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What are the benefits of Bikram yoga?
On January 24th I learned the benefits of yoga, Bikram yoga to be exact. At 5:00 a.m., I slipped on a patch of ice while walking two small dogs. Not wanting to let go of the leashes, my right wrist took the brunt of the fall causing a fracture in two places. Luckily, according to the doctor, the break was very “clean”, and he said it was likely because of my “flexibility”. I attribute this “flexibility” to the previous four months of yoga on almost a daily basis!
Being somewhat of an enthusiast for exercise, most of my previous activity consisted of various exercise and weight training routines as well as 5-mile walks several times per week. Since my 30-day challenge back in September of 2011, all other exercise has ceased and yoga has become my new mantra! What a difference it has made! In that short amount of time, the toning has been remarkable and the results were apparent in the recent annual checkup complete with bone density results! 90/58 was my pulse and ekg registered 45 and a BMI of 24. Bone density puts me in the normal range; no longer osteopenia. These results drastically improved since the bone density test 2 years prior; quite good for someone now over 60!
Now some skeptics may say that these results have more to do with genetics- and that could be true, but in order for your “genetics” to work the best they can for you, good maintenance is required. I have found my lifetime maintenance; Bikram Yoga. I was thoroughly convinced when I returned after 6 weeks of being “off” due to being in a cast. I was a little nervous attending my first class back and was wondering if I would adjust to the heat let alone the various positions. Within 5 minutes of the class, I knew I was where I belonged. The routine positions done in every class were very accommodating to the various exercises the doctor suggested and the 90 minutes of heat benefited both the blood flow as well as the muscles themselves. After just 2 classes, I felt as though I had never missed a class. The pain in my wrist is almost nonexistent and the degree of movement in my wrist has increased exponentially.
I am convinced that Bikram yoga (the Simsbury studio specifically) is the best form of exercise you can do. Now, for the first time, I have learned to focus on nothing but myself for 90 minutes. It teaches me to be “present” and relaxed and to listen to my body. The studio has a state of the art heating system and the owners, Richard and Laurie, have created an atmosphere and culture that attracts clientele who are some of the nicest people I have met. In this time when the “noise” level around us is almost deafening and multi-tasking the new norm, my Bikram room is my paradise. It allows me to regroup and reenergize, not to mention take care of myself and be around beautiful people.
So for anyone worried about how to avoid the challenges of getting older and looking for ways to gently take care of you, join me in one of the many classes at the Bikram yoga studio in Simsbury. You will be glad you did. It will change your life too!
Yoga is one of those workouts that isn’t really a workout. You know, an excuse for exercise. You don’t sweat. It’s for tree huggers”.
OK, I’m ashamed to admit it, but that is what I thought. I mean, I am hardcore when it comes to working out. Doubles (two workouts a day) have been a norm for me for years. I have a 2nd degree black belt, I run half marathons, I tri, I compete in bodybuilding.
But, I needed a change. I needed something new. The gym had become routine, toxic almost. My sister did the hot yoga, she loved it, even lost 20 pounds. I was up for a new challenge and she had just renewed her membership. They had a great deal, $30 for 30 days, how could I go wrong? I was in!
“Make sure you bring lots of water, and don’t wear a lot of clothes” she advised. This sounds like my kind of fun!!
“Kim will bring you in the room, we can loan you a mat for your first class”, Richard, an unbelievably guiding soul told me, as I signed my debit card slip. “We’ll put you on the left side of the room, it’s cooler over there, come with me” said Kim as I followed her into the room.
I transcended into a hot, silent mecca of peace. People were all around, some lying on their mats, some sitting, some stretching or posing, but no noise. No loud clanging weights, no whir of machine engines, no bad rock music, no talking, no laughing, no ogling eyes. This is where I was going to work out? I was floored, I wanted in, I wanted that peace. I set up my mat and lay down.
“Good afternoon everyone, please get up and come to the center of your mat. We’ll start with Pranayama breathing”.
When you first start Bikram yoga, it is recommended that you take class for 3 days straight. Preferred is to take every day for your first 30 days. Your goal is to stay in the room. “You’re an athlete” Richard told me, “but this is different. Listen to your body, do what it can do today. If you can’t hold a pose or need a break, just stand there, just breathe. Sit down, lay down if you want, but just breathe. Stay in the room and breathe. Listen to the body you brought here today and just breathe”. What?? I thought, your right, I am an athlete, I am used to pushing thru the pain, but I also try to practice humility and taking a Bikram class I encountered a form I had not before, stay in the room an breathe. OK, that is my goal. Sticking to that goal and meeting that objective was a challenge that cannot be explained. You must experience the yoga to understand. I cannot describe it any way other than that except to say, that this IS a workout, and probably the most challenging I have ever participated in. That is not to say that anyone, of any fitness level cannot appreciate or enjoy it. That is the beauty of the yoga, it becomes yours, and you do with it what you can.
“The poses can be very healing” Richard says as he completes each class. He is so right, after about 4 days something happened to me. I became Zen. Me, Miss type A, Miss what time is it, Miss wake at 4AM to go to the gym was relaxed. I was breathing, I was less tense, I was experiencing all different aspects of my life I was rushing thru before. I was more focused, less tense, more in control of my temper. Staying in that room, focusing on yourself does that to you. You start to see and feel things you did not before. You gain an appreciation for what is important. That’s what the yoga does to you. “Stay in the room. Just breathe”.
Richard is an amazing person, his insight and vision, his guiding words, the time and care he takes with all his students to share this gift, his world, is priceless. Laurie and their entire staff, Chris, Lauren, Nancy, Kim, Amy and Kathleen all have taken special time and care to go out of their way to help me, to nurture, grow and explain a world so foreign to me, to help me to understand and appreciate the benefits. And they will do that for you too, as I see it firsthand every time I come into the studio. Listen to the instructors when you come, their small pointers, as each one brings a different flavor to the class and the poses, all unique, and all contributing to an unbelievably awesome experience.
I am sleeping better, I am finding myself taking deep breaths when I feel stressed without even trying, I am learning how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. That lesson transforms thru life when you are outside of the room.
I am a yogi, a very inexperienced, green, clumsy, humble yogi. But I am a yogi, a life transforming change I encourage you to try for yourself. No matter your status, get yourself into that room, and just breathe.
I began my journey with Bikram Yoga just about one year ago. As a fairly active and athletic person most of my life, I began to find myself frustrated with the way I felt, looked and the energy level, or lack there of, I found myself battling. Additionally, I have been an equestrian the majority of my life, both competitively and recreationally. I began to find myself struggling with balance, flexibility and stamina, which are not the types of challenges you want to be facing as you are asking a 1000-pound animal to jump obstacles. I had practiced yoga before, but in a more traditional setting. I never stuck with it because I found no significant change in either my physical or emotional health.
When Bikram Yoga was suggested to me, I found myself intrigued. The idea of an open-eyed meditation while challenging myself to achieve 26 postures for 90 minutes in a 105-degree room seemed like a fantastic personal challenge. I can honestly say that the benefits of my Bikram practice have far surpassed any personal expectations I had. Physically I have lost 35 pounds. Emotionally I have found strength and peace in handling situations that in the past would have increased my stress significantly. Beyond the weight loss, I have gained strength, flexibility, balance and stamina. In fact, this past spring I competed my horse, having not competed in several years and having never competed this particular horse and won the competition! I can’t say enough about the benefits of Bikram; there is something to be gained by everyone who participates!
At the age of 40 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am a survivor and for this I am blessed. I am also so very grateful for my practice at Bikram Yoga Simsbury.
When I finished treatment, I did my best to get back into shape and return to the very busy and active life that I was used to and loved. My body wasn’t quite as ready as my mind. Multiple surgeries, radiation and medication made returning to daily life and exercise a struggle. The first time I ventured out to do what used to be my daily run, it made my eyes tear. My breathing felt labored due to a loss of lung capacity. I was in pain every day from the masses of hard, lumpy scar tissue that I had been left with. I had a lack of mobility in my left arm and uncomfortable swelling due to a lymph node dissection. With perseverance I made progress, but was often discouraged because I wanted to feel like my “old” self again.
I started practicing at Bikram and I feel so good. Although the breathing exercises were difficult for me, my lungs can now do what I need them to do on my run. The postures that were most painful for me have benefited me immensely. I have full mobility in my arm and my swelling has decreased. I experience much less pain at my incision sites and I feel less tight and stiff where I have scar tissue. Class for me has been a substitute for anti-inflammatory and pain medications. I no longer feel fatigued.
Thank you Richard, Laurie and the wonderful staff that has made this such a healing experience for me.
I am writing because I want to encourage others to give Bikram Yoga a try. It has really helped me a lot and I am grateful. What a great place! In Simsbury, Laurie and Richard have transformed a run-down auto body shop into a vibrant, elegant human body shop with a Bikram Yoga studio and wellness center – an apt analogy for people who want to improve themselves in similar fashion. Every body, shape and age can be found here on their journey to better mind-body health.
After over a year and a half of Bikram Yoga practice several times a week with superb instruction by Richard and Laurie and their excellent group of teachers (Kim, Chris, Lauren, Amy, Leah, Jennifer, Kathleen, Nancy – thank you all), it has transformed me too. I am a very stiff, inflexible 56-year-old man who never really received satisfactory results over the years from daily workouts on elliptical machines, free weights and calisthenics, even Pilates. In fact, I would always tear some muscles after several weeks. A few times I think I dislocated my shoulders. In addition, my wife claims I was a twitchy, restless, nervous person who didn’t know how to relax.
I had never heard of Bikram or hot yoga and when Laurie and Richard opened the studio, my intelligent wife dragged me over on their first day of business. After recovering from that first class, I knew it was doing something to me that worked. I signed up for 30 days for $30 (what a great deal!) and have been going faithfully ever since. It just makes me feel better, and it’s worth prioritizing my time to do it. I try to go four times a week, or more when I can. The classes are challenging but enjoyable. I find them to be an investment in my health and I think of them as preventive medicine as well as a way to increase strength, endurance, flexibility and inner calm and control.
As a result, I have never felt better in my life! That’s worth money, time and working hard, isn’t it? Yes it is! Sciatica, back, knee and shoulder problems have disappeared. Blood pressure and cholesterol are excellent. My doctor tells me I am in great shape (he didn’t say that last time!). I am much more flexible. I don’t get sick. I run up the stairs two or more at a time everywhere. I am much calmer and more focused and more in control of myself. This winter I easily pulled my young daughter in her sled to the top of Pennwood State Park in two-foot deep snow. I am simply a stronger, happier, more positive person these days because of Bikram Yoga in the Valley Simsbury. After you read this I hope you will give it a try yourself – it really does work. Thanks Richard and Laurie for your wonderful human body shop!
Bikram Yoga + Balanced Diet = Beneficial Biometric Results
I was committed to making my New Year’s resolution for 2011 a realistic one…..Balancing my entire body, losing weight and lowering my overall Metabolic syndrome . I am happy to say that as of today, April 10th, I have committed to 6 days a week of Bikram yoga, lost almost 30 lbs, and my Metabolic numbers have not been this low in 16 years! I have lowered my overall Cholesterol by half (and normal) my Glucose is now within normal range, my body mass index is within normal limits, my blood pressure is very good and the best part is I have more energy than I have had in 25 years! I owe my overall balancing to Bikram Yoga and would recommend that everyone commit to putting yourself first for YOU, no one is going to do it for you, you have to own your “feel good”, and I do! Thank you Richard & Laurie!
I would love to be able to inspire other students to continue their practice while dealing with rosacea. I was working at a very stressful job as a pharmacist and raising 4 very active children. At the age of 41, I suddenly developed painful breakouts on my face. In addition to being painful, it was also ugly, making it very uncomfortable to be out in public. I could not wear any makeup…I couldn’t even wash my face or moisturize with any product. Everything seemed to make it worse. My exercise routine consisted of going to the gym and spinning and lifting weights. Everything in my life was fast, high stress. I went to the dermatologist for my skin and she diagnosed me with rosacea. She went on to tell me that no one knows what causes this problem and there really is no cure. It would be something I would deal with for the rest of my life.
The best I could hope for would be to control the symptoms with oral and topical antibiotics. Being a pharmacist, I try to stay away from most medications. This was not what I wanted to hear. I took the antibiotics and the rosacea did go away. But I couldn’t help thinking about what the drugs were doing to the rest of my body…and I was supposed to take these drugs for years?? This just was not going to work for me. I went back to my doctor to ask for any other options. The only thing she could tell me was to reduce the stress in my life. OK. So I have a full-time, stressful job, 4 kids, 2 dogs…easier said than done!
My husband reminded me that years ago, when I practiced Ashtanga yoga, I was a much calmer person. My practice kind of faded away due to time restraints and neck injuries, but I do remember being much calmer. I decided to try to get back into yoga. A local studio was offering a mix of Bikram and power yoga classes. I quickly noticed that, although horribly uncomfortable, the Bikram series seemed to have a very strong effect on my mind and body. My face was on fire…it did not like Bikram yoga. I started to do some research and read that the Bikram series would actually clear the toxins from my body. I felt that perhaps whatever was out of balance in my body, this mysterious “cause” that no one can define, could perhaps be corrected with the practice. My dermatologist, friends and family, even the lady at Whole Foods where I bought my face cream, totally disagreed with me. They all said, “How can being in a hot room where your pores are dilated be good for you?”
My doctor actually said I would be doing more damage to my skin if I continued to practice. But something inside of me said this was going to help..so I pushed on. I also sent an email to Bikram looking for some back-up to my crazy obsession. Rajashree emailed me back within weeks to tell me that if I maintained a slow and steady practice, I would be fine. I am happy to report that I have now been practicing Bikram yoga 5-6 days per week for 7 months. My rosacea is gone. It only flares up when I don’t practice for 4 or 5 days. I can’t even begin to list the many other benefits I have gained from the practice So, I continue to practice and gain amazing benefits from this awesome practice. I just wanted to say..thank you.
Let me first say that what you have there in your studio is pure magic. I came into your Bikram family not understanding what I would endure or how I would react to this yoga I read so much about. My first class was a high anxiety one for me . The heat was all I could think about. Your instructors “performed” and I let myself be lead into a world I never dreamed of. I had to fight to stay in there. I would never have realized there could be so much heat and cardio together.
I ran for years but only this year I decided I would try my best to complete a running task beyond my wildest dreams. Jan 2010 I made a promise to run a half marathon. Then my bucket list full marathon in 2011. I joined a gym and lost 30 pounds. I got over my first 5 mile run in two months and felt like I was there and ready. Each training week became a new milestone. Then I hit that mile 14 and life seemed to leak out of me. I have always been involved in sports but I found this Bikram yoga more challenging than anything I endured in my training. After one class at Bikram I panicked and felt like I would die. The second class I cried in the shower after knowing I could get this under my belt. The third class something happened to my body and mind I can’t explain. I found inner peace. I slept through the night more peaceful than I had when was a teenager. The pressures of the big world folded into a place where I was looking in from the outside now. Friends, family, and co-workers noticed a change they where overly pleased and puzzled with.
Each instructor seemed better and exciting in their approach and dialogue, each one bringing a little more twist in the wonderment of letting go and following your body and soul.
One reminding us to get out of the auto pilot mode of life.
One explaining the beauty of breathing properly.
One letting your breathing lead you into the pose.
Each time I left a class feeling better than the last. I always thought I did really good at breathing until I looked around to see these poses of body enlightenment surrounding me. You only go inside your self when you reach that moment of bliss that I hit in your studio. Everything about that magic helped me find the person inside myself I have looked for in the 54 years of my life.
My running increased in performance and time but I only concerned myself with how great I began feeling during my training. Oct 9th 2010 I ran my first marathon. I hit no dreaded walls along the way. I danced at mile 17 and turned around for my cheering section and I finished strong even after a severe charley horse. There where no lonely times during my run. Every time I breathed after 14 miles I saw that “red cloud” you so peacefully described finding and followed it to the 26.2 mile finish line. My running posture and breathing fell into place and I had the Bikram spirit in my heart and soul that day.
This past week I have been on a cloud of body peace and recovery but I owe everything to you and Bikram. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for sharing this wonderful Karma I’m in. I cant wait to continue my classes and Sunday Im coming in for a very calm reentry.
Thanks again Richard,
Not knowing how to start this, I’ll just begin by coming from my heart. I am a 54 year old obese woman, I keep minimally active but have avoided certain “gym boutiques” due to self-consciousness and health limitations.
Well, walking my dog one day, I met a neighbor who told me about this “hot yoga” studio that opened in town, how wonderful and caring the staff was and how yoga itself had done wonders for her. I was intrigued, however, I have signed up for everything from local health clubs, weekly weight meetings, every and anything to lose weight and feel more healthy.
There was something magical about the Bikram Studio in Simsbury. I walked in and was greeted by Richard, who made me feel like everyone else in the room. He didn’t look at me with the stares I felt at other exercise/weight loss centers. Now I know why. Bikram Yoga is not like any other. I signed up, figured I wouldn’t last long due to my arthritic back, no disc’s from L1-L5, severe carpal tunnel on my right wrist, left wrist not far behind and, of course, my “extra poundage”. Was I ever wrong! I stayed 90 minutes in class, tried my best, and not once felt like I was the new person in class. Yoga students are more into concentrating and meditating on their own postures. Sure there were and still are many postures I struggle with. That is what pushes me forward. Richard and the other teachers (Kim, Chris, Lauren, Amy and Leah) have changed me as a person, both physically and mentally.
Now the exciting part! I started my classes in the beginning of May, and two weeks into my practice I noticed something while typing at work. I had NO pain whatsoever in my wrist with the carpal tunnel syndrome, yes the wrist that woke me at night, the one I had to shake in the morning to rid myself of the pain and numbness. I had surgery scheduled for early July and have cancelled it already. I also spoke to my Cardiologist, since I do have a history of heart disease in my family, myself taking medication for hypertension. He assured me that it would be healthy for me to practice hot yoga, and encouraged me to do so. Not only that, I can bend and pick things off the floor with no pain. I used to cringe getting out of my car, while now I just get out with no grimaces on my face due to pain! As if those rewards aren’t enough, I feel stronger mentally, like I have regained my mind and confidence in myself. It was also noticed by my coworkers that “you seem different, did you win the lotto or something?” Well, in a way I have. Thanks to Richard and his caring, supportive staff I have a different way to handle the curveballs everyday life throws at all of us.
Strangely enough, I started practicing hoping I could lose weight for my daughter’s upcoming graduation from college. A week into class I completely forgot about weight loss, and directed my energies to the postures and meditation. After 30 days, however, I was able to drop 2 sizes which made outfit shopping a lot easier. Thank you, Richard, Kim, Chris, Lauren, Amy and Leah and all the good people at Simsbury Bikram Yoga.
I wanted to share my early positive progress after practicing Bikram Yoga at your studio for less than two months. My strength, balance, flexibility and stamina have all improved, along with 5 lbs. off the scale. Additionally, my total cholesterol improved 23 points, with LDL 22 points lower and HDL unchanged. These results are 100% attributable to 20 “hot yoga” sessions at your studio. Thanks for your direction and ongoing encouragement towards achieving a healthy, flexible spine for decades of active, pain-free retirement. One of your very satisfied clients,
Bikram yoga has changed my life. I am a 41 year old man and have always considered myself to be a healthy, active man. In the fall of 2007 I had a routine physical exam that revealed I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I had also gained weight. My physician recommended that I lose 10 pounds and return for a follow up visit in six months. Considering a family history of heart disease and cancer, he was very concerned. We discussed medications I may need if I did not take this seriously. He did state though that even losing a few pounds may help me a great deal. My wife was also worried about me and suggested that I try a bikram yoga class. Yoga for a guy, “no way” I thought.
After some gentle nudging from my wife, I started taking Bikram yoga classes in November of 2007. What I found immediately was that this 90 minute Bikram Yoga class was extremely challenging, and I considered this the hardest workout I had ever done. I also found dedicated instructors and fellow students and friends who supported me and provided needed encouragement during this life changing transition. I have committed myself to practicing Bikram Yoga at least three times per week and have been sticking with it for over a year and a half. I have found the challenge to be a bit addictive. Yes, it is a hard workout, but it is also a 90 minute break from everything else. Putting this time aside for myself actually allows me to give more of myself to others in my life now. You can do more when you feel great. I feel great.
Prior to Bikram Yoga I was also experiencing lower back pain, upper back pain, and loss of flexibility. My spine was hunched over. I could not touch my toes without bending my knees. My back hurt if I tried to bend down, and especially hurt after doing regular household chores such as raking leaves or mowing the lawn. It even hurt during my sleep – and kept me awake many nights. I had inflammation of the temporomandibular joint which was probably related to all of these stresses I was feeling. I also have a long history of environmental allergies.
Currently I am in very good physical and mental condition. I have gained incredible physical strength and ability, and my core is stronger. My physical appearance and muscular definition have improved. BP is normal and cholesterol is down 40 points with no meds, regardless of family history. I have lost and am maintaining 40 pounds of weight loss without starving or neglecting myself. I can keep up with my children. I am much more flexible and rarely experience back pain. My spine is much straighter and I notice improvements and more movement in this area all of the time. Temporomandibular joint issues are gone. My allergies have even improved.
Most important – I am happy. I feel like I can do anything again. I intend to still be skiing at 80. Hope to see you there. The choice is yours!
I am a 56 year old woman with severe scoliosis. I was told by an orthopedic surgeon 8 years ago that my spine was collapsing and would ultimately crush my pulmonary system if I didn’t have major reconstructive surgery. As a mother of three, I wasn’t willing to deal with that. But, as the years went on, my spine was collapsing more and more. I was feeling crushed and was in pretty much constant pain. My bone density was fine, but I had lost two inches in height already due to my curvatures. I decided it was time to take responsibility for my own health. I had tried walking and some weight-training, but without much success. My doctor had recommended Yoga, but I dismissed that thinking that, being overweight and out of shape, I was hardly the Yoga type. Then, back in March, a niece who lives in New Jersey came to visit me for the weekend. She told me she had started Bikram Yoga and wondered whether there was a studio nearby. She went on-line and discovered that the Studio in Simsbury would be opening soon; she thought I should try it. I contacted Richard Mercer by e-mail and he e-mailed me back and was very encouraging.
On July 7, I took my first Bikram Yoga class. I was worried–both about surviving the 105 degree temperature of the room, (hey, I’m a post-menopausal woman and feel cranky and miserable in the heat!) and about whether I could possibly do this Yoga stuff when I was about as inflexible and out of shape as could be. Richard and my niece said it wouldn’t matter if I could do any of it so long as I started trying to do what I could–that whatever I could do would be perfect.So, I did it.
I survived the first class. It was difficult–awful, in fact. But it was a success–I stayed in the room–the object of the first class. Driving home afterwards, I felt an overwhelming sense of well-being, the kind of feeling I hadn’t had since I had to stop running. (Okay, I was incredibly sore and tired that night, too.) I also wanted to go back and do it again.
I just completed my 11th class last night. I find myself not wanting to miss a day of class when I am out of town. The 7th class was the “tipping point” for me with respect to the heat. Incredibly, since then, the heat doesn’t really bother me any more. The poses are still incredibly difficult, but each day I see some progress in myself. I can reach and twist farther than I could the day before. My focus is better. I feel better. My skin is nicer. It hurts, but it is, in a way, a good hurt, and I keep reminding myself it will hurt less as I get stronger. And I can feel all of my muscles getting stronger. I have lost 6 pounds. I plan on continuing. The other folks who attend the classes and the instructors are respectful and accepting of where you are. They are all supportive, friendly, nice, and positive. So, for people out there who are worried about being too fat and out of shape to try doing these crazy poses in front of other people, don’t let that stand in your way. Don’t eat for at least two hours before you go and don’t wear cotton. Don’t worry about anything else. Put your mat down in the back row and just do it.”
At over 200 pounds I feel comfortable, safe and encouraged to continue coming to classes. From my first day I felt like I belonged to this loving family. Everyone I have met at the center is full of wonderful information. In 23 days I have lost 3 inches and 5 pounds and I have not changed my eating habits. I feel like I am thirty something again not 50 something. Everyone should try it.
I have been fit my whole life, I played in the sports that the town provided as a child, softball and basketball throughout middle school and varsity sports in high school. Now, at 30 years of age I continue to workout at the gym with the usual cardio, core training, weight training, etc. When I saw that Bikram Yoga came to the Valley I pounced at the opportunity to try something different. My first class I felt nauseous and faint. By the second class, I felt more aware of my body, unaware that I can be in control of my breathing and get a maximum total body workout using just my body! Now, I am hooked! I have been trying to go at least 4-5 times a week. I am suddenly aware of the air outside and how good it feels to breathe! It does something to you, it taps into the inner part of you…I can only describe it as AMAZING!
As an elementary school teacher, I often look for something to expand my horizons during the summer. I certainly found it the moment I walked into the warmly inviting Bikram Yoga room three weeks ago! I have practiced yoga for about 15 years and have never experienced the level of benefits that I have during my short time practicing Bikram. After an intense morning session, I carry a sense of euphoria with me the rest of the day, along with increased energy and a true feeling of good health. I am thrilled that I found Laurie and Richard’s wonderfully welcoming studio!
Bikram yoga is an eye opener to say the least. It’s hard, it’s rewarding in so many ways, and it’s a blast. I don’t care what your age is (high school athlete or senior citizen), what kind of shape you think you’re in, or not in, male or female, you’ve gotta give this a try.
Bikram Yoga has improved my life in just a few weeks. I have more energy and focus throughout my day as well as improved sleep, flexibility and strength. I am so thankful for the simsbury bikram yoga studio, and plan to continue the practice as often as possible.
At age 56, I’m looking for a new fitness regimen for the second half of my life. I think I’ve found it — at least in part — with Bikram. After a week or so of Bikram I’ve noticed a positive difference in how I feel, physically & mentally. My muscles feel tighter without the aches & pains I was starting to experience after 25 years of aerobics. I also feel like I may actually be able to regain the strength & flexibility that I once had but lost after stopping aerobics. And I find that Bikram class is a great stress reliever. No matter how cranked up I am when I arrive, I’m calmer when I leave. That’s a huge plus for me.
Bikram Yoga is better than I expected. I get a full cardio workout,improved strength and balance, and, as a bonus, I feel great! You guys are great, too!!
I’d like to say, that I’ve only just started Bikram Yoga this month. I cannot tell you how happy I am with the program. I love the fact that I am getting a GREAT workout, and it is LOW IMPACT! I’ve noticed that I have been sleeping better. I am amazed at how quickly I can see results in my flexibility, especially in my knees. I can only imagine what benefits lie ahead with continued attendance!!! I look forward to the possibilities.
After experiencing my first class at Bikram Yoga in the Valley, I canceled my 9-year membership at a local health club. I could tell immediately that this practice was going to make a positive impact on my health and vitality. As a professional yoga teacher, I know about the many healing benefits one experiences with a dedicated practice. Bikram’s unique method of meditation in motion is a wonderful compliment to other styles of yoga. I’m also a certified ski instructor and need to get in shape for the ski season, so I thank Richard and his staff for helping me to achieve my goals. Through your classes, I can already see a difference in my core strength, balance and flexibility which is so important to enjoying any sport, especially skiing & snowboarding! Thanks for being there Bikram!
I just wanted to say that Bikram Yoga in one short month has started to change my body in every aspect. I am stronger, and more toned overall. It is the hardest fitness program I have ever done, but the most rewarding. I am addicted!
Thanks for opening a beautiful studio with such a fabulous program.
Have to share my experience in Richard Mercer’s Bikram Yoga class yesterday morning. Went with my son, and neither of us can say enough about it. Richard is a great teacher, very patient, and the class itself may be one of the hardest physical challenges I have ever endured. I left the class exhausted and uplifted all at the same time. It is an experience unlike any other. I strongly encourage you to give it a try. And for those of you concerned about the level of your flexibility, no need to worry. Without question, I am the least flexible human being on this planet, and yet nothing broke or snapped on me. Quite the opposite, I am feeling great today, with minimal soreness. You have got to try this thing; it is amazing!!!
One Month Later…
I have been doing Bikram yoga for about a month now and cannot say enough about the practice. First, I have lost several inches, developed muscle throughout my entire body, all without a huge change in my diet. Second, my blood pressure has begun to creep down, and day-to-day, I am feeling more and more relaxed, and more and more focused. Finally, I think I may have graduated from least flexible person on the planet, to second most inflexible. I really feel great these days. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go for no less than a week. I have no doubt you will become as hooked as I am.
I am new to Bikram Yoga, I have been practicing for about 6 weeks now. I love it! I am amazed at how my body feels. I feel taller, stronger and leaner. I am not new to exercise, in fact, I have been a “gym rat” most of my adult life. My most recent routine consisted of 3-4 spinning classes a week, combined with weight training. But, I have to admit, Bikram has tightened my buns faster than any other workout I’ve ever done!! I have felt muscles in this past month that I didn’t even know I had! And it’s not a typical post-workout soreness that I have experienced, but instead it’s a tightness. My entire body feels worked, but in a strong, tight way, not the I-can’t-walk-up-the-stairs way that I have experienced with other forms of intense exercise. I have already seen my practice improve in this short amount of time, and I’m excited to see the results. I just cancelled my gym membership, no need for that anymore! I have found that my Bikram workouts are much more efficient and well worth the expense. In this case, you definitely get what you pay for! Many thanks to Richard and the other dedicated instructors, I can’t wait for my next class!
After countless diets, gym memberships, and workout routines I have finally found something that works and I enjoy day in and day out. I have been practicing Bikram yoga for about 2 1/2 months, 5-6 days a week. Every day I feel the therapeutic benefits of these postures and this effective routine, ranging from loss of excess weight and increased flexibility. Through immense perspiration and struggle I have become stronger mentally and physically, more determined to succeed in and out of class, and more self-assured as an individual. This yoga practice has become a way of life, giving me structure and release in a very hectic time in my life. I owe all my benefits and success to Bikram yoga, I highly recommend taking part in a class as soon as you can.
People are always talking about breathing but I never really took the power of breathing seriously until I started Bikram Yoga. I never really noticed how shallowly I breathe – most of my inhales and exhales started and stopped in the area at the top of my chest. The moving meditation that is Bikram Yoga taught me how to breathe, more deeply and completely than I ever remember doing. With that deep breathing, things started to slow down. It takes longer for me to get riled up about the little things and I feel calmer. my breath gives me something to center my thinking around. Before I make any decisions, I check to see if I am really breathing – as I now connect deep and complete breathing with reflection and thoughtfulness. Also, there is no comparison for the physical and mental workout that you get with Bikram Yoga. In my busy life where all that matters is results, it is wonderful to participate in an activity where you actually can get an A for effort – my body and mind reap the benefits as long as I try.
I have always been active, but was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in my back. I found that my previous work out routines, including running, weight machines and various other forms of cardio, could exacerbate the pain. Bikram Yoga eliminated the pain – I mean it’s gone. Even when I don’t practice for a while, the pain stays away. Bikram also gives me the best workout and makes me feel better than anything else I’ve tried. The peace it brings me in all aspects of my life is immeasurable.