Home Bikram Yoga Testimonials Neck, Shoulders & Back Pain

Neck, Shoulders & Back Pain


Mary Ann
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

I was in a car accident in May 2002.  This resulted in soft tissue injury to my neck and shoulders as well as chronic lower back pain.  It especially got worse during my premenstrual cycles and when I sat for long periods of time.  And I do, even until now. 

I work in front of the computer for the majority of my day and so, after the accident, I experienced discomfort and/or pain regularly.  I was just learning more about Bikram's Yoga the same year.

My first Bikram's yoga class was in February 2002, but I didn't recognize the benefits of it as I was just going once a week to maintain flexibility, cleanse my skin of toxins and get a good full body workout.

I experienced a number of ailments that I never thought a motor vehicle accident could do to me.  Because I was looking down before I was hit, my neck muscles were flexed even more likely creating a tear or some type of injury. Also, because the vehicle that I was in spunned around for a good 4-7 seconds, there was pressure on my kidney from leaning hard against the seatbelt.  I never realized how bad this accident was to my body and my doctor said that all I could do to minimize the pain was to attend physio, continue to apply heat and cold and do stretches daily. 

This wasn't very promising and I wasn't seeing any long term benefits to this treatment program... it seemed more like a "chronic care program" and I was just not accepting that.  I started reading more about Bikram's yoga, talked about some of the benefits that yoga could do for me with my instructor, found a good chiropractor and now incorporate yoga into my workout routine 1-2x/wk. 

Also, when I started going to Yoga 3x/wk for a while, I noticed that my back pain was decreasing , my PMS symptoms less discomforting, my mood elevated and my body temperature relatively balanced (I am always cold, so after a yoga class, my body temperature remains warm for a good 2 days).  I would say more, but I wouldn't know when to stop.

I hope someday that I can teach yoga to others.  I was the type of person who never would be interested in anything "yoga".  But here I am talking to friends and family about how beneficial Bikram's Yoga is.  I've recruited over 10 friends and they are now hooked as well.  My plans at this moment in time is just to spread the word about how good Bikram's Yoga is for the body, mind and soul.  :)  I am pursuing this through magazine writing also.

-Mary Ann



Weight Loss:It may not make me proud, but I'll admit it; I first came to yoga out of a desire to attain that lean, toned, fit "yoga body" that women

I am diabetic type 1 and have been injecting since 1989, when I was diadnosed age 6. I have been lucky to learn a great deal from my diabetes.

In March of 2002 my heart beat increased to 200 beats per minute. The electrical current in my heart malfunctioned due to the scar tissue from my 1985 heart attack. My good health from practicing Bikram yoga kept me alive.

This testimonial is the story of my personal recovery from debilitating pain from herniated discs through the practice of Bikram Yoga. This yoga gave me back my life.

| Franchise info | Teacher Training | Seminars | About Bikram Yoga | Contact Us

Copyright © 2014 bikramyoga.com