Chronic Neck and Lower Back Pains
I started Bikram Yoga over six months ago and now I can honestly say that I have never looked back.
I had done Hatha yoga prior to my Bikram Yoga experience, but I always found yoga unchallenging* and repetitive. Although Bikram Yoga is the same 26 poses each time, there is absolutely nothing repetitive about it, each time can feel totally different to the last, and it is extremely challenging.
I started practicing Bikram Yoga because I had a chronic neck pain and a few lower back problems. I had a car accident when I was six which caused the initial problem but being a graphic artist made things worse -
I am regularly curled over a computer, leaning forward starring at fine details on screen, there is a fair level of stress that comes with the job too! Bikram Yoga has subsequently done a lot more for me than fixing my neck pain and strengthening my lower back! During class I NOT only feel like I am detoxing, toning, stretching and strengthening my body, I feel like I am detoxing, toning, stretching and strengthening my mind! There is a lot to be said for a ‘clearer mind’ - any stress I encounter during the day seems more manageable now, than before I started practicing Bikram Yoga.
I walk out of my class feeling like I have really achieved something. Bikram yoga is like nothing I have tried before. My body has changed – I feel stronger, both physically and mentally. I feel calmer and more positive generally.
Concentrating on keeping my balance, challenging my body to move beyond the point of flexibility and controlling my breathing - really takes control of my mind during a Bikram class, allowing me to think about nothing else.
How fantastic the mind feels to ‘Shhhhh the voices for ninety minutes’. The open eye meditative nature of Bikram really helps to put my life into perspective. All the things I might have been worrying prior to class, seem diminished, or better yet, completely gone when I come out.
In short, I am not sure that I could articulate clearly enough just how amazing this Yoga is.
I look forward to continuing my ‘Bikram journey’ as it has been amazing so far. I can totally see myself: a little gray-haired old lady, still doing Bikram Yoga, still loving it, still telling her pals how great it is!
(*when I talk of other Yoga’s being ‘unchallenging’, I am referring to the fact that I may not have ‘broken a sweat’ or felt like I having a cardiovascular work out. I think all types of Yoga are amazing and there is one for everyone!) -- Lara
The writer is a successful commercial graphic designer in Sydney, Australia. She plans on furthering her Bikram Yoga practice by attending the next Bikram Yoga Teacher Training session in Los Angeles.
You can trade war stories with her at:Lara@CurlDesign.com.au