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Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

I began taking Bikram yoga classes in London in 2006, at the City studio. I attended class a couple of times a week, and only sporadically, taking months off at a time. I had not yet developed it as a practice, and only used it as good exercise for my body. I knew there was the potential to get more out of Bikram, but I allowed my hectic lifestyle and difficult schedule to prevent me from building a holistic practice. I also had a lot of fear and anxiety about the heat of the room, and constantly told myself I could not do it, that I was not good enough, that I would never be as good as the ‘front row’ girls in class. Then in April of 2007 I experienced a major life change. At the age of 31 I left my husband and moved back to America. I left everything comfortable and safe behind me and set out to establish an independent life for myself. My goal was to take care of myself, and to really figure out what that meant to me. I chose the neighborhood where I live in Baltimore partly because of Bikram Yoga Hampden. When I saw the studio was just two blocks from my apartment, I said ‘it’s a sign!’ I knew Bikram could help me get back to a centered, healthy place, looking after my body and my spirit at the same time. I began to practice several times a week that Summer, and noticed changes in my body, confidence and feeling of purpose in my new life. But then I was distracted by a new relationship that led me to work for a defense contractor in Iraq. The job and the relationship were destructive and I left Baghdad after six weeks. I returned to a Maryland winter in a deep depression, confused about my purpose in life, wondering if I had made any correct decisions in the last six months. I did not feel safe in my life, I had no job, not enough money, and I no longer trusted my ability to make good decisions for myself. I had left my life in a mess when I flew off to Iraq, and now I had to face my divorce, my finances, and my battered physical and mental health. I was struggling to just survive. Struggling to even want to survive. I started medication for severe anxiety and mood stabilization. My doctors thought I might have had a manic episode and was now going through the crippling depression that often follows. Getting back on my feet had to be slow. I was barely functioning. But I started back at yoga, and was going almost every day. Being in class was the only time I felt in control of myself and safe from the anxieties that overwhelmed me at home. One of the teachers, Anna, recognized my commitment to my practice and how much I was changing day by day. In January of 2008 she mentioned the studio’s 60-day Challenge. I didn’t think I could do it, that somehow that was for those front-row types that make Bikram look easy. But she said I was the perfect candidate. I needed a challenge, some kind of goal in my life, and I signed up. Those 60 days changed my life. I was so proud of making a commitment to myself, to looking after me. I struggled every day, but kept going. I got sore, but kept going. I got sick, but kept going. I had heartbreaks and financial setbacks and kept going. I finally got a job, and kept going. I lost 30 lbs and kept going. My life was different. I had confidence in myself again. I felt different- I felt well. My doctors took me off all medication. I wasn’t afraid of my life any more. I knew that I had the ability to persevere, to learn, to grow, to survive struggles, to change the way I think and to achieve goals I set for myself. On March 7 2008 I completed the challenge as a completely different person than the woman who started it. Anna had left Hampden but one of my other teachers Jess really celebrated my achievement and recognized all my hard work. It felt great. Since then I continue to practice every day that my work schedule allows, which is about 6 times a week. Even in the last month since completing the 60-day Challenge my practice has noticeably changed. I am in the front row every day and I continue to get stronger, more confident, less afraid. Mentally I can ‘stay in the room’ in a way I never could before and that is the greatest lesson I have taken into the rest of my life. Be present. Stay in the room. Focus. Breathe. It is working. I have been promoted at my job. It was only ever a stop-gap job, something to do while I find a position in my field (art conservation). I told Jess about being promoted at Whole Foods and that in some ways it upset me because I was still in my ‘temporary’ job. She said- you can always do Teacher Training. I laughed and said, ‘maybe after about 3 more years of practice’. But she said I was ready, that the key to becoming a Bikram teacher is to understand the yoga mentally, not to be a perfect practitioner before you are trained. She had watched me change and push myself, to come out of a struggle and grow enormously using my mental strength every day. I was so excited. Here it was. My purpose. A goal, a mission, a calling, a way of life. Something I believed in and loved could be my new job. To teach, to share with others everything Bikram means to me and does for me- the whole idea is so exciting. The opportunity seemed to open up to me like a new, very clear path through my life. Here is a career that can provide fulfillment through helping others, life-long physical and mental health for myself, and a place within a positive and supportive community of yogis and yoginis. I can’t wait to get started. (041608)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

I graduated University in Actuarial Mathematics, a degree I did not particularly enjoy and decided not to pursue. Therefore, I went travelling for 6 months and upon my return, started working as a Group Coordinator for a Financial Firm, but it did not feel right for me. Therefore, I started practicing Bikram Yoga to escape the negativities in my life and focus on myself. I was startled by the benefits I instantly felt; more relaxed, aware of my body and thoughts…aware of myself. After six months of practicing, I feel disciplined, perseverant and in touch with my feelings. I believe Bikram Yoga has improved my way of perceiving and living life. I have learned to meditate and breathe through life and appreciate its every moment. Therefore, I decided I wanted to become a Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor, a decision I know will affect my life forever. Being able to travel the world to places I have always dreamed of visiting, where I could possibly teach in the Bikram studios, and at the same time share my experience and passion I discovered in Bikram Yoga to the world…it is my new vocation. I love interacting with new people everyday. I believe being a Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher will give me the confidence and personal satisfaction of knowing I can contribute to other people desire to change their well-being as I will share what I have learned from the discipline at the Teacher Training. Moreover, I am hoping to achieve ulterior goals, that is perhaps operating a studio myself. People want, mentally and physically, healthier lifestyles and it takes discipline and determination to be able to focus and change; that is what I’m hoping to provide my future students with. I consider what I learned from the practice has made me more confident in what I wish to accomplish. I am therefore hoping to attain my goals in the most suitable environment. Success is always attainable; it is a matter of achieving our goals to obtain what one desires. Learning is believing and knowledge never ends. Namaste (05/13/2008)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

I am a believer in Bikram Yoga and would love the opportunity to pass on the rewards of health using Bikram Yoga! I trained and performed as a softball athlete from age 4 to 27. This past year during and after pitching batting practice I started to have painful back pain for the first time in my life. I went to the doctor to see what was going on with my back. He flashed some fancy words at me, said there really wasn\'t anything wrong yet, and told me to get physical therapy to realign and strengthen my body. As an athlete I am very familiar with physical therapy and athletic trainers. In my opinion most PT treatments are only one to three days a week simple exercises. If I was to get better I felt I needed more than a few hours a week of physical therapy. I found a Bikram yoga studio in the city I live in. I signed right up and set a goal to go 5 or more days a week for a month. The first week was very difficult and my back was in a lot of pain during some of the poses. I pushed on through and during every class I felt my back was getting stronger, my body more flexible and symmetrical. As a left handed pitcher in my sport my body is dominant on one side. It was amazing to feel my body strong on my right side as well as the left. The mental and physical challenge of Bikram Yoga feels like I am an athlete again. Working hard for my body and the receiving the benefits of health! I have never felt better mentally and physically! I want to train to become a teacher to pass onto others the rewards of health using Bikram Yoga. I have been coaching professionally for the past 8 years and feel it would be a natural transition into teaching Bikram Yoga. One day in the future I would love to own a studio and continue to teach in an area, including internationally, that does not have Bikram Yoga. (05/13/2008)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

I fell in love with Bikram yoga my very first class. I was especially turned on by the challenge of it. The combination of physical strength, mental focus and calm is very healing. I enjoy the elevated heart rate and the warm temperature as they push the limits of our ability to breathe calmly. The postures are incredible for strengthening the spine and joints and for alleviating tension throughout the body. I am a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, but I feel that I will better be able to help people with their bodies as a Bikram Yoga instructor. I also feel it will help me continue to engender a positive relationship with my own body, foster a meditative mind and celebrate my exuberant soul. (01/16/2007)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

When I took my first Bikram Yoga class at the age of 15, I was completely baffled and overwhelmed at the whole experience. As I continued my practice and began to learn the benefits and true healing power of the yoga, I figured that I was young and healthy and that most of the healing was for those older and sick or stiff. Like most people my age, I felt invincible and that my main task was to make myself stronger and more flexible. When I was diagnosed last year with Type 1 Diabetes, I lost over 30 pounds in one month and was on the verge of a diabetic coma. After a stay in intensive care. I began going back to Bikram Yoga classes and started the 60 day challenge a few weeks later. Bikram says "Give me 60 days and I'll change your life" So that's just what I did. I gave him 60 days. And he kept his promise. I realized that I wasn't invincible. I wasn't healthier than all of these older, more rigid people around me in class. In fact, I was in much worse shape. I was forced to truly put my ego and expectations away and focus on the yoga. Doing the challenge again truly changed my life. I literally nursed myself back to health this past spring. I am still insulin dependent but only need a small amount and have extended my "honeymoon phase" or time of some natural insulin production, almost twice as long as my doctors expected. I credit it all to Bikram Yoga. I, personally, have been healed inside and out and I crave it every single day. As a student and aspiring teacher, I have the blessed opportunity to see other students, old and young, healed. I want to be a Bikram Yoga instructor because I want to help others accomplish their goals and repair their broken bodies. Bikram Yoga is truly my passion and I want to teach so that I have the opportunity to share it with others.( 10/24/2007 )

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

Beacause I believe in the healing power of Bikram Yoga. In the 3 years I have studied Bikram Yoga, it has opened my mind and heart into taking responsibility for my health and those around me. It has helped me be a much calmer person and look at things in perspective by making me realise how you can achieve this in everyday life by controlling/concentraing on the breath. The main reason is that in the summer of 2006 I was going through chemotherapy for non hodkins lymphoma. In between my chemo sessions, when I was able, I practised Bikram Yoga. The yoga not only helped me feel clean, I have no doubt in my mind it helped my body organs to detox, kept my fitness levels and just made me feel better about myself and more in control. The teachers were amazing during my practice at this time. And it is something I want to do with all my heart. To help other people realise the "power" of Bikram Yoga. (01/19/2007)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

My adult life has been full of uncertainties; I’ve been going through the motions mostly, walking a path that has been chosen for me. It seems I’ve been repetitively bracing myself for the future, keeping my options open for awaiting opportunities. As a result, in my academic career I’ve never fully committed myself to anything one thing in particular, instead it’s always been more of an idea; success. Through college and university I remained uncertain of what I wanted and thus decided to take some time off and work for my father’s financial consulting firm. Getting my feet wet in the 9-5 business world, I immediately knew that this lifestyle wasn’t meant for me. However, I’d made a commitment to my father to stay for at least one year. It was during this time that I began practicing Bikram Hot Yoga. It was an escape from the daily routine, something to look forward to at the beginning of the day. I was surprised by how regimented the classes were; I had done hot yoga at different studios before this and was unaware of how disciplined the practice could be. After speaking with one of the instructors about the advantages of Bikram I decided to continue with Bikram, and it was one of the best decisions of my life. I immediately began noticing the changes in my life. Physically, I was more fit and comfortable then I had ever been. Although I have been weightlifting and running for years, I’ve never felt this good about my body. After only a few months of practice, I decided to quit smoking, a task I had been struggling with for the past year; with yoga it was easy. I simply couldn’t smoke while attending class five times a week. The irony of lighting up a cigarette right after class was almost unbearable. However, the biggest changes have been spiritual and intellectual. Through yoga, I have become so much more aware of myself and my surroundings. I am able to focus on the things and people around me, openly and without judgement. It’s like a barrier has broken down and allowed me to see situations in a much healthier way. I have been rebuilding broken bridges with my family finally able to see them as people rather the inherent roles they’ve acquired. Mom, dad, aunt uncle and sister; they are all imperfect people, just like me. It’s like a fog has cleared as I mindfully navigate through it breathing, finally seeing everything and everyone clearly. I am happier now more than ever. I have always been told that I could do anything, but it has recently come to my attention that a person needs the drive to follow through. I finally have this drive, which pushes me to go to class every day and go beyond my limits. I believe that Bikram Yoga has motivated me in every aspect of my life, and pushed me harder physically and emotionally than ever before. The opportunities attainable through this certification seem limitless. Being a traveler, I see myself discovering the world through yoga, through different studios; and while these studios all have the same core, each will have its own student culture from which I can learn. The lifestyle of yogis vary across the world, and as I’ve always been at ease surrounded by people I can only imagine the possibilities to further extend my social grasp and to take with me the many varying cultures into my own practice. Consequently, the idea of teaching yoga, of passing on what I’ve learnt to others, gives value to my practice and further encourages me to dive deeper into my practice. The certification is not simply a means to an end, but more a test of my will to persevere, to better myself and other students through yoga. Unifying my body, soul and spirit, strengthening my determination to succeed, this adventure is an endless journey with constant benefits. If I get out what I put into my class, then I want to put myself entirely into my practice to live and share the benefits of Bikram Hot Yoga. Breathe, meditate, concentrate, and let it all go. Namaste (05/16/2008)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

Over the last three years, my father died, my dog died, the man I thought I would marry left me, my best friend kicked me out of her life and just a few months ago, my mother died. It sounds like a country western song, but reading, meditation and especially Bikram yoga helped me to not only get through the process of loss, it helped me to grow and improve as a human being and truly appreciate what I have rather than lament what I have lost. As a result of my grief and loss processing, I came to realize that life is entirely too short and not to be wasted. While my career in marketing (primarily for high-tech companies) has been rewarding, it is not my passion. I am passionate about three things: my dog and the culture of people who love dogs; teaching and sharing knowledge (as part of my masters program, I taught communication basics to college freshmen for two years and LOVED it!); and I am especially passionate about Bikram yoga. Bikram yoga provides a person with strength, flexibility and balance for their body, mind and soul. Initially I think people concentrate primarily on the benefits that Bikram brings to one’s physique -- it helps your back, it improves your posture, it helps you to lose weight, and more. These are all great things. For me, I come from a family with chronic back problems and autoimmune deficiencies. I am confident that Bikram yoga will help me to avoid those problems as I age. With time, though, I believe many people also realize the benefits it can bring to one’s personae. For me, I have become calmer, in part as a result of the breathing exercises. I have also become more humble – whenever I feel like a rock star in class, I immediately fall out of the pose – there’s no room for my ego in yoga. And I have become much much more patient. Despite intense desire and effort, I still struggle with balancing poses. But I realize that every time I practice (and I’m so grateful it’s called a practice), I learn a little bit more and I improve just a little bit more. I know that with time, practice and determination, I will have rock solid balance. I can think of nothing better than to become an integral part of Bikram yoga. By becoming an instructor, I can fulfill my passion for teaching, and I will be able to share all the benefits that I have received with others. When the time is right, I would also like to have a studio. I am blessed to be in a fairly strong financial position and am confident that my experience, my enthusiasm and my high regard for Bikram yoga will allow me to grow significantly in body, mind and spirit. Thank you for considering my application. (07/03/2008)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

I want to become a Bikram yoga teacher because I have an intense desire to share my passion and enthusiasm for the practice with other people. I have personally experienced amazing physical healing from traumatic injuries through the practice. I strongly believe in the healing benefits of the 26 postures and that a daily, dedicated practice can heal anybody of any physical and even emotional affliction. Because of my deep connection with the practice, I want to inspire students to develop their own relationship with the practice and become dedicated yogis. I am currently experiencing great changes in my life. Four months ago (March 28, 2008), I was hit by a car while riding my bicycle suffering from a broken neck and leaving me paralyzed. My injury was incomplete which means that movement came back eventually. My teacher, Joel Pier came to visit me in the hospital daily with inspirations and advice. He told me to believe in the yoga and to think the 26 postures out in my head, even though I couldn’t do them. He said I’d be strong again, and I’d be in class again. I honestly never thought I’d be strong enough to do Bikram yoga again, and now here I am. In preparation for training, I’ve been practicing 6 days a week and feeling great. I’m an anomaly to my doctors, a wonder to friends and family. I usually just shrug and say it’s Bikram yoga. I am so greatful to all of my teachers, with whom I have developed a close and caring relationship. I only hope to be that inspirational and encouraging one day to students. I now feel that it is my responsibility to pass on knowledge of the most wonderful practice for the mind, body, and spirit on the planet to others. (071408)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

I have had such amazing healing and strengthening experiences (both physically and psychologically) since beginning this practice. I used to smoke and tried taking a few Bikram Yoga classes in the summer of 2005, but had such a difficult time with the heat that I did not continue. I did carry on with my other workout regimens such as kickboxing, weight training, Pilates and Ashtanga based yoga. One year later I quit smoking and began practicing Bikram yoga. It was a gift I’d promised to give myself after one month of not smoking (and ended up being after 2 weeks). It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received! After the 1 month mark, I began bike riding again and felt I could ride for miles and miles. I was amazed at how much my cardio vascular system had expanded from practicing Bikram yoga. I had been taking this body of mine for granted and had actually treated it with such disregard/disrespect- but no more. It has been 8 months since I began practicing regularly and every day that I practice I feel myself breathe a little deeper, and I feel my body changing in these unexpected sometimes tiny, other times gigantic ways. I never knew I could feel so elated about the simplest things: keeping my knee locked for a full minute, feeling the fuel and strength of muscles I never knew I had while performing every day tasks like opening a jar or bottle, getting in and out of the car, playing my cello or fiddle, or simply squatting down to play with my cat. The practice stays with me both in and out of the studio, and with each practice I am more aware of and thankful for my life in its entirety, for myself- mistakes and triumphs alike. I want to share these benefits with others, which is the reason I would like to become a teacher. Time waits for no one and sometimes you just know that something is meant to be shared with and by you. It is what it is. I am looking forward to this grueling experience and to the continuation of my journey. (03/06/2007)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

Bikram Yoga is a part of my life. I could not explain my story in the last two and a half years without referring to what this yoga has done to me. It has made me more aware, it has made me stronger, it has made me healthier. Now i can recognize what is good and not good for me, and it's helped me develop the strength to follow through with what my heart tells me to do. I changed my diet. I changed my sleeping patterns. I changed my way of relating to other people, and to myself. So i started practicing in New York City, a place that i love. Long story short, i fell completely and absolutely in love with Bikram Yoga, not really understanding at the beginning what was going on. I kept my practice, noticing i was happier and in more harmony with the people around me. Things started changing in my life. Old, solidified habit patterns started getting dissolved. About a year after i started my practice, someone offered to pay for the training (i've never had much money). It was a secret idea that i had, but it seemed really impossible for me, as i paid for the yoga working at the studio, hardly making enough to live. I was happy, i started doing everything i had to do. Maybe you remember me sending my application for the last spring training. At the end it didn't work out, monetariy: "not now, maybe later". Whatever. I already had it inside and this time, i was decided to MAKE SURE that i would go, even if it took me a whole more year and it meant moving to another country (again). I'm chilean/italian, so i went back to Chile, grabbed my Italian passport and came to Paris, where i didn't know anyone and didn't speak the language, but at least i had the right to open a bank account and make it work out financially! This year in Paris (what a wonderful school!) i've deepened my practice, and discovered new layers of this life changing discipline. I want to become a Bikram Yoga teacher to give this to other people. We all need to be more aware, stronger, healthier. I want to contribute as much as i can to spread this powerful therapeutic yoga. (030507)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

Over the years I tried out different kinds of sports, which I always quit. There was no group spirit, no beginner class or no challenge, nothing to keep me participating. At last I went regularly to a fitness centre. There I spent hours and hours to work out my body. The training wasn't only boring but one-sided and there never seemed to be enough time to exercise the whole body. Going to the sauna after workout made the stay in the studio even longer. When I went to my first bikram yoga class I was fascinated by the high temperature making sauna unnecessary, by exercising my whole body within 90 minutes and by the energetic feeling afterwards. I met people at my age and older. I met advanced people and people who struggeled even more than me to get through class. Even though everybody was practising on their own, there was this group spirit, because everybody did the same exercises in the same hot room. It didn't matter at which level I started. It just mattered to stick around and to do something good for my body and mind. I finally found the right kind of sport for me and started to attend class regularly. Now, I've been doing bikram yoga for one and a half year. It's the first time that I'm able to identify myself 100 percent with a sport. Whenever I'm in class I can tell how much will-power and determination it takes to improve the abilities of body and mind, that it is a life-long way we are taking and that the first struggles to get our body under control are worth overcoming when we get to know how much better we start to feel once we are in motion. It makes me aware that good instructors are needed and that it is a challenge to become a teacher leading students through class. I want to become a teacher to help people with gaining back their flexibility and fitness. I also want to support and encourage them to train their concentration, balance and body-control within the 90 minutes of class. In the future it is a nice thought to open up my own studio in Berlin, Germany, after traveling through Europe and the world to teach in other studios. As a singer and songwriter I can teach classes, earn a living, stay in good shape, be independent and still do my music. Going to Hawaii and attending the Bikram's Yoga College of India-Teacher Training is a great opportunity to become more familiar with the yoga, to learn more about it, to take the challenge of improving my yoga practise and physical fitness even more and to freshen up my English. I hope I get the chance to be part of the trainee class in spring 2007 and look forward to hearing from you soon. (02/16/2007)

 

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I have always been an avid enthusiast of staying healthy mentally and physically through positive activities. But before I was introduced to Bikram yoga my activities consisted of running marathons and competing in triathlons. I was finding myself getting minor injuries, aches, and pains that would face me every morning when I rolled out of bed. The choice of whether my body was ready to face a day of pounding out a run, even if it was just a short one, led to anxious feelings about how I was treating my body. Shortly after running my second marathon I faced a serious muscle strain in my foot, which sent me to a good friend who is an acupuncturist. She treated me and as we discussed my injury she suggested that I try Bikram yoga to help balance out all of the cycling and running I do in my life. She also knew that I was facing tough decisions about my college education and again explained how Bikram yoga had helped her look within herself to make some life decisions. I was a bit timid at first because of my complete lack of flexibility, as well as my fear of calming my mind and practicing stillness. From the first day I stepped into the Bikram yoga studio I have grown as a person in many different aspects. Bikram yoga challenged me, and continues to challenge me, both mentally and physically. My flexibility, core strength, and overall strength have improved tremendously. After every Bikram class I attend I leave the studio feeling rejuvenated, energetic, and calm. The most important change I have experienced is within me. Bikram yoga takes a tremendous amount of focus and concentration, which has led me to really pull my energy back within myself. Listening to my mind and calming the distractions has really allowed me to focus on my body, my thoughts, and my emotions. I have taken my Bikram Yoga practice and apply it to my life. I have become a more mindful individual that is healthy and happy. I want to become a Bikram Yoga Teacher because I believe that every person can benefit from this practice. No matter what an individual is facing the benefits that Bikram yoga brings are positive and unbiased. My love for my practice has inspired me to be able to share that with others as it was shared with me! (02/06/2007)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

I started practicing Bikram Method Yoga a little more than 4 years ago. My interest was first piqued in hearing about someplace, any place, in Seattle where I could feel warm from the inside out. I had moved from the Southeast the year before and I just couldn't seem to get acclimated to the colder climate. From that first class, I was hooked--not only the warmth, but the ability to move, stretch and feel like I'd had a great workout without the impact of running. I also knew that I'd met a challenge that would hold my interest for years to come. As I became more involved in mountaineering and outdoor activities, I saw the benefit of the Bikram yoga practice. Whether climbing Mt. Rainier or completing a 95-mile solo backpacking trip, my Bikram yoga practice was with me. With each step, I could hear Marta saying, "You can do anything to the count of ten!" And, as a resulte I summited the mountain and trekked up one more peak on my 11-day journey. I was living the dream of my life, and I did it with joy, thanks in large part to my Bikram yoga practice and the new found strength of both my physical body and my mental aptitude. Since those first few years, I have come to appreciate the growing mental and spiritual awareness the comes from regular practice. Each time time I enter the yoga studio, I read the sign "No Yoga. No Peace. Know Yoga. Know Peace." I have come to understand the wisdom in this sign with each class--and have come to understand that Bikram yoga brings more peace and joy to my life than any thing else I've ever done. With this peace has come a believe in myself and a tenacity to accomplish those things I desire--from climbing mountains to having more honest and intimate relationships with others to having a deeper understanding and appreciation of who I am as an individual and my ability to have a positive impact on the world around me. I can think of no better life for myself than to daily practice, and teach, Bikram yoga. For me, it embodies being in a body I love, having a mind focused on happiness and peace, and being a buoyant and inspiring spirit to those around me. (02/03/2007)

 

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When I was 17, I decided that joining the Army would be a great way to pay for my college education. I was awarded a scholarship to become an Army Officer. I have always been extremely driven, but extremely insecure at the same time. I\'m smart, and I passed my exams and picked up on the intellectual aspects of the military easily. The physical, however, wreaked havoc on my body. We ran every day, up to 10 miles some mornings. Fridays, we strapped 30 pounds on our back and marched in our ill-fitting boots, carrying 8 pount rifles. We were weighed on a regular basis and being "fat" meant losing everything. I was considered "fat". And my insecurities exploded. The army had destroyed my body and the "fat" comments made me destroy it even more. I stopped eating, I wouldn't drink water the day before we were weighed, if I did eat, I used any medication possible so it didn't stay in me long. I hated myself. I was told that I could either stay in the army and try to "suck it up" or I could be discharged and seek professional help. I signed my discharge papers soon after. I also discovered Sarah Morse's (now Sarah Shomion)plans to open a studio in St. Paul. I was ecstatic. I knew this yoga was something I had to do. Now, I can't live without it. It changed my whole life. I've gone from self-hatred, insecure, frightened, embarressed etc etc to a person who is more comfortable and more confident with themselves. I work better with yoga. That's why I have to become a Bikram Certified Teacher. I want to show others that yoga changes you from the inside out, from the mental to the physical, that no one is ever the same after taking Bikram Yoga. (01/31/2007)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

The intensely healing and invigorating qualities of Bikram Yoga have had an incredible impact on my body as well as my soul. In the beginning of 2006 my Father passed away, after a painful, long and traumatic struggle with diabetes. I looked after my Father everyday he was in the hospital for five months, and although it was emotionally tiring I was able to stay positive and I believe strongly that practicing Bikram yoga during this time was a main contributing factor to my perseverance. Each time I took a class I was able to release all of the tension and sadness I felt over the slow deterioration of my Father and by letting go of these feelings I was able to really work within each posture and feel my body creating the fresh flow of oxygen and positive energy that I knew was necessary for me to continue looking after my Father until he was ready to leave us. It has been almost a year since he died and since then I have become more dedicated in studying and practicing Bikram more than ever before and I attribute this to an increasing understanding and deep appreciation of what Bikram offers to its students both emotionally and physically. This practice is a continuous challenge and is consistent in creating a strength and concentration within me that is equally beautiful as it is powerful. I wish to continue my practice of Bikram yoga not only as a student but also as a teacher who can uplift and empower fellow students of Bikram to reach beyond their supposed capabilities and nourish the wonderful possibilities that Bikram yoga creates within us all. (01/24/2007)

 

Great Reason of "Why Be a Bikram Yoga Instructor?"

In 1994 I fell from a roof and shattered my right calcaneous. This left me in daily pain and suffering the consequences of limping around: hip pain, lower middle and upper back pain as well as chronic neck pain. Physical therapy made a little difference but the pain was always there, sometimes more intense sometimes less. In March of 03 I went to my first Bikram class ( hated it, but i felt differently and decided to give it a real try (3 times a week for 6 months) just to see if it would help my pain. Of course it did. I increased my frequency, by spring of 05 I was doing it 6 times a week in conjunction with my Aikido. This past winter when Lee was preparing to go I tried 7 times a week for 9 weeks just to see if i could do it. Last month Lee informed me that Bikram was looking for teachers to go to Japan to teach Bikram yoga there. My mother is from Kyoto (my father is an Irish American cowboy from northeastern Oregon)and has family there. I went there as an exchange student in 1975 (Waseda University, Kokusaigakubu: International Division) That's where I started Aikido. Because I haven't practiced my Japanese language skills in years (I wasn't quite fluent then, though I could get by. 2 1/2 years of study) I have lost most of it. Here's a great opportunity to return and recover those skills. My accent is still pretty good, having listened to my mother abuse English with that accent all my life. At 51, my kids are almost grown (daughter 18, son 16) and circumstances being just right, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Japan and things Japanese. I was an Asian Studies major in college with a focus on Japan. When it all gets added up what better thing to do but deepen my Bikram practice, learn to teach a practice that I'm convinced is the very best thing one can do for one's self ( body, mind and spirit) and return to Japan. I expect to continue my Aikido practice while there. This is the short version, in person I have been known to go on and on. But that's the jest of why I want to become a Bikram Certified Teacher. I was concerned that my practice may not be on par with others, since I'm still struggling with the standing postures on my right foot. The progress I've made is totally remarkable. I asked Drew, Becky, Gibran and Lee in the past few monthe to look at my practice and coach me in specific areas, and they assure me it good enough to get there, and I expect that the training will help improve it further. August 31, 2006

My life is good because of you. I don't know how else to say it.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart...

 

Dear Boss:

You hear it all of the time, I know, but I have to tell you that Bikram Yoga saved my health and changed my entire life for the better. When I came to your College of India I was on the verge of being very ill and of course the Doctors were only helping themselves to my pocketbook. When I started your practice I immediately got better and over 3 1/2 years the yoga has continued to heal my body, mind and spirit. In addition, teacher training was the most important thing that ever happened to me, even more important than my family because the training taught me how to be a better wife, mother, and daughter. I'll briefly explain.

Since graduation, my husband and I split up. I moved out and filed for a divorce. Although my peers and family were more supportive for the break up than getting back together, and it logically seemed like the right thing to do, in quiet moments I could hear your voice yelling at me, “Why do you give up? WHY DO YOU GIVE UP!!?”. I remembered the late nights listening to your lectures on the ‘crucification of a society'. I knew when you said those things you were right. I cancelled the divorce and worked things out with my husband, which has been the greatest decision I've ever made (after teacher training).

You taught me to be a better daughter. My Mom and Dad are good people, but they weren't good parents. As a young child I was neglected and abused, like a lot of people, and was repeatedly seriously malnourished. I lived on the streets after the age of 13 and could not go to school. I was angry and fearful and didn't like myself very much so I continued to abuse myself for 12 more years. I had a lot of car accidents, falls and beatings over those years. My body was broken and my spirit was dead. My mind only wanted escape. I don't want sympathy for that, it made me who I am today and I only tell you so you understand how important Bikram Yoga is to me. God has bigger plans for me so I found a way to get over it.

Although that is over now and life is great, I've had trouble with my parents because I felt they should have done a better job. As they have aged, they have become needy. Before teacher training I always believed I wouldn't help if they needed me, but you made me realize that was wrong and selfish. People do take better care of their pets than their parents and that is a disgrace. My husband and I now take care of my Mom and have moved her into a condo down the street from us. We just took her on a cruise! I am a good daughter to my Dad as well. This is only because of you, and it has made my life better than I could have ever imagined.

My life is good because of you. I don't know how else to say it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I really wanted to tell you this because I am the one who is going to open the Denver studio and I believe in my gut and in my heart it is an honorable and important mission. It is part of my destiny to do so. It must absolutely be done right. I am so excited to flood Denver with Bikram Yoga! I have so many ideas about making the studio a huge success and the wonderful effects it will have on the other Bikram studios. We can make the studio and all of Denver the ‘model home' of Bikram Yoga. That alone can ultimately heal the nasty energy that is distracting fearful studio owners from the truth about Bikram Yoga.

There is so much focus on what is wrong that sometimes we don't even remember what is right. What we give our attention to becomes energized. If there is only focus on the bad, the bad will continue to get stronger. That can all go away with a super kick ass BYCOI Denver that focuses on Bikram Yoga and the Bikram Community. It can serve as a regional center for Bikram meetings, clinics, parties, everything.

You get gifts from your students all of the time, but the best gift I can think of to give you is a Bikram studio in Denver you can be proud of. In honor of you and your guru Bishnu Ghosh, and my children and future grandchildren, I commit to do a great job.

 
I want to become a Bikram yoga teacher because I have an intense desire to share my passion and enthusiasm for the practice with other people.I have personally experienced amazing physical healing from traumatic injuries through the practice.
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I have had such amazing healing and strengthening experiences (both physically and psychologically) since beginning this practice.One year later I quit smoking and began practicing Bikram yoga.
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