Some inspirational Stories from our Students
LORRAINE – BIKRAM
I am 26 and three years ago, I honestly thought I would be the first person to die from doing the Triangle Pose. But now, while it may sound cliché, I can think of no better way to realign my body and my mind.
The first class was tough. I kept wanting to leave the room – my mind was chaotic and my body wasn’t doing what I told it to do. But, this helped me I realise I needed Bikram Yoga more than I first thought. And then alas, after a few practices I began to crave the practice. It allowed and it taught me discipline as I focused my efforts on my breath and posture rather than the heat. Who knew that sweat could be your friend.
Not only has Bikram improved my strength, flexibility, balance, and any neck pain I once had, my sleep has become deeper and more peaceful and how I deal with stressful situations has altered incredibly. I feel in connected to my body and mind, and am a stronger person because of it. Bikram Yoga is the one place that you think of nothing else…it’s tough and challenging, but invigorating and addictive.
The teachers at BYB are inspirational, encouraging, and are always willing to help students have the best practice they can have, no matter what their fitness level or experience.
While I have a long way to go with my postures and constantly have to be reminded to not rush into them, I am loving the journey and seeing myself grow inside and out. Physically I have toned and lengthened, but it’s what it is doing for me mentally that really makes me return, back bend after back bend.
ANNA – BIKRAM
I first started Bikram Yoga back in 2005, when I was living in London, however, due to work commitments was unable to attend regular classes.
In early 2007 I moved back to Hobart, Tasmania and and found myself in a deep depression – unhappy with how I looked, and felt as though my body simply didn’t “work” properly. Some days I just didn’t want to get out of bed and looking back, I honestly don’t know how I dragged herself to work most days. I craved something so much more.
In September 2007 I went back to Bikram and from that moment on, there was no looking back! Over a few months I lost 15kg, had more energy and – was happy! My family said I HAD to keep doing Bikram Yoga every single day. I completed a 10-day challenge, then a 30-day challenge and have never looked back!
The levels of healing I have received from practicing daily yoga are at times indescribable. It is without a doubt the best decision I have ever made and love every minute of it. Everyday I learn something new and I hope in some small way, by turning up on my mat, regardless of how I feel or look when I first begin, I am also helping others around me reach their full potential through the healing powers of Bikram Yoga.
Namaste and see you in the hot room!
ALICE – BIKRAM
When my sister-in-law returned home with a Bikram Yoga Gold Coast brochure back in 2017, I made the assumption it was going to be similar to all the other yoga I had tried over the years. Upon leaving the hot room after my first class, I felt and knew this was a whole different ball game. I was hooked from that first class; the intense heat challenging my mind and body, with near euphoric feelings I gained upon completion.
My flexibility increased dramatically, eradicating my on-going lower back pain and aligning my spine to its correct position. And once the distraction of the heat became no more, was when the real yoga started. My mental and physical strength grew, my determination and single pointed focus sharpened, stillness and peace grew from within and I lost all judgement of myself and others. All of these lessons I was able to take out into my everyday life creating a very harmonious and happy life.
It became very apparent how much of an affect Bikram Yoga had on my life when I stopped practicing yoga and started travelling the world for 10 months. I lost a lot of the clarity and mental strength that one gains from practising Bikram Yoga, which in turn, resulted in me making some wrong decisions. I of course also lost all of my flexibility and fitness.
I am extremely happy to now be practicing at such a wonderful studio as BYB, surrounded by beautiful teachers who are helping me to continue my walk along the Bikram path. “It’s never too late, it’s never too bad, you’re never too old, you’re never too sick to start from scratch once again”.
cindy – BIKRAM
Three and a half years ago I had a shoulder & neck injury. During this time I sought out many therapies to manage the constant pain – physiotherapy, steroids injections, blocking the nerves in my neck, daily gym sessions, weekly deep tissue treatment and finally acupuncture. Nothing seemed to ease the pain. I was taking a daily assortment of pain relievers and prescribed narcotics. I was either in complete pain or off my face on the drugs. My husband suggested yoga, and while driving on Sandgate Rd, I saw “The Sign” – the BYB Nundah Studio. I called and spoke to Benn, who put me at ease right from the start. I believe you can tell a business by the people they have on the other end of the phone. I was warmly welcomed and looked forward to my first class.
I turned up for class and, Boy!!! What a session!!! The instructor was wonderful and so patient! I was not able to hold my arms up over my head or turn my neck completely. But, I knew if I continued my body would be able to manage the postures eventually, which would result in more flexibility. Instinctively, I knew this is what I needed to get my physical & mental attitude back.
I received wonderful enthusiasm and encouragement from all the instructors after my classes. Their warm sincere attitude kept me going back.
I have been going now for just over 9 weeks. I have noticed more flexibility in my shoulder, neck and body. I am able to wash & blow dry my hair!! When I drive I am able to turn my head easier when changing lanes. It was a major struggle before with both activities. I also have more strength, tone and appreciation of my body again, plus more energy and overall improved quality of life.
To quote Sherry, “If we struggle in the hot room we will have less struggle outside the room”.
DANNY – HIIT PILATES
NAT – YIN
I love Bikram and am grateful for how the practice positively influences my health and life in general. However, when I began including Yin yoga into my week as well, I discovered a whole new level of bliss. Hello balance, hello on/off control, hello stillness! The two practices seemed like the perfect complement to one another.
One of the best thing about practicing yin is becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable. I had heard this “concept before”, however yin takes it to a whole new level. In class we will hold poses for a longer period of time and stretch things you didn’t even know existed. We open that terrifying kitchen drawer (aka our hips), and you never really know what is going to come up or out… Holding a low lunge and feeling cranky, looking like a puppy but feeling sadness, folding over a bolster but being hugged by calmness. The discoveries of your deep internal state can be challenging at times (physically, mentally, emotionally), but somehow, almost like magic, the body and mind softens into stillness…
That is yin yoga for me. It quite literally holds everything together. While Bikram and HIIT Pilates are epic, adding that yin element actually gives a fullness and roundedness to my practice and life.
People aged 8-80 years, lazy bums to surf bums, elite athletes to weekend heroes, heart patients to those with no patience, and diabetics to chocaholics all around the world are reaping the benefits of Yoga and Pilates. It doesn’t matter what kind of physical condition you are in. All our classes cater for beginners and are suitable for everybody and every body! Intermediate students may go deeper into yoga postures, or move quicker in the Pilates exercises, however there is never any expectation on anyone to do everything perfectly! The key is effort – you try the best you can, the right way.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for class.
- No reservations are necessary. Come to any class time.
- Bikram classes are 90 minutes, Yin and Kundalini are 75minutes, and Pilates is 1 hour.
- Come 10-15 mins early for your first class so we can meet, greet and register you. NO LATE ADMITTANCE.
- Drink 1-2 litres of fluids in the hours prior to class, (alcohol and caffeine don’t count).
- No big meals within three hours of practice.
- Wear light, comfortable, exercise clothing.
- Bring an open mind, yoga mat, large towel and water bottle (all available at the studio for a small fee.)
- Make sure to notify the instructor if you are pregnant, taking prescribed medication or have any injuries, illness or had recent surgery.
- Finally be prepared to sweat, strain, laugh and do more for your health, body and general well-being than you ever imagined possible!
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