I started Bikram Yoga in March 2014, and have been hooked every since. The main reason why I have become a regular is that it takes me away from my busy life as full time worker, Mum and wife. Yoga gives me time to focus on my fitness, posture and well being.
I had the beginnings of a frozen shoulder from September last year and I was encouraged by my Physiotherapist to give up yoga to let my shoulder heal and improve with the multitude of exercises. Much to his initial dismay I ignored his advice and continued with at least three times a week yoga sessions. My Physio is now amazed at the results and recommending yoga to other patients. My practice is modified as I still am unable to complete some postures as well as I wish to, but I am learning to be aware and patient as well as to take care of my body and celebrate the small successes that I am having in the hot room. Thanks to Gill, Tracy, Shanna and Joanna for being so supportive and patient with me.
After discovering Bikram Yoga and beginning regular practise, I find myself in a completely different position. I no longer take any pain medication and find my increased flexibility and strength to continually benefit other activities such as bike riding and weight training. I am unable to do all the poses as the backbends contraindicate my specific injury but during that time I practise Savasana, focussing on breathing and finding stillness. I find this meditative practise incredibly helpful too. It is worth noting that my husband and children appreciate the decreased stress levels and greater sense of calm and happiness that Bikram Yoga has also brought me.
I would recommend Bikram Yoga to anyone – and frequently do!
I started practicing Bikram after being very physically frustrated due to being hit by a car – I went from easily running 15km to not being able to walk for a month (and all the lingering issues) I’ve had a regular practice now for 9 years and I’ve run various half marathons, marathons, ultra trail marathons, hiked to Everest Base Camp, trekked the Kokoda Track and worked as a Volcano Trekking Guide in Guatemala. Bikram keeps me flexible and sane while allowing me to take on anything I wish!
On a whim, I decided to check out this Bikram yoga thing I'd heard so much about. I needed to start taking better care of myself, and taking time out for me. That first class was really tough, but I made a commitment to give it a fair shot. After the second class, I was hooked! I was initially self-conscious, but there are no judgements here. Everyone is accepted and encouraged to do their best.
Now seven weeks into my journey, I feel stronger, happier, more motivated. I sleep better, and feel more rested. I take care to make sure I'm fully hydrated, which is something I've always neglected. I've cut out soda completely, and my cravings for sweets have virtually gone away. I feel better than I have in a long time, and I'm thankful to the crew at BYC for being part of it. I'm always greeted with a smile, by someone who is genuinely happy to see me come in. The instructors consistently give feedback during class - whether it's a slight correction to your posture, or a "great job" - they keep a watchful eye on everyone throughout the class. They're always happy to go over postures after class if there's anything you're struggling with, and I've learned some good tips this way. All of the instructors really care about each student, and it shows in the way they interact with everyone who comes in. Having such a warm and inviting place to practice, and instructors who are so full of encouragement, makes all the difference. Do yourself a favor and get in here!