I believe September, 2003, I had been diagnosed with clinical depression and did not want to take the medication prescribed. My doctor recommended yoga. I took a few Hatha classes and someone recommended I try Bikram. I never looked back.
The first class was very tough. I wanted to get up and leave, but I took the advice and stayed in the room; however, I was not going to come back. The teacher (Monica) talked to me after and spent time asking why I was there. She was very open and talked about the benefits if I really wanted change in my life. I’ll never forget her. I made a small step after and signed up for 10 classes. Monica got me through the first 10 classes and more.
That I could become so flexible and be so focused for my age, and the changes would continue. (After all I’m 77 years young.)
My practice is different every class, from my physical stamina to my mental focus. I’m looking forward to learning more about myself, discovering something new every class. It’s been an amazing journey, and a lifetime commitment.
Physically, the weight loss. I was 225 at the start, and now maintaining 170/175. My arthritis would be a lot worse in my hands, feet, and knees if not for my practice. I’m sure of that. The emotional benefits cannot be measured. I’m more focused, non judgmental, and have learned to use my breath in everyday situations. My blood pressure is that of someone 40 years younger.
I keep trying to find some. At this point I don’t think there are any easy postures!
Camel. Getting into that final back bend is still tough. It requires a lot of mental focus and concentration to get into it right and stay in it. It also opens your body and mind to know that the class is ending and a new day is about to start.
I practice Bikram Yoga so I…
can be the best person I can be, taking care of my body and mind and being connected to my feelings and emotions.
I truly believe this Yoga has saved my life, and I can’t thank enough all the great teachers I have met along the way that have helped me. There are 3 in particular (I think they know who they are); however, all the yogis teaching at West Coast Sweat are very, very good. Namaste!