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Dare to be a beginner

Photo by Monica Felix @

Photo by Monica Felix @

Never too late, never too old, never too bad and never too sick to do this yoga and start from scratch again.

That’s the mantra of our founder. Interestingly, the word “discipline” comes from the Latin discipulus, which means, “student.” This suggests a few things.

First. Declare your incompetence. Admit what you know you don’t know. Second. Learn to love mistakes. After all, a mistake ceases to become a mistake the moment you learn from it. Third. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Let go of the self-criticisms that make discipline a big bite to swallow. And finally: Be patient. Every great chess player was once a beginner.

Remember, if the road to victory were smooth, everyone would already be there.

Are you prepared to zero out your board?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.

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Treat yourself as you wish to be treated

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 10.34.28 AMEvery time you execute a posture, you reckon with reality. You align yourself with things that will never lie to you, like gravity and biology.

And some days, you can barely lift your knee to your chest, feeling like an inflexible failure. But other days, you can twist your legs into a pretzel like a olympic competitor. And you feel like a champion.

Either way, you always love yourself. You treat yourself as you wish to be treated. And you confront yourself without condemning what you see. Because you’re just going to be back on the mat tomorrow, doing the work again.

No need to beat yourself up when you make a mistake. Life will do that for you.

How do you try to get beyond your judgmental attitudes?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.

Bikram Yoga 30 day challenge hydration

The Ultimate Hydration Survival Guide for Bikram Yoga

Every cell in your body needs water to function, especially after the refreshing detox of a Bikram Yoga class.

Many of us are dehydrated and don’t even know it, making these first few classes of the summer season feel like you’ve been hit by the yoga mac-truck. And if you’re on a 30-Day Challenge, proper hydration is even more critical.

Many believe that base level hydration is drinking half your body weight in ounces – and that’s BEFORE you even step foot inside the hot yoga room.

So how do you know if you’re dehydrated? The room will feel overbearingly hot, you’ll experience dizziness, muscle cramps, fatigue, post-class headache and dry mouth.

Don’t let it happen to you! Check out these 4 hot tips to help you re-hydrate, replenish and realize your full health potential in every Bikram yoga class.

1. Hydrate FIRST: since  your body can only absorb a minimal amount of water in one sitting, there’s no time to hydrate in class (and if you guzzle water it feels like you just ate a burrito before Dandayamana Janushirasana. Yuck). Drink on a schedule, not only when you are thirsty – apply as much discipline with your water intake as your practice!

2. Supplement Your Electrolytes: Electrolytes, or charged molecules, conduct electricity in the body and help regulate muscle contraction, heart rate, balance of body fluid, and pH levels. For a Bikram practice in the summer or a 30-Day Challenge, water alone isn’t enough to revive the electrolytes lost in sweat. Supplement with Nuun (flavored tabs available at BYPS), Emergen-C, Ultima Replenisher, or mineral drops.

3. Coconut Water is nature’s miracle for rehydration and supporting your body for Hot Yoga. Stocked with 5 essential electrolytes (potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium), coconut water is also rich in vitamins, trace minerals and antioxidants (and naturally low in sugar!).

4. Eat The Right Stuff: Foods to help replace lost minerals and water – kosher sea salt, bananas, cucumbers, melons, celery, tomatoes, green peppers, watermelon, spinach, strawberries and grapefruit (just to name a few!)

With proper hydration – replacing both water AND electrolytes in your body – it’s going to be a GREAT season at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.