“I...like what I see and how I have transformed.”
Here is my story. A friend of mine convinced me to try Bikram Yoga. I did not know quite what to expect. I have vague memories of the first class, but something drew me to come back again. There are many attractions when I reflect on where I am now versus when I walked in the door for the first time. Bikram is the most challenging form of physical exercise I have experienced. Prior to Bikram I practiced many forms of exercise because I got 'bored' with any routine.
I was perplexed by the idea of the same 'routine' for each class. Now I understand that every day is unique for me with its own sets of challenges, both physical and spiritual. Interestingly the focus on the physical aspects of the practice allowed me to let go of constant 'chatter' and 'stress' in my mind. My time in class gave me peace from the outside world. When I started in Bikram I did not like to look at myself in the mirror and I longed for dim light and corners to hide. I am learning to like what I see and how I have transformed.
I am in my mid forties and have struggled for years staying centered though life's challenges. Bikram has taught me focus so that I am able to take with me an ability to better handle what comes my way. I am a person who for years stressed over finding 20 or 30 minutes a few times a week to exercise and here I am finding 90 minutes even with my demanding job and long commute. A turning point for me was the yoga challenge. This is the first time I put taking care of myself first, doing what I wanted to do and to see if I could possibly keep up. I can't express the feeling of accomplishment and boost in confidence, and the constant encouragement of the staff and my new found friends. I look forward to continuing my practice and learning to take care of myself...my hope is for a lifetime.