Bikram Yoga Calgary South  

Hard – Harder – Hardest

Posted on: April 9, 2014
I quit doing the hot yoga program called Bikram Yoga for six months. After faithfully practicing for over two years I got frustrated since I couldn’t hold the balance poses
Jennifer Derzaph
Calgary, Alberta

What the *#&!)! is a Japanese ham sandwich???!
Trust me, enough time in the hot room and you will figure it out. And when you do, you'll want no light and no air to penetrate your sandwich.
Everyone has a story, here's mine:
I was ecstatic to learn about Bikram Yoga Calgary South opening in 2009. I discovered Bikram years prior in Kelowna but never got really into it until I moved to Calgary. I knew there was "something" about this yoga that was different, but I never realized the impact it would have on my life. I have scoliosis - a two fold structural curve in my spine. I was diagnosed at age twelve with two choices, live with it or get a metal rod injected into my spine. A typical pre teen - I ignored it and hoped it went away. Twenty (ish) years later, I lived with constant pain, poor posture, and a disengaged manner of living.
When I practiced Bikram yoga, I could feel the muscles ache and my posture straighten but I never thought about the impact the yoga was having. I did, however take some pictures for the usual fitness challenge that couples embark on each year. My husband and I were going to become the next Jillan and Bob....
Well, then life and a new marriage muddled our plans. I still got to yoga though, as if my body craved it. I was the first person to sign up for a 30 Day challenge last year. My body ached in ways I never thought possible. My soul stretched in ways I wasn't ready for. At the end of thirty days, the sticker telling me I was done was the least of my accomplishment. I struggle with self esteem and confidence. I am working on my awful self body image, and battle eating issues all the time. So to commit to anything where you wear teeny weeny anythings in front of thirty strangers sweating all over you was a big step. But, we've all heard it: the hardest step is getting into class. By the end of the thirty days, I had no choice but to take care of my body properly. No choice but to leave my ego at the door. It was an amazing time that really clarified how important this yoga is for your health and well being.
In January, I admitted to Lyndsay that my practice needed to really be taken care of. "Oo eee" she said - check out the advanced series and competition training. I stood there, for what felt like hours. Someone! Someone ask me what I am doing! I could easily wiggle my way out of this with conversation. No one noticed. No one asked. Must be that darned Universe telling me something. That was a few months ago. Since then, my posture (inside and out of the room) feels stronger, not to mention my fear diminishes every class and I am learning to accept myself for all that I am. Unconditional love is an amazing thing and so is this yoga.
A few weeks ago, I took those same pictures again. No Jillian, but look at my spine closely. There is no photoshop, no editing. Just pure Bikram yoga.  This practice will support and guide you in every direction your body needs. Today I live pain free, and couldnt be more engaged in my life.
If you can, you must............see you in the hot room!!!
Namaste, Jenn

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