Here are some testimonials from our yogis:
Michelle, 11 October 2012What a difference a year makes! On February 27, 2011, I started Bikram yoga determined to get back in shape both physically and mentally. I weighed almost 300lbs and looked and felt miserable. I had practiced Bikram before and knew it was the key to regaining my health. My first month back, I completed 20 classes and felt the wonderful benefits right away. By the second month, I decided to try a 30 day challenge, which developed into a consistent daily practice over 365 days (386 classes in 365 days, 61 doubles, and 14 triples). Over the past year, I’ve lost 120 lbs, gained muscle, increased flexibility, can finally do “Awkward” (thanks Doug and Tammy), embrace “Triangle” instead of cursing it, breathe without huffing and puffing, realized stomach muscles do exist, enjoy deep sleep, and don’t sweat the little things. I come to class everyday because I want to, not because I have to. To be honest, the most difficult part is getting to class, not practicing. Traffic, appointments, family, friends, vacations, and work all had to be planned and juggled, but I made it happen. I have never once regretted coming to class. There have been times when I’ve been in a bad mood, not feeling the best, or just plain lazy and tired, but those feelings were always washed away at the end of every class. I want to thank ALL the wonderful teachers and fellow students who supported me along the way. Your kind words, encouragement, support, and friendship mean more than you will ever know. To those of you thinking about trying Bikram or starting your practice again, do it! It’s tough and it’s challenging, but in the end your body and mind will love and reward you for it. I hope to see you soon and I hope to see you often!
Terri, 9 October 2012
Bikram’s Hot Yoga West Orlando has produced an extreme makeover within me. I started my yoga practice in May wearing a size 16 pants and weighing 205 pounds. I was on regular anti-arrhythmic heart medicine and had visited the hospital 5 times in the first 2 months of the year due to atrial fibrillation. I slept an average of 2 hours at any given time only to have to calm myself to return to sleep. I had to wear custom made orthotics in my shoes to walk comfortably or wear Birkenstocks on a daily basis to function. I have an old knee injury from a dislocation from skating and refused surgery. I also was seeing a chiropractic doctor several times a week for limping due to hip injuries and past car accident injuries affecting my spine.
I now weigh 170 pounds and wear a size 10. I haven’t been on heart medicine for over two months and have avoided heart surgery. I have had difficulty with my feet for years and now I can walk all day barefoot and even run on the beach barefoot and my knees, feet, and joints are very happy. I have been working for months on opening up my joints to receive the full benefits that this yoga practice provides. It took me several months to not being dizzy when attempting camel and now this is my favorite pose and it gives me the greatest benefit for my spine and heart. I’ve heard instructors comment that the pose you like the least is probably the pose you need the most to make healthy long lasting benefits for your overall metamorphosis. I’m sleeping now 4-5 hours at a time then returning to sleep easily. I’m calmer now in stress full situations, and can truly say that it is the journey not the destination that matters. I have increased strength, improved flexibility, and have seen healing from my many past injuries. I’m able to breathe much deeper now and it has made it more enjoyable to sing at church. Being able to not have to stop and breathe but continue on during songs I previously had to take breaks. I’ve learned to be more accepting of myself with all of my flaws in order to be effective in my journey, knowing that it is not about the destination but the obstacles along the way that shape and mold my essence. I’ve truly learned to appreciate each day and I have learned to dance in the rain. I had a previous accident with my motorcycle in the rain and was often tense and nervous when caught in bad weather. Thanks to yoga and being able to calm my mind, I now drive without fear knowing that I’ve changed my body, mind, and spirit because of my yoga practice. I’m truly blessed that my God has lead me through this path in my life and has helped me to step out of the boat and being able to adapt to whatever life may throw at me. I’ll remain calm thanks to yoga.
I’ve missed practice at times trying to appease my husband, children, or others only to weaken myself. Remember to always put yourself first. If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again. I now realize that with this yoga practice I am more efficient and effective for all of those in my life because I’m taking care of myself in order to be of assistance to others. Bikram’s hot yoga has truly altered my mind, body, and spirit. I would highly recommend this practice and love to hear about your metamorphosis. You truly reap what you sow and the time, energy, effort, planning, and finances are all worth the outcome. I’m truly blessed practicing yoga here at Bikram’s Hot Yoga West Orlando and I have Maria Canella to thank for my positive future. I look forward to continuing the healing process and would love to become a future instructor when I’m able to secure funding for such an adventure, as teacher training.
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