Mat and towel service

Be sure to add yourself to your holiday shopping list this year. Because you make the conscious decision to practice Bikram Yoga, you already know that taking care of your body is top priority and as one of our yoga instructors Curt, says, “take care of your body, so your body can take care of you.”  Why not give yourself a little gift and indulge in the convenience and practicality of mat and towel service at Bikram Yoga Sarasota? For a mere $30 per month, this service provides you with a high-quality yoga mat rental to practice on and two fresh towels. That’s approximately a dollar a day, way less than that specialty coffee habit–did someone say pumpkin spiced latte?

Come in, pick up your mat and fresh towels, practice, and let us take care of cleaning your mat and towel–no more lugging home sweat-soaked mats and towels and running the washing machine daily. This service is good for you and the environment– it allows you to focus on your practice, adds an extra layer of stress relief, and cuts down on individual water and energy usage. An added bonus, this service is complimentary when you purchase the yearly membership package, yet another smart move for your wallet and a commitment to your health.


Why Meditation?


Meditation is a practice, like yoga, to reduce stress, make you happier, and actually make you smarter. It allows you to think more clearly and calmly yet focused on one task, thought, movement at a time – you accomplish more in a state of calm clarity. Things seem to flow. Many people say, “I don’t know to meditate, I can’t clear my mind.” Did you know you can meditate with your eyes open while in the presence of others like in a meeting, sitting in traffic, walking, etc.? In meditation you don’t have to clear your mind, rather allow thoughts to pass through like they normally do, recognize those thoughts, and then let go of them. The way to do is to focus on your breathe. You can practice meditation anywhere, for any amount of time you choose from 1 minute (seriously), 4, 10, 20 minutes, an hour, etc.

There are many different types. Silent, guided, and moving meditation like in the Bikram Yoga practice where you are moving your body, while focusing on your breathe and staying in the moment of each pose.

Some key points on how to meditate:

Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine, hands relaxed, close your eyes, and take 4-6 deep breathes in and 4-6 exhales through your nose. Most guided meditations have you start with concentrating on your breath and if your mind wanders bring it back to a focus on your breathing. Allow thoughts to pass through but don’t fixate on them, recognize them, and then let them go. You’ll notice a sense of calmness and clarity.

Further reading:

The New York Times  recently published an article on meditation, breaking it down even more. You can read about more through this link.

What's In Season Now

You’ve probably seen those little green pumpkin-shaped squash nestled in with the other squash varietals bountifully on display this time of year. This “little green pumpkin” is called kabocha squash, it’s a Japanese winter squash and is also referred to as Japanese pumpkin. They are sweeter than pumpkin and can be steamed, roasted, and pureed into soup. In Asian cuisine, it is friedinto tempura and used in desserts. Their small size make them the perfect single-serve snack or meal accompaniment. They’re nutrient dense and loaded with betacarotene and iron. What’s more, you get two for one goodness out of them–the seeds are perfect for roasting on the baking sheet simultaneously and make the perfect snack. A light sprinkling of salt or maple syrup and spices give them a savory or sweet kick. Kabocha squash are grown locally at Worden Farms and may be found at the Saturday Sarasota Farmers Market near the downtown studio. 

Superfood - Sacha Inchi Seeds

New on the shelves of Trader Joe’s – conveniently located a stone’s throw from the Blue Roof Bikram Yoga studio – are sacha inchi seeds. They are new to Trader Joe’s, but not a new product; they’ve been around for centuries and are packed with good for you things! They are from Peru – good things are coming out of Peru, like maca, more on that later. This superfood snack is rich in omega fatty acids: 3, 6, and 9, in the form of Alpha Lineoleic Acid (ALA). Their nut-like savory flavor can be compared to pistachios and almonds, yet different, and they pack a powerful crunch. Because this is an excellent source of plant-based protein, they are very suitable to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. One of the proteins sacha inchi seeds are rich in is tryptophan, a protein that produces that “feel good” feeling and helps with insomnia. We could literally write a book on this wonderful “new” superfood, but we suggest you stop by Trader Joe’s on your way to/from a Bikram Yoga or Inferno Pilates class at the Blue Roof Studio.

The Importance of Breathing Properly

Do you ever find yourself holding your breath or taking short gasps of air during stressful situations? How often do you notice your breathe and are you actually mindful of taking slow deep inhales and slow steady exhales? The breath controls heart rate, pulse, and even has an effect on the digestive system.

In the Bikram yoga practice, you start and end with two breathing exercises and are reminded to breath while holding strenuous poses. One instructor says, “Remember your breathe, this is your yoga.” “Breathing in gives you energy, breathing out relaxes you.” Not just in yoga, but other sports such as running and swimming – are all centered around the breath giving the body the energy it needs to move.

You can practice pranayama breathing – breathing exercises that have the ability to quickly increase our energy, release stress, improve our mental clarity, and improve our physical health – outside of the yoga studio. To practice this breathing, take a deep inhale through the nose for six counts and a deep exhale through the mouth for another six counts.

Pranayama breathing and simply being mindful to take five to six deep inhales and five to six exhales during stressful times and throughout the day can have such a positive effect on your overall health.

Pretty powerful stuff how something that comes naturally without any thought can have such a beneficial effect on our overall health. Think about how much better you will feel - mind and body – if you are mindful of this one small practice. 

Top Ways to Replace Electrolytes

You have probably seen those jugs of gatorade at the sidelines of a football game, yogis sipping on coconut water after a yoga class, or electrolyte-enhanced waters lining the shelves at your grocery store. What are electrolytes and why is it important to replenish them after exercise?


Electrolytes are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphate and are vital to the body functioning normally. They are responsible for regulating our nerve and muscle function, hydration, and blood pH. Electrolytes get depleted through long periods of exercise, through sports training, through excessive sweating, and from being sick and dehydrated. It is very important to keep electrolyte levels balanced and to replenish them if depleted. During a regular 20-60 minute cardio workout electrolytes would not be depleted, but a workout like Bikram Yoga may induce a need to replace lost electrolytes through sweating. Swap out those sugar-loaded sports drinks and stick to coconut water that naturally contains electrolytes. Did you know you can also replenish electrolytes through diet?


Here’s a list of top foods you can eat to help keep you hydrated, balanced, and feeling great:






Bell peppers

Citrus fruit


Cultured dairy (amasai/kefir/yogurt)


5 Anti Aging Health Benefits of Bikram Yoga

“It’s Never Too Late, You’re Never Too Old.”

Bikram Yoga is a 90-minute moving meditation with a series of 26 (beginner) postures performed in a set of two with two breathing exercises, one at the beginning of class and one at the end. The room is set is 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity. You may see people emerging from class soaked with sweat, and with muscles that are defined and toned. While this may seem intimidating to some, it’s important to remember key things mentioned above – it’s never too late, you’re never too old, and the word beginner describing the postures. The workout is designed for all shapes, sizes, fitness levels, and ages. There is no pretense, no judgement. Those lean glistening bodies with defined muscle tone are only one small, albeit fantastic, benefit of Bikram Yoga and while the benefits are numerous, here are some you’ll gain with a regular practice:


1. Regenerates tissue and breaks up scar tissues


2. Prevents arthritis


3. Gives the body strength and flexibility.


4. Focuses your mind and gives you control of your breathing lending to a deep sense of relaxation both inside and outside of the studio


5. Cures chronic ailments and helps prevent varicose veins


See you in the downtown or south Sarasota hot room soon!