The honeymoon is over baby

After such a tough challenge in Mumbai I was relieved to find my yoga practice became.. well a little less intense! So much so that I started to feel I was on a little Bikram Yoga holiday.

Club Stretch / Bikram Yoga Dubai is a small, very modern, relaxed studio near Jumeirah beach and as Tasha Hawkins (Bikram Yoga teacher) describes it, “like a big family”. With a maximum capacity of about 30, the studio has quite a unique feel, sporting a curved wall at the rear, little rock garden at the front and wait for it.. timber flooring!

Far away from the torturous heat panels in the ceiling of the Mumbai studio I found myself able to relax a little, and if I’m totally honest, maybe a little too much. “How is 42 degrees different?” you may ask. Put it this way, I felt I was being cooked under the heat panels. Any relief you feel once you lie down in Savasana at the end of the standing series is quickly sapped as you find your towel and the floor beneath you also being cooked!

In the last week I’ve been conscious of needing to move out of my comfort zone again and take my practice to new levels. At the start of each month I set little goals and visualise my postures at the end of the month. It’s funny, as soon as you put the thought out there, you’ll recieve and I can happily announce, “the ‘honeymoon’ is definately over!” Thanks to Brian Ward (Studio owner) and Kevin (visiting owner/teacher from Colorado), I find myself being pushed again. I’m back on the wagon and the challenge is as tough and rewarding as ever!

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5 Responses to The honeymoon is over baby

  1. Amanda April 14, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi Matt,
    The studio in Dubai sounds very nice.Is the timber flooring in the classroom?If so do you find you slip or do you find it helps you hold everything tight so it helps keep your practice strong?
    Amanda OX

  2. Benn April 14, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    G’Day Matt

    Give my love to all in Dubai. Was a pleasure torturing you…a true inspiration!! Keep it up mate.

    See you again very soon.

  3. Matt April 15, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    Hey Amanda, yes we practice on the timber floor but instead of stepping over your mat during poses like Triangle, you turn to the side on your mat, so both feet are planted on your mat and towel.

  4. Matt April 15, 2009 at 8:56 am #

    I’ll def’ pass on the love Benn! A lot of yogis have asked about you here as they heard you were teaching at Mumbai. Catch you soon mate!

  5. Maria Trim (facebook) April 28, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    Hey Matt!
    Loving yr updates on here! thanks for making me LOL! hahah….yr take on Dubai is spot on too!
    Ive put up a comment bout you and yr website on Bikram College of India facebook page …so shud attract even more traffic to your bikram blogs! 😉