One thing all Bikram Yoga devotees have in common is the story of how they first came to find themselves in the hot room and how it has transformed their life over time. We are so proud to share with you a few of our member's Bikram Yoga stories.
Fifteen years ago, when I was just 21 years old, I fell in love with a man with an anti-social personality disorder. Of course, I didn't know it at the time. Love is blind and I was severely blinded. We married a year later and had two little boys shortly thereafter.
In 2004 I was diagnosed with Seminoma Cancer. A massive tumor had spread to my left kidney, lungs and had managed to wrap itself around my aeorta. This is the same cancer that Lance Armstrong had. Needless to say, I was reading all of his books he had written about his cancer journey.
My first Bikram Yoga class was surprising; it was hot, I was sweating, I could not do any of the positions that everyone else seemed to be able to do with ease. It was overwhelming. It took that first class, and already I could breathe better.
Nobody forgets their first encounter with hot yoga - at least not me. It was January 2008 my girlfriend and I decided to do something about our weight gain. Eagerly we paid $20 for our first week of trial.
I was introduced to Bikram Yoga by my trainer at Karp Fitness who was helping me through a few overuse sports injuries (knee, shoulder and elbow). She recommended that I try Bikram Yoga and told me that it would be a great balance for my training and I thought I would enjoy the challenge.
Physically my body from head to toe has been affected, in a good way, by Bikram Yoga. Sinus headaches...gone. Big toe bunions...gone, almost. Circulation is so good that my eyesight & hearing have improved.
Three times a week I walk into the Bikram Yoga studio on Lougheed Hwy in Coquitlam, and reconnect with an old friend, I've known this friend for 53 years, we lost touch for a time but Bikram Yoga brought us back together. The old friend I connect with is my body.
Even though we are strong, and focused, and present, we sometimes have moments when we don't feel like we are. This brings me to the last lesson I will write about today. At Bikram Yoga we learn patience, and acceptance of where our body and mind are for today.
I'm in my mid-fifties and had to stop swimming and running due to wear and tear. After 4 months of Bikram Yoga, I lost 10 lbs. The arthritis in my neck is much less troublesome, middle back pain is gone and my sinus problems are gone. My posture has also improved.
One day I woke up, looked in the mirror, and I hated who I saw. I was frustrated with how my clothes fit and disappointed with my over all life decisions. I decided something had to change. I was tired of being looked at as the big boned girl; really what they were saying was over weight girl, just sugar coated.