Posts Tagged ‘Bikram’

Day 4 Seattle-The SweatBox-Laura Culberg

The SweatBox Yoga  / Capitol Hill – Laura Culberg

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Alfresco Dining in Capitol Hill

Not exactly 40 days and 40 nights but record breaking days in a row withOUT rain in Seattle hit 29! That was until today as the YoYos changed all that and created more pouring precipitation than humanly possible at Seattle’s premiere Bikram Yoga Studio appropriately named The SweatBox. How many times have the YoYos come out of class and heard a red-faced, wiped-out yogi say, “I’ve never sweated so much in my whole life”? Today, was the YoYo’s turn! We looked at each other, wiping bucketing perspiration from our blurry eyes, acknowledging silently that we had totally got our butts kicked by Laura Culberg, co-owner of this unpretentious Bikram yoga studio located in the urban alternative neighborhood of Capitol Hill.

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Laura Culberg

The SweatBox, a Seattle Bikram Yoga stalwart has been a wildly popular fixture for over 8 years and with owners Laura Culberg and Frankie Grausa, at the helm, it is easy to see why. Community is this studios calling card and these yoginis have created a fiercely loyal group. Bottom line, the diversity of these yogis makes it addicting to hang out here! So habit forming in fact, they have duplicated themselves to keep up with the demand and opened another studio in Shoreline, Washington just 10 miles away. Dressing room conversations revolved around the hope that yet another SweatBox would open in Capitol Hill. Yogis love this place!

SweatboxYoga

SweatBox Yoga

To loosely paraphrase a studio review…there are other Bikram Studios that you might want to date, but The SweatBox is the place you want to marry!

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Day 48 SF-Global Yoga-Mary Jarvis

There’s JUST something about MARY….

Gotta Love Mary

Mary Jarvis

When the YoYo’s were led to Mary Jarvis by seemingly everyone in the country, we were curious to uncover what is was about this “living legend” of Bikram Yoga that triggered so much conversation, and caused Yoga Journal to feature an article disclosing her fascinating life.

After doin’ our research we discovered this icon had been trained by Bikram before he was Bikram, and had an “off the charts” 26 pose practice before yoga had mats.  When we also found that drinkin’ water and wipin’ sweat during Mary’s class, wasn’t exactly welcome; we had nightmares of drowin’ in our own sweat and havin’ parched throats dryer than the Sahara.  But tonight, we were goin’ to “take one for the team” and go sans water bottle and towel… good thing there was no mention of goin’ without our “go everywhere”  Yogitoes…the only thing that prevents the sweatin’ YoYo’s from slip slidin’ to San Diego.

Global Yoga Studio

Global Yoga Studio

Walkin’ into Global Yoga, Mary’s legendary San Francisco studio, we were greeted by Huub, one of the countless international Bikram yogis that flock here to work with the Master.   And then we met Mary.  The happy, joyous, smilin’, super-approachable, super-interestin’, funnier than hell…. Mary.

A Few of Mary's Faithful

A Few of Mary's Faithful

During the next 90 minutes of this world famous sequence, we worked really hard. We sweated, laughed and learned the humungous internal benefits received from each posture.  We learned that drinkin’ water after backbendin’ in heat will make you dizzy and barf.  We learned perfect alignment, taught not to stress about it and then we laughed some more.  We learned it’s not about protein-it’s about prana, that wipin’ your sweat breaks the mood and that 4-5 days per week of committed practice could shrink our saggin’ butts. Then we deeply inhaled some mind expandin’ perspectives from this celebrated teacher who has had 75 of her students open Bikram studios worldwide due the rich inspiration they have received from… Mary.

Funny, but not once during that 1 ½ hours did the YoYo’s think about takin’ a sip, a wipe or anything else,  as this powerful teacher kept our YoYo heads right into every thyroid stimulatin’, fat reducin’,  tension releasin’ moment.  It didn’t take the YoYo’s long to figure it out….

It’s not just SOMETHING about Mary…  It’s EVERYTHING about Mary!

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Day 93 San Diego-Yoga Tropics-Margaret Stockalper

The Cliffs of Encinitas

The Cliffs of Encinitas

Is it the rumored vortex hangin’ off the sparklin’ shore , the spiritual energy of SRF that lives atop the vertical cliffs or is it simply a fluke that has the town of Encinitas packed with so many yoga studios, that even legendary klutz, YoYoYogini, could pitch a ball with eyes closed and hit a studio or two? Seemingly 24/7 this quintessential SoCal beach community, offers continual classes swarmin’ with surfers, runners, bikers, paddle boarders and ½ naked people who turn to Yoga as a way to keep them bendy, stretchy, strong and lookin’ hot.

Carla, Margaret, & Tracey

Carla, Margaret, & Tracey

Openin’ this “most excellent” yoga significant, 94th day, with the miracle of a hummin’ bird literally kissin’ The Ru; the wise, kind, ‘ol, grandfather cocker spaniel on his “ginormous” nose, the YoYos hightailed it to Yoga Tropics in Encinitas. Here ,we were to see how the Stockalper’s, a super-cool family of previously beaten-up athletes have shared their savin’ grace of yoga, and built one helluva tight-knit yoga community. Drawin’ top-notch surfers, professional athletes, gurus, beginners, kids and “silver foxes”, everyone is seemingly attracted to this charismatic Mom, Dad, and two stunnin’ daughters that simply love yoga and their beach paradise in which it thrives.

Warmly, or “hotly” welcomed into the packed 105 degree studio, the YoYos were excited to experience the signature “Basic Tropics Flow” from Mom, Margaret. Accalmatin’ to the heat, the toxin’ releasin’ YoYo’s loved the friendly feel, fillin’ this inferno. Mixin’ it up and creating a unique yoga style influenced by Bikram, Vinyasa and Ashtanga; Margaret led this fiery power hour while daughters Carla and Tracey expertly adjusted every sizzlin’ yogi in this steamy space. Attention abounded as this carin’ trio made sure every yogi, athlete or klutz, worked their personal edge and felt the love.

Walkin’ into the “hangin’ out” lobby after class for a most coolin’ coconut milk, the whole family excitedly shared their buffet of yoga offerings which included an eclectic mix of the unheated variety and the upcomin’ surf/yoga event in Costa Rica with “yogi/surfer in the gnar”, Critter Baugh.

The YoYos love these guys, their epic community and… their “most excellent” family business!


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Day 94 SD-CPY-Amber Dawn Clark

Pacific Beach Boardwalk

Pacific Beach Boardwalk

The Pacific Beach boardwalk is jam-packed with young and old; bikin’ skatin’, walkin’ and joggin’ their way down the infinite path that seemingly stretches to Mexico. It is here, on this Zen road filled with beer stands, party houses and fake surf wave pools that The Ru; wise, old, kind, “rock star” cocker spaniel was recognized by hoards of peeps of the tiny variety. Compelled to look deep into his intelligent eyes, pat his turnin’ white head, attempt to sit on his comfy back and kiss his “hard to miss” nose, the leash holdin’ YoYos simply stood back and witnessed this uncomplicated, gentle soul, child magnet and wondered if all the elusive secrets of life were hidden inside his 3” head. After all; this gentle, caring, furry character lives life in the moment and spreads nothin’ but peace, love and happiness throughout the world.

Amber Dawn Clark

Amber Dawn Clark

Takin’ our “no worries” cue from the wooly one, we calmly ventured just down the road to CorePower Yoga – Pacific Beach (PB), where tonight, we carry boardwalk bliss into the peaceful, candle lit space where Amber Dawn Clark teaches the Hot Power Fusion class that this illustrious studio has made so popular, it has sparked others to emulate this innovative style, nationwide.

The end ‘o the week, Sunday Night YoYos loved the serene ambience created in the silent, packed room of regulars, restin’ with eyes closed, forgettin’ their worries, breathin’ deeply and calmin’ themselves for the testing hour of power they knew was to come from their inspired instructor .

Ground Down to Fly

Fly Amber Dawn - FLY!

Beginnin’ by groundin’ into Mother Earth and warmin’ the body with creative sun salutations, this luminous leader encouraged us to connect to the breath that would carry us throughout this perfect blend of balance, strength, alignment and stretch. Incorporating the challenge of Bikram, Vinyasa and Power accompanied by stellar sounds, this testing sequence set in the aura of steamy bliss; liberated the week behind while joyfully welcoming the one beyond.

How super-cool to have CorePower Yoga’s “hot” classes a “most excellent” part of this epic adventure!


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