Bikram Teacher Training Fall 2010

A Yogini's Journey to Become a Bikram Yoga Teacher...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bikram Yoga & The Female Body.

We've done 67 classes of yoga now that we are at the start of our 7th week here at Bikram Yoga teacher training. That much yoga in just over 30 days does things to your body.
  • Eating a lot.
  • Not eating at all.
  • Peeing a lot.
  • Not peeing a lot.
  • Pooping too much.
  • Not pooping at all.
  • Delayed menstruation.
  • Menstruation coming early.
  • Random colds that show up one day and are gone the next.
Lots of stuff. We've all talked about it here. But for me, all this yoga did my ovulation cycle in a little. It delayed it by about 5 days, and made it really painful.

So painful, I could barely get through class this evening.

I couldn't side bend or back bend... As ovulation pain shows up in my lower backsides. Usually just on one side. It's typically a dull ache. But tonight it was full on cramping, on my right side. I couldn't even do the spine strengthening series.

I am counting down the classes till I can return a normal Bikram practice schedule. (Only 30 classes left.)


  1. Keep up your good work, lady. You're almost there! This is pretty insane...I bet you're so looking forward to a more normal schedule. Thinkin of you!

  2. The body manifests change in so many ways, doesn't it? Funny how two people can have the OPPOSITE bodily reaction to the same stressor. I'm sorry you're having a hard time, though! Take care.

  3. Mei told me lots of female trainees got really good at "towel oragami" to hide accidents from the havoc caused on their cycles!

  4. You sound very comfortable with good grammar. Does it bother you that some of the dialogue is a bit 'awkward' in terms of vernacular? Are you allowed to modify the dialogue to accomodate conventional Western grammar and usage? Thanks!

  5. LOL! KWA... I can't even count on my hands the number of times I have wanted to take a red pen to the dialogue pages!

    For the purposes of training, you recite the dialogue as it is written. And at the studio I teach at in Toronto, I will have to recite it as written as well. "Eventually, or in the future" (an PRIME example of randomness in the dialogue) I will probably clean it up a little when I recite it.

  6. a total transformation indeed. those arent always pleasant. keep up the good work! almost there!!!