People have been known to ask about the Bikram Dialogue and why we use it. The dialogue is the instruction you hear our certified Bikram yoga instructors speak during class to allow you to fully and safely benefit from each posture in the series. Bikram himself, along with several key senior instructors, developed the dialogue and each Bikram instructor strives in teacher training to not only learn the words, but also the meaning and the importance of each word in the dialogue. It is considered a dialogue even though only the teacher speaks because the students respond by moving their bodies as directed and described!
There are many reasons we use and adhere to the dialogue when we teach Bikram yoga. Here are some of them:
Everything you need; nothing you don’t:
Bikram yoga comes to us from a very strong line of gurus who used the postures to help people heal their bodies and improve their strength, flexibility and balance long before western medicine was available. Bikram and his senior staff created the dialogue to be thorough and efficient. It is designed to communicate how to do each posture while keeping your mind engaged and focused. It gives you the instruction you need to do it the right way for the most benefit within a specific time frame. You may even find over time that you hear something new, even though it’s been there the whole time; your body and mind will hear what it needs as it needs it and will respond accordingly.
Trust in the timing leads to strength in the postures:
By regularly hearing the same dialogue over time, you will learn to turn off your conscious mind and allow your subconscious to hear what it needs in order to execute the pose the right way, the best way it can. And when you start to trust the process, your body will then know how much time it has to push to exactly the limit it needs to get the full benefit. When you trust the instructor to teach the posture the right way within the right time frame, you yourself can trust your body and your mind to respond in the same way.
Collective movement equals collective energy:
You will find that when everyone in the class moves together to the best of their ability, the collective energy is palpable and will help you to have a better class. That’s the power of the dialogue – when everyone works together do what they can the right way, the collective energy helps each member of the class.
Open eyed meditation improves the mind/body connection:
Over time, the connection you have between your mind and your body will become stronger and stronger. So strong, in fact, that you will, with a regular practice, have the ability to turn off your conscious mind and allow your subconscious to hear what it needs in order to execute the postures to the best of your body’s ability. And by turning off your conscious mind, you grow to develop a laser sharp focus in the moment of the posture. That calm, sharp focus will transfer to other parts of your life outside of the studio, and again, over time, you will find that you can calmly and with focus make your way through what used to be very stressful situations.