Welcome to Bikram Yoga Santa Fe

Welcome to Bikram’s College of India – Santa Fe

Bikram yoga is a comprehensive system of 26 Hatha yoga postures. It is a moving meditation practiced for 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees to increase flexibility, reduce injury and facilitate detoxification of the body. The Bikram system is a complete, head to toe workout appropriate for students at any level. Bikram Yoga Santa Fe has been locally owned and independently operated since 2000. This is the original “Hot Yoga.” The Santa Fe instructors have a combined experience of over 30 years of teaching Bikram’s yoga. All of the instructors at Bikram Yoga Santa Fe are certified by Bikram himself at the Bikram’s Yoga College of India 9 week comprehensive teacher training.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a comfortable, clean space for people of all levels to grow and learn through the regular practice of Bikram Yoga. Activate the healing imperative of your body, discover your limitless potential and reveal your inner truths. We are here to support and encourage you with love and humor throughout the changes you will create in your life. The honest hard work of a consistent Bikram Yoga practice unifies the body, mind and spirit.

Believe in yourself, trust the process, and don’t forget to laugh.

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Working with your breath can help you to cultivate a more peaceful, potent, and powerful yoga practice, taking your on-the-mat experience to new depths. How? Read on and see…

1. Cultivate Peace and Mindfulness. Do you ever feel like your mind is going a million miles an hour, and when you step onto your yoga mat it just won’t stop?

Well, here’s a tip for you. Concentrate on your breath as you practice. Bringing an unwavering awareness to the breath is one the most effective ways of quieting “the monkey mind”, which just loves to chatter -- I know mine does!

As you direct your attention to each inhale and exhale, you move away from any outside distractions. You become connected to the present moment; almost lost (in a good way!) within the breath, as you move through the postures. When you practice bringing this attention to the breath, your yoga can become, at times, like a moving meditation.

2. Breathe Out to Move Deeper. We’ve all been in those deep stretching postures where you sit there cursing your instructor for holding you in it for so long. Don’t they know how tight your muscles are? Can’t they see how uncomfortable this is?

Although yoga is meant to be a peaceful practice, some deep postures can create a sense of resistance or discomfort in many people; myself included. It’s very common to feel fidgety and tense in such a strong pose. However, rather than give up and get out, try extending your exhale for a second or two longer than you normally would, for several breaths.

You’ll find yourself softening into the pose, and melting away that tension. This is because lengthening your exhales encourages your body to relax and release. Practice this technique yourself, and see where that long exhale takes you.

3. Breathe Through Your Nose (99% of the time). Breathe through your nose as you practice, not through your mouth. This will help to keep your nervous system in a calm state, and in turn, keep your practice peaceful.

Remember: “The mouth is for eating, the nose is for breathing!” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar.

That being said, it can be wonderful luxury to simply sigh out your breath audibly through your mouth as you settle into yoga’s ultimate relaxation pose, savasana, at the end of your practice. This can help you to completely let go.

4. Don’t Hold Your Breath! I know it’s hard – but breathe like it’s not! During tough postures it’s easy to let your breathing reflect the effort you’re putting in, and become shallow and labored. You may even notice yourself holding your breath completely! Don’t. When the going gets tough, breathe more, not less. Keep your breathing even, steady and deep.

Remember these words as you practice: hold your pose, not your breath!

Why? As you inhale each breath of fresh oxygen into your bloodstream, you bring more energy into your body and muscles, and will feel more zest and strength in your practice – even in challenging poses.

Breathing deeply also cultivates a relaxation reaction, as well as an energizing one. By calming the nervous system, it helps your body counter the physical stress you’re experiencing while holding a strong pose.

5. Find the Flow. Your breath can help create a sense of fluidity in your practice, making it feel almost organic, and like a dance. When we practice yoga we move with the breath.

If you take a moment to notice how each breath feels you may see that the inhalation is often energizing, and lifting; the exhalation more softening, and relaxing.

You can work with this natural flow and rhythm within your practice, linking each movement (however small or significant) with an inhale or an exhale. In this way, your body and practice becomes almost an expression of your breath.

Credit: www.mindbodygreen.com/0-2715/5-Ways-Your-Breath-Can-Enhance-Your-Yoga-Practice.html

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"You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga, you just have to be willing to shake the dust off and see what happens".
-David Good

🔥TRIKANASANA - TRIANGLE POSE🔥

This amazing Bikram posture intensely stretches both sides of the body. This is the only posture that works on improving every muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ in the body. At the same time it also works to revitalize the body. This master posture is waiting for you!

👍🏼BENEFITS

-Excellent cardiovascular workout
-Opens and increases the flexibility of the hip joings
-Reduces saddle bags
-Good for the kidneys, thyroid and adrenal glands
-Opens the shoulder joint and good for frozen shoulder
-Strengthens and tones legs and buttocks
-Helps to regulate hormone levels
-Works all muscular groups simultaneously
-Helps with constipation, colitis, low blood pressure, appendicitis, spondylitis and menstrual disorders

👍🏼TIPS

-Stretch your arms both up and down
-Touch the chin exactly to the shoulder
-Keep the shoulders down
-Push both your hips forward toward the mirror
-Touch your lower fingers between the big and the second toe
-When stretching your arm toward the ceiling, keep your torso flat in a straight line
-Do not let rib cage stick out
-Stay positive
-Keep your hips down, sit down and do not let your hips come up
-Most importantly, breathe

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Location

Bikram’s Yoga College of India
1310 Monterey Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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