Bikram Yoga Helps You Survive and Even Thrive During the Holidays
Today I am excited to feature guest-blogger Missy Jones on Bikram Yogi Talk. I met Missy through the yoga community here in Florida and in my home state, Georgia. As an accomplished yogi, she is quite inspiring and I love her sunny personality and clever insights. She has been practicing Bikram Yoga for six years and has been teaching Bikram Yoga since 2008. Her favorite posture is Bow Pose and she loves watching students improve their lives through their yoga practice. She is also certified in Pilates and Xtend Barre. Missy credits her mental sanity to a regular yoga practice.
Today, Missy explains how you can use Bikram yoga to help you survive the Holiday season–and perhaps even enjoy it! :)
The holidays are a WONDERFUL time – full of family, fun, gift giving, and delicious, rich foods. The holidays are also a STRESSFUL time – full of family, fun, gift giving, and delicious, rich foods. During the holiday season we often find that many aspects of our lives are stretched to the absolute limits. Our schedules are bursting at the seams, our financial resources are drained and our waistlines are slowly expanding. This added stress detracts from what should be a blissful, splendid time. How can you possibly get the holidays under control so that you can actually ENJOY them? The answer is simple…Bikram Yoga. Now, I know what you are saying. “I am already running short on time. How can I possibly justify spending 90 minutes in the yoga room?” Look at it like this…your 90-minute yoga experience is not simply “time spent,” it is time INVESTED.
Let’s appeal to your logical side first and address issues pertaining to the physical body. Between November, December, and January you generally consume more starches, salts, and simple sugars than you are used to. These toxins cause your body systems to function less efficiently making the body feel heavy and sluggish. Due to the additional stress and tension that you feel during the holiday season your muscles tense up and actually cut off the circulation of oxygen and nutrients to many areas of your body. Enveloping the body in the 105 degree atmosphere forces your blood vessels to dilate and allows oxygen to move throughout the body, nourishing the now relaxed muscles and organs. The also heat allows your body to detox the additional salts and sugars though the process of sweating. Increased sweating also increases your desire to drink water, which assists with the process of flushing of the toxins from your body. Additionally, maintaining proper hydration promotes clearer, more focused thinking and better electrolyte balance. And, let’s not forget, the intense strength training and cardiovascular workout that you achieve during a 90-minute Bikram Yoga class will help you trim down your waistlines and return to a healthy pre-pumpkin pie weight.
Now let’s turn to your mental, emotional, and spiritual state, all of which are deeply impacted during the holiday season. We all know firsthand how the holidays can leave your thoughts and feelings spiraling out of control. During your 90-minute “yoga bubble,” you are able to disconnect from the world and reconnect with who you truly are. Bikram Yoga works by using your body to help control your mind. The fact of the matter is that the postures performed during a 90-minute Bikram Yoga class actually stimulate many organs and glands, producing desirable effects in your body ranging from reduced stress, anxiety, and depression to increased metabolic function, sleep, and happiness. By creating maximum physical stress and pressure within the body you are then able to create a maximum release. By the time you exit the yoga room, you are refreshed and renewed inside out, bones to your skin, fingertips to your toes.The time that you invest in yourself for the 90-minute yoga class will result in greater happiness for you and for those around you. It gives you time to press the rest button on your mind and body. Bikram Yoga is nature’s great equalizer. This year, with the help of Bikram Yoga, you might actually have the opportunity to fully embrace and enjoy the holidays!