Starting Bikram was by far one of the greatest challenges of my life to date. For the first two sessions, I was unable to stay in the room. I barely lasted an hour. It was HOT. Prior to Bikram, I …
One of our first students here at Bikram Yoga Temecula, David, 52, has been practicing various forms of yoga for about ten years. He began practicing yoga hoping to ease his lower back pain, brought on by years of construction …
Do you remember that special goal setting yoga class in January that so many of us attended? Katy had us all share our own personal goal for 2016. My goal was to hike to the bottom of the Grand …
This is the second of five tips for the month to help you improve your Bikram Yoga practice! As students, we so often want to be able to do everything in class, but due to old injuries, inflexibility or previously …
Starting Bikram was by far one of the greatest challenges of my life to date. For the first two sessions, I was unable to stay in the room. I barely lasted an hour. It was HOT. Prior to Bikram, I had never even thought about my breathing outside of the gym. My body had never felt like that before, and looking back I was probably close to passing out from exhaustion. After class I was full of questions. I asked nearly everyone I talked to about their Bikram experiences. To my surprise, everyone was extremely positive and happy to share. This was humbling because out of all the people I’d talked with, none of them left the room their first session!
I left the studio that day determined. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. Why not? After all, I was young and physically fit. Unable to find a valid reason or excuse for my failure, I went home thinking about my next shot at redemption. For the remainder of the day I took extra precautions to eat healthier and hydrate myself. I made sure to be at my absolute best. However when the next class finally started, I wasn’t much better. Humiliated; I had to leave the room early yet again.
Even though I failed, I was even more determined to make it through. The third class had to be it. I simply had to do it. Thankfully, I managed to make it through my first class. The feeling of conquering the dreaded 90 minute session was glorious. My drive to excel in yoga was rekindled and my confidence restored.
Thankfully my persistence has paid off and since then I have learned much more about myself. The subtle things I have picked up along the way are so numerous it surprises me. Better yet, I am absolutely confident I would not have discovered these nuances any other way. The instructors have been so kind and devoted to helping me that it warms my heart.
Bikram Yoga is changing my life constantly and I crave it. Each day I wake up eager to learn more and do better. The structure of the classes is an aspect I especially enjoy. I can track my progress easily and take pride in the fact that each session pushes me to my limit.
Before Bikram, I was honestly very insecure about my disability. Since I was a kid, the doctors never had faith in me overcoming the condition. They said things like “you will never walk normal” or “even with stretching, it will only get worse as you age”. Sadly their attitudes leaked into my family and me. However I now know they were wrong. Perhaps they did not believe I could become such an active person or that I would develop the motivation to overcome it. Bikram has really changed my expectations! I knew I would be stretching for the rest of my life, and Bikram is truly a picture-perfect solution.
I am filled with gratitude and could not ask for a better environment to be a part of. I sincerely thank each and every member of the studio for their commitment to excellence and their genuine interest in every student. I will be a part of Bikram for the rest of my life.
One of our first students here at Bikram Yoga Temecula, David, 52, has been practicing various forms of yoga for about ten years. He began practicing yoga hoping to ease his lower back pain, brought on by years of construction work. He practiced at several local gyms and yoga studios before he discovered Bikram. Regular Bikram practice, he says, has actually freed him of his lower back pain, and taught him some things about humility and restraint.
Born in Washington D.C. David lived in Europe as a child, then in Colorado and Wyoming before his parents finally settled in San Diego. After a troubled adolescence, David joined the Marine Corps at a young age and travelled the Pacific. He settled in San Diego when he got out of the service, and started doing construction work. In 1990 he moved to Temecula, and in 1995 he started his own construction business. The recession was a trying period for David’s business, but the recent economic upswing has been good, and it has given David more time to devote to his family and yoga practice. He currently practices at least two to three times a week.
“My goal is to practice every day, strengthening my spine and meditative abilities. I often come to practice stressed and frazzled from my daily life, but I never leave that way. Practicing Bikram Yoga calms and centers me. I feel that the restraint, mental strength, and endurance I’ve gained in practice have helped me immeasurably in my life.” David says with a smile, “My long term aspiration is to be able to hold standing head to knee pose easily and indefinitely.”
“I feel that my yoga practice is come a long way from just seeking pain relief…there is much more than that to be gained. The answers to my everyday problems often come to me during practice. I intend to keep practicing, and learning.”
Do you remember that special goal setting yoga class in January that so many of us attended? Katy had us all share our own personal goal for 2016.
My goal was to hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up again in one day. 17.5 miles total. It was so easy to say it, and as it turned out, much harder to achieve. Well, I can cross that one off my bucket list!
On March 5th, with my son, grandson, and granddaughter at my side, I achieved that goal. We headed down the South Kaibab trail at 7:00 am. Beautiful copper colored terrain at the top of the rim and 32 degrees to boot. Oh my aching knees, as hikers much younger passed me by! But I kept going.
I thought of all those fixed firm poses that I couldn’t even do when I began practicing Bikram a few years ago but now can and somehow my knees made it down the steep path. When it was time to go back up, we switched over to the Bright Angel Trail. As I made my way up those switch backs, all those hours and hours of Bikram Yoga practice really paid off and powered me up that canyon. I know that if it were not for my Bikram Yoga Practice, I would never have been able to complete that hike in one day. Practicing Bikram Yoga gave me the strength, discipline, endurance, and determination to power my way down and back up the canyon. I’m proud to say that at nearly age 63, I hiked the Grand Canyon in one day.
Thank you Bikram Yoga for helping me to achieve my goal for 2016!
This is the second of five tips for the month to help you improve your Bikram Yoga practice!
As students, we so often want to be able to do everything in class, but due to old injuries, inflexibility or previously practicing different versions of the poses we find it difficult to perform the entire pose. This is normal!
In Bikram Yoga, you will often hear the teacher say, “Just try the right way and you will receive all the benefits of each pose.” This means that rather than modifying, skipping or changing the posture, just do one step at a time. When you get to a point where you are unable to do the next step…stay where you are and breathe. With each class, you will go a bit further and will see that soon you can get to the next step and beyond. Don’t worry about how high you are kicking your leg in Standing Bow…just kick back and up with as much strength as you have and you will develop more strength and flexibility by holding the pose still at your maximum.
A few years ago, an extremely fit male professional athlete came to me after several classes and said, “I don’t get it. This is the hardest thing I have ever done. I am sitting down in class, and can’t catch my breath. The people around me aren’t in very good shape but they seem to be doing fine. Next to me, this lady in her 70’s is going strong, but I am exhausted. What is it?”
This is so common. It sounds simple…all we have to do is breathe. However, our natural tendency is to hold our breath or take short, shallow breathes which creates stress in the body. Instead, we need to be conscious of our breath. Breathing in and out through the nose creates a calm and relaxed condition in the body and mind. Our minds are often racing and the simple technique of listening to the breath will quiet the mind and bring a relaxation response to the body. When the muscles are relaxed, they will stretch more easily. Furthermore, finding the balance between the body, mind and breath creates the atmosphere for a deeper yoga practice. We practice proper breathing and asana to prepare ourselves for everything we want to do in life. The breath, or prana, is our life force and also the foundation of every moment we are alive.
Next time you are faced with a challenge in or out of the yoga room, stop and breathe. Quiet your mind. And then… make your next move!
Once I was a gym junkie and a runner. I had my ITunes “playlist”, my Saucony shoes, a personal trainer, and a “fat burner” concoction to boot. I was good to go, or so I thought. Although I will always appreciate the intensity of my workouts they often left me more amped up and sore rather than recharged and revitalized. Admittedly I was very focused within my regiment yet the focus was not spilling over into my regular day.
Having a complicated history of yo-yo dieting, body image issues, and eating disorders I really needed something else. Along came Bikram Yoga. I found the “exercise” (it is really so much more!) that satisfied my need for intensity and more importantly gave me clarity and focus outside the “hot room.” My Bikram yoga practice, gave me the ability to see my body as it truly is and taught me how to respect, love and care for it in a way that I didn’t think was possible. Sometimes, in jest, teachers will refer to the time within the 90 minute class as the “torture chamber,” yet ironically the torture for me is not making it to class at least 6 times per week!
I tried some alternative yoga over the last 7 years of my yoga practice and I have enjoyed some of it and the people I have met, yet oftentimes those poses and the cooler temperature of the room has allowed me less flexibility and has caused me pains in the wrist, neck, and back. I really trust Bikram Yoga and my body feels oh so good during the class and absolutely amazing afterwards. I cannot stop doing it, dissecting it, or telling others about it. It has really been an amazing part of my life. My husband tells me that I am the best mommy and wife that a family could have and I owe a great deal of this status to Bikram Yoga. The practice has allowed me to continue to become the best version of myself. I am forever grateful!
Today, my favorite pose is the Camel. I love how it heals my lower back, opens up my heart and stirs all kinds of emotions to the surface. Tomorrow, I will have a different favorite! That’s the beauty of Bikram Yoga. Each pose continually changes, teaches you more about yourself and makes you appreciate every part of who you are. I’ve been practicing Bikram yoga for over 7 years and this week, I just started to look into my eyes during class. I’ve always looked just above or to the left or right, but never directly. It’s opened up a whole new practice for me. My intention in class is different every day and I pray that I’m able to practice and embrace Bikram yoga until the day I die.
Yoga studios in the area unite for a great cause! Attend any class listed on December 12th, and make a donation to Project TOUCH. Your donation will go toward giving good, clothing and much needed items to help the homeless in our area. Let’s practice together and give all we can!
Come join us for a weekend of wellness and better understanding about your practice and the healing properties of Bikram Yoga. All levels are invited, whether you’re a Bikram beginner or a seasoned yogi, the benefits you’ll receive from this weekend will last a lifetime.
We are pleased to announce that one of our long time practitioners, Meredith Young has been selected as Bikram Yoga Temecula Student of the Month for November 2015. She has been practicing Bikram yoga for over four years, averaging 4 times per week. Meredith stated her practice has helped her immensely. “I’ve suffered with migraine headaches since middle school, yet with my steady yoga practice it’s been two years since I’ve had one!”
Meredith, 49 described the difficulty she had lifting her head just to get out of bed in the morning several years ago. Now she’s the eldest on a local softball team stretching even further playing first base. Moreno Valley School District is where Meredith has spent 16 years as an itinerant Special Needs Instructor teaching deaf children and monitoring their needs. “I have more energy and patience to give my students and their parents when I keep my Bikram practice.”
An ongoing work for Meredith is keeping possible rheumatoid arthritis at bay. “My mom, grandmother, sister all had neck surgery, but I’m going to do all I can to prevent it. There are several asanas we do in the practice that give me relief and ease the protruding discs in my neck and relieve shoulder pain.” “It’s a continuing process.”
Meredith also explained she has had of and on pain in both knees and determined herself to strengthen them. Subsequently, one of her favorite poses in her current practice is Utkatasana, awkward pose. “I just need to bring my shoulders back and lift my knees up just a little bit more!”
We’re glad to have Meredith as a thriving member of our yoga community. Way to go Meredith!
I was born during the onset of the 1975 liberation struggle of which is currently Zimbabwe. I lived with my family in the Svosve village until our independence in 1980. We then moved to the village community of Macheke where I enjoyed a simple, yet nourishing childhood.
Then, on May 26,1995 – with one bag and a courageous heart, I left my homeland and flew to the USA in pursuit of a higher education. Against enormous odds, I earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a MS in Software Engineering, and a PhD in Sustainability Education. I’m grateful for the privilege to grow as a scholar and for the opportunity to do meaningful work.
Indeed, I have travelled far; yet it’s my deep-seated compassion for others and an optimistic belief in my own capacity to be an agent of change that’s enabled me to create the Macheke Sustainability Project (a non-profit initiative seeking to empower the people of my village to turn from a life of abject poverty).
Bikram Yoga found me about 6 months ago and my immediate goal was simple; become more flexible. However, I quickly realized with each practice, I discovered something new opened inside of me. I became deeply engaged in Bikram Yoga because here was a practice challenging me to be fully present and fully focused. My posture, my balance, my emotions, my breathing.
As a fervent yogini, I’m inspired to contribute more to my self-development. I currently live in Winchester and when not working, studying or researching I enjoy laughter with friends, travel to sunshine places, work on my book projects and practice yoga.
I love Bikram Yoga Temecula. It’s become a nurturing haven for me to recharge, make new friends and, most importantly grow. Each instructor, in their own way imparts something to my self development; be it creativity, compassion or a challenge. My lower back pain has subsided, I feel more alert and I’m losing the excess weight. My initial goal was to become more flexible – and I am still working on that with my smiling happy face ☺