Bikram Yoga Morgan Hill is a Godsend. The practice, teachers, students, and of course the owner, Wendy, have changed my life. I cannot thank them enough. Before Bikram Yoga, I had been bulimic for nearly two years. I had tried to stop many times, but it was like I didn’t know how to do anything else. I looked put together, so you would never guess that I was struggling with this. It was the way I dealt with the pressures and stresses in my life; it was an addiction. Through Bikram Yoga, I’ve learned other ways to deal with my frustrations and have found respect for myself and a sense of self-worth. I’m not perfect and never will be, but that’s finally ok.
Like most new Bikram students, I struggled and disliked my first class, but like most new Bikram students, I surprised myself by coming back. Even after two classes, I could sense the benefits of this restoring and reenergizing yoga. I soon took on the first 60 day challenge and proudly finished, but not without consequences, as I did not take very good care of my body up to that point in my life. It was a turning point for me. I was faced with the choice of Bikram or bulimia. Fortunately, I made my way back to the yoga studio. I learned to take better care of myself, which allowed the yoga to continue to change my body and my mental well-being. I am a believer that Bikram Yoga can heal your body and your soul. Having to look at myself in the mirror every day for 90 minutes was a constant struggle for me. But when you have to look at yourself for 90 minutes every day, you start the arduous journey of acceptance and loving yourself.
Luckily, the studio is a sparkling clean, warm and welcoming space where every teacher embraces you and makes you feel a part of the yoga family. They challenge you to achieve your personal best and teach you to accept who you are and what your body can do on any given day. They push you beyond what you think you can do to teach you that you are stronger than you know. Wendy, the owner, was my first teacher and has a very special place in my heart. Everything she says is inspiring, motivating and genuine. One of the Wendyisms that stays with me wherever I go is to “Be good to yourself, so you can go out in the world and be good to others.” Almost two years later, I learn something new in every single class – which is probably why it is never boring to do the same 26 postures.
My story is one of many. There are so many benefits to Bikram Yoga – both physical and mental. I could list them all, but I’ll leave that for the next person. Walking into Bikram Yoga Morgan Hill is always a highlight in my day. I know I will be greeted with a smile. The teachers and fellow yogis may not know exactly what is going on in my life or what I’m working through, but they are on my side and want me to succeed. A deep-felt thank you to Wendy, all the teachers and all the students. You have truly changed my life.