OCTOBER 1st. 3pm will be temporarily cancelled from October 1, 2012- January 1, 2013 (only Monday – Thursday 3pm’s). Classes are lean for the fall and it will also allow more time to clean!
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Free Community class. Open to the public. This complimentary class is open to all “new” students that live locally in the greater Las Vegas area. If you are new to Yoga or new to our studio please join us for this class. All current students are welcome to attend.
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Karma Class Saturday July 28th 3pm! Margy- July Student of the Month, $10 Donation for class- 100% goes to Margy’s charity of choice, National Breast Cancer Foundation www.nationalbreastcancer.org
Here is Margy’s story–
“I have abused by body for the better part of 50 years and have KNOWN
that I should make some changes. Reality really hit when I was in a
car accident in June 2010. My compact car became a subcompact car
when I was rear-ended by a semi-truck. I went through some intensive
treatment and really didn’t think I would ever fully recover. My back
and hips were pretty messed up.
One day my chiropractor told me about hot yoga. She suggested that I
try it. I told her that yoga was not my friend because my body parts
got in the way when I tried it in the past. Well… there it was.
The seed was planted. I had a neighbor who diligently when to the
Summerlin studio and told me how wonderful it made her feel. Gotta
love Amber! I hemmed and hawed. I had so many excuses from cost to
time available. Then there was a free class on a Saturday in December
2011, so I thought I would go. Amber said she had an extra yoga mat.
She told me that it was very important to bring a towel and a wash
cloth … and lots of water. She also told me about the benefits of
hot yoga versus regular yoga.
The weekend I committed to going, I found a yoga mat as a thrift
store, so I bought it. So here I was … I had my own yoga mat, a
beach towel, a wash cloth and lots of water that first Saturday in
December. I remember that Lacey was the teacher. She was so cute
with her bright pink hair!!!! I remember it was very, VERY hot and
humid (and smelly), but I tried every posture. I was impressed that
Lacey remembered my name and encouraged me to keep trying. I left
very tired at the end of class, but was rewarded with a coupon to come
back at a discount. I was very sore for a couple of days and thought
“hmmmm I must really need this… maybe my chiropractor was right.”
It was not until January that I committed to coming to practice. I
dove in and committed to 3 days a week. I could not do all the
postures and even “cheated” by staying in the back so I could use the
wall and ballet bar for balance. Over time I used the wall and bar
less and less. I still like “my spot” near the door, but now it is
just for the “yoga candy” [AKA the cool breeze] rather than needing
the wall. I am blessed with the encouragement of all the teachers. I
am blessed that Amber continues to encourage me to attend. I feel so
much better! Six months of Bikram Yoga have done more for my back and
hips that all the treatment I received. I am happy and healthy… and
committed to my practice. Namaste, my friends!”
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some students are more advanced than others
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When you are looking to begin practicing hot or Bikram yoga Vegas has several options; it is important that you know the difference between Bikram yoga and hot yoga before choosing a Vegas hot yoga studio. Although many people believe that Bikram yoga and hot yoga are the same thing, nothing could be further from the truth.
- The biggest difference between Bikram yoga and hot yoga is that Bikram yoga is safe for everyone to practice; in the words of Bikram Choudhury, you are “Never too old, never too sick, never too bad, never too late to start from scratch and begin again.” The series has been designed with your body’s safety in mind and the series of 26 is performed in that sequence for your health.
- In hot yoga and hot Pilates, the series is more arbitrarily formulated, essentially taking a standard yoga class and putting it in a heated room. It is not specifically designed for the heat, leading many practitioners to feel frustrated by the class, either because they feel like they are going into cardiac arrest by performing exercises that are not safe in high heat and humidity—like mountain climbers—or by the fact that wet skin does not stick to wet skin, making it difficult to do their variation of tree pose and various other poses.
- Hot yoga and hot Pilates also lack the dialogue that Bikram yoga utilizes; the dialogue distracts you from the heat and reminds you to improve your form every second that you are in a posture, offering you endless tweaks without special attention from the instructor.
- The instructors who teach Bikram yoga must survive a grueling training with the man himself, going through an extensive and arduous process that makes them qualified to teach the series; whereas, hot yoga training is not as intensive. For anyone who has ever been to a hot yoga class and wondered why the instructors do not seem to know the postures themselves and why they do not offer helpful tweaks to anyone in class, lack of training is the most commonly cited reason for this.
- Although challenging, Bikram yoga is not stressful; rather than have you perform countless reps, you perform each posture twice, giving you the time to understand it, get into it, and work on perfecting and tweaking it, rather than leaving you behind the rest of the class, scratching your head trying to figure out something that the rest of the class has long left behind. Rather than being forced to perform endless sit-ups, Bikram yoga puts one sit-up in between each posture in the floor series, giving you the abdominal workout that you need, but without straining or boring you with sit-up after sit-up.
- By not playing music, Bikram practitioners do not get the sense that their instructors are yelling at them, which you inevitably get from a class in which an instructor is forced to speak over blaring techno music.
- Bikram yoga provides each practitioner with a challenge level that is appropriate to them, pushing them to give it their all and achieve the very best that they can for the day. In hot yoga, they urge you to go to “where you feel comfortable,” which is not necessarily where your body needs to be pushing itself to in order to advance and improve. While a Bikram yoga instructor will never push you further than you are personally ready to go, they will push you to do the very best that you are capable of.
Which style of hot yoga you choose to practice is ultimately a personal decision; however, it is important to know the difference so that you can make an informed decision about which style you choose to practice.
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