I originally met with Paul the manager of Bikram Brookvale, (following a referral to your studio by Bay Chiropractic) as an option for me to consider in order to attain a level of pain relief from an injury of C5 and C6. My treatment to this point had been 12 weeks of chemical intervention for pain .ie. anti inflammatory drugs and analgesia to enable me to function on a daily basis.
I was impressed by the knowledge Paul shared with me about the Bikram practice during this meeting and I embarked on my initial 10 day pass – well! This was both a mental and physical challenge with quite a number of evenings pulling up to the front of the studio with a desire to keep driving and never to return – but I battled through my demons and attended 8 classes during the first 10 day pass.
By day 7 of my initial practice I started to sleep through the night and not require any chemical intervention to function at work and re-committed to a 30 day pass and haven’t looked back. My ability is very slowly improving and each of instructors contributes in different ways to this improvement. What can you expect from a body 49 years of age – no overnight miracles!
I feel blessed for having found Bikram Yoga as a healing method for my body / mind / soul and the benefits it has delivered and will no doubt continue to deliver as my ability improves within each of the 26 poses. I had to express my appreciation and gratitude.
I started Bikram yoga about 2 years ago. At the time I was suffering from a back injury, I had a bulging disc in my lower back which was pressing on a nerve causing me pain and limited mobility. I had been a regular at the chiro and physio for a long time.
I don’t think I can remember my first class, but I can remember the second one. The room was packed and I was stuck right in the middle, there was nowhere for me to hide. It was so hot. I couldn’t do many of the postures, I couldn’t even do a sit-up because of the pain in my back, but I was hooked from the start.
Over time in the yoga room I developed strength and flexibility in my core and the rest of my body to the point where I don’t have back pain anymore. I love the backwards bends.
I had a dream not so long ago. Someone told me in my dream that the yoga was my body mechanic. I thought about that dream for a while and I thought, “it is my body mechanic, but it’s more than that, it’s also my mind mechanic.” The biggest change in me since I have been doing the yoga is not in my body but in my mind, I am so much happier, calmer, kinder, patient and relaxed. I feel it everyday.
I feel very lucky to have found this yoga and I can’t wait to see where my yoga journey will take me.
I began Bikram Yoga at Brookvale studio in August of 2010, and I loved the practice immediately. So much so that I embarked on a years challenge – 365 classes of Bikram yoga in 365 days. It was a life changing experience and I couldn’t have done it without the love, help, and support of all the teachers AND the community of students that come to the Brookvale studio each day. I hope you take the opportunity to try Bikram yoga at Brookvale.