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Hi Dana, I had my baby! He was born on March 21 at 9pm and weighed 9lbs14oz. I am writing to you to thank you and everyone at Bikram immensely. Delivery was significantly easier than my first. I truly believe that the difference was attending your classes. I really am very grateful for all the support that everyone at Bikram offered through my pregnancy. I encourage all of my friends to take up hot yoga. Especially the ones who are trying to conceive. Thank you again so very much for the encouragement and the special attention given to my pregnant belly. I will be back…as soon as I can. Sincerely, Shelly Penner ( and baby Blake) I began Bikram Yoga in September 2009 with hesitation since I have advanced degenerative disc disease in my back. I was forced to stop doing mixed martial arts because sometimes my back would “go out” and I would be unable to walk for a week at time. I was told by Drs that pain medications and anti-inflammatory meds were my future, basically I had to accept that at 46, I was getting old. I wasn’t ready to do that and when friends told me repeatedly about the benefits they had experienced from Bikram Yoga I decided to try it. At first I thought there’s no way I was ever going to be able to get anywhere near some of the postures…. but because the instructors were so informative and welcoming and supportive I persevered. Now after each class I can see small?improvements in my flexibility. Best of all my back pain is GONE! Kept at bay successfully by yoga classes 3x a week. I feel my core getting stronger and I don’t feel old anymore:) Thanx BYB
I’ve always experienced irregular periods, symptoms associated with a hormonal imbalance called polycystic ovarian syndrome. Before Bikram Yoga, I was getting a period only a handful of times each year, and for me this carried with it both physical and emotional consequences. I’m amazed to say that a steady practice of Bikram Yoga has balanced my menstrual cycle, and now I get a period almost monthly. I was amazed at this transformation, and because of this I would recommend Bikram Yoga Bloor to anyone, especially if you experience similar hormonal imbalances. The facility is clean, inviting and well organized, and the instructors are very supportive. I will be attending regularly to keep up with my increased sense of wellbeing!
I had recently been for my regular check up and was told that my blood pressure was high and that I needed to do something about it or go on meds. I had practiced Bikram yoga on and of for several years and decided to give it a full go. By doing it three to four days a week I have been able in thirty days to get my blood pressure down to better then normal, loose some weight, feel better and I am told stop snoring. I find the great staff and two locations a big help in maintaining my practice. Sincerely, Greg Passarella
I began practicing Bikram yoga in March of this year, and I can honestly say it has changed my life. Bikram yoga has helped regulate my sleep/wake cycles (I was battling a sleeping pill addiction due to insomnia at the age of 21), lessened my anxiety, helped me improve my self-esteem, and encouraged a healthier, happier lifestyle. Above all, I finally have found a hobby, something I am interested in and enjoy! The staff at Bikram Yoga Beaches are extremely welcoming, encouraging, and knowledgeable about the practice, and the studio feels like a second home to me. It is a non-judgemental environment, and the support and energy you receive from the other practitioners is phenomenal. My friends are constantly complimenting me on how glowing and fit I look since I began the practice, and I have more energy and flexibility than ever before. The postures have helped me improve my focus and determination and this has generalized to other aspects of my life, as well. I feel beautiful, happy, and healthy since I found my way to Bikram yoga, and it has truly become an integral part of my life. Namaste, Alexandria M. Malachowski
I recently tried Bikram for the first time at a free class on the opening of your new studio. Since then I have been every day for the last two weeks. I have to say the benefits for me are priceless. I have always been very fit and enjoy an active lifestyle. However several years ago I suffered nerve damage with drop foot and sciatic pain. I could not walk for 3 months and have had chronic back pain ever since. I was lucky to recover full function of my foot after much perserverance. However I have tried many different types of pain management from pilates, massage therapy, acupuncture, homoeopathy and even anti inflammatory to varying degrees of effectiveness. Nothing has taken the pain away as quickly and efficiently as hot bikram yoga in only 2 weeks! It is incredible to imagine I could have had this relief before now. I have a new perspective on my body and mental clarity from yoga that allows me to focus and manage my stress. I have a stressful job and I have achieved a sense of peace and well being that I am very thankful for. Although I probably won’t be able to continue to practise every single day, I am grateful to have found something that compliments my life so well. Thank you for providing this valuable service, I recommend it to all my friends! Thank you, Jen
Weight Loss Last month I passed through my 52nd birthday, my whole adult life I was a constant 172 to 174 lbs. Now I weigh 159 lbs! Wow, how did that happen??…and I haven’t had abs since my twenties…guess what…they are back. Thanks Bikram Yoga! Prior to starting Bikram’s Yoga classes I ate a lot of sweets, my diet did not include vegetables, I slept during daytime, I lost a lot of hair and my periods were not regular. After starting hot yoga classes I refrain from sweets wanting healthier foods, I am more active and avoid sleeping during the daytime. My hair has stopped falling out and I have started to have regular periods. I am much happier now than before.
I started doing Bikram’s in the summer of 2006. I was looking for an escape; something to distract my mind and my emotions and my aching heart. I was hurt so badly that spring that I felt like a wounded, empty shell of myself. It makes me feel so sad thinking about the girl that I was at that point in my life. At first, I loved Bikram’s because it was a challenge that absorbed my anger diverted my pain and put me right to sleep afterwards. Over time, my life settled and my heart healed, and I started to love Bikram’s because I felt that I was a little more of myself after class, a little more calm and euphoric, and ready to face the next challenge. And, although the changes and challenges have been numerous over the last two and a half years, Bikram’s is one thing that has remained constant, unchanged, unbroken. Now I love Bikram’s because I own my practice; I am in control of the work I put into it and every time that I practice I relish in the sensations that I experience. I love that I look beautiful in Half Moon and Standing Bow Pulling Pose. I love that Camel brings tears to my eyes almost every time. I love that I have seen progress in all my postures. I love that I feel like I’m going to sprout wings during Rabbit. I love listening to my heart rate slow down as a result of the work I do with my breath during Tree Pose. I credit my emotional healing to Hot Yoga. I’m thrilled that I found Bikram’s, and that in the end Bikram’s found me.
My first few classes of Bikram Yoga were shear physical torture – and I do not exaggerate!!! I did not hesitate to voice my hatred of each session and how the best part was when you got to lie down. However I kept dragging my ageing bod to class once a week for some time because I noticed one important result immediately – a big improvement in my mood. Those grey clouds lifted after every workout. Then to my amazement – not being generally a proponent of any kind of workout and having failed at aerobics and all the other exercise fads – I noticed I was really becoming stronger. That glimpse of new strength showing in my arms as I strained to reach those toes spurred me on. In spite of myself I began to come 3X a week. And now…… I am no longer stiff when I get out of bed in the morning, a common complaint of ageing boomers. I can garden all day without becoming exhausted. My posture has improved immensely. My skin glows. My masseuse commented on how much my back, neck and shoulders had improved. I notice increased strength and flexibility in many different ways throughout the days activities. I have lots more energy. I was not sick at all last winter. In April I turned 68 – yikes! – I have never felt better. Thank you Dana and all the great teachers at BYB. Judy Moore
Hello, I’ve been practicing Bikram Yoga at BYB for almost a year now. I am able to practice usually once a week. I work for the Toronto Police. Each year during a re-qualification period, I take part in what is called the Fitness Pin Test. The Fitness Pin Test for me is a personal goal I enjoy to complete every year. The test consists of muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. The last of which, I have struggled with the most. The flexibility portion of the test is called a Sit and Reach Test. The measurement starts when your fingers go beyond your toes. I have taken this test each year, and every year, I score a 3 ½ or 4 out of 10. I have barely been able to touch my toes without bending my knees since I was a young. By scoring low on the ?Sit and Reach Test, I have to make up the marks on the other aspects of the fitness testing. However, this year I scored an 8 ½ out of 10. I was completely shocked and amazed at my improvement in a relatively short period of time. I now realize there is hope for further flexibility in my body. I’ve also noticed increase flexibility in my knees and neck over the past year. I plan on scoring even higher on the testing next year. Jon
Bikram Breakdown By: Neville Swanson It’s not imperative to leave your ego at the entrance to the heated yoga oasis known as Bikram Yoga Beaches, but I’d suggest it, you avoid tasting it’s sour existence as it sweats out of every pore of your skin. I figured Bikram would test my embarrassing level of flexibility at best, however, I was quickly catapulted into a ninety-minute meditative, cardiovascular practice that had my entire body energized from within. I was hooked. Now a Bikram junkie, I experience the benefits of my practice each and every day. As the sweat beads rapidly, your muscles contract efficiently, and your flexibility blossoms, you breathe into a level of focused determination that enlightens your soul. Having recently undergone surgery, I was nervous to return to the studio, basically an ego related issue as I felt I wouldn’t be as “good” as I was prior. Then, I remembered that what happens inside the studio is only ever judged by one person, you. The energy and physical unity shared between the yogis during class is a collective, unspoken pact to experience this as a team, while simultaneously allowing your personal journey to be precisely that. Of course, I could go on for ever about the benefits I’ve received since beginning my practice, but you should really experience them for yourself, it’s the only way you’ll regret not starting your journey earlier.
First of all I would like to say I’m very satisfied and impressed with the level of service BYB has offered. I felt a welcoming vibe from the first time speaking to Dana over the phone which made me want join BYB even more. Then after my first session, the follow-up phone call and now this email. It makes me and I’m sure the others feel that the staff care and are not just in it for the sake of “business”. Now to the effects of Bikram Yoga. My energy levels are constantly rising, I feel happy and the little things that bothered me no longer do. I think Bikram Yoga is a great thing for the mind, body and soul. I just can’t wait for the next day to come and attend the class. It’s funny when I tell people about Bikram Yoga, they right away say “I could never do that”, “the heat is not my thing” but it’s funny because those people don’t have a clue what they are missing. They are thinking – which is what we don’t do during practice. Anyway…. I love it and that is most important thing. See you tonight, Ana 🙂
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As much as you can, drinking plenty of water leading up to your desired class time. Not forcing it and drinking too much causing you to want to have to urinate frequently as a result, but by having being mindful and having water near by you throughout the day and sipping on it as you feel the need. If you are taking an earlier class in the day, just doing the same by drinking what you can before the class time in order to fuel the body, as best possible, with water.
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