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OMB Conversation: it’s all in the Details

by Barbora Simek

 

The February 2011 issue of Details Magazine featured a full article on Bikram Yoga under a gasp-inducing title. The Overheated, Oversexed Cult of Bikram Choudhury, was undoubtably sold to an editor as a racy behind the scenes expose into the culture and sexlives of teacher trainees. Understandably, many of the yogis in the Bikram community have stood up to declare their disappointment and outrage at the content. At OMB we want to know what you think of Bikram’s latest press scandal.

Here is what I think…

The article describes the routine of teacher training from the perspective of an outsider, while exploring the sex lives of male trainees. And to be honest, for any guy going to training in hopes of finding a mate, the odds are stacked in their favor. I know few men who go to training and DON’T take advantage of these odds. Relationships, flings, marriages and more start at training and it is no secret. While the drastic majority of teacher trainees take to heart Bikrams “no kissy kissy…” instructions, the majority of male trainees indulge in the opportunity before them.

Some people on the Details page call for the writer to be barred from his profession as a professor while others lecture that he has missed the point of yoga. I would argue, that many of these people have missed the point of journalism.

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How to survive teacher training when youre dying.

by Marj Wong

There is nothing like 355 people doing yoga in the desert to turn Bikram’s “torture chamber” joke into reality. Luckily, OMB contributor Marj Wong has come up with her own list of teacher training cheats survival tactics to help you get through. Some of them are PURE survival, but others are clean and simple – get it done.

Enjoy!

Bikram Yoga Teacher Training image: Bikram Yoga Summerlin


Save water in your mouth, drink it later.

Steal the teachers energy, it’s there for the taking.
Like Nike says: “Just Do It”

BEND your knee: your forehead MUST touch your knee. This also works very well in combination with shake like you’re struggling.

Do like Teshia Maher says: go to the beach.

Teacher training is an opportunity for growth, take some time to practice your ESP. Communicate telepathically with the teacher, try the following mantra: “Open the door.”
Get out of your mind and into the posture.

If you’ve set ablaze: blow on yourself. Remember, this should be done discreetly, and is especially helpful if you make it look like you are just focusing on your breathing.

Fake it until you make it.

That previously stored energy from yesterday’s class that you’ve collected so diligently after class and kept between your toes, in your arm pits, the crooks of your elbows, backs of the knees, now is the time to “USE IT”!

Start a movement. Swing your arms ever so slightly to create a breeze.
Move your body: BREATHE.

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