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Anastasia Magdalene

How long have you been practicing: Since November 2004

When and where did you do yourTeacher Training: Spring 2006, Los Angeles

What do you heart about the yoga: I love the way Bikram Yoga makes me feel happy, energized and healthy. I didn’t love the heat at first, but now I need to sweat everyday.

What do you heart about teaching: I love watching the change in people. Lots of beginners think they will never be able to do Bikram yoga and then figure out that they can do it and are doing it. That’s the most amazing process to watch. Its never too late, never too old, never too sick to start from scratch again.

Any miracles: All of my chronic back pain is completely gone. The clicking in my hips that had been there since I was a child just disappeared last week after over five years of practice. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

 

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Abbey Lee 

How long have you been practicing: Since 2000

When and where did you do your Teacher Training: Fall 2003, Los Angeles, CA

What do you heart about the yoga: Knowing that even on the days when I feel like I don't heart the yoga, it's still hearts me!

What do you heart about teaching: The community of dedicated yogis and yoginis at Bikram Yoga Saanich -- you've all helped make the studio such a happy, sweaty home!

 

Owl 

How long have you been practicing: I took my first class in March 2004, and started practising regularly perhaps six months after that.

When and where did you do your Teacher Training: Waikiki, HI, 2007

What do you heart about the yoga: The yoga continues to reveal to me new aspects of myself: body, mind, and heart. Through my practise I experience and negotiate my own strength, focus, beauty, and compassion, and I value these things as a human being in the world.

What do you heart about teaching: Teaching is similar to practising in that it allows me to experience a kind of personal authenticity that is directly linked to practising compassion. It moves me to see people grapple with themselves as they practise. To witness their different responses to the hot room is to have a private view of a very personal dynamic going on within people. It's a privilege to see. What begins to emerge in people is a pattern of willingness, perseverance, and commitment, and what falls away is pain, self-loathing, and the blinders that separate us from each other.

Any miracles: Through the yoga I have corrected a scoliosis, chronic pain, and other spinal problems, as well as found relief from migraines and anxiety, but I don't perceive these changes as miracles. They are simply the results of learning and practising what Bikram calls the five aspects of mind: concentration, determination, self-control, faith, and patience.

 

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Peter C Nurse

How long have you been practicing: I have been practicing yoga for 4 years, 4 months.

When and where did you do your Teacher Training: I completed my training in the summer 2008 in Acapulco.

What do you heart about the yoga: I love many things about the yoga, the first is the intensity of the class, the constant challenge. I found a way to continue rigorous training, without further injuring my body and during the course of this training, I have discovered that healing is truly possible. Bikram yoga brings people from all walks of life together into one room and for 90 minutes the rest of the world cesses to exist. The only thing that matters is yourself. You are submerged into an environment discovering the endless capabilities of the human body. You start to realize that anything is possible. These are the things I love about the yoga.

What do you heart about teaching: Teaching is an amazing experience, extremely rewarding and an amazing environment to be apart of. Watching people transform their lives in so many ways, listening to their stories of both pain and suffering, be it mental of physical, become apart of their past.  Watching people contort their bodies in ways they never thought possible. WOW. Some things in life are truly meant to be experienced and this is one of them. It simple reminds me that I really do have the best job on earth. Thank you Bikram, from all of us.

 

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Kimiko

My name is Kimiko Foster, I took my first Bikram yoga class in Jan 2009 and began a regular practice the following September. For me, change happened fast. In the first four months of practice I saw dramatic changes in my body, practice, and mentality. 90 minutes inside a hot room changed how I lived my life for the other 22.5 hours of the day. I was happier, healthier, and a better
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I became a teacher so I could share this experience with others. Its a hard practice, no doubt, but I feel it represents a true commitment to your health. Taking 90minutes today, for your own benefit tomorrow, thats preventative medicine baby! 

It is by far the most fulfilling job on this planet! I heart bikram yoga.

 

Niecia

How long have you been practicing: I was introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2003, but only began a steady practice in February 2007.

When and where did you do your Teacher Training: Palm Springs, Spring 2009!

What do you heart about the yoga: The fact that sweating in that room for 90 minutes can so clearly highlight what is most important and vital in your life, and bring about every type of change necessary.

What do you heart about teaching: Beginners! Most of them are fearless and totally in the moment. It's humbling to watch.

Any miracles: The more my students come to class, the more they smile when they come through the door. It's in the little things.

 

 

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Lauren

How long have you been practicing: Started in 2000, took my naughty middle daughter [Abbey] to her first class. The rest is history.

When and where did you do your Teacher Training: Los Angeles Fall 2005

What do you heart about the yoga: I heart the consistency of the bikram series the postures never have to change because the body is constantly being change by the postures.

 What do you heart about teaching: The opportunity to expose everyone to the benefits of Bikram yoga, encouraging and empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and happiness.

 Any miracles: I am with Albert Einstein... “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

 

David

When I found Bikram Yoga in 2005, I had been dealing with increasingly chronic back pain that was impacting back pain that was impacting every aspect of my life. It got worse when I started, but I of my life. It got worse when I started, but I followed the advice of my teacher and kept practicing kept practicing every day.

8 years later, the problems I had with my back back are a distant memory. The yoga has improved my body improved my body and my life in so many ways. I’m very grateful for my ways. I’m very grateful for my practice and all of the people I’ve had the opportunity to meet along the way.

 

 

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