Year: 2015

Be fair, be Justa

Becoming a Bikram yoga teacher is one of my dreams. A dream that I have been thinking for a couple of years since I started practicing. But I also have another dream, an ultimate desire: to combine in some way or another my profession (As I metioned in my first post I am a political scientist specialized in  conflicts and peace processes) with Bikram yoga. And lately I have been doing just that, designing my yoga clothing line: JUSTA “But how are both related?” you might ask… Well, this yoga apparel has some characteristics that explain this relationship. Conflicts are not only provoked by political/racial /religious reasons, but also due to economic interests. Particularly in Asia, and some countries in latin-america like Guatemala and Mexico, a particular model of textile production has been imposed. As these countries have a considerably large population of undereducated women, caused by gender inequality, many companies see this situation as a business opportunity. Because of lack of social responsibilities to foreign textile investors, clothing firms have been taken advantage in many ways: extending working …

Another week of shocks and shakes

The nice 5 start hotel we are staying at is a completely new complex and was reconstructed after the tsunami in 2004. Even if 11 years have passed already there is still a sense of alarm all over, including the yogui community. Actually, the first question one of our classmates made was about the procedure in case of a tsunami. Hopefully we safe, but many are be scared, specially after the earth movement we had on Tuesday and Wednesday night. As a chilean, I didn’t worry so much, earthquakes are part of our daily life, we even name drinks after them, but it is true that at least it makes you think about the possibility of a natural disaster. After the tremors this week the rumor says that there is a tsunami alert in the region… That adds to the general panic. I think however that the sensation is worsened by the fact that we are under a great amount of stress, specially because of the dialogue and many others due to stomach problems. I’ll explain: In the last post I …

A week of shocks

That’s right, that is what the first days here have been, a collection of shocks: weather shock, cultural shock, mind shock, body shock, food shock… I am not saying it as a negative experience, on the contrary, this week has been wonderful! Now I know that I have taken the right decision, it is the best option. Even if the first day, especially after the first practice with Bikram, I regretted signing up for this and asked myself what I was doing here. It has not been easy to leave my wonderful and comfortable life in Norway and start sharing a room with a person I have never met before, invest every single free minute learning an endless dialogue or sweat, sweat and sweat the whole day, not just when practicing in a hot room with 80% humidity, but outside as well! To be honest I have got used to the weather very easily, how can you not when you can wear shorts all day and we can jump right into the turquoise sea after class! Full of jellyfish though… and as …

The Diet Journey

I have discovered  Natural Medicine. Natural medicine, is that right Linn? I have heard so many different appellations for alternative medicine that I am now confused: integral or complementary medicine, biomedicine, natural medicine, naturopathy, herbal medicine, holistic and body medicine, Chinese medicine, and so on… probably there is a difference between all of them, right? I am not sick at all, at least that’s what I think. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to go to Thailand and train more than 8 hours daily. However, as everyone, I do have some disorders and discomfort with some part of my body. Like many, I am a regular rider of the weight roller-coaster. In a year I can lose 5 kilos, gain 7, lose 5 again and gain another 7. Every single year. So if you do the maths… I have been getting stronger and stronger, as I like to call it… or getting new muscles. Being a regular rider, combined with the fact that sunlight hours in Oslo vary dramatically between winter and summer, has caused the roller-coaster to increase its velocity lately. I started feeling very …

The Study Journey

It is just 5 days before leaving to Thailand and the single thing that I have been thinking about is to learn the dialogue. Learn the dialogue before you go. Learn the dialogue before you go. Learn the dialogue before you go. Learn the dialogue before you go is what I have been advised. Learning the dialogue has been however an extreme experience and a very difficult one. I actually need to learn the dialogue and remember it, to be able to deliver it in front of everybody and Bikram. I received by e-mail the first dialogue postures in March and the whole document about two weeks ago by regular mail. Since then I have been cramming it into my head long enough to spit it out when I am in Thailand. Did I mentioned that I am supposed to learn 24 positions by heart? that is about 40 pages that I have to remember!  Never in my life have I had to memorize 90+ minutes of words. Word for word. Including all the incorrect grammar. Going back to how I successfully …

The Yoga Journey

My yoga journey started some years ago, maybe about ten or more, during high school, but I don’t want to be more precise and tell the world how old I am. Just quoting a friend, I am …ty-something…twenty, thirty…. I have tried so many types of yoga trying to like any of them, but I didn’t success. I understood Yoga as a cool sport which my friends practiced and helped them cultivate a beautiful and young body. Not long ago, I tried a very singular and unusual type of yoga… Bikram. I took my first class on the 29th of January, during winter. Even though it wasn’t very cold outside, coming from a relatively warm country, a -5 degrees Oslo was pretty chilly to like the idea of going into a +40 degrees yoga class. But, what was that smell? Upon entering the studio, I was smacked in the face with a horrible odor, nonetheless just thinking about a Caribbean experience in Scandinavia pushed me to enter the class. Before the class began, the teacher told me and …