I started practicing four years ago when I moved back to Buffalo. Those first 90 minutes felt like an eternity. I was so lost and could not focus. Though it was difficult, I was inspired to push through by the teacher and the students around me. I felt so good afterwards. I have been hooked ever since.
A few years ago I began experiencing back pain unlike anything I had ever felt. At times I was completely unable to move. It turned out that I had several herniated discs. It was very possible that this was pain I was going to have to deal with for the rest of my life. Through practicing Bikram yoga, I have strengthened my back, alleviated nearly all of that pain, and I am able to enjoy an active lifestyle. When I was pregnant, I was worried that it would cause more issues with my back, but I continued to practice Bikram up until the day before I gave birth and I feel it greatly contributed to how wonderful an experience the birth of my son was. Emotionally, it is my time to reconnect, recollect and re-energize myself. I am aware of how much the yoga does for me, but also what it allows me to share with others. I feel good about myself, which in turn helps me to be a more positive mother, wife, and teacher. I feel that Bikram has increased my patience and understanding, as well as my appreciation for what and who I am blessed with.
My favorite posture is rabbit. I love to feel the stretch of my spine and back muscles. The release of tension from my upper back and neck is amazing.
I try to remember to honor my body each day for what it can do, no matter what happened in class. I want to continue to marvel in the growth and changes that come from this practice. As Kathy says, “change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” No matter how many times I hear her say that, it’s like I am hearing it for the first time.
Bikram has taught me to live in the present. I no longer let things outside of my control control me. I am more centered on the things that are most important to my family and I. The physical health benefits have been tremendous, but just as important has been the feeling of peace and well-being that has become a part of my life.