Read what people have to say about Bikram yoga and these conditions.
The dramatic improvements you'll read about in these testimonials can be attributed to causes besides the yoga itself: a deep desire to get well, the effort of going to yoga day after day, even when in pain, a desire to overcome fear of the unknown, and the confidence the instructor has in the ability of Bikram yoga to bring healing to the situation. All these are important components of the healing process and should not be underestimated. However, what is it in the yoga itself that helps produce these results?
Testimonial from students from our studio:
I would like to describe my journey in yoga. But first, my heartfelt thanks to all my friends and teachers most especially Tes Pantoja and Maricel Macesar who untiringly has been urging me to try it for a long time. I have given them so many reasons and excuses not to join. My arthritis, vertigo, hypertension, scoliosisÖ a lot! Ya, just mention anything and you could expect me to say I have that too. In fact, Tes lent me her book on Bikram Yoga so I would have an idea of what it is all about. Did I read the book? Well, your guess is right! It was just lying in my bookshelf untouched, unwanted and unread.
I met one of the teachers, Zeb in Tesí house during dinner. Heís a man of few words. I remember he said to me "just go and you will be fine" with a low tone in his voice and a stare that tells you I know what Iím talking about. Joking aside, he sounded encouraging. He said to me donít worry, just go weíll all be there for you.
January 8 was my first day in attending Bikram. When I entered the room, ohÖ it was too hot. I just told myself just go with the flow. BREATHE was the constant word I hear. A few minutes after staying in the room, my knees and my joints started to ache. Itís like thereís a knife pierced in each of these parts. It went on the whole 1 ? hours. By the way, I tried the first timer special. Itís a 7 day start up somethingÖ. Did I come back on my second day after the excruciating pain I felt on the first? Indulge me; I kept on coming everyday for the last 7 days! Ha, seeÖ. But thatís not the end of it. After my 7 day special, Mony one of my teacher asked me if I want to continue. I told her I will and she asked me if I want to do the 30 day challenge. At that time seriously, I just want to impress her. So I said the big YES!!! When I got home, I stared in the mirror for a long time and wondered what I have gotten myself into.
Count down day 1 to day 10 of my challenge. I still continue to feel the pain in my knees and joints. After that, without my noticing it, the pain was gone. Thatís what I thought. It just moved to my lower back! One night, I just cried and told my husband my whole body is aching. He answered me "mom you survived the pain in your knees and jointsÖitís gone right?" I said "yes!" (Tears all over my face) "So mom, your body is just adjusting to it. Go finish it." With all my drama, all I want to hear from him is to tell me to stop. But it did not workÖ. So I had to continue. So back pain from day 11 to day 18. What made it go away is the advice of my other teacher Amanda. She said "tuck your tummy in, thatís very important. Walla! My back pain slowly went away.
One of my fears of not joining yoga is because of the poses that I know I could not do in my lifetime. I could not even reach my toes when I bend, much more those complicated ones! But to my surprise I slowly was able to do it (not perfect of course). Ok gone are days of body painsÖ (Not really, what I mean is I can tolerate it already). Iím also almost half way in my challenge. Oh this is easy. Thatís what I thought. Around day 20 of my challenge, I started to experience being nauseous and my tummy hurts a lot up to a point of being acidic. This made feel like puking in the middle of the session most of the time. My teacher Omar tells me there are a lot of things, going on in my body. So he said "Just be nice and good to your body, just lie down when youíre having difficulty." Thatís what I have been doing. Just to get by everyday to finish my challenge, I had to bring my Vicks vapor rub which I spread on my small towel. When I start to feel nauseous, I pick it up and smell it just to perk me up.
During my 30 day challenge, there were good days and bad days. But the point is, good or bad, after each session I feel good and energized. I just finished my challenge today, February 12. So happy, I got through it. What were the changes in my body after doing yoga for 37 days (including my 7 day special)? No more pain in my knees and joints. No constant headache. Energized. My friends tell me my body became smaller. Lastly, my flexibility has improved. I canít still reach my toes and lock my knees consistently but I know in time I will. Of course, my newly found Yoga family is a big, big plus! Iím so lucky to have known them and be part of it.
Will I still continue? You bet I will!
How could I ever thank you for teaching me a new way of life,"HealthyLife". Something so important in nowadays.
Even for me (not a real regular), yoga proved to bring immediate results and I learnt to like it very much. My kids love to "play" yoga with me and we have a lot of fun together. Itís a really good approach to bond with them. Their favorite poses are tree and rabbit. Thank you for bring us a joy in the same making us more beautiful from inside. (Deusa Blumke, Brazil, Painter)
When I found Bikram Yoga at Yoga@42, it was the best discovery in all my years of living in Jakarta. I have been attending classes for just over two years and have to say it is without a doubt the most complete form of exercise around. Not only it is physically challenging but mentally as well. The 26 postures work to strengthen and tone every part of the body and the focus required to concentrate completely ensures that the mind is also strengthened. You leave the class feeling energized in body, mind and spirit. There is also a deep sense of calmness that stays with you for the rest of the day.
For many years, I was a gym junkie and had chronic knee and back problems from high impact exercise and lifting weights. After doing yoga, my knees are almost as good as new and my back is strong and pain free.
Everyone in the studio is friendly and welcoming. Mony is a gifted and patient teacher. She is a great example to all us yogis and yoginis.
I am returning to Australia very soon, and will miss my classes in Kemang very much.
Namaste (Jane Phillips, Australia, ex-Aerobic Instructor)
I love you.. After Bikram, I become happy! Really there are no words to tell how much you gave through yoga and your friendship to me. I will really miss you.. All the best and hope to see you soon again.
(Gabriella, Hungary, Interior Designer)
Thank you for bringing Bikram Yoga and opening Yoga@42. I personally think that is the coolest thing that happens in Kemang.
I am a beginner in your class, but I never feel uneasy, the environment is very friendly and welcoming. I enjoy doing yoga because of you, such a talented teacher who always pushes your student to be better each class. I used to have tight and tense muscles especially in my right shoulder, but after practicing for over 1 month, it feels a lot better. It also helps me lose weight. Thanks for everything.
Love (Sri Pangestuti, Indonesia, Entrepreneur)
I came to Yoga@42 to try it out "once" and have not turned back! I have given up running and the gym and now can not imagine not having bikram as part of my routine. The workout is amazing and after a few short months, bikram has fixed all my muscle strain and tension after years of running! I absolutely cant thank you enough for "enlightening" me- I have become a number one fan of yours Mony!
Thank you again- youíve built a great yoga community in Jakarta.
Love (Felicity, Australia, Australia Embassy)
Great Energy, hot yoga makes me strong and more focus. Mony is excellent teacher and yogi. She is a good example of a great yoga personality. I recommend her to everybody.
Love (Inge, Indonesia)
Thank you so much! I never did yoga and never expected I would like it! But I really enjoyed the hot yoga! It made me feel so good and I really want to keep practicing because as you said it is actually to early for me to leave Indonesia in a few days as I still have a lot to learn! Ha..haÖThank you again and all the best, I will keep recommending your school to everybody I know in Jakarta.
(Karen, Netherlands, Red Cross Organization)
I 'Discovered' bikram yoga at a very stressful time in my life and I have to say it was a single most important kept me same during that period. More than the physical benefits, it°¶s the mental calm and focus bikram yoga develops that keeps me coming back. Mony is a very special and truly gifted teacher. I'm very grateful for the time I spent here. (Thanks, Mony!)
(Patricia Esguera, Manila)
First joining hot yoga, it was =( . As it runs through, I feel = I, = ), = D and finally ;-D. I finally find a nice assistance of my serious lower back pain. Thank you for sharing your energy and spirits of yoga keep up your passions in yoga and in deed you are a warming and good yoga instructor. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU =) !
At first I thought that HOT YOGA was an unhappy activity. But after I and my mom joining HOTYOGA finally we consider the benefit. And, now I°¶m very interested in yoga. Especially my mom, she always go to yoga almost three times a week.
I've server joined an ashtanga class, wawwwww that was a very heavy thing to do almost all my pain become sick for a couple days, but I'll try to do again.
Okay, that's all about my experience in yoga class. I hope many people will join with this class
(Me & Mom : dewi & rusmiaty , jakarta)
Thanks for looking after us during our stay in Jakarta ! I've really enjoyed teaching at your studio and enjoyed getting to know your studio and starting mine ! please come and visit !
Love & best wishes, (Kylie Watson, Brisbane)
I have really enjoyed doing bikram yoga for the first time at your studio. You have great staff & most of all a great atmosphere! It's one of the most challenging things I've done but I love the felling of sweat dripping from every pose of my body! I will def in Kelly continue my training I return home to Australia.
(Ian Gonzaga = ) , Brisbane)
Thanks for an excellent 2 years on yoga. You really inspired me and I very much enjoyed the energy you crate in this studio. I'll miss you!
(Melissa Janis, Indiana)
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