“I took my first Bikram yoga class ever about 3 months ago. Considering that I have always had an off and on relationship with yoga, I knew absolutely nothing about Bikram yoga specifically. On a Tuesday evening I went into the studio, bought my month pass, and showed up the next morning at 5:30AM. I was told to bring water and a towel, because the classes are held in a heated room.
“As I walked into the room the next morning, it felt like walking into a hot wall. Wow! Was I really going to do this? After the first five minutes I was ready to bolt. What was I doing there in the heat? I don't like heat, hot summer days, or even hot showers. I stayed with it, stuck it out, and by the end of the class I had a yoga high, and I was ready to come back! I've been going since then at least 3 times a week and I love it!
"What brought me to Bikram yoga? Primarily I want to keep my spine flexible and strong. I have a large osteochondroma (benign bone tumor) on my cervical spine, and my doctors also found some early signs of ankylosing spondylitis (an inflammatory disease that could cause some of the vertebrae in my spine to fuse together.) Well, I am not willing to sit around and wait for things to get worse. I've always been active, but these new issues called for more drastic measures.
“The one thing consistently missing from my life was yoga, a solid practice to build strength and flexibility. Since surgery on my tumor last year I'd tried various different styles of yoga, but did not find a good fit until I came to Bikram Yoga St. Johns. I love the routine of doing the same poses in each class, it gives me an opportunity to feel the change, to see the growth. In addition to the obvious benefits, the best additional benefit I'd gotten from Bikram yoga is being a part of a great community!
“Brand new students: do the 10 class challenge when you sign up. It will give you an opportunity to really see how Bikram yoga works for you. It might just be the thing that improves your life in a big way!”
Studio leader, yoga-doer and life-lover, Kay D.