“I started taking Bikram Yoga about 1 ½ months ago, so I haven’t been doing it for too long, but I came into it with a very specific problem: I just had 2 bunions removed from both feet – they’re called bilateral bunions. Before surgery I was doing jazzersize, but afterwards I wanted to do some kind of exercise that was less vigorous (on the feet, as least), and my doctor gave me the green light to try yoga, and what a difference it has made! I try to come 5 days a week, and I’ve had no need to take my anti-inflammatories for about 4 weeks now. Also, the level of mobility in both my toes has already exceed my doctor’s expectations.
But there have been other, hidden benefits as well, including a general feeling of well being. I have a very stressful job, and coming in to the Yoga room after a busy work-day helps to bring me down from the stress of my job. At night, I sleep like a baby – no anxieties to keep me up.
I’m definitely going to keep coming, even after my feet completely heal, until I can finally lock out in standing bow. It might take a few years!”
– Betty Dickison
“Bikram Yoga facilitated a complete turn-around for me. Not only did it teach me to have patience with myself, but it also taught me to have compassion for myself – to look in the mirror for 90-minutes in a hot room with other people all working together on our bodies, our health, or minds….whatever we were there for individually, and to be completely honest about what was being experienced. It taught me to confront my addiction to alcohol; I had to come to terms with the fact that I was hiding behind drinking as a way of not dealing with my life. So, for me this Yoga has been a blessing and a god-send in so many ways. Thank you Bikram and all of his teachers!”
– Ginie Hogan
“Bikram Yoga has been a real success story for me. I started practicing in January of 2003, and I usually come 5 to 7 times a week. That’s a lot of yoga! Since coming, I’ve noticed a great increase in flexibility and in my sense of balance. My mental acuity has improved and I’m able to focus my attention to matters at hand. Also, my posture has improved to the point where even my physician has commented! I came to the Yoga with a history of running and weight-lifting, and I used to have to run with an ankle brace. I can now run without pain in either my knees or ankles, and the brace has been discarded.
In addition to the obvious physical benefits I’ve just mentioned, I’ve also been undergoing a regimen of chemotherapy and antiviral medication, both producing strong physical side-effects. Bikram Yoga has kept many of those side-effects at bay, or has at least brought them down to manageable proportions, enough so that I’ve been able to keep working without having to use sick leave.
The Yoga has become a real part of my daily life, and I hope to one day (in the near future maybe) be able to stand on one leg in tree posture for an entire minute! Now, if only I can convince my wife to start coming…”
– John Gutch