Getting back to Yoga

I’ve heard Bikram’s Beginning yoga class described as a “prescription.” 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises designed for total body health. The class is a prescription for well being, vitality, and harmony within systems of the body. I have always stuck with Bikram’s yoga – because this is what I have found for myself.

One of the blessings of a small town is that there are communities that are formed at places like yoga studios. The Bikram Yoga school in south Corvallis is no exception. Over the years some teachers have come and gone, but we have been left with a core group of experienced teachers that are mature in their ability to teach classes compassionately, precisely, inspire, and hold space for the difficult emotions that can present themselves in a yoga class.

This local business has always been a local business – has never been franchised and was affiliated with Bikram only for a short period in 2002. When I studied with Bikram in 2001, I understood him to tell me – just teach this class – do it the way I taught you, and the way my teachers taught me, don’t change, modify or delete. This is what we have always done here in Corvallis. Bikram Choudhury is a colorful yogi whom I have never desired to know personally, but who taught me a phenomenal subject that I know is one of the most important I’ve ever come across.

Corvallis Bikram Yoga - New Carpet

A few years ago, we cleaned up our yoga room – making improvements to air quality, cleanliness and cleanability. An additional room was added for a massage therapist and hypnosis practitioner and we are thrilled to be offering these services to help body and mind in conjunction with yoga.

If you haven’t been by our studio in a while – stop in and do our introductory package again. You may remember what is possible for your health and vitality – not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Or if you haven’t been here before – take the leap – come in try a couple weeks of classes. Find out what yoga can do for you!

Elizabeth Weber
Director, Bikram Yoga of Corvallis

Cultivating Awareness and Creating Lasting Change

As I’ve practiced yoga over the years, I’ve found that right about the same time I realize that there is a stuck spot in my body, is right about the time I start to bring it to balance or heal.  It doesn’t matter whether the “stuckness” is physical, emotional or spiritual – when the awareness comes – then I can take the steps to bring it to balance and harmony.

For myself,  I’ve discovered that some things don’t seem to want to shift too easily!  Although the yoga poses and the meditation practice starts to bring things to balance – sometimes I feel like I’m ready to move a “stuckness” more efficiently.

The subconscious mind holds on to some interesting things even when consciously we feel ready to release.  Just like in order to feel nurtured we might eat, or to feel macho a guy might smoke, or we might manifest pain in order to avoid a vulnerable situation.  But at some point these defense mechanisms may be outdated.    Through the cultivation of awareness of self – we may have the mature skills to nurture ourselves, or feel self-confident or address a vulnerable circumstance, but there can be a feeling inside that stops us from actually doing it.

Enter Hypnosis.  With hypnosis, we can gently go into the specific programing of the unconscious, and update the  hardware.  Just like we update the operating system of our computer when the information is outdated, we can do the same thing in our mind.

Hypnosis, then is about bringing the conscious desire for change into the depths of the subconscious mind so that the underlying program supports us in creating a life that works well.