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My journey while practicing Bikram Yoga
I was recommended Bikram Yoga by a friend 6 months ago. At that point, I was suffering chronic pain due to Rheumatoid Arthritis and was on heavy pain killers and disease modifying medication. My joints were very inflamed and painful, my muscles weak and more scarily, my liver had started to suffer due to the drugs.
I was desperate at that point to find something to help manage my condition. I knew exercise is great for reducing inflammation in the body and keeping muscles strong therefore preventing damage to joints. Finding a form of exercise, however, that didn’t irritate the condition was very difficult.
Within just a few weeks of practicing Bikram Yoga twice a week, I noticed a massive improvement in my joint flexibility, muscle tone and a huge reduction in pain and joint swelling. I have gone from relying on sometimes 8 strong painkillers a day to some days none and have reduced the disease modifying drugs dramatically, of course with the guidance of my consultant.
I would strongly recommend Bikram Yoga to anyone with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It has certainly helped me manage the condition and given me a much better quality of life.
Looking forward to many years of practice!
I had a serious ankle injury over two years ago when I had to have a plate and screws put into my leg to hold my tibia and fibula bones in place, only last year I had them removed. I have since tried to get back to various forms of exercise only to find that the impact was making my ankle feel worse. In January I decided to give Bikram Yoga a try and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. The strength I have built around the muscles and tendons in my ankle has improved my mobility tremendously and it has only been five months.
My practice is part of my everyday life now and I have not only felt the physical benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga, but also the emotional benefits in terms of self-esteem and confidence to deal with the daily challenges I face professionally and personally. I have over the past few months noticed improvements in my posture, balance and fitness levels and all of this has help me with sleeping and my emotional wellbeing.
I am a conformed yogi now and believe I will practice Bikram Yoga for the rest of my life as I’m fully hooked.
Bikram Yoga Southside is a truly special sanctuary of fitness, joy, health and well-being in Shawlands. Having practiced yoga in many other studios all over the world including 2 yoga retreats in India I have achieved the most at Bikram Yoga Southside. The studio has helped me achieve the physical benefits of regular practice alongside the advantages of detoxing my body and mind. The mix of teachers and classes gives a wide range of choice for every level and I’ve came on leaps and bounds in my practice with the huge advantage of finding myself more calm and happy in life.
Bikram Yoga is a very welcoming space for beginners to more advanced practitioners. The classes are of a great size where you get one on one attention and encouragement and I’m always greeted with a huge smile by Linda and her colleagues.Stepping inside Bikram Yoga Southside my worries melt away and happiness and calm are restored.
I cannot recommend the studio highly enough. I’m hooked! ️
My journey while practicing Bikram Yoga
Tomorrow I reach the 10 day countdown of my 30 day challenge!! Woop Woop!
Before I started this challenge I was going through a difficult time following redundancy. My confidence plummeted and I went into stress mode; which for me means zero concentration, zero sleep and my hair falling out. I have suffered from stress related alopecia from a young age, which means I get a random bald patch on my head the size of a 50p piece, which doesn’t grow back for months and leaves me feeling humiliated and even more stressed that the rest of my hair will fall out! On top of this, I have been really embarrassed with my weight and size having gone up 4 dress sizes in 3 years. I felt so overweight, ugly and invisible all at the same time. So, I decided to get back into my yoga practice at home to help manage my stress and then remembered enjoying some Bikram classes last year so thought I would give it another go!
I was really anxious before my first class… am I hydrated enough? Am I going to stay in the room? Am I going to pass out? etc. But, after putting it off for a few days, I went for it, and was so surprised at how much I managed to do! I was buzzing afterwards and Linda suggested I try 5 in a row! …and all of a sudden it was day 4 and I was being challenged to do the 30 days!! Bring it on! Each day has been different, good days, tired days and really hot days, and then the breathing came! I set myself a goal on day 6 to breathe through my nose for the entire class! I did it, and it has completely changed my practice, it keeps me nice and calm throughout the class. I always set myself a wee goal for one posture before every class, and it’s a great feeling achieving it! Before each class I get myself psyched up with some mantras… ‘I am strong, I am calm, I am…. capable/confident/supported’ or ‘New day, new energy,’
This really help me feel good and stay focused in the class! What I have discovered about myself since practicing is acceptance, self-confidence, and patience! I completely accept who I am and the way I look, because after a class I know how flipping strong my body is for getting through it! I am more confident in my own skin and I’m not stressing about how others see me anymore, I’ve just told you all that I’ve got a bald patch, who cares, it happens! I am patient with my progress because I can see the small changes coming, and I am not concerned about nailing each posture in class because I know it will come! I’m not bothered about losing weight anymore, because I’m more focused on getting stronger! This has all been achieved from being in such a welcoming yoga studio and all of the awesome Bikram Southside teachers, who are so approachable and encouraging. I’ve had some really great advice for postures, how to stop hyper-extending my knee, and the best way to rehydrate. The teachers are so knowledgeable and always happy to answer any questions!
I would totally recommend that you give the 30 day challenge a go! At first it seemed like the longest time and a bit daunting, but now I’m 19 days in and it’s going by so quickly! You will feel amazing during and after each class and see the difference too! It will really give your mind and body a boost!
Off medication with Bikram Yoga!
For the last 5 years, Saadia has suffered from sciatica and arthritis in the lower three vertebrae of her spine for the last five years. She was on very strong pain killers – taking 6 Gavapenton a day. She also took Tramadol, which contains morphine. Her dose was 5 a day.
She started Bikram Yoga a year ago and after 6 weeks she was able to come off ALL OF HER MEDICATION. Saadia practices 3 times a week and we are delighted to share this journey with her.
Phyllis Main has a hiatus hernia. This means that part of the stomach squeezes up into the chest through an opening (“hiatus”) in the diaphragm. The condition sometimes caused her pain she describe to be “worse than childbirth”. Until she started Bikram Yoga in January, Phyllis was on strong proton pump inhibitor medication, her dose four tablets day. After only 8 weeks practicing Bikram Yoga and drinking a glass of coconut water a day, Phyllis is now off all of her medication and has had absolutely no episodes of pain. We are delighted for her.
I signed up because I was fed up of going to gym classes and fancied trying something new. I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ve quit my gym membership to focus on yoga and running instead.
I’ve seen myself slowly improving as the weeks go by and my flexibility and breathing are both getting better, which really helps with my running. I also find the classes to be a great de-stress after a busy day at work and I always leave feeling energised and refreshed.
One of the best things about the studio is how friendly and helpful everyone is, and I really look forward to going to each class, and one day mastering my standing head to knee pose!