Why Did You Start Going to Yoga?:

I had been suffering from a lot of pain in my lower back which was caused by degenerative disc disease.  This was especially devastating because my family business is in the automotive  industry.  The back pain made it extremely difficult to perform daily tasks on the job (i.e.; lifting tires, working on cars, etc).  In additon, I live a very  active lifestyle and I’m a ski enthusiast.  In attempts to avoid surgery and reduce my pain, I had tried physical therapy, chiropractic treatments, massage therapy and other forms of rehabilitation at little to no avail.  I was unable to do any other form of traditional exercise which would put pressure or impact on my spine, so I figured I would give it a shot!  I had nothing to lose.  I washooked right from the first class and began practicing as much as possible.  After 6 months I had regained my flexibility and my back pain had reduced substantially.  I had started to rehab myself using the yoga.  The core strength  and flexibility I gained at Bikram Yoga gave me the ability to work, ski and live with hardly any pain.  Bikram Yoga put me in the best physical shape of my life, and when I pair the yoga along with other activities, I feel strong and I can have fun again.

What is Your Favorite Posture?:  Actually, I have two… the first is Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose.  This posture gives me an intense stretch for my entire spine and I love the head rush when the posture is over.  The second posture, Camel Pose, gives the most relief to my back pain.  The compression for my lower back is so deep that I can feel the benefits of the posture throughout the next day.  The posture is so hard to do, but it’s the one I miss the most when I can’t make it to class.

Today’s Announcements


Here’s a fun variation from Gina at Gina’s Total Fitness in South Windsor, CT! Push-Ups on a stability ball!

Remember: you can still do your regular or modified push-ups at home. If you don’t have a stability ball, you can do these with your feet on a stable stair/step/curb and your hands on the ground. Be sure to take breaks and rest, as we’re shooting for 3 MINUTES of work in this fitness challenge! You don’t have to do 3 minutes straight. Just be sure to keep your form strong and pace yourself. Have fun getting buff & bendy out there today!

For more information, watch the video on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/bikramyogahartford

You can also learn more about Gina at www.ginaspersonaltraining.webs.com

We’ll see you in the hot room!

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