I’ve been doing yoga off and on for years. I originally started doing Ashtanga yoga. Although I didn’t mind the classes, I didn’t realize that there was more than one style of yoga, so I kept with Ashtanga for a while. One day, I noticed a new yoga studio - Bikram Yoga Calgary South, had opened up and I was intrigued to try it out.
After my first class, I wasn’t sure if I liked Bikram. I wasn’t used to having the instructor talk throughout the class and not correct my posture by moving me. I never had to do breathing exercises before, and I wasn’t sure if I liked all of the postures, as I found tree, cobra and triangle poses to be different.
What I did like about the yoga was how amazing I felt because I didn’t feel tired (as I did when I finished Ashtanga classes) and had more energy, even after sweating so much. What I also liked was that I didn’t have to do vinyasas and downward dog, and I could focus more time on the poses. In other yoga classes, I never understood why I would have to focus more time on vinyasas and downward dog than on the postures. I like the fact that Bikram only focuses on postures and does not focus on inversions such as headstands and handstands in the beginner series.
I was not sure about the heat at first. However, after doing a couple classes, I started liking the hot room, and I have found that over time, the hot room and the yoga has helped me so much, spiritually, mentally and most importantly, physically.
I have always suffered from migraines as an adult, especially over the winter months. After doing Bikram yoga on a regular basis, I have found that my headaches are becoming more and more infrequent. The headaches have not stopped completely, but even when I do have a headache, it is not nearly as bad as they once were. Bikram has helped me so much, and I am so thankfull!
I would recommend Bikram yoga to anyone because I always feel great after class, and I love being there. This yoga isn't for everyone, but I suggest that everyone should at least try it and see how you feel after class. This is the only yoga that has given me energy after class, and it makes me so happy. I hope to see you in the yoga studio - I’ll be the one in class smiling! Let’s get sweaty together! Namaste.
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