
1620–30; 1885–90 for def. 1; < L clīnicus < Gk klīnikós pertaining to a (sick) bed, equiv. to kln(ē) bed + -ikos -ic
I have recently invested my liver for 2 pairs of shorts and 2 super hot tops from Shakti Activewear. Although tops aren’t a concern for me [I can always buy Reebok tops, which are cheaper and good in their own way], I am nevertheless more concerned about shorts. Practicing Bikram Yoga in 40ºC heat wearing 3/4 pants and a crop top is akin to jumping into a river and doing 20 backstrokes all before running around in the Sahara. Also, by the end of class, your clothes get super heavy and weighs you down when you’re trying to fly away in full locust [Poorna Salabhasana]. Urgh.
So glad that Rina brought in a few pieces of Shakti Activewear! Oh Rina, when you go, who’ll be our source of sexy shorts, sexy tops and eye candy? But I digress.
Behold, me modelling my Shakti Activewear shorts and tops.
Bearing in mind that I wear a size S, and the shorts DO get shorter halfway through class thanks to all the intense stretching. But fret not, no ass cheek came out [says she with no ass], neither did I flash anyone else in class my genitalia. These Shakti shorts STAY PUT where they’re supposed to be!
If you’re wondering why my navel looks weird [ok if you weren’t, I’ll tell you anyway], it’s cause I had a navel piercing which didn’t sit too well, plus another scar from a laproscopic procedure to remove my appendix. If only I could sell it to raise funds for Teacher Training ..
The top I’m wearing in this photo is a halter neck top, with adjustable strings for women who are blessed with a more bountiful bounty. As I was. A slight push-up guaranteed to bring the girls out to town, I didn’t quite like the strings on the front as sweat pooled there and went up my nose during Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee. Maybe I ought to retie it before class. The halter neck is a tied halter, which allows for adjustability. Again, I found it to be a wee bit disturbing as the knot got in the way of my backward bend [or any other posture that requires neck work, eg Camel].
I didn’t get it right in this photo. I should be sitting down lower with my left hand more to the left, just a wee bit. This is why you need to look in the mirror before you look up! And shoulder always to the chin! If you’ve got a flexible cervical spine [like me], this posture is easy peasy. Not only does this posture help open up your hips, it also helps to stretch and stregthen your cervical spine.
As you can see, no camel toe, no ass coming out, no weird or odd looking privates making a guest appearance. Excuse the white tag that’s sticking out under my right boob. It’s the Shakti Activewear tag, and I have no intention of cutting it off lest the sharp edges irritate my delicate skin.
On a side note, ARGH my boyfriend cropped my left foot out of the photo 😦
The shorts sit really, really, really low on the hip. So low, you can see my full tattoo during class. But like I said, it still covers up all bits perfectly. I like the backview of this blue top. And wow, I can see my scapula in this photo.
Excuse my right knee, it should be pushed further back to get both knees in one line.
My spiderback top! Nice, bright flouro pink, I had to soak this top in vinegar lest it stains my white towels a pale shade of pink. Well, during class yesterday, I dripped pink sweat onto my pristine white towels. Argh! Back to the vinegar vat…
And no, that isn’t cellulite you see on my thighs. I was sitting on a rattan chair which resulted in blemished-looking thighs.
I ran out of postures to do that would perfectly show the front, so this came about. As you can see, perfect boob coverage in the spiderback top.
I also just wanted to show off my 2 pack. Hah!
In short : Shakti Activewear = the way to go! Comfortable, lightweight, easy to wash, fast to dry, sexy and fits nicely on my miniature hips.
Cons : Dyes may be too strong, super expensive.
If only they sell Shakti Activewear here in Malaysia 😦
*jizzes in pants again
I have bought my very first Shakti Activewear top! Thanks to Mel who was in Singapore, she paid a visit to Bikram Yoga City Hall and got me a spider back top … in [what else?] Flouro Pink!
I am so excited.
And I don’t care it doesn’t come with padding. As long as my nipples stay INSIDE my top, I am perfectly okay with it distracting the perverts who ought to be practicing and looking at themselves in the mirror.
*sticks toothpicks into perverts eyes.
Weeee okay time to wash it and soak it in vinegar 😀
Even though during this economic turmoil, even though I have a steady job [that has such a crap pay for the amount of glory I do], I would still like to be able to make it California.
Since I haven’t got the appropriate gear YET, here are some videos to tide you down 🙂
1. Pranayama Deep Breathing
2. Half Moon Pose [3 parts] with Hands to Feet Pose
3. Awkward Pose [3 parts]
4. Eagle Pose
5. Standing Head to Knee Pose [4 parts]
6. Standing Bow Pulling
7. Balancing Stick Pose
8. Standing Separate Leg Stretching
10. Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee
11. Tree Pose
12. Toe Stand
14. Wind Removing Pose [3 parts]
Not demonstrated : 15. Sit-up
Notice how Standing Bow Pulling is an extremely difficult posture? Even the very experienced find it hard to balance [at least they fall gracefully, unlike me who falls about as graceful as a rhino waltzing to the Blue Danube].
16. Cobra Pose
17. Half Locust Pose [3 parts, demonstration of the advanced Half Locust in Part 4]
17. Half Locust [advanced set at 0:12. There’s a guy who’s got his feet up onto his head. Currently working my way there… once I hold my feet up at a 90-degree angle, that is 😉 ]
18. Full Locust
19. Bow Pose [you can see the advanced set in motion at 1:02 – 1:04]
20. Fixed Firm Pose
21. Half Tortoise Pose
22. Camel Posture [advanced set 3:11 – 3:15]
23. Rabbit Posture
24. Head to Knee with Stretching Pose [3 parts. The last part is my least favourite, go figure]
25. Spine Twisting
26. Kapalbhati Breathing
And there you have it, all 26 postures of Bikram Yoga that is practiced in a room heated to 32-34 degrees Celcius. For all those who think that Yoga practice = chanting and what some uninformed people have been talking about in the papers … if you have time to chant or even talk during class, you aren’t practicing Bikram Yoga.