Flattery and Criticism: An Introduction

by Ann Chrapkiewicz Over a decade ago, one of my most influential yoga teachers at the time presented me with a quote: “To the Yogi, criticism and flattery are no different.” It made sense to me on some levels, and I thought I could relate to not caring about the status quo.  I had a […]

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There is No Such Thing as Monday

Toe Stand - Original Hot Yoga - Bikram Yoga

by Ann Chrapkiewicz A few Sunday mornings ago, I was teaching* class. It was one of those lovely classes where everyone spaced themselves so beautifully in the three rows of our practice room; people hardly took their eyes off of their focus points for the entire warm-up portion of class. We were finishing up the […]

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Big Girls Bend: My (Ongoing) Journey as a Fat Yogi

by Marini Lee, Ph.D. I’ve been practicing bikram yoga for almost 12 years now. According to the Western world (and my recovering internal body critic), I should look differently. I should be thin by now!!!! Shouldn’t I? Well, I’m not. First of all, being and/or getting “thin” is not (nor should be) the goal of […]

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Healing Asthma, Sciatica, Wrist Sprains, …. and Growing Almost an inch!

Meet Sarah Cook, 34, of St. John’s, Michigan.  Sarah started practicing Bikram Yoga with us in the spring of 2014, upon a recommendation from her sister.  As of this writing, Sarah has practiced exactly 365 classes!  Sarah has had some exciting updates recently, but her whole history of benefits is very diverse, and quite exciting! […]

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Healing Chronic Back Pain and Reversing Chronic Kidney Disease

Meet John, who started practicing Bikram Yoga with us in December 2013, at age 68.  Just prior to beginning Bikram Yoga, he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Against the advice of his physician, he started coming to class 4-5 times per week. In only 3 months of this new routine, his health dramatically improved. […]

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If You Can’t Laugh….Breathe!

You cannot breathe deeply and worry at the same time.

by Char Brooks Screeching into the parking lot, as I walk through the open door I know I’m out of the slammer.  I’m about to partake in something — and I have no idea what I’ll discover as I find my way onto my mat.   And that’s the good news.  Within minutes of making […]

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No, YOU! YOU are ready for yoga!

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by Ann Chrapkiewicz Are you ready for yoga? As inclusive as North American yoga wants to be, yoga in its deeper dimensions demands certain qualities. Are you ready for yoga? Well, I have a yoga mat and I hydrated well.  So yes, I think so. But the question again: are you ready for yoga? The […]

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2017 Spring Yoga Buddy Challenge – Inspiration, Highlights, and Special Projects

Half Moon Ghosh Yoga Bikram Yoga Backward Bend East Lansing MSU

by Ann Chrapkiewicz …………………………………… Our annual Spring Yoga Buddy Challenge is a true highlight of the year and takes place from April 1 – May 31 each year. It expands and deepens our practice and understanding of yoga, and it is so much fun!! All teams who completed the challenge by May 31 received a unique […]

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Ann Chrapkiewicz Representing Michigan at USA Yoga National Championships

yoga national championship standing head to knee USA Yoga Midwest Regional 2017 Chicago

East Lansing, Michigan – July 21, 2017 – Ann Chrapkiewicz – Lansing-area yoga practitioner and native of Dearborn, Michigan – will represent the state of Michigan in this year’s USA Yoga National Championship.   Ann took 3rd place in the MidWest SuperRegional Championships held in Chicago in May 2017, and 1st in the state of Michigan. The national […]

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Practicing Yoga with Linux!

Setting Up Triangle - Trikonasa - Bikram Yoga

–BYCA Guest Blog Post– The author is a scientist, musician, and occasional computer programmer based in Lansing, MI. He is a founding member of “Los Tres Yogamigos”, BYCA’s premiere yoga buddy challenge team. I suffered from chronic back pain for fifteen years. Episodic attempts at cultivating a yoga (or Pilates, or Alexander technique, or self-medication) […]

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July 2017 Intermediate Yoga – Instruction and Silent Classes – Weekday Mornings

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Those with at least one to two years of regular practice and 250 or more classes’ experience in the traditional 26&2/Bikram Yoga method are invited to join us for a unique practice intensive in intermediate preparations and postures in the Ghosh lineage.  This round will be an immersive, daily, morning practice (6:15 am – 8:15 […]

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Live Asana Demonstrations at the USA Yoga Mid West Super Regional Championships

Ann Half Spine Twist Cropped 2017 Mid West Chicago

East Lansing, Michigan – May 25, 2017 – Three practitioners at Bikram Yoga Capital Area represented the state of Michigan in this year’s USA Yoga MidWest Super Regional Championships in Chicago, IL, this past weekend. BYCA students Lauren Anastos, Lindsay Gray, and Ann Chrapkiewicz performed their routines with steadiness, focus, and calm.  They all had a very enjoyable, […]

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