Bikram Yoga today is a positive, empowering and healing heat practice that millions of people worldwide engage in. It is in some ways a ritual that detoxes the mind and body. Of course the idea of detoxing through sweat is not new. Humans have been uniting together for various forms of a hot sweat ritual for millennia in all corners of the earth. They have created sacred spaces to come together in community to purge inner demons. To sweat is to let go. Sweat rituals and yoga are catalysts for beautiful change.
Yoga, an age old practice of unifying the body, mind and spirit, strives to find peace by stilling the mind and expanding self-love. Yoga and the power of sweating together provides a spiritual rebirth. The idea of sacred communal sweats have been around worldwide in many different variations. However the essence remains the same. People come together in community to release blockages, fears and darkness... to find the inner strength to remain in the heat. The Mayans gathered together for Temezcals, the Native Americans had sweat lodges and the Polish used the practice as part of folk medicine.
As sweat pours out the obstacles blocking the path to greater happiness are released. Staying in the heat teaches us some serious mind over matter; We can walk out renewed and accomplished. Bikram yoga is an incredibly transformative healing ritual. Practising Yoga in the heat tests ones limits physically, mentally and emotionally.
"Sweat is holy water prayer beads, pearls of liquid that release your past. Sweat is an ancient and universal form of self healing, whether done in the gym, the sauna or the sweat lodge...The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy"~ Gabrielle Roth
All styles of yoga have profound blessings. However, the heat in Bikram Yoga makes it unique in its power to purge our souls of darkness from the past. We need to exercise discipline and inner poise to remain and endure the discomfort. The heat and the sweating release out inner toxins. Each student gathers with the yoga community to go on an inner journey and to walk away renewed. The hot yoga is an exercise of mental toughness, discipline and poise – but best of all it makes your body feel healthy, clean and vibrant.
The power of hot Bikram Yoga is that each times we practice it we are gathering in a ceremony of renewal, cleansing and transformation. It is a group ritual of letting go, and opening up our hearts to a more harmonious existence.
Bikram Yoga Powerful, Positive and Sacred.