: This rockstar yogi recently completed his second 30-day challenge.
How long have you been practicing? 18 months. My first class was on Feb 1, 2012.
What changes have you seen as a result of the yoga? I’ve lost about 35 lbs. My blood pressure and cholesterol are much improved. I am much more flexible than I was when I started. Also, I could not sleep through the night prior to starting Bikram; now, I can sleep well. My tension/stress level has decreased dramatically.
Favorite and least favorite postures and why? Selfishly, my favorite posture is “Savasana” because when we reach the first savasana after the standing series, in my mind, it’s halftime. I am a former football player, so I see this as the opportunity to regroup, refocus, and recharge for the second half.
My least favorite posture is “Standing Head to Knee” (Dandayamana-Janushirasana). It is one that I have yet to conquer because of a lower back injury from weightlifting, but I am still working on it.
Biggest breakthrough in class? My biggest breakthrough in class has been in doing “Fixed Firm” pose (Supta-Vajrasana). Most wouldn’t expect a big football guy to be flexible enough to do this posture, but with coming in regularly (on average 3 times/week) I’ve improved my flexibility and can now do this pose without any strain or pain to my knees, ankles, or back. That is an accomplishment from when I first began practicing.
Advice to new students? Make Bikram Yoga a part of your weekly fitness routine. Find ways to get better in and outside of class. I watch some YouTube videos and subscribe to a yoga blog. Don’t ever give up on yourself. Be in constant pursuit of getting better. It takes time for us all to move from where we may be today to where we ultimately want to be one day. Hydrate.
My name is Jane Ridsdel Cox. I will be 75 in Febuary of 2013. I am a runner and am training for my second full Marathon, the St. Jude’s on December 1, 2012. I started Bikram Yoga six weeks ago. I knew I would love it and I did. Actually, I have trouble staying away and have done it four or five times a week since I started. I already know the instructors and am finding them very helpful and supportive. The class is hard. Some of the poses are impossible for me but I am improving every single time and can do some things I thought would be impossible. l love the challenge and feeling of my body being increasingly under my control. At my age, many things are deteriorating and it is lovely to have parts of my body that is improving. Bikram Yoga claims to help fix whatever ails you. I have already noticed a huge change in my sleep – something I have been trying to improve for 30 years. My achilles tendonitis that has bothered my since last December has almost disappeared. I am much for relaxed and am feeling in better control of a tendency to over eat. I ran a five mile race this morning and had one of my best times for this distance. More importantly, at the finish line I was barely tired, my legs felt stronger. I was more relaxed during the race and enjoyed the whole thing instead of focusing on going as fast as I could. I am hoping to see improvement in several areas. Bikram Yoga may help with my hypothyroidism, my rheumatoid arthritis, my very impaired balance, difficulty with concentration and my lack of flexibility. Big order! That said, there are poses that I can do and give me reason to be proud of my aging body. Bikram Yoga has a way of improving a person’s self esteem and self-confidence. At the end of the day, I am doing Bikram Yoga because I fell in love with it. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Jane C, August, 2012
I was more then a little skeptical when a friend of mine in Chicago suggested I try Bikram Yoga as a method of getting back in shape. My impression of Yoga was not something that was meant for serious exercise. His suggestion came about due to the fact that the last time he had seen me I was about 40 lbs lighter and running marathons. Due to a number of health issues I had given up exercise altogether. My first class was a rude awakening. I thought you were kidding when you said my goal was just to stay in the room! Well, it’s been 5 months now and I just had a physical. Since I’ve been coming to Bikram Yoga Memphis I have lost 25 lbs, my resting heart rate has gone from 72 to 52, my blood pressure has dropped significantly and yes, I can stay in the room. I still cannot do all of the postures perfectly, however, trying is apparently paying off. I just wanted to tell you how much I’ve appreciated your studio and your group of dedicated instructors. I do not believe I have met a group of fitness professionals that are more passionate and compassionate about their teachings. Thank you. Mike I, May, 2012
I was asked to comment on postive ways that Bikram Yoga has changed my life. I wanted to credit this yoga for the incredible home birth of my son who was born Dec. 8, 2009. I practiced Bikram Yoga 3 times a week while I was pregnant. It was an amazing experience for both of us. My son is extremely healthy and at 2 yrs and 8 months, has not really been sick his entire life. I have just started back to yoga regularyly and after 6 classes in 2 weeks I feel sooooooo different!!! Although my life is so busy as a single mom, I know that I need to continue to fit it in because it helps me in every way! Thank you Bikram!!! Sincerely, Jennifer P. August 2012