Each year - second Sunday of May is known for the Mother's Day celebration. There is always lots of events happening that day across the Canada to express the love and show the appreciation towards our Moms.
Although I don't have my Mom here-as she lives in Poland where we always celebrate Mother's Day on May 26th- this year I decided that I would love to do "something". Originally, I was planning to take a run at Mother's Day Run & Walk - but when I heard about the "challenge" Bikram Yoga Calgary South is offering - I was "in". Studio owner - Lyndsay Gieck-decided to challenge herself by doing 5 classes in one day to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research. It might sound normal- but let me state few important facts within that idea. Firstly - its not "just 5 classes" - it's 5 classes which run exactly 90 minutes and consist of a set series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is ideally practiced in a room heated to 105°F (≈ 40.6°C) with a humidity of 40%.
Honestly, it is a challenge for most of people to survive one class - can you imagine doing 5 of them in one day? But what touched me the most was the fact, that Lyndsay came up with the idea of raising money for the pancreatic cancer research - the same cancer her mother was diagnosed with and died when Lyndsay was 16 years old - and the Bikram studio in Calgary South was actually built for the memory of her Mom.
I only managed to take just double class - but it was totally worth it-it wasn't about exercise - it was about the gratitude and meditation. The room was not only hot-but filled with unbelievably amazing energy shared by both most of the Bikram Calgary South Instructors as well as all practitioners.
If you've never tried Bikram Yoga- you definitely should!!!
For more information about the studio - please visit their website http://www.bikramcalgarysouth.com/
Few of Bikram Yoga Calgary South Instructors ( from left) - Lyndsay Gieck, Anne - Britt Erickson, Heather Baird.
Myself and Lyndsay demonstrating one of the postures:-)
Photos by:Dara Defreitas