HOPE THROUGH HEAT My name is Ruben, and I would like to share my journey at Bikram Yoga Calgary South.
July 2010 my wife and I received bad news about her pregnancy. She had many complications, to the point that they wanted to terminate the pregnancy. To ease the stress, we started looking into prenatal yoga classes.
When we first came to Bikram Yoga, we realized it was quite different from the prenatal classes we'd had in mind. Since my wife had a high-risk pregnancy, we decided it was not the right time for her to start practising Bikram, but I tried a class, and it just felt right. I do not believe it was a coincidence I started practising. I know now life hands us situations, and it is up to us to make choices and find our own path.
In October 2010, I was blessed to become a father for the first time. Our baby boy was premature; he weighed only two pounds and was born with many complications. His first week of life was critical: he got an infection, had a blood transfusion, and underwent test after test. I just watched him in the incubator - I couldn't help but feel useless because there was nothing I could do to help my tiny son.
Not long after he was born, I started Kangaroo Care, a therapy that involved laying the baby on my chest, skin to skin, and wrapping my arms around him. This therapy allows the baby to feel warmth and protection, somewhat akin to being in the womb. One day we arrived at the intensive care unit in the hospital and our baby's skin was grey. I wanted to do Kangaroo care right away. I was cautioned that if the baby's temperature dropped at all, I would have to put him back in the incubator immediately.
His temperature did not drop; after three hours of Kangaroo Care, his skin colour became rosy. The nurse told me I was a human incubator, and I have Bikram Yoga to thank for that.
Every day, until our baby was released from hospital, I would go to Bikram Yoga and set my mat in the back corner to get my body as hot as possible. I would dedicate the class to my son, work hard and then
go to the hospital and do Kangaroo Care for hours.
The baby was released from intensive care six weeks later; his weight was only three-and-a-half pounds, but he was strong enough to leave the hospital.
Through this journey, I saw my life change from being an oil worker to becoming a human incubator. I want to thank all the instructors at Bikram Calgary South from the bottom of my heart for their support, guidance and inspiration. And, to my fellow practitioners, never give up: stick with Bikram Yoga; it is a disciplinary art that will change your life in a conscious or subconscious way.
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