Bikram yoga may take a few classes to get used to. Once you have adjusted to the heat and your body has gone through the initial opening up and detoxification stages you will start feeling the incredible health benefits this miraculous system offers. The postures are always the same but you are different both physically and mentally every time you practise.
Stay in your Breath
The breath is the thread that ties your practice together. Breathing in and out through the nose is your body’s natural way to help you stay present, calm, focused and in control. Apart from the first and last breathing exercises, breathe in and out through the nose. Breathe calmly, smoothly and continually – never holding your breath. Think about the breath at all times, and in time your breath control will improve enabling a stronger and deeper practice.
Focus on your Alignment
Without proper alignment depth of the posture is irrelevant. First focus on getting the correct alignment of the posture and when you have achieved this, the depth will come naturally. Try not to be concerned by where anyone else is in the class, simply focus on your own ability.
Stay in your Stillness
When you come out of a posture bring yourself back into your stillness. Try not to fidget, move around, or wipe sweat. Focus on calm breathing and eventually you will build clarity, focus, confidence and control into your practice and ultimately your life.