We're going behind the postures to meet the people that bend, stretch and sweat alongside us to discover their real Bikram journeys. Here's policewoman Natalee's story.
In October 2015 I fell very poorly and spent seven weeks in hospital and several months being unwell. I was suffering from sepsis and pneumonia. As a result, my fitness deteriorated quickly, I became very weak and I struggled with my breathing. When released from hospital, I continued to have severe pain in my joints, in particular my knees, shoulders and thumbs.
I was then diagnosed with an ongoing autoimmune condition causing me to suffer from fatigue and inflammation in my joints and was placed on high dosage painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. I felt frustrated due to my lack strength and fitness, which left me feeling low.
So I decided to take up Bikram Yoga again. The teachers were so supportive and gave me some alternative postures that enabled me to manage my joint pain. I started to feel better, more positive and stronger so I challenged myself to complete the June 2016 30 day challenge. It was tough but worth every second. I am leaner, stronger and determined to continue practicing. I have drastically reduced my medication and the yoga has helped ease my pain and give me movement back in my joints. I am happier in myself and people have commented that I seem ‘like my old self’ and that they can notice a difference in how I look. I have had encouragement from other students; apparently I have a nice standing bow! The other yogis at .B Yoga make it fun to practice and share the highs and lows that each different class brings.
I hope others who are suffering from ailments or illnesses find some hope in my progress and the benefits that Bikram can bring.
Do you have a story to tell about how Bikram Yoga has changed something in your life? We'd love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.