I am one years old yall! On this day last year I became a yogi and I’ve enjoyed every step of the journey. Now i’m no master but I do my thang, if I must say so myself and i’m always getting better each and every day. I remember the first yoga experience I ever had was yoga by the river. I was super nervous but knew it was something that I would enjoy. I had always wanted to try yoga but was convinced that was one of those things that “we” just didn’t do. I had never heard any of my peers talking about it, and when I would bring it up most would kinda just graze over the subject, but I still always wanted to try it. So there I was, yoga on the river. To do yoga by the Detroit River walk with glow sticks was pretty damn lit, literally, but the experience was one truly to remember. I remember when the session was over at the very end just laying out in the stars becoming one with myself and truly feeling free in that moment, i’ll never forget that. But to take it another step further I decided I would begin a heavy practice in Bikram yoga that following week. I felt I had mastered what I needed to know and that Bikram was just gonna have me swagged all the way out. Bikram yoga is a 90 minute session of 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises that incorporates strength, challenge, gravity, balancing and most importantly the tourniquet effect. This technique allows the stretching, squeezing and massaging of the internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems in order to release any deficient hormones and enzymes, helping the body self-regulate and self-adjust. To take the technicality out of it, Bikram assists in the strengthening of the body through detoxification provided by the heated room. The postures and movements create and move blood flow throughout the entire body, flushing out toxins and preventing illness and injuries. Pretty dope right!? Now for those that are not familiar with Bikram and for those that are, please chime in, but it is an experience to say the least. The first time stepping into a room of what felt like 150 degrees surrounded by half naked men and woman had me feeling pretty intimidated and like I was in over my head. For the first couple of classes I was always in the back, breathing heavy, attempting to imitate everyone else, try and look cute, while sweating every ounce of sweat my body could find, and not look crazy…Good luck with that. But as I grew in my practice and grew in my comfort of my own sweat and my own skin. I begin to understand the principles of yoga as a whole; focus, desire and perseverance just to start. Besides the physical benefits and movements of my practice it became a mental thing; all the things I knew I needed in and outside of my yoga practice. I begin using the same principles in my everyday life. Times I felt I wanted to give up midway right when it started to feel uncomfortable, I learned to strengthen my body and more importantly through autosuggestion strengthen my mind to go that extra step to perfect what I knew I already had in the bag, I just had to get out of my own head.
With the cooler months ahead I tend to enjoy doing my Bikram practice in the fall and winters months. Fall and winter seem to always put me in a sour mood, clouded judgement, the stresses of the holiday time, and to just keep it funky, damit it, it be cold. So to break up my workout regime, while it seems the world has kind of slowed down due to the weather change, Bikram tends to keep my stress levels down and keep my energies and motivation up . It is also a great way to keep the blood circulating in the body when the winter tends to try and make us all tight. For those that are interested a great place in the Detroit area to practice, Bikram yoga midtown. I’ve attached a plug at the end of this post so if you attend, tell them I sent you and trust im not getting paid for the plug so yall know I legit enjoy the shit and the people their are pretty dope too. But anywho, I would encourage for those looking for a change of pace I would suggest even if yoga isn’t your forte’ hop into something new that you looked at as something “we don’t do”. Its a great thing to look forward to with the winter time coming and it’ll give you a leg up for all the new years resolutions folks yall know that’s comin in January. I say why wait til the new year, you feel me!? But seriously find something to challenge you, to change you, to push you to that next level of your already establish or needing to be establish regimen and don’t let it just stop at something physical, if its a new career, book, or simply a new project you have been putting off. The fall is a great time to transition and a positive way to go into these cooler months, continue to live well.