The Start of A Legend: Day of the Tiger

May 10, 2008

I am honored to say that, after a few weeks of tigermania, we have been succesful in bringing our weekly “day of the tiger” class to the next level. Numerous new tigers and tigresses have joined the pride since the first Saturday we celebrated our feline instints. For those of you new to the blog, a group of colleagues started wearing our tiger outfits to the Saturday morning yoga class.

A picture is better than 1,000 words so please find below the evolution of the Pride picture during the first 3 weeks of tigermania.

Week 1: The seed of a legend

Week 2: The pride grows and flows Read the rest of this entry »


Death of Biswanath “Bisu” Ghosh

May 5, 2008

The 5th week of the training has started with some tragic news. Biswanath “Bisu” Ghosh, one of Bikram’s dearest friends, passed away during the weekend. Bisu was son of Bishnu Ghosh, Bikram’s beloved guru.

The bad news was communicated to us after the 8:30am class this morning and the rest of classes in Monday were cancelled as a sign of mourning. Bikram has also asked all the Bikram studios in the world to close today for the same reason.

I have spent the day sleeping (I feel lately tired and sleepy all the time), studying the dialog and reading. Bikram is already back from his trip so I hope to see him tomorrow. All classes are resumed tomorrow at 8:30am.

Bisu, Riquiescat in Pacem


My Initial Impressions on Bikram, The Man

April 27, 2008

In the last couple of weeks, Bikram has been full time with us, giving us daily lectures and leading most of the evening yoga classes. That has given me the opportunity to getting to know him a bit better and creating an initial opinion of him. He has now left for a couple of weeks and will come back in May to stay with us until the end of the training. As a result, now it is a perfect moment to do balance of my experience with him.

Overall, I must confess that I was completely overblown by meeting him in person. As my good friend Nikos would say, I had my expectations really high but Bikram was able to exceeded them by far. He is a very unique person both in the good and bad sides. I have never had so much fun in a lecture as in some of his lectures. Given his extremely big mouth and his wild eccentricity, you either love him or hate him. I personally find him very endearing and one of the most interesting and inspirational people I have ever met. If you have time, please download and watch the video that CBS’ 60 minutes did about Bikram.

Anyway, as a good consultant, I will organize my opinion about Bikram in 3 parts (with 3 bullets each :-): Things I love from him, things I find funny and things I don’t like that much.

Things I love from Bikram…
(1) His vital energy and joie de vivre. I have never met a person with highest energy and joy in live than Bikram. He sleeps only 2-3 hours per day. He thinks that the greatest enemy of humankind is the waste of time and he seems to enjoy every single minute of his existence.

(2) His focus and sense of purpose. His purpose in life is to spread the message of yoga in the world to make it a better place to live. He always has this in mind in everything that he does. And he has been very successful: he has introduced yoga to millions of people, trained thousands of instructors and his franchise has more than 2,000 studios around the world, the largest yoga organization in the world. Not bad, don’t you think?

(3) His ability to say and do whatever he wants without thinking what people will say. He doesn’t give a shit about what people think and does whatever he wants with his life if he thinks is the right thing to do. Read the rest of this entry »


Preparing for Week 3…

April 21, 2008

The weekend is over and week 3 is about to start. From what I have heard it is going to be one of the most challenging weeks in the training:

 

(1) On the physical side, I think I am in good shape. My body is a bit sore from all the exercise but I am getting used to the two classes per day and I have found the balance in my nutrition to face the challenge successfully. I am drinking about 6-8 liters of water per day (1.5-2 gallons) that, in addition to my daily intake of Emergen-C (vitamin supplement) and a healthy and rich diet is keeping my body hydrated and full of energy.

(2) Tomorrow we have the first exam on Anatomy (muscular, skeletal and circulatory systems). I have been studying during the weekend and given my geeky nature, I think I am in good shape


(3) This week, we also start full-speed with the posture clinic (where we cover in groups all the poses of the class). We had a bit of posture clinic the first week (to cover half-moon pose) but in the next 4-5 weeks we will cover the other 25 poses (at 1 pose per day). That means that I will have to learn by heart the dialog of each one and perform it in front of the head instructors. A lot of material to learn by heart. Thanks to Otto (the owner of the Studio I practiced in New York), I prepare myself learning some poses in advance but I am sure this is going to be the main cause of my lack of sleep in the next few weeks. Will keep you posted.

 

As a final remark, I heard that Deepak Chopra may join us for a whole week in the training. For those who don’t know him (I didn’t know him either), he is a world-known authority on the connections between mind and body in the healing processes and the union of Western and Eastern wisdom in these matters. I am very excited since I am always open to meet and learn from world-known authorities 😉


My First EarthQuake FisherPrice

April 18, 2008

Today at 7:45am, I had the first earthquake experience in my life!!! Stay calm, it was nothing dramatic but as all first times, it will stay in my memory.

I was placidly waking up in my big bed (my alarm starts at 7:30am, so I am able to get up at around 8am;-) when I felt a slight shaking of everything. It lasted only a couple of seconds and, with my still sleepy mind, I thought that it was part of my dreams. It was the same sensation you have when you are dreaming that you are falling and then you wake up (have you ever had that dream?).

Anyway, they confirmed in class that it was a REAL earthquake, so for those who think that my trip to Acapulco is not that hard, I want to say that, in addition to tons of yoga and classes (and beach and 5 pools) I have to deal with earthquake and temblors (ok, they are earthquakes that are 0.1 in the Ritcher Scale but anyway;-). I am not earthquake-virgin anymore!!!

That’s the highlight of the day. Apart from that and the typical torture/yoga stuff, we had today Dr. Lilian Glass (the speech therapist that saved Bikram’s voice) who gave a very interesting lecture on (1) how to project our voice and (2) how to use body language and voice to show great confidence. She is a very energetic and engaging woman.

During her 4-hour lecture, she made a hundred of us go up to the stage and interact with her in front of everybody so she could give us personalized feedback on our speech. I went with the already infamous and copyrighted phrase: “Hellooo, my name is Guillermo!! How YOU doin’?” and it worked. She liked it and talked about how attractive the spanish accent is. I still need to find out why my accent works with 50 year old ladies but never with 25 year old hotties (that is my natural segment;-).

So overall, good day here. Having fun and suffering through the yoga classes.

Cheers,

GA


Making New Amigos

April 13, 2008

In this first week of the training, I have met a gazillion of cool people. So far, I have met and interacted with people from US, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, France, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Norway, Switzerland, Tcheck Republic, Russia, Scotland, Ireland, England, Phillipines, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, Australia, Fiji Islands, India, China, South Africa, Austria and Texas. It is also confirmed that I am the only Spaniard in the class (lazy spaniards!)

There are 300+ yoga students in this retreat and my expectations are to get to know a high percentage of them (so I have free lodging when I visit them all over the world;-). In the meantime, there is a smaller group of people with whom I have started spending more time. Here is the family picture of a dinner we had on Friday at the Hotel:

 From top to bottom and left to right:

(1) Eliana (Cuba, 31). She has lived in Florida since she was 9. Believe it or not she is happily married an mother of 3.

(2) German (Mexico, 39).

(3) Vicky (Mexico, 32)

(4) Dylan (Australia, 33). He was the first person I met from the training. We flew together from Mexico City to Acapulco.

(5) Manon (Netherlands, 34). She lives in Australia and was the second person I met from the training (waiting for the bus at the Acapulco airport)

(6) Caroline alias “Ronaldinha” (Brazil, 27). She lives in San Francisco and, as it usually happens between portuguese and spanish speakers, she understands perfectly my spanish while I have no freaking idea of her portuguese.

(7) The last person in the picture is this amazingly atractive guy whose arms are the source of the steel used to make battle ships 😉

Ahh, and for those looking for gossip, bad news! all girls in the picture are happily married or boyfriended and all guys are single 😛