We’ve all heard of Bikram and his yoga but have we all heard of Barkan, his protege? According to the Barkan Method website (http://www.barkanmethod.com/discover/about-jimmy-barkan.html) Jimmy Barkan was considered by Bikram himself to be his most senior student.
“Jimmy Barkan is a master yoga teacher certified by Ghosh’s College of India, Calcutta, India in 1981. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of yoga in the United States, practicing long before yoga became popular and mainstream. Jimmy began his yoga career under the guidance and wisdom of Bikram Choudhury and was honored when he became known as Bikram’s Most Senior Teacher, an accomplishment very few have since obtained. Jimmy’s first yoga studio opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January 1983 and in Davie, Florida in 2001.”
The reason I bring it up is because I went to a Traditional Hot class this evening and the teacher is one who also teaches Bikram, I believe that he has actually been to both teacher trainings. They don’t call it Barkan so I’m not really sure what it is, if it’s technically anything but super hot.
Anyway the Barkan Method website is pretty good and provides some insight into this other world.
It has a Posture of the Month page which I like. This is this months’.
Look familiar?! Standing head to knee!
“Beginners: The key or what I call the “primary thought” for the beginner is the standing leg. I like to use the term straighten your leg instead of lock the knee. To lock the knee may imply hyperextension. Hyperextension could cause injury to the knee. Lift the thighs (quadriceps muscles) and keep your weight forward toward the big toe mound to protect the knee. If you are nursing a back injury or not able to hold your foot, hold your knee. (Always consult your teacher before doing a modification).”
With a slightly different outlook but same goal which is to be awesome, inside and out!