Tony Sanchez Urban Retreat

Tony Sanchez Urban Retreat

I guess we have to start with who is Tony Sanchez? I first saw Tony in 2008, on the wall of my Bikram home studio in Darlinghurst, Sydney. As I stood in the long shower queue, dripping with sweat, I got to examine the dude doing the perfect yoga postures in the poster on the wall titled “Classical 84 Asana”. What an inspiration because I had struggled hard with the beginners class of 26 postures.

Tony Sanchez trained with Bikram in the US for 3 years in the late 70’s. In 1980 he went to the source of Bikram Yoga and got certified at Ghosh’s College of Physical Education in Kolkuta, India. He has been the principal instructor at yoga schools in San Francisco, in corporations and created award winning programs in secondary schools. He is the founder/director of the US Yoga Association and Yoga Physical Culture Academy. He has produced educational materials – videos, manuals and posters. He has led yoga trainings based in the Ghosh yoga linage since 1985.

Tony walks his talk and is a very authentic teacher. Carl loved all that he learned with Tony at his Core 40 training in Spain a few years ago. After the all the interruptions to our yoga practice over the past two years we decided it was time for a treat. Carl reached out to Tony and created a huge opportunity.

We are hugely excited to announce that Tony Sanchez is coming to The Shire in January 2023 for an Urban Retreat. Over 5 days we will build on the Beginners Core 26 postures and focus on the Intermediate Core 40 postures and also some of the Advanced Core 84 postures. We will also learn Tony’s Core Strengthening series and Qi Gong movements to complement the yoga training. This is suitable for students and teachers who want to deepen their practice with a living yoga legend! Contact the studio for more information or book via this link by paying deposit $330 to secure your place. Total cost is $1100 including GST. 

Yin Autumn Master Class

Yin Autumn Master Class

What is Yin?

A type of yoga that is based Chinese Medicine Theory and Taost Principle (as opposed to the Ancient Indian System of health that Hatha Yoga like Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa forms of yoga). There is a continuum of yoga that stretches from Yang to Yin. Very yang yoga would be Bikram and maybe Power Yoga which are hot and very dynamic and then at the other end of the continuum would be Restorative and Yin Yoga which are cool and slow with very different focuses.

What is a master class?

Our classes are usually 75 minutes long (Wednesday 4pm & Sunday 6pm) in a Masterclass we can go for 2-21/2 hours and there is a specific theme. A Yin class feels like it goes very quickly so that extra time allows for more postures and for longer time holds. You will have lots of props to use, get hands on adjustments and have all of your senses fulfilled. Smells, sounds, tastes are all in theme of the class. And finally you will get some of the Yin Theory too!

What do I need to bring?

If you forget/don’t own any of the above, we sell and also hire them:

Mat hire: $3
Towel hire: $3
Water: $3 / $5

Bikram In The Shire during COVID 19 Restrictions

Bikram In The Shire during COVID 19 Restrictions

Welcome back yogis! It has been a huge week re -opening our doors again after a 10 week lockdown.  Firstly a massive thanks to all the people who supported us during the lockdown. We did the pivot to online donation Zoom classes, opened a Go Fund Me account  and raised nearly $8,000 which helped us stay afloat. Apart from donations we also received many messages of support and encouragement, which was so appreciated by everyone in Team Bikram In The Shire.

We have officially changed our business name to Bikram In The Shire and we really feel this re-opening is our brand new start to the business. We have a vision to offer the good people of the Shire, access to world class 90 minute hot therapeutic yoga. This yoga works as preventative medicine and curative treatment. Bikram yoga is accessible to people who have injuries, chronic illness and is also amazing for enhancing all sorts of sports performance.

Due to restrictions on class numbers and the need to pre-book classes we have changed the booking system to a new company GloFox. Please search for Bikram In The Shire in your app store and sign up. It is advisable to accept Notifications and Emails as this is how we will be updating you as restrictions ease and we can start adding memberships and passes.

To attend class you must book and pay through the app or website. If you have to cancel class you must do so at least 3 hours before class start time and you will be given a credit to use for another class. If there are less than 6 people booked into a class 3 hours before then we have to cancel the class. If your class is cancelled then you will automatically receive a credit to book into another class. We are charging a cost price of $20 per class so that we can pay rent, teachers and bills.

If you want to do a class then please try to book at least 24 hours ahead of time. This all requires some planning and we appreciate that it will take something to adjust to this new system. It is the best way for us to manage our reopening in the fairest way possible. If you had a pass with some classes or time owing then that will be valid again when restrictions are eased.

Again thanks you for your patience and any questions then please email us.

Who is Bikram?

Who is Bikram?

Bikram Choudhury was born in the city of Calcutta (now Kolkata), in the year 1946. At the tender age of only four years old, Bikram began yoga training under the strict guidance of Bishnu Ghosh, one of the most popular physical culturists of that time, at his ‘College of Physical Education’. Bishnu is the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Author of ‘The Autobiography of a Yogi’ and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles).

Bikram was extremely dedicated, devoting four to six hours every day towards it. When he was only thirteen years old, he won the National India Yoga Championship and kept claiming the title for the next three years also. Thereafter he retired as the undisputed ‘All-India National Yoga Champion’. At the age of seventeen years, Bikram Choudhury got badly injured in the knee during a weight-lifting accident. Renowned doctors, from as far as Europe, gave up the chances of his ever walking again.

However, having faith in his teacher, Bishnu Ghosh, and his yoga techniques, Bikram went back to his school. Six months later, he experienced total recovery in his knee. Thereafter, Bishnu asked Bikram Choudhary to start a number of Yoga schools in India. Bikram received fantastic response from people and his yoga schools became extremely successful. Then, again at Bishnu’s insistence, Bikram traveled to Japan and opened two yoga schools. Since that time, he has being promoting the curative techniques of Yoga therapy around the world.

Benefits of Bikram Yoga

Benefits of Bikram Yoga

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Bikram Yoga is an efficient exercise regime that combines body, mind and spirit to reach a simple task- optimal health. It raises the practitioner to their highest self by increasing their awareness of body, mind and spirit.  Bikram yoga caters to all levels in one class- there’s no need to get your feet behind your head or be able to invert yourself into a handstands. This yoga is about getting your body to move while building on your personal strength, flexibility and balance.

Is Bikram Yoga a cardiovascular workout and can I lose weight?

You will find Bikram Yoga the perfect challenge to your fitness level and getting your heart rate up. Each posture combines flexibility, strength and balance to work your whole body from your bones to your skin. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can improve your overall body shape and fitness. You can expect to lose weight over time based on your practice but remember you will also be building some muscle mass, so expect to see an overall bodyshape change.

How many times a week should I practice?

For a start, get in as many classes into your 31 Day Intro pass as possible to find different teachers, times slots and class sizes you like. Some people will find benefit from 2-3 times a week, while others feel better at 5 times a week;  a nice consistent practice is what you are looking for. The more you’re able to come, the more benefits you will receive- if you are persistent you will get it, if you are consistent you will keep it!

Is Bikram Yoga a religion?

No, Bikram Yoga is hatha yoga. Yoga is a way of life, rather than a belief or religion. Basically, hatha yoga consists of mostly asanas (poses or postures)  and is understood as physical exercise. Yoga’s combined focus on mindfulness, breathing and physical movements brings health benefits with regular participation. Yoga participants report better sleep, increased energy levels and muscle tone, relief from muscle pain and stiffness, improved circulation and overall better general health.

Improved Spinal Integrity and Nervous System Function

By moving the body and thus the spine into all ranges of motion, the student actively opens the joints of the spinal column and strengthens the supportive muscle groups around the spinal column.

This ensures optimal spinal joint function and minimal interference to nerve pathways between the brain and the body.

How does Bikram Yoga Heal from Injury and Disease?

There are certainly tremendous restorative benefits from the practice of any style of yoga, as the student combines conscious breathing with particular movements that stretch, strengthen and stimulate all body systems: cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, excretory, immune, integumentary, reproductive, respiratory, nervous and musculoskeletal.

The heated environment, however, achieves these positive changes more quickly for the student conducting a regular practice.  The Bikram yoga practice beautifully compliments other styles of yoga and exercise the student may perform and may also compliment any type of body work, such as chiropractic, that the student may be receiving.

Safer and Easier Stretching and Opening of Musculoskeletal Structures

The core temperature of the body may rise safely by about .5 to 1.0 degree and the superficial soft tissue structures, including the fascia, ligaments, muscles and tendons will warm up quickly and allow the student to move further, more comfortably and more safely in all directions than while exercising in a cooler environment.

Will I be Detoxing with this yoga and all this sweat?

Very shortly after a class begins, the student will begin sweating as the skin, the largest eliminative organ of the body, begins a cleansing detoxification. Students are encouraged to hydrate before class, are allowed to drink water during class and are reminded to re-hydrate after class.

A student’s daily intake of water often increases dramatically when they begin Bikram Yoga and this has a healthy flushing and cleansing effect on the body.

Why the heated room?

Why the heated room?

Why the heat?

The room is intentionally heated to 38 degrees to warm up the body and assist with circulation, promoting detoxification and providing optimum conditions to improve the functions of the body’s internal systems.

The heat provides a challenging environment which increases your strength, concentration, endurance and stamina. It also allows you to work safely and deeply into the postures, giving faster results.

Here are 10 good reasons:

  • Warm muscles burn fat more effectively.
  • When we stretch fat it has no where to sit so it redistributes back to the blood stream to then be reused as energy.
  • Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
  • A warmer temperature produces a fluid like stretch that allows for greater range of motion in the joints.
  • Heart rate becomes elevated which improves the cardiovascular system (heart and lungs).
  • Blood becomes thinner which clears the circulatory system.
  • Promotes sweating which assists the detoxification process using the body’s largest organ (the skin)
  • Muscles, fascia and connective tissue become more elastic allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury.
  • Capillaries respond to heat by dilating, this allows more oxygen to muscles, tissues glands and organs helping with the removal of waste products.
  • Teaches you determination, and focus in a challenging environment.
What is Bikram Yoga and how it works?

What is Bikram Yoga and how it works?

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints needed for the next posture. The Bikram method also stimulates the organs, glands, and nerves moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100% of the body helping to restore all systems to a healthy working order.

How it works

Bikram scientifically designed this 90 minute program to deliver total health through the balancing and strengthening of every system in the body in order to prevent illness and injury, promote weight loss and limit the effects of aging. The series is dynamic and exhilarating. The series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination and self control that increase mental clarity and reduce stress. The room is heated to warm your muscles preventing injury and allowing for a deeper workout.

What do I need to bring?

If you forget/don’t own any of the above, we sell and also hire them:

Mat hire: $3
Towel hire: $3
Water: $2 / $5