Question: A student has SI joint issues and subsequent lower back pain that makes it impossible for her to lie down on her back with straight legs without pain, so she bends her knees in Savasana. She does Sit-ups with bent knees. Is that all right?
Answer: No problem with doing the Sit up like that as long as it doesn’t bother the SI joint.
Please use this topic for further discussion about SI joint problems in hot yoga.
Hi, we just heard from someone who has separated stomach muscles from a recent pregnancy. She’s never done yoga before. She’s been told that the only thing to help her recover is surgery – something she wants to avoid.
I’ve told her I’d research a little bit before giving an answer as I would not want her to come practice and antagonize her situation.
Any ideas would be appreciated! (I’ve read and understand about post-stomach muscle surgery, but this is pre-)
A story: A student woke up one morning at the age of 25 and was completely blind! The doctors had no idea why. Tests, drugs, etc. for over a year and no change. They told her not to do the yoga because the heat could exacerbate the problem.
Too much pressure, swelling, etc. But after a year of doing nothing she was dying to come back.
?So she met with Bikram and asked what he thought. He told her to do the yoga. Why not? She’s already blind. What could happen? So she came back. After 2 months, she started to get her vision back. An MRI showed that the lesions that caused the blindness were shrinking. She continues to get more vision every day, and continues to come to class. Her doctor thinks it must be the yoga, since nothing else in her life has changed.
I cannot tell you how grateful she is for the yoga, and the amazing healing benefits. People come for lots of different reasons–to lose weight, for a good workout, for peace and quiet–but the one thing that is unavoidable is the healing. Everyone gets it?
Of course, this is not glaucoma, and I cannot speak to that- but the standard medical answer to avoid hot yoga with vision/eye issues turned out to be completely wrong!
Wow, I love this story. Bikram is SO practical – what did she have to lose?
Please use this topic for further discussion about blindness and hot yoga.
Question: Could you explain “Inhale breathing” vs. “Take a deep breath”? When dialogue says “Take a deep breath, ‘some action’…” (for example, entry into Bow Pose) does it mean take a deep breath, and then exhale as you do the action that follows? Or are you taking the deep breath as you do the following action?
?In Half Moon Back Bend it says – “take a deep breath and drop your head back”. Then what?
Answer: Half Moon – take a deep breath and then use 80/20 breathing. Fill your lungs. When you need to, a little air comes out through your nose. When you need to a little more strength, a little air comes out again, and a little more. Then you are at Inhale and push your hips…
For the beginner – breathe any way you can mouth closed. As we get better, we work the 80/20 breathing and we actually breathe a lot less/more efficiently?
In general take a deep breath means you have to use your super strength. In Bow, you need your super strength to gently kick your legs up. Generally, you take a deep breath and hold it, then exhale a little when you need to.
Keep exhaling a little bit more until you need to take in more (once you reach 80% in the lungs).
Please use this topic for further discussion about the breathing cues.
Hey fellow bikram buddies, What do you recommend for your intro speech, before you start pranayama?
When you have beginners in the room?
Do you just start with, “Good morning everyone. Welcome to hot yoga. First we start with the breathing, deep breathing…..”
Would love some input!!
Hi there, I have a student who practices regularly, 3/4x a week, and she is experiencing a shooting, lightning bolt like pain in the dorsal side of her left knee. Sounds like a pinching nerve, any suggestions? She said it only used to happen in standing head to knee, but now it’s occurring in any posture requiring a locked knee.
We talked about hyper-extension, and hip alignment, but everything looks good there.
An older (new) student of mine has “degeneration” in her hip and cannot kneel down.
This makes any of the kneeling down ones – fixed firm, half tortoise etc. pretty much impossible for her to attempt.
Any advice, or ideas of what she could do to improve this or get some benefit from the postures.
hot yoga Barrie
Question: There seems to be a wide array of opinions on drinking water. Is doing waterless classes something to strive for, or is it more a personal thing? ?
Answer: Water consumption is a personal thing. For new students, remember MOST of them come in dehydrated to begin with! New students are struggling so hard. I never mention water except Party Time.
I never check what’s in their cup, so they could have coffee or booze in there!?
Anyone can set a goal of no water, but just when you think you’ve got it down, something will happen (like a fur ball in your throat) and you’ll need some water. Stay detached when teaching and taking and let students have their own experience.
Q: What should you say for “Party Time”? Some teachers say “Drink as much water as you need to throughout class, BUT smaller sips are better to not feel nauseous and dizzy…”
A: Remember there is only one official water break – after Eagle.
After Eagle, suggest that they drink some water and wipe the sweat if they want to. Other than that I don’t say anything about water in class. I teach people to drink when they are thirsty or feel the need; rest when they feel overwhelmed in any way; and listen to their body.
Q: I normally ask that students wait until after the first 3 postures and then drink between postures if possible, and not while people are balancing. But students at our studio tend to take a “mini water break” before Tree. Do I encourage them to move quickly & then wait for them?
Or do I continue with the start of Tadasana after the usual pause I have between postures? Or is this even an issue?
A: When you say you wait the usual length of time to start Tree Pose, how much time are we talking? Because the standing series is a warm up to the floor and the real yoga starts with the 2 minute Savasana, there is NO length of time between standing postures. It’s posture, posture, posture.
Those drinking water will miss out on some of the fun!! Just kidding. ?
Remember students drink water because they are thirsty or because they are avoiding the posture and some discomfort. Normal.
?Just keep going. It’s a non-issue.
?I’m curious about not drinking water while people are balancing. I don’t understand that. Like I said they are doing it for a reason and they are not thinking about other students when they go for the water.
?Bikram said if you can only meditate in a dark room with a candle you are not really meditating. Students should be able to handle it and balance while other students (and the teacher for that matter) are moving around. That is life.
Q: The usual time between postures is a small pause. But before Tree it is usually 20 seconds or so. ?
As for the water during a posture, I’m following TT recommendations. I’m also struggling with finding the balance between individual practice and group harmony. Sometimes I think students aren’t mindful of those around them.
A: 20 Seconds is too much time. Keep the flow going and remember two things:
?1) This isn’t TT?
2) Students practice the way they live…they are not all going to be fully aware. Give them time. Be patient.
Q: I have heard so many different instructions about drinking or not drinking water. What would Bikram allow & not allow? I know he says no water at Tree pose and then at Fixed Firm he says get into the set up first then have your water.
A: At Teacher Training Bikram probably told individuals to “have their water” more often than anyone else if he saw they needed it. The headquarters site says : “Bikram suggests the 1st water break take place after Eagle Pose, and then water as needed”?
Everyone has different physiology – this should be respected. Some people have low blood pressure, so they need to drink water to correct it. The teachers are training people to TAKE CARE of their bodies, and respect them, not treat them as unfortunate obstacles to overcome.
A: I think people have a lot of misconceptions about water including “digestion of water”. It is not digested. Ingesting water does not cool you down. What does work is SWEATING.
A lot can be lost in one session–even coming in well-hydrated may not be enough to prevent you from feeling like crap when you walk out.
A: At our studio the only rule is: “Breathe. Everything else is optional.” At a new studio, especially with people who are fighting to stay in the room, my feeling is that they can drink whenever they want. In a very short period of time, they figure out how to get their bodies and minds aligned.
A: Thank you all for chiming in. It’s all good. Bikram never makes a big deal about anyone drinking water.
He usually encourages it when he sees someone struggling.
?I agree that we teach yoga, not water drinking. I think most new students are so uncomfortable with the heat, they naturally reach for the water to have a break from postures. I never say anything about water except at party time I say “drink a little water if you want to”.
?For the record, I have never heard Bikram say not to drink water at Tree, and it’s other teachers at TT that say get into Fixed Firm and then drink. That is so strange to me because those same teachers scream about drinking water only between postures! ?
Be easy about it. Have respect for everyone’s journey and allow rather than resist…everything.
Please use this topic for further discussion about water in class.
Question: In the fullest part of the posture, a strong flexible person can come up high and palms end up facing a bit forward. To keep the palms stay facing the floor, the shoulders have to rotate downward.
Answer: No rotation. Hands/palms always facing the floor. Easier for us inflexible types. Flexible students always want to turn palms towards the mirror and bring arms back more.
Arms don’t go too far back when done the right way.
Q: A student says Full Locust is painful because she feels pressure on her pubic bone, rather than the hips. I would imagine that this may be a common problem for some women depending on their bone structure. Advice?
A: Yes, I have had students with this complaint. They were very thin. Have her put a folded towel (not too thick) under her hip bones for a few classes and see if that helps.
Please use this topic for further questions about full locust pose!
I have a new student that was told by her doctor to not put ANY weight on her knees… but at least he recommended against knee surgery.
Torn mensicus, right knee is the worst, happened 8 months ago. Wears a knee brace in class.
WILL NOT DO ANYTHING on her knees.
Cause, she mentioned old age. No athletic background or injury . She is 55yrs.
Also compressed c1-c7.
Any tips or insight?
I encouraged her to keep coming back and the things she can do be really diligent… be she refused to be on her knees at any point.
Thanks a bunch!