“I am passionate about opening up the yoga community to queer and trans people. I want everyone to have access to this life-changing yoga. Creating safe space is really important to me.”
Hello, Fellow Yogis!
As Friday comes to a close, and the month of May wraps up, we wanted to take a moment to reflect back on the great month that we’ve had. We started off strong with a great Cinco De Mayo celebration and “First Friday” music class featuring some of the music industries biggest “Divos” (Cough Cough MJ, KANYE, BEIBER, BOWIE, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE)
— To those of you wondering what the **** a “Divo” is ..we will leave you with this spot-on definition from UrbanDictionary- LOL
With some Cinco decor hanging and good vibes flowing you could definitely say there was a”party in the hot room”
Another awesome perk of May was getting another Posture of the month!! Woot-Woot! There is nothing better than having a whole month to grow and focus on a different posture.
Head to Knee with Stretching Pose has some great benefits to keep you looking and feeling great 🙂
Here are a few:
- Helps balance blood sugar levels
- Improves kidney function
- Improves digestion
- Improves the flexibility of sciatic nerves, ankles, and hip joints
- Strengthens and firms back, abdomen and arms
- Reduces symptoms of asthma
- Deep hamstring stretch
We also had a great back bending clinic this month with former BYP teacher, Louise Giordani aka “Weezy”
The clinic gave students some great techniques and expanded on
- How to recognize places of spinal mobility and restrictions
- How to maximize the range of motion in your total spine
Now that our backs are feeling amazing~ we can’t wait to dive into next month’s posture **SPOILER ALERT** it’s the Spine twisting pose!!!
As I take a sip from my water bottle I’m reminded that this month we have new water at the studio and guess what?? We are pretty stoked! Not only is Tourmaline great tasting bottled water, but it’s the only gravity-fed water bottling facility and to top it off the company creates no boreholes in the aquifer, taking only water that naturally bubbles up from the spring— How cool is that!
Want to learn more about the company?? Check it out here: http://tourmalinespring.com/#home
Well hey… that’s the May “Haps” Take a look below for a sneak preview into June 🙂
- First Friday Music Class- QUEER CULTURE
- Donation class to help fund Portsmouth Pride
- June 2nd @ 4:30
- Donation class to help fund Portsmouth Pride
- Portsmouth Pride Parade
- Saturday, June 24, 2017, @ Strawbery Banke
- #WHYYOGA starts in June! Tell us why you practice yoga for the chance to win an amazing basket of goodies! Just #whyyoga on your Instagram and Facebook to get your raffle tickets.
- Don’t forget with the summer schedule starting May 27th that Barkan classes are moved to Tues/ Thurs- Come check it out and try something different. Already love Barkan?? AWESOME now your Saturdays are free to come try out the advanced class.
Monday, April 29th, 2013. I’ll never forget that morning. I woke up hungover from the weekend’s drinking that always seemed to extend itself through Sunday night. I was defeated, broken, out of shape, and needed a change.
I wouldn’t find sobriety for another two years, but this day was the start of my path to positive change. I wasn’t ready to admit yet that I struggled with alcohol addiction, but I was ready to start taking better care of myself. I decided that morning to start eating better with the help of Weight Watchers and get in a more regular exercise routine. I chose the only exercise I really knew: running.
I immediately fell in love with running and, combined with a more health conscious diet, my drinking reduced to just a couple of times a week. I didn’t have enough “points” to drink the way I wanted. That, unfortunately, would change once I hit my goal weight which amounted to over 50 pounds of weight lost.
As the drinking increased, so did the running. I think I used it to sort of “justify” my habit. The two couldn’t harmonize forever and after a few short stints of sobriety, I finally was able to put down drinking on March 2nd, 2015. Now nothing could hold me back from running…or so I thought.
I ran so much that I started racking up marathons in different states and set a goal to run a marathon in every state. Everything was going great, but eventually all of the “pounding” caught up with me and I suffered a severe iliotibial band injury. When I went to physical therapy, the therapist told me I had the tightest IT band he had ever seen. I was completely sidelined and couldn’t even run a mile. I felt fine on an exercise bike, in the pool and even doing light strength training, but running was out. I was devastated.
Eventually, after months of therapy, I was able to get back to running, but it was never quite right. I had to completely cancel a race in Austin, Texas and the next couple of marathons after that were a real struggle. My times were high and the pain I felt in the last six to eight miles of each race was excruciating. I thought many times that I was running my last marathon.
After running through pain and enduring the best I could, one day my friend Elissa suggested I try this thing called Bikram Yoga. I’ll be honest, I knew nothing about yoga let alone this Bikram Yoga of which she spoke so highly. My vision of yoga was a group of people sitting around, stretching their pinky toes and lying on their backs for most of the class (ha ha). I had no clue just how amazing it actually is.
As it turned out, Bikram Yoga is one of the most challenging workouts I’ve ever done both mentally and physically. It was exactly what I needed.
I started out doing Bikram once a week as a stretch day. I felt absolutely amazing after every class. My body was healing, my mind was clear and I felt…longer. That’s the only way I can describe it!
One class a week soon turned into two and before I knew it, I was hooked. I now go to three to five classes each week. My body feels younger, cleansed, refreshed.
I just completed my eleventh marathon in eleven states two weeks ago. Not only did I complete it, but I broke my personal record by over two full minutes. That IT band injury? I don’t even notice it.
That Austin marathon I had to back out of? I ran it in February. It was #10. I even found a Bikram studio in Texas. And sobriety?
As I write this I am 811 days sober. I am so grateful for the life I have today.
Each and every day is a gift, and if I get to go to Bikram it’s even sweeter.
Before yoga, recovery from a marathon was a one to two week process. Now, I just go to class the next day and I’m pain free. It’s that simple.
Finally, I can’t say enough about Bikram Yoga Portsmouth. I absolutely love each and every teacher there. They all have an amazing gift for making me feel confident as I grow as a yoga student, yet making sure I continue to be challenged, pushing me just a little further at just the right time.
Each teacher is unique in their own way. I truly, honestly, don’t have a favorite. They all get a perfect ten in my book. Thank you Bikram Yoga Portsmouth for not only restoring me on this quest to run 50 marathons, but for giving me just one more reason to stay sober each and every day. For that, I am forever grateful.
PJ Donahue is a musician and drum teacher who lives in Seacoast New Hampshire with his wife and daughter, Molly. You can hear more of his sound here: sometimes there are moments that can inspire an entirely new artistic direction. That is the story of River Sister.
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A great quote to kick-off our first teacher spotlight
“I love the students I teach. I learn from them by asking them a ton of questions about their bodies and lives. I want to help them as best I can to feel great every day. I am in love with this yoga and its healing powers! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤”
Check out this Q&A we had with Andie, our teacher of the month!
I don’t have a favorite. I don’t like favoritism. I just look at each on as a challenge and I do my best to welcome it in.
The Portsmouth Music Hall stage right here in Portsmouth! I competed for the first time , this past October 2016, in the New England Regional Yoga Asana Championship. 6 postures in 3 minutes. What a thrill!
I won a month unlimited gift certificate from my daughter’s spaghetti dinner raffle! WHAT?!! 🙂 I gave it a try. The rest is history!
Electrolyte beverage, sweet potatoes, kombucha, and almonds.
I trend towards black.
I can sense energy and emotions from people. I feel as if I can often time read their minds by looking at them and how their bodies are speaking.
Contemplating the next leg of my life. I’m an empty-nester now. Can I get a “HELL YEAH!?” I know yoga will be a part of it!
Recently it has come to our attention how many “yoga myths “are out there, so every Monday we plan on doing a little myth-busting.