Hello again everyone!

I hope that everybody enjoyed a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. It has been two weeks since my last post and my goodness, what a two weeks it has been! In spite of all the obstacles along the way, I’m excited to say that we are now in the final phases of preparation. The day is rapidly approaching and Friday, June 1st will be our first day open to the public. Even though it might seem strange, I have chosen to focus this particular blog on a posture that takes place towards the end of the Bikram series, even though we are just beginning our yoga journey together.

Anyone who has ever exercised knows that one of the fundamentals to a successful workout routine is the warm-up that comes beforehand. Without this primary function of loosening your joints and muscles, people are likely to experience various negative impacts to the body, including muscle pulls, cramping or spasms, and other unnecessary injuries that could consequently be permanent. Although many of us do well at accomplishing this task, there is another phase of your workout where the act of stretching is equally vital. I am referring to the the cool-down period, where the focus on relaxing takes precedence over repeating the first step once again.

Sir Isaac Newton’s Law of Motion states the following: “To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.” Let’s just take a moment to apply this law to the current topic. If we spend so much time getting our bodies prepared for a long vigorous workout, shouldn’t we apply just as much effort towards the resting segment that follows afterward? The sad reality is that many of us who have tried other popular workouts do not incorporate the act of stretching upon the conclusion of our efforts. I have been guilty of it, too. I cannot even remember the number of times that I’ve gone to the gym and started exercising like crazy, only to realize that I must leave soon and I run off hastily without finishing what I had planned to do. Sound familiar?

By omitting stretches at the end of any workout, we miss out on numerous favorable rewards, such as reducing stress, improving blood circulation, increasing lung capacity, elongating muscles and connective tissue, detoxifying vital internal organs, and finding the equilibrium between strength and flexibility. Interestingly, the practitioners I encounter with abundant physical strength are typically the ones who are the most inflexible. Furthermore, they utilize their rigidity as justification for neglecting this particular posture, which provides all of the incredible advantages which I previously mentioned. Given that this is the 2nd to last posture in the series, I can understand feeling fatigued after approximately 85 minutes of dynamic exertion. Additionally, I highly empathize with those who experience pain or discomfort while executing this asana (the Sanskrit word for “pose”). However, as you can see, this is a posture that should be performed with the utmost intensity, but be careful not to overdo it. The best approach is to stay connected with your breath and to make slow, deliberate movements until you have reached your maximum boundary. With consistent practice, any individual will observe that this posture will rapidly facilitate an effective progression towards balancing mind, body, and spirit.

I cannot express the exhilaration I feel about meeting all of our enthusiastic yogis and yoginis. Please remember to take advantage of a 30% savings when you purchase your package online before June 1st.  Until then, stay hydrated and vigilant, my friends. Namaste!

~Art

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