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“I had always struggled to find a form of exercise that I genuinely enjoyed, let alone one that I could commit to. I’d been walking past the Bikram Yoga sign in Kingston for years – and one day I decided to sign up for the 10 day introductory pass. I never looked back. Recently, I clocked up my 200th class. Now I’m aiming for 300. For years I’ve suffered stiff joints in my hands, knees and ankles, due to the onset of rheumatoid arthritis – Canberra’s cold winter temps are especially hard. However, I’ve found the heat of the studio has really helped me manage my condition. My balance, my flexibility and core strength has improved dramatically. My joints aren’t as stiff. I’m sleeping better, and I’ve noticed a considerable improvement in my hair and skin. The best thing though, is the stress relief: being able to let all your worries go for that 90 minute class. And coming out of that class feeling calm, refreshed and ready to take on any challenge.”
- Gemma, 2016
I saw my doctor last week. As they do when you are middle-aged, she checked my blood pressure. “You have the blood pressure of an 18 year-old” she said. “Lot’s of yoga” I said. Unfortunately, she didn’t ask what kind, but if she had, I would have said “Bikram yoga”. There are many reasons why I like the Bikram yoga. It cleans my systems, smooths my movement, flexes my spine in all dimensions, improves my awareness, strengthens my will and just helps me feel really good. I practised classical Iyengar yoga regularly for 9 years prior to taking up Bikram, and I can say that Bikram is real yoga. It is so much more than a workout. As for Bikram Yoga Kingston, I have been coming here for well over 3 years now and I like it, it’s a good place to learn yoga.
- Mark L, 2016
Another 30 Day Challenge completed. My thanks to the Bikram Yoga Kingston teachers - Ally, Chat, Zoe, Ali W, Lauren, and Gill for their enthusiasm and encouragement during these challenging August classes. I also thank them and the other teachers that I have been fortunate to have at BYK, since I started practicing about 18 months ago, especially Kate, Amrei and Fiun, who have shared their passion and knowledge, good humour and friendship, leading me to what I am sure is now a lifelong love of this yoga style. I should also extend that to all my fellow practitioners at the studio – what wonderful kindred spirits! There is no doubt that Bikram Yoga has changed my life in very many positive ways – body, mind, spirit and more. It is an ongoing journey with continuing challenges and rewards. I just wish I had had an opportunity to start in my 20s rather than my 50s, but as Bikram says, ‘you’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again’. So whatever your current physical condition, come along and give it a try (and more than just once) or come back if you’ve been missing classes for a while. You too will reap the many benefits. The BYK studio has excellent facilities, a great vibe and is a very welcoming and supportive environment, and it’s hot, just the way we like it.
- Lyn, 2014
After three months of attending Bikram Yoga Kingston, I felt I needed a bit of guidance on how to achieve posses while managing several injuries. I decided to commit to four private lessons with Zoe. Initially, Zoe spent time to understand my injuries and listened to what I was having difficulties with. From there we spent the next four sessions going through each pose where she demonstrated and assisted me with alternative positions. The four one on one sessions made a huge difference to my classes. I felt I was able to participate more and felt more confident to push myself further. I would highly recommend a private class to everybody. Whether you have been practicing for a month or several years, the benefits of having somebody watching you to tweak your postures and to give you alternatives if managing an injury is incredible. I found Zoe to be caring, attentive and supportive throughout all of my classes. Without her, I don’t believe I would be getting the full benefits which Bikram yoga has to offer.
- Cherisa, 2016
Recently having gone through an 8-week challenge with my members, one of the universal positive takeaways was the experience we had with Zoe at Bikram Yoga Kingston. I asked Zoe early on if we could arrange a private class for our challengers to partake in for a social activity and she was more than happy to help out. From the get go it was very professional dealing with her. Zoe sent through forms, what to bring and how to properly prepare for the day. It meant on the day of the actual event that it ran like clockwork and was very efficient. A few of the staff and a couple of members had done it before and they couldn’t speak highly enough of their past experiences. So we booked our challengers in for near the end of the challenge and it was one of the things they were most excited to try. It was a fantastic session that really did cater for people of all different ages, fitness levels and experiences, as we had it all in our group. It was fun, challenging and man do you work up a sweat in a short amount of time. I have horrible flexibility and balance and there was a bit that I couldn’t do, but Zoe was on the ball with regressions and positive feedback no matter what stage you were at. I felt fantastic leaving, my mind was clear and felt in touch with every muscle in my body. I’ve been hanging to go back and couldn’t be happier we have another challenge coming up, because that means we have booked another session in with Zoe in the not too distant future. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone to give it a go, you may surprise yourself.
- Dylan Swan, Anytime Fitness, 2016
I've been doing bikram yoga for about 3 months now. I remember before my first class I was really nervous. I've never been really good with handling heat and doing yoga in humidity just scared me. I told Zoe (owner of the studio) that I'm just concerned about passing out! She gave me a lot of confidence and most of all asked me to take it easy in my first class. To my surprise I really didn't pass out but rather powered through the class! It was truly an exhilarating experience! What I love about Bikram Yoga Kingston is that all the instructors give a very personal service to each student even if they've been doing yoga for a long time. I also find it amazing that they remember each persons name! The other greatest thing about Bikram is that you can go at your own pace and no one will judge or watch you. But I think that's because everyone is focused on staying awake ;) Overall I love doing bikram and I look forward to continuing it over the years :) Thank you for changing my life Bikram Yoga Kingston!
- Priya, 2016
I took up running in my late 30's. I had a coach. I did everything right, stretched, warmed up and cooled down. During my first race I pulled my calf muscle very badly. It took 6 weeks to repair. My friend suggested I go to Bikram yoga because she thought the heat might help with my muscles. I have been practicing bikram now for nearly 3 years and in this time I haven't had another running injury. In fact my running has improved, as has my mind. I am better in tune with my body and how I feel and when something isn't quite right. It has also helped me to calm my mind and focus on the really important things. I am also now better able to control when I feel tense or stressed.
- Karen, 2017
What started as a 10 day trial, today has ended in 200 classes in 200 days. Prior to starting Bikram Yoga I would have to get a back massage every month, as the pain would be unbearable. Once I started I realized I didn’t need the massage and I felt better and then this journey begun. Through this journey I have had enormous support and guidance from the amazing instructors at the studio and not forgetting the fellow yogis. I feel great and the best part is, I have NO back pain. I wish I could say I do all the postures correctly, but hey, I am much better than what I was when I started. If I can do this, anyone can. You just have to tell your mind that you can do this and you will. Namaste.
- Sandeep, 2014
As I reflect on my last few months of Bikram yoga, now that I’ve completed a 60 day challenge, my thoughts turn to the time when I first signed up for classes at your studio, and a 30 day challenge. Having done very little yoga, and with only one Bikram yoga class up my sleeve, I was nervous! My first class felt like I was going to die. The heat was unrelenting, so much so that each savasana felt like I was literally starting to boil in my own sweat. Any relaxation throughout the class was impossible, although I felt phenomenal when the class was over.
Day 2 of the challenge, which was my third class ever of Bikram yoga, I was beginning to seriously doubt my ability to survive 30 days of this. But your teaching, passion for Bikram yoga, support, enthusiasm and encouragement helped me push on, all the while improving my focus.
Six months on, I’ve:
· started to acclimatise to the heat,
· gained flexibility that I never, ever thought I would have,
· improved my ability to focus, as well as my overall attitude, which means I’m happier overall, and
· met amazing people like yourself and other yogis (who are so encouraging and wonderful in their own rights).
So right now, I have so much gratitude for being lucky enough to have met someone like you, the other teachers and other yogis. I feel truly blessed and am loving this Bikram yoga journey that I’m on! So keep doing what you’re doing because it’s brilliant!
- Rabekah, 2013
Short Guided Meditation
Where: Bikram Yoga Kingston
When: Sunday, September 24th
Time: 2.45pm-3.15pm (please arrive a few mins early)
By: Counsellor, Frances Carleton
Cost: $10 on the day
If you're interested in learning a bit more about meditation come and join us for a short, 30-minute guided meditation with counsellor, Frances Carleton. Prepare to emerge after the experience more connected, relaxed and open!
Register your place at the studio or via email. Bring your mat and perhaps a towel or small pillow if you think you may be uncomfortable lying down for 30 minutes.
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