My first exposure to yoga was a Bikram class in 1996. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and the class didn’t match any of my preconceived notions of what yoga was about. I’d never been physically and mentally challenged like that, and I had to go back for more. Since then my practice has grown to include Ashtanga, vinyasa and other styles of yoga, but my home base has always been Bikram yoga. More than anything else, it’s helped me to manage stress, anxiety, and debilitating lumbar and cervical spine issues. I have more flexibility, endurance and strength now, in my 50s, than at any other time in my life. I believe in Bikram yoga because of what I’ve experienced firsthand, and what I’ve seen and heard from others over the years. I encourage students to practice with intensity and precision, but always with a smile and a healthy dose of humor.
Melanie Duchin instructs the following:
- Hot 26
- Hot 26*
(all levels) Based off of the Bikram series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises practiced in a room heated to 102. The heat and humidity allow for the body to stretch more deeply and safely, increase circulation to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal, and helps us detoxify. It systematically stimulates the organs, glands, and nervous system and moves freshly oxygenated blood to 100% of the body.
All levels. A challenging series of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercise practiced in a heated room. The heat allows your body to stretch more deeply and safely, increase circulation to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal, and helps detoxify the body. This series is designed so that each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments and joints needed for the next posture. It systematically stimulates the organs, glands and nervous system and moves freshly oxygenated blood to 100% of the body. (105°)