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



Bikram Yoga Downtown Hartford will host Diane Ducharme Gardner for a FULL DAY of yoga, learning, empowerment and fun!


TIME:  Posture Clinic 9:30am – 3:30pm, Beginners Class 4 – 5:30 pm.

COST: $106 includes CT Sales Tax, Posture Clinic and Beginners’ Class – all lead by Diane

Come learn about Bikram Yoga from start to finish as we go through each posture, one at a time!  You are given the opportunity to learn the best way to do the postures given the body you have, so that you can trust that you are working in the right direction, healing your body and balancing yourself inside and out.

Diane brings nearly 30 years of experience to the table – she is a wealth of knowledge and a tremendous resource to the teachers and staff here at BYDH.  We are SO lucky to have her here in New England and even more excited to have her back at the studio for a workshop 2 years in a row!

If you’re interested in attending, you can register at the studio, email us on our contact page here at www.bikramhartford.com, or call 860-244-0085.  Feel free to ask any questions!  We’re looking forward to seeing you at the seminar!



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