I’m Inspired By: Bikram Calgary South

3 months ago, I stumbled upon Bikram yoga. I’ve been curious about hot yoga for a while, but thanks to one of those Living Social Deals, I signed up for 20 classes for $20. This was, without a doubt, the best $20 I have EVER spent. Bikram Yoga has changed my life.

I’ve worked out my whole adult life, in various levels of intensity. The last almost 2 years have been my super-fit years, running quite a bit and finally for the first time really committing to long term health and exercise. IronSister got me into running, which was amazing and I loved it and, in typical fashion, overdid it enough to be looking for a little change this fall. I will definitely run again, but I am enjoying the little focus switch.

I don’t know if I found the yoga or if the yoga found me, but I can tell you this: I have NEVER experienced anything like it. The 90 minutes in the hot room are intense, challenging, and empowering every.single.time. I’m just finishing up my 3rd month of practicing regularly, about 4 times a week and in some ways I feel so so new at it(which I am) and in other ways I feel like it’s a deeply valuable and solidified part of my life.

Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures, 2 breathing exercises, 90 minutes in a room that is heated to well into the 40 degrees and high humidity. The hot room makes you detox(which I can assure you I feel every single molecule of sugar detoxing out of me, motivation to rarely eat it!). Literally the sweat pours off and soaks the towel over our mats. In the 3 months, eating healthy as I regularly do, working out only 4 times a week, I have noticed a more dramatic change in my muscle tone, strength and flexibility than ever in my life.

I cannot recommend this enough. If there is a Bikram Yoga Studio near you, you should try it. Even better, if you live around here, then you should stop by Bikram Calgary South!! This is the yoga studio I practice at. The people here are AMAZING. Seriously the instructors are amazing, inspiring, cheerleading, super fun people. They make everyone feel important, like it’s THEIR pleasure to have us there. It amazes me every single time. Lindsay and Morgan, the owners are just so incredible. Lindsay is a yogi goddess, and Morgan is about the friendliest most personable guy I’ve ever met. I’m not sure if he treats everyone who walks in the door like his best friend, or if they ARE his best friends…Heather is so sweet I always feel a little sad to leave her when the 90 minutes are over…Hillary could be a professional cheerleader as she rah-rah’s you through the intense work out…Annie is so calm and peaceful, it’s always easy to breathe through her class…Liana is so motivating and attacks the classes with so much energy, absolutely catching…Anne-Brit always seems to get the best out of me, partly because I’m terrified of her and partly from motivation that yoga has given her the body of an olympian.

Honestly, these people are my friends, whether they know it or not. I am deeply inspired by them. I have learned to be able to take 90 minutes, leave my stresses in the cold hallway, focus on breathing, on moving, on listening. I am stronger. I am happier. I am healthier.

I am grateful.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Francis
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 21:36:11

    I don’t about “Bikram Yoga” but i know on thing for sure; without yoga exercises i would not have been able to walk for the last 3 years. So whatever you find in it is sure good for you.

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  2. Alison
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 23:19:23

    I would like to thank you for intoducing me to Bikram Calgary South!! I instantly loved it (but thought I would hate it…I can’t set foot in a sauna!). I just wish there was a studio out here as the 45 minute drive limits me to one session a week šŸ˜¦

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  3. Wendy Nilsen
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 10:50:40

    Hey Alison, where’d you get that amazing coupon? I have wanted to try something like this…and drove past the studio actually last night after work….tell me more please.

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    • figandfennel
      Jan 06, 2011 @ 15:29:14

      Wendy! It was an online coupon called Social Living, a one time thing, which is too bad because it was SUCH a great deal! It’s done now but they do have an introductory special on right now, 2 weeks unlimited classes for $39!

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  4. Lindsay
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 12:34:42

    Ok that is it lady! I am going with you šŸ™‚

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  5. Alison
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 18:56:28

    I go on random days when Rob is home, Hannah is not at an activity and Jack is in bed on time!! Usually a 7 or 8 class. Do you normally go Thurs at 8 still? I will aim for that one next week if you are going to be there!

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  7. ACS Distance Education
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 18:25:40

    Yes I too have just taken up a new class with a fantastic teacher – she made me feel so at ease and confident that I could do I like the rest of ’em. So now, I too am recommending it to everyone I meet and my lovely students of health and fitness. Sadly in distance education there is no way I incorporate any form of yoga into my lessons for my students, all I can do is shout about the benefits!

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