“I used it to lose 45 pounds.”
No matter how many times I leave…
I always come back to it. I have been doing Bikram yoga since January, 2003. I started after coming home from Christmas. My brother had told me about this Yoga done in an intensely heated room. I was intrigued.
2002 was not the best year for me. Right after 9-11-01 I lost my job as a Flight Attendant, and moved from Baltimore to Richmond. I had only been on the east coast for less than 2 years and was still struggling to adjust. I was severely anxious and depressed. I had always been on the “moody” side as my mother put it, but this was much worse. I couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t eat and frankly had very little desire to live. The medicine they gave me helped but not enough. I was desperate and needed something fast. I am not trying to bring anyone down, but this was my mindset at the time.
In January 2003, I started the yoga and took to it immediately. It whipped my butt (and still continues to do so) but I could feel my mood lifting. I felt healthier and stronger mentally and physically too. I was able to catch myself and think things through. I was able to save myself. Bikram yoga and the medicine I currently take are my key to balance. I don’t get as anxious or as depressed anymore.
A few years later along with Weight Watchers I used it to lose 45lbs. I have let life get in the way of my physical and mental health, and I have allowed it to lead me away from the yoga from time to time. A few months back I was “getting back in to yoga” and was talking to one of the teachers after class. I was complaining that I had let myself go, and she said to me…”I think you like to torture yourself, you really need to learn consistency.” It hit home and made complete sense to me. This yoga is about being consistent. Consistency in my practice will lead to consistency in my life. I want to thank that teacher again because it changed my way of thinking and got me back to doing something that is good for me and the people I am around.
This yoga has and continues to transform me. I have been doing it for 5 years now and I am still learning new ways to improve the whole process.