Goldie’s healthy addiction for Bikram yoga

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 in Latest News

Goldie’s healthy addiction for Bikram yoga

In the 40-degree heat, some 25 bodies lie on the floor breathing deeply. We’ve just finished a Bikram yoga class. Our towels are damp beneath us. After 90 minutes of feeling faint and queasy I’m desperate to leave. But across the room from me lies Goldie, the 45-year-old drum ‘n’ bass artist turned TV star, and I’m waiting for him to stir. On the way into the class he gave me, the novice, some advice: “If you’re struggling, just concentrate on your breathing. There’s a riot going on in my head but nobody else knows it.” Only now do I know what he means. Every few minutes I’ve had to silence the screaming voice telling me that if I can’t stand the heat I should get out of the Bikram studio. Goldie gets up and I follow his move. We’re both slicked wet with perspiration. He walks over, opens his arms wide and hugs me. Sweat on sweat. Emotional though this moment may be, Goldie hasn’t been through the same struggle I have this morning. After 11 months of practising Bikram yoga three or four times a week he has breezed through the class. He’s lost 22lbs since he started and tells me: “I now look the same as I was when I was 30, but internally I’m harder and much stronger than I was then.” When we get outside he’s almost jumping with energy (I’m near collapse), and excited about the day ahead. “I won’t stop babbling now. I’m off. That’s it. Wooo hoo,” he chirrups. “I’ve had a week feeling shitty [from a cold], but now I feel great.” Goldie lives with his wife Mika (who is four months pregnant) and 11-year-old daughter Chance (from a previous relationship) in Hertfordshire but several times a week he drives into London to visit the Sohot Bikram Yoga studio in Soho to get his fix. And a fix is partly what it is like to Goldie. “Yoga is like a drug. You start feeling something across your skin and your hair stands up. You start feeling high,” he says. “If I had administered that stuff up my nose an hour earlier you’d think I had paid good money for that. It’s working.” He should know, being no stranger to drugs. “I was addicted for years. But this starts to replace it. I’m getting high but it’s not bad for me and I don’t have dodgy dealers knocking on my door.” Goldie has been clean of drugs for three years now but after taking up Bikram on the recommendation of a friend who “is always super-chilled – very Zen” the yoga is turning him off toxins altogether. “It totally changes what you want to put in your body,” he says. “On a night out I used to have a litre and a half of vodka, two Rohypnol Now I have a...

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FREE class for NEW students

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in Bikram Ashburn, Latest News

  Valentine’s Day offering FREE class for “NEW” students accompanied by a paying client Valentine’s Day Promotions must be purchased by the 14th February   Purchase any regular priced package and get second one 1/2 off (may gift the second one) 14 classes for the price of 10 $165 used within 64 Days (no extensions) 34 Classes for $399 (may be shared by two people) used within 94 Days (no extensions) Two Person Package Annual Paid in Full $1899 (may have two different addresses) 11:30 am class is cancel for Feb...

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Yoga is Life Radio

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in Bikram Ashburn, Latest News

Yoga is Life Radio

Don’t miss this radio interview with Emmy Cleaves! Yoga is Life Radio Wednesday at 8 AM Pacific         Share September 24, 2014: Talking Yoga with Emmy Cleaves  We will talk with the magnificent Emmy Cleaves about the great healing and restorative  power of proper Yoga practice, about the physical and mental aspects of Hatha Yoga  Asana practice, including it’s bio-energetic effects — how it works. We will also talk about  her 60 years of practicing Yoga, and her relationship with Bikram Yoga, which she has  been teaching and practicing since 1973, as the Principal teacher at the Yoga College of  India Headquarters in Los Angeles, and Bikram’s Yoga Teacher Training (since 1993). More...

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Anniversary Huge Discounts

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 in Bikram Ashburn, Latest News

Anniversary Huge Discounts

Share THANK YOU  Happy 7th Anniversary to us and you for  being a patron at our studio! July marks our 7th year and we are so happy to be serving this community , Limited time, Hurry and get the early bird specials at online store or simply, come in!  SORRY ! This offer is no longer available This offer has been expired by Jul 31st, 2014 12 classes for $165 (limited time only) 30 classes for $399 (limited time only) Annual Special $ 999   Jameliah Penfield | Director and...

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Bikram Awarded with Doctor Honoris CAUSA Title

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 in Latest News

Bikram Awarded with Doctor Honoris CAUSA Title

Share Yoga Guru Bikram Choudhury was granted Honoris Causa by the Mexican Parliament for his contribution to the world of health and happiness The Mexican Parliament delivered Doctor Honoris Causa to various national personalities and abroad in the Hall “Legislators of the Republican” in the House of Representatives. They received the title of men and women who have excelled in various professional fields such as martial arts, health, education and altruistic actions. The award ceremony was organized by the Universities of Cambridge, UK; Murcia, Spain, and National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The director of the American Cultural Institute, Ruben Manriquez Angel Salas, handed out the awards. Title is honorary Doctor Honoris Causa and gives some university eminent people who are not necessarily graduates in a career. Also obtained the title was the Hindu Yoga teacher, Bikram Choudhury for his excellent contribution in health to mankind, as he is the creator of 26 postures that constitute a theory that allows choreographic sequences and health benefits. Yoga Teacher asked the federal government to create a university that imparted yoga. Bikram says, ” If you follow my instruction and do my yoga postures Sequence to the best of your ability, you will live a better, healthier and more peaceful life”.  Y ogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with India’s most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Author of the most popular book on Yoga, The Autobiography of a Yogi, and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles). Bikram practiced Yoga at least four to six hours every day at Ghosh’s College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, he won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated for the following three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga...

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Bikram Yoga’s Other Half

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in Latest News

Bikram Yoga’s Other Half

Just as “the Moon is to the Sun, Yin is to Yang, so is Rajashree to Bikram” – a balance in harmony. Rajashree Choudhury, wife of Bikram Choudhury and mother of two, has been involved in the practice of Bikram Yoga ever since she moved to the US from India. She is the embodiment of leading by example, not opinion; she believes that through the heart, mind, and body connection, a practitioner will determine the best style of yoga for them. As she says, with a consistent practice, “Yoga speaks for itself.” Born in Calcutta, yoga has always been a large part of Rajashree’s life, just as it is an important part of Indian culture. From an early age, she was taking part in competitions, trained intensively, studied yoga therapy, and by 19 had achieved a Bachelor’s degree from the Yoga Training Institute. Based in California since getting married, this year she and Bikram celebrated their 28th anniversary. An ambassador for the 26 posture and 2 breathing (26 2) series, Rajashree conceptualized the 9 week Bikram Teacher Training course that she started with her husband in 1994; the recent 416 Spring 2012 graduates are the 39th group to have become teacher certified. These days, she’s also involved in coordinating Yoga Championships and is making inroads to have the general practice accepted as an Olympic sport. A former yoga champion many times over in India, she knows it would be a positive step forward. “Yoga competition is my heart’s desire,” she tells me. In the more immediate future, Times Square will welcome Rajashree on June 20th, where she’ll be leading the Bikram Yoga class as part of the Summer Solstice event. Scheduled for midday – this timing will provide a temperature similar to the hot room – it will be one of the many yoga classes taking place in the landmark spot in honour of the longest day. Here are a few snippets of my conversation with Rajashree, this past Sunday. RAJASHREE’S THOUGHTS ON THE BIKRAM SERIES A Unique System of Fitness “I think Bikram Yoga is a unique technique in the Modern Age. It is a 26 2 series in 90 minutes. It is unique and beautiful because Bikram is the first one who actually created this series as a proper way of fitness… If you believe in yoga because you believe in yourself, this is the best system of fitness you can have… Yoga was never practiced in this way, ever… To make the person fit, it’s done in 2 ways: physically and mindfully. The coordination between body and mind: that’s yoga. Fitness and also therapy – you are getting this through the Bikram Yoga. Some see the Bikram Yoga extreme, but Bikram can be practiced moderately based on the limitations of that day… And that is the therapy; that is the rehabilitation… You put yourself into it,...

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