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Ashleigh

Ashleigh

Bikram yoga has made my life better. I didn’t expect it to.  When I walked into that hot room five years ago, I didn’t expect it to change my life in the way that it has.

Before Bikram yoga I just didn’t feel right. I had low energy, trouble sleeping, skin problems, and some extra pounds on me.  My body was begging me to do something, to make a change. I didn’t like exercising so I didn’t do it often. I tried many things like running, spinning, and other kinds of hot yoga but I struggled to find something I truly loved to do. Then I found Bikram yoga and this all changed.

I am so grateful to Lisa and Mike for opening the studio in my hometown. Through regular practice, it has made my body lean and strong and my mind focused and sharp.  I stress less. I eat healthier. I think positively. And I am more connected to my spirit. Each class gives my body a chance to stretch out the tension and to sweat. Also, most importantly to focus on myself.  Every facet of myself.

There are so many reasons why I love Bikram yoga. First reason, being all the reasons why one would maybe not want to try it – it’s hot, you sweat and it’s 90 mins of the same 26 poses each class. But these key elements are so very important. Sweating helps me cool off and let’s me know that I’m detoxing. It took me about 7 classes to get used the heat. A lot of it had to do with breathing calmly and correctly. Once I did, it was amazing how i don’t even notice the heat and I’ve embraced the sweat.

During the 90 minutes You will struggle both mentally and physically. Trust me, I’ve experience every kind of class in that hot room. But that is the beauty of this practice. Not every class is the same in the sense of how you will feel. Whether you struggle or glide right through. But the one thing you can count on each and every class, and the thing I love about this practice the most, is its the same 26 poses, in the same order. Every pose is a building block that prepares you for the next. Doing the same sequence of poses helps me keep track of my progress.  It helps me focus on making those minor adjustments that makes huge improvements to my practice and my body. Knowing the routine of each class helps me stay present.

I love that Bikram yoga is for everyone and anyone. Anyone can do it and everyone can benefit from it. I started my journey to get my body fit and even pregnancy didn’t stop me from practicing.  I’ve introduced so many friends and family members to this healing yoga including my dad who continues to practice regularly 4 years  and a hip surgery later.  Whatever one’s reason is that brought them in that hot room in the first place, it’s the lasting benefits that you feel outside the hot room that keeps you coming back again and again.

I am passionate about my Bikram yoga practice.  I get excited when I think that I get to do this for the rest of my life. It’s mine and mine only. I do it for myself. It makes me happy. It makes my life better.