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Chronic Shoulder Pain


Two months before I started Bikram Yoga, I was seeing a physiotherapist twice a week for chronic shoulder pain. But it wasn't working - if anything, the pain was escalating and I didn't have the power to change it. It was devastating. Then I met a massage therapist who thought Bikram yoga might help. I was nervous about starting because I don't like being hot and I couldn't touch my toes. I came anyway. After the first class, the pain in my shoulder was so much better I couldn't believe it. The postures and the heat are like total body therapy.

By the end of the first week, I didn't think about my shoulder anymore and I have never been back to the physiotherapist. If Bikram only eliminated pain, that would be more than enough. But it does much more than that. Physically, it builds amazing muscles exactly where you need them to stand up straight and live your life. It gives form and strength to your posture, which for me is like a miracle. The world is a different place when you can stand strongly and without pain.

Mentally, it cultivates your focus and pulls your mind down out its circles of worry, or wherever it might be flying around. Bikram yoga literally lays your mind down into your body, because you must pay total attention to the postures in order to hold them. You can't think about anything else. It teaches you to breathe, stretch, stand and balance. It makes you physically strong, fit, focused and calm. And by stretching, strengthening and opening your body, you actually open up your point of view and your life. I've done lots of different forms of exercise - swimming, pilates, running, gym- but now I just do Bikram, because it gives you everything.

- Nina


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