In August I went to urgent care in extreme pain. The doctor said that I had scoliosis and my hips were out of alignment. He said that it was one of the worst cases he had ever seen. I began physical therapy, had an MRI which revealed a slipped disc and degeneration of the pad between the vertebrae. I was in such pain that I had to take 2 weeks off from work. Even with complete rest I could find no relief from the pain. I visited my primary care physician and a nurse in his office recommended that I try Bikram Yoga. Just spending the time in the hot room would give me some relief. As a practicing yogi of gentle yoga, I knew the benefits of the regular practice, as all of the health professionals that I had seen were amazed at my flexibility and my ability to use yoga postures to bring relief from my pain. I left the doctor's office, checked the Epping Bikram Yoga website, changed to workout clothes and headed for the studio.
I walked in using a cane and could do very few of the standing postures due to pain every time I stood. I continued to work through the pain under the supervision of the staff at BYE. We discussed my medical condition and the instructors recommended modifications to the postures in line with the restrictions given by the medical professionals. I continue to improve evidenced by my ability to wak without a cane, the elimination of my blood pressure medication, and on Thanksgiving Day I had absolutely no pain, which continued for four days!!!. I am not out of the woods yet, but as I continue to strengthen the muscles along my spine, as well as my core, I have every confidence that I will continue to improve.
Thank you, Emily and all the staff at BYE!!! You are stuck with me. Thanks for teaching an "old dog new tricks." I have a lot more to say. You won't believe what the doctors are saying about yoga. Stay tuned.
Hattie, age 66
Bikram Yoga Epping was my first real introduction to yoga. Although I felt intimidated before I actually went, that all disappeared as soon as I went because Emily (the studio owner) is so welcoming. She has always given me pointers and encouragement during classes, which has helped me to progress from where my body is every day. I can't do all the postures fully, but I know what kind of modifications are correct for my body because of my Bikram Yoga Epping Teachers.
Getting to know the other teachers has been great too, everyone is so helpful and encouraging. My body has changed a lot for the better in a few short months. The nagging daily neck pain and headaches I had are gone and I feel stronger as well as much more flexible. I would say to anyone don't be afraid to try this healing yoga, and don't be afraid of the heat. Your body really does adjust after the first week or so and eventually you crave getting into the hot room.
Holly, age 46
First time ever at a yoga class and even though I couldn't do everything to the extent others could I didn't feel uncomfortable at all! I loved it and felt great all day! I can't wait to go back!
Jennifer, age 43
I started practicing Yoga in December of 2015 at Bikram Epping. The increased flexibility has improved my golf game greatly, I've lost >16 lbs, and reduced blood pressure by >10 points. I recommend for any athlete to try Bikram Yoga and improve your performance. Sweat - stretch - repeat!
Mike, age 57
Emily was one of my first yoga teachers, and I have always enjoyed her classes. She is so supportive of someone who is not flexible and over weight. Her positive attitude and yoga has allowed me to become physically and mentally a better person. Her new studio in Epping is bright and fun place and you must stop by. She can change your life, like she has changed mine.
Dave, age 56
One of the best things you can do for yourself and for those that you love is to take the first step into this yoga studio. BYE is nonjudgmental, welcoming and an inspirational place to be. Wherever you are in your life.. Spirituality, physically, emotionally or just want a kick butt workout (or just a place to quietly enjoy the heat) this is the place to go. Bikram yoga offers therapy and exercise all in one... And this community in Epping is amazing place to be ... Give it a try, you will not be disappointed in the many positive ways it will enhance your life.
Lisa, age 53