It was suggested to me by one of my students to start blogging and expressing some of my view points and suggestions on my website. Well, for what it’s worth, here it is.
If you have read my bio you may have a bit of a background of my story and how I was introduced to Bikram Yoga. I was seriously injured by years of performing and teaching but it all really peaked when I injured my neck in a trampoline accident. A spinal injury put an end to my career and put me back into the service industry to make a living. I was miserable. Years of recovery with a medication cocktail and way too much alcohol finally led me in 2005 to Bikram on Donald, the only Hot Yoga studio in Winnipeg at that time.
In my first class I was a complete show off for about the first 20 minutes. I was a dancer and fitness instructor so the postures were fairly easy for me. I was a champ. Then I was quickly humbled when i was overwhelmed by the heat and spent the rest of the class curled up in the fetal position. I thought I was having a stroke. “I hate the heat and I’m never going to do this again”. I stayed in the room and shot out the door, where I was lying sucking the air out from under the crack, the minute the class was over. Namaste indeed.
One hour after this horrendous experience I felt better than I had in years. I couldn’t wait to get back in the room. I stopped taking all my medications (not recommended), had already quit drinking and smoking and started a new life with a completely new attitude. I had found my answer.