Utkatasana

Here we go! The next in the line up of our postures we are releasing once a week in the Bikram series. Use these videos to support your practice when you find yourself away from your home studio and remember to send us a shot of you in your favorite pose @bikramyogaparkslope #itsmyhotasana

 

 

Here are some benefits to Utkatasana:
  • Relieves sciatica, arthritis, rheumatism and gout in the legs
  • Firms all muscles of the thighs, calves and hips
  • Creates traction in the spine, increases strength in the weight-bearing joints
  • Improves blood circulation in the knee and ankle joints
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Student Story: Scott Smith

Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?

I began in January 2011 after starting an exciting (and high-stress) desk job in Philadelphia. I needed relief from the sedentary activity of desk jockeying all day, and there was a Bikram studio right around the corner from the office. The practice helped with physical, mental, and general well-being, and I loved the teachers.
How has your practice affected your life?

I have Increased energy, appetite, physical stamina, mental clarity, overall happiness … the full bag. I wish I could practice all the time!
What keeps you coming back for more?

This yoga makes me feel healthy, young, and vibrant. It impacts every other activity in my life in a positive way. I crave that burst of inspiration that I always get right after my yoga class.
Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?

Just go, no excuses. Getting to the hot room is the hardest part. Everything falls into place once you practice regularly.

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Student Story: Karen Del Moral

 

Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?

In 2006 I was going through a divorce, and one day I was walking on Flatbush Avenue on my way from court and stumbled upon my life saver. I had never practiced yoga before but I knew I needed to do something, I was always so angry and sad during that period, and most of all tired from not sleeping at night.I noticed some happy sweaty people in that studio on Flatbush Avenue and a guy (ChiChi) gave me a flyer. The next morning I took the 10:00 am class; As soon as we began the standing series, I kept thinking, “What the hell did I get my self into? All these people are surely CRAZY and out of their freaking mind!!!” I grabbed my mat and tried to exit the room but the teacher, Namjin, talked me into staying and just laying on my mat. I think I finished the first breathing exercise and then I really did grab my mat as soon as I could and exited the class, however that night, for the first time in 2 1/2 years I slept thru the night and woke up feeling like a different person. Strangely enough I wanted more, and I showed up for class for the next 6 days of my intro offer. Nine years later BIkram Yoga has become a part of my life, and I am not the same if I don’t get in that hot room. I’ve become one of those crazy happy people!

How has your practice affected your life?

Bikram Yoga has helped me to be a nicer, stronger, and happier person.

What keeps you coming back for more?

I cannot live without it. My practice is my medication, my therapist, my drug … its an essential part of my life.

Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?

The class you don’t feel like going to is always your best class – mind over matter!