Cynthia

Cynthia

Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?

I began doing Bikram yoga to become calm and focused. I have practiced on and off for 10 years.

How has your practice affected your life?

I have learned more about my body and calmed my tendency to hurry.

What keeps you coming back for more?

I enjoy the  teachers, the classmates, and the clean space.

Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?

Enjoy yourself, stay hydrated, and take your time . Bikram yoga is always helpful in a different way each time you come.

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Student Story: Viviana

Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?

I started practicing Bikram yoga in January 2014 as part of the whole “new year, new me” idea as well as the plan to finally lose the weight I had gained with my third child (who at this point was 5 years old and no longer could I use the “I just had a baby” excuse!)

How has your practice affected your life?

Bikram yoga has made such a wonderful impact in my life. Everything has changed, and I do mean everything! I started practicing as just a way to lose weight from a vanity perspective and quickly did I realize how short-sighted I was. I’ve been fighting with my body image for years now; From being an obese child to an obese woman to losing weight in an unhealthy way … it was a constant struggle. This fight would not only affect my self esteem but my relationships with my husband and children. My stress level and anxiety was off the charts.

As I continued to practice Bikram I started to notice that I was sleeping better. My gastritis wasn’t acting up as badly as it had been, my anxiety was reduced, my level of stress was going down, and best of all: I was smiling more! By this point I wasn’t even focused on whether I had or had not lost any weight. My size didn’t seem to be the main agenda anymore: what became my priority was that I felt–and still feel–the healthiest I have ever been. I have learned how to manage stressful situations, I have learned how to be more patient with my family, and most of all, I have learned to love myself. That constant fight that I’d had for years, that fear of looking at a reflection in the mirror and hating what I saw had gone away. Because of this practice I am able to love more, feel more be more grateful for things I might have taken for granted before.

What keeps you coming back for more?

There are so many reasons I come back for more! Who doesn’t love seeing happy, sweaty glowing yogis! I’ve met so many wonderful people who are always smiling and with such positive vibes. Also, I want to continue to getting all the health benefits I can get with each class. I haven’t had a gastritis-related hospitalization in over a year! (Those events were common before I started practicing and I do not wish to go back to those days!) I also want to continue to feel good about myself so I can teach my children the importance of self-love and acceptance.

Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?

KEEP COMING BACK! Remember that every day is different, and that it is normal to have those days were you can’t even hold one pose without falling out. Our bodies are different each day, and just as you can sometimes have those out-of-sync days, you will also have really awesome days where you might go past your norm and you might even surprise yourself, coming out of practice feeling so strong. So don’t give up, even on the bad days: Think  that at the end of practice: you came to practice and that is what matters. Tomorrow is another day.

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Student Story: Kenny Hillman-Love

I first tried practicing Bikram  Yoga so I could impress a girl named Christine who was a regular practitioner. I decided I hated Bikram but loved the girl and vowed never to go back. A few months later I got a bulged disc and she suggested that I return to the practice. I did, and the improvements in my back were immediate. That was almost 4 years ago. Christine and I are now married and she’s a Bikram teacher so I owe a lot to this practice!

Bikram Yoga has helped me lose weight, gain balance, and improve my athleticism. It helps me be less reactive and speak to myself more gently. I travel a lot and I love that I can go anywhere and practice and connect with a huge group of yogis wherever I go. Furthermore, it’s an amazing thing to share with my wife; I feel like it brings us closer whenever we get a chance to practice together.

I keep coming back because my body just feels good when I do it. I feel more centered and present with my life when I practice regularly.

My advice would be to keep coming back. Try to practice a lot at first so you can get used to the heat. And don’t judge yourself too harshly. I still have to remind myself that this is a life-long practice and every class is a chance to learn and grow. Sometimes I can take myself too seriously when I practice so I think keeping a playful attitude is important.

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Student Story: Katie Wilt

Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?

I did a handful of classes a few years ago but came back to the practice in November 2014. As an avid runner, I was looking for ways to take care of and preserve my body so I could continue running in the most healthy manner possible.

Bikram also offered the challenge of practicing something that I was not an expert at with instructors who could help me improve my skill. It appealed to me that my mind and spirit would benefit as well, which is important to me.

How has your practice affected your life?

I am more flexible. I have a few more tricks up my sleeve when it comes to relaxing. I believe I walk a little taller; I haven’t measured myself, but perhaps more importantly, I feel taller.

What keeps you coming back for more?

Seeing progress is motivating! I value the practice of strength, concentration, and letting go. I find the work you do in class stays with your body and I love that feeling.

Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?

They call it “practice” for a reason. Think of the teachers as coaches. They provide insight into things you can’t see or are not yet aware of in your body. Their voices serve as an anchor for your mind during class.

The teacher says, “Take the opportunity to focus your eyes on your own in the mirror.” Typically, when I look in a mirror it is in a more calm state for information and assurance. In this yoga, the mirror also can provide a source of power. It is not often we take the time to look directly at ourselves when our determination and concentration is so present on the surface and raw.

You are with people of different strengths and we are all doing the best we can and we do better together.