We will start the Barkan Method 200 Hour Level I Hot Yoga Teacher Training on June 22nd. This training is the heart and soul of the Barkan Method Level I’s! This is where it all started back in 1988!!! That’s when I was doing Bikram Yoga. I was humbled labeled Bikram’s most senior teacher for over 18 years! Then in 2002 we split and I went on to augment and change the approach of Hot Yoga which morphed into The Barkan Method!
Below is brief description of the difference between Barkan and Bikram!:
Hot Yoga comes from the eastern part of India, the state of Bengal, specifically the city of Calcutta, where it is 110 degrees in the summer with 100 per cent humidity. Bishnu Ghosh, founder of Ghosh’s College of Physical Education in Calcutta, India and younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, was the man primarily responsible for developing this style of Hatha Yoga. Ghosh’s student, Bikram Choudhury, brought this style of Yoga to the United States in the 70’s. Bikram created a series of 26 postures derived from hundreds of postures from this lineage. The term Bikram Yoga is merely defined by this sequence of these 26 postures. The postures that Bikram has chosen, for example, Standing Head to Knee pose or Standing Bow pose are not synonymous with Bikram Yoga. These postures have been around for thousands of years. Jimmy Barkan’s approach to Hot Yoga is called The Barkan Method. Postures practiced in The Barkan Method maintain a basic format offering structure and continuity. However, various sections of the class change from day to day according to the area of the body the teacher chooses to target. For example, one day during the floor section of the class we may feature backbends, another day hip openers, and another day leg stretches. Barkan has found effective tools for balancing the body and creating a greater range of motion can come from incorporating postures from other lineages of Yoga. Barkan encourages his instructors to teach from their hearts, finding their authentic self when giving directions to students in class.