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Posted: 18 March 2012 06:00 PM   [ Ignore ]  
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Hello, I just started my first class Bikram Yoga last week.  I went back for my second class yesterday.  I noticed that when the instructor asked us to sit Japanese style in between our heels, I could not sit until my bottom hit the floor or the front of my ankles and the archilles heels started to hurt a lot.  This is the pose where the teacher will ask you to bend backward after you sit like that, until you lay flat with your head touching the floor.  I could not do it at all.  I was wondering what I should do to ease myself into this pose so I can eventually do it.  Do I practice sitting on something soft like a couch because that hurts less.

Also I saw several people sweating so much that their sweat was pooling around them outside their yoga mats on the carpetted floor.  I wonder how the studio sanitize the carpet after so much sweat from so many people got on the floor.  How often does the sanitization occur usually?  Daily?  After each class?  Weekly?

Thank you.

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Posted: 20 March 2012 10:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Hi Cher!

Thanks for your questions!

Fixed firm pose is a tough one indeed and many of us find it very challenging. Everybody for a different reason. What you are experiencing is quite common. Before any specific suggestions are made, can you answer me a few questions please?
- Is it a sharp pain you feel in your ankles or more of an intense stretching sensation?
- Do you feel discomfort in the tops of your feet too or is it all in your ankles and Achilles?
- When you are in this pose, do you make sure that your toes are pointing backward and your feet are not resting on the arches?

It’s very important that you are patient and allow your body to open up. Sitting down fully sometimes takes months, so just take your time!When practising this pose, you might find it helpful to place your hands behind or beside you and hold yourself up that way. Leaning your body weight into your hands will help you control the distance between your bottom and the mat. Also, that way you can take some pressure off your ankles.

As to the carpet cleanliness, the best thing to do is to enquire about it at the studio you practise. This comes down to their decision! I understand your concern though, this is a very important question. Given that you practise with so many other people around you, it is natural that you’d like to be assured about the studio’s good hygiene! So feel free to go up to the staff members. There is no harm in asking! wink

I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Namaste,

Andrea

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Posted: 28 March 2012 10:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Hi Cher,

Are there any changes to the way you feel in Fixed Firm pose? How is your investigation going regarding your studio’s hygiene? I hope all is well!

I’d love to hear about your experience! smile

Namaste,

Andrea

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