I first heard about Bikram Yoga in September 2011. A very good friend had attended a few sessions and swore by its benefits as well as how challenging it was. I attended the anniversary weekend bring a friend session and I was blown away by how challenging and difficult it was. I left the room feeling energized and light, like I was walking on air. It was the first time I had ever felt like that after any workout. I was instantly hooked.
After having 3 wonderful children (and 3 not so wonderful epidurals) I was never able to bend backwards at all, even the slightest back bend would send a shooting pain to just one spot on my spine that made it excruciating (a side effect I was warned about). Also after years of sitting behind a desk in front of a computer day in and day out I had developed mild carpel tunnel in both arms and really bad right shoulder pains. After a few sessions of Bikram Yoga and till today I have not experienced any of these pains. I also believe that my weekly Bikram Yoga Class has enabled me to keep running, cycling and playing hockey, all the things that I love doing and look forward to.
After 4 years of practicing almost once a week I still find every class challenging. The saying the teachers use “clear your mind, focus on your own two eyes and use the body that you have today” are so important when you practice. While the temperature of the room and the postures are the same in every Bikram Yoga Class, my practice is different each time I attend, based on my body and mind on that particular day.
I have attended various Bikram Yoga studios and I do enjoy going to the Mississauga studio the best. The owners Lisa and Mike are very welcoming, friendly and warm and really all the teachers at that studio are exactly the same. The Mississauga Studio has a lovely warm feeling to it. I have recommended many of my friends to the studio and I have not heard a single one of them say they did not enjoy the experience. And if you are reading this testimonial, I urge you to give it a try and see for yourself.