An open letter to all Bikram Teachers and Students:

Dear friends,

In just under seven weeks, Equanimity Hatha Yoga will open its doors to the public on October 1, 2016. It is with great excitement and joy that I am finally beginning this journey. It is my great hope that you will all join me in my studio. As a Bikram teacher and a member of the Bikram community, I feel that teaching Ghosh Yoga to its fullest would not be possible without Bikram yoga, its students and teachers. As Bishnu Ghosh’s greatest student, Bikram Choudhury has done more for the world of yoga then any individual, and for that I am truly grateful.

As a yogi of 20 plus years, I have gone through many phases in my practice; I have had many injuries and have witnessed my body age.  I have practiced Hatha, Bikram and Baptiste yoga with vigor but I have also dabbled in Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bhakti and Svaroopa yoga. With the knowledge I have gained and the experiences I have had, I can say, as many of you will also attest to, that the Ghosh lineage is the most therapeutic and safe system available, while still offering a challenging mind/body workout.

I have heard many Bikram yogis express concern with postures outside of the 26 + 2 series, suggesting that the rest of the Ghosh series is “ADVANCED”. Over the last four years I have intensely studied the entire Ghosh lineage under yoga master Tony Sanchez. There are 91 postures as well as many variations added over the years by Bikram, Tony and others. Within the vastness of this system, there is a wealth of potential beyond the 26 +2 that is not advanced level yoga. Many postures supplement the Bikram series greatly and offer the potential for cross training which, as many of you already know, is the best way to reduce risk of injury, enhance weight loss, improve total fitness and enhance exercise adherence.

Equanimity Hatha Yoga will be offering seven class types over the course of any given week. The two main classes we will offer are Bikram’s Beginner Yoga and Ghosh Yoga Level One. Both classes are designed for brand new beginners and complement each other. Additionally, we will offer two supplemental cross training classes for all levels: Ghosh Flow (a cardio class focusing on salutations and full body mudras) and Core Strength (a class focused on strengthening the muscles of the deep back and abdomen as well as the diaphragm and the pelvic floor).  We will also offer Ghosh Level Two (an intermediate level class), Ghosh Level Three (an advanced class) and a Ghosh Yin class for all levels. All classes will be taught in a heated room.

I would like to think of my studio as part of the Bikram community, offering the same philosophy, intensity and community that you would find in a traditional Bikram studio. Our philosophy is one of community and inclusiveness and we hope that the extended Ghosh curriculum will be additive to the Bikram practice and not contradictory. Because of this, all Bikram teachers and studio owners will have the same privileges found in a traditional Bikram studio and will always practice for free at Equanimity Hatha Yoga. I would like to officially invite you into my studio with open arms and an open heart.

I look forward to sharing knowledge, practice and continued community with all of you. Please feel free to forward this message on.

Peace, love and yoga,

Jane Clark, owner

Equanimity Hatha Yoga, LLC

323 East Gay Street, B7

West Chester, PA 19380