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


I wanted to share with you all some images of the studio, as so many of you have been asking how things are going and wondering when we might be back open for classes. These images were taken this morning as I made “my rounds”. We have a few weeks ahead of us for rebuilding. We’re still at the stage of demo and drying out today. I promise I will share our progress with you. As you can see, the loss was catastrophic, and much of what we had built is now gone. But one thing that remains is all of us. Our community, our bond, our family. You have filled this studio with so many wonderful memories, so much love, friendship and trust. When the doors reopen, we will be stronger than ever. It’s only been a few days and I already miss your happy smiling faces SO much. Thank you all for being there for me and the studio through this difficult time. I truly appreciate it.

As for your memberships – if you have an unlimited membership, it will be extended for the amount of time that we are closed for. If you carry a “class card” type account, your expiration date for that card will also be extended for that amount of time. You will get 100% of the membership that you invested in at BYDH, I promise!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 860-244-0085 or to email us through the contact page on this website. Thank you all for your patience and your kindness.

Warm Regards,

Natasha Roggi
Studio Owner & Director
Bikram Yoga Downtown Hartford

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