I had a really cool experience the other day teaching class. I was looking around the room during Standing Head To Knee and took note of several students.
One student has been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis and started practicing Bikram Yoga, along with implementing dietary changes, to aide in her healing process. Another woman had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and practices several times a week to help with pain management.
There was a professional athlete in the room, as well as a young man who has dialysis three times a week due to kidney failure. In the back corner was a 66 year old grandmother, and at the front of the room, a 19 year old ballet dancer.
All of them were kicking a leg out in front of them, doing their Standing Head To Knee Pose.
This is the reason why I hold firm to the postures and the sequence of Bikram Yoga; because everyone can do it.
Throughout the last five years, we’ve had students with every condition imaginable walk in through our doors. From a student whose legs were paralyzed, to a student who only had one arm, to the extremely flexible ballerina and the high-octane athlete, and everyone in between.
We sometimes get creative in extreme conditions, bringing in chairs for those who can’t stand on their feet, but the intention is always the same. Do the best you can, with the instructions you’re given, and you’ll receive 100% of the benefit. And over time, with patience and persistence, opening up blockages, increasing flexibility, and elevating total well-being.
If you’re looking for a yoga class, but you’re hesitant about your level of ability, know that our teachers at BYF have seen it all and are prepared to help you from whatever starting point you’re at! Don’t be embarrassed about the state of your fitness or body. Come to class, do your best, and reap the rewards of your hard work.