Not only has Bikram Yoga been instrumental in helping me lose 60 pounds, it has helped improve the overall condition of my knee. Coupled with the increase in my overall strength and flexibility, Bikram Yoga practice has had a major positive influence on my overall physical well being.
They say that yoga adds years to your life and life to your years. I never understood the meaning of that phrase until I found Bikram Yoga. I decided on a whim to give hot yoga a try one day after walking past the Bikram Yoga Livermore studio. It had always been on my bucket list and what harm could it do? After a few classes, however, I started to recognize a change happening within me. My migraines (for which I had to medicate daily) were quickly dissipating and are now gone. I experienced more energy during the day. After years of miserable insomnia, I was starting to sleep well through the night. My back and neck weren’t in constant pain anymore. I experienced renewed health and my quality of life significantly improved, all within a few months of beginning a practice which I previously thought was a little far-fetched and unimportant. How wrong I was.
This studio has been a shelter from the storms of life and a time out from the daily stresses that plague us all. I’ve learned that although yoga certainly improves physical health, it can also serve as an incredible source of peace. Yoga is more than just stretching. It’s a way of life and a state of mind. It provides a path toward introspection which is so vital for mental health and self acceptance. Practicing regularly has enabled me to be mindful and present in whatever situations I’m given.
After high school, I quit playing team sports and gained a lot of weight. I was unhealthy and out of shape. I immediately joined a gym near my house and started cycling. As months went on I didn't notice a lot changes in my body until I started practicing Bikram yoga. Not only did yoga help me physically it helped me mentally as well. After each yoga class I felt truly happy, and my body was craving for healthy foods that would keep me well nourished. Eventually, the studio introduced Inferno Hot Pilates and I was hooked. After each Hot Pilates class, I felt stronger in my yoga practice. These classes made me a healthier and happier person, which ultimately inspired me to teach hot Pilates.