I encourage you to take a look at our amazing community. If you are new to the practice or have any questions, please take a few minutes to read what our real life yogis have to say about our amazing studio. REAL, LIFE CHANGING STUFF!
I have been practicing Bikram Yoga since the studio opened in Falmouth in 2012. I had always done other types of yoga, wanted to give it a try, and wasn’t sure what to expect. Like any other new person, I immediately thought I would pass out from the heat and was fascinated (and a bit horrified) by the amount of perspiration that was involved. I was hooked. Bikram Yoga to me is the great equalizer. The repetition and the heat are appealing in the sense that you know what to expect, but every class is different. I love that other classes are offered and that the instructors embrace and try new things, such as Inferno Hot Pilates. IHP is really fun and a great strength building complement to the stretching and detoxifying elements of Bikram Yoga.
Bikram Yoga has been there for me through the good times and the stressful times. Over the past several years, I have had work difficulties and also was privileged to caretake my mother full time at the end of her life. Coming into the studio, seeing a smiling, kind face at the desk, and being able to let everything go both mentally and physically is such a gift, and so helpful. I can be feeling a variety of ways, go into a class and come out better, every single time. I’ve had some really hard classes, but never a bad one. I feel stronger and more present after every class. There have been times that I drift away from Bikram Yoga for a few months, but I always return, because nothing feels as good as it does, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Another great thing about Bikram Yoga is how postures feel different every class. One of my favorite poses is Balancing Stick; it feels great right after Standing Bow Pulling Pose, which is a challenge for me many days. I used to dread the spine strengthening series, and now it’s one of my favorite parts of class.
Bikram Yoga and IHP have taught me that taking better care of my body is a lifelong process. I have also become more patient with myself and others. Sometimes, the absence of a negative feeling is a more realistic goal than getting stuck in a cycle of wanting to feel good all of the time, which can be elusive.
Outside of the studio, you can find me on the bike path, the beach, and enjoying this beautiful area we live in. I have been playing more tennis this summer and feel that Bikram/IHP give me more strength and stamina. As a mental health therapist, I’m really interested in the mind/body functioning aspect and have been studying energy healing to integrate it more into working with children and adults.
After class, I must have a coconut water and some protein. My tip for new students is that anybody can do this type of yoga and to give it a try. Every class, there is a wide variety of students, age, gender, personal goals, etc. This is honestly the most diverse group of yogis in any yoga studio I’ve ever been in, which says a lot about its very welcoming vibe. Thank you, Bikram Yoga Falmouth!
How long have you been practicing?
Seven years total, but only for about two months a year at Bikram Yoga Falmouth (July and August). I don't do any yoga when home in Italy, I don't have the time.
What brought you through the front door?
I was looking for THE experience in the world of Yoga. I tried many yoga studio in Naples and Pozzuoli area, (Italy) where I live. I always felt something wrong, at least for me, in the studio space or the way the teachers were trying to pass their experience to students.
I know I can feel from the very first moment if what I am experiencing is what I'm looking for.
I decided to try BY Falmouth because I wanted to try yoga in a country so different from Italy.
Why did you keep coming back?
I liked a lot the practical way to give instructions to students, not a lot of words, but a lot of attention to students and their postures.
Have you noticed any changes in your life as a result of your practice? How do you feel?
I noticed a better attitude of mine. In difficult moments and situations, I wait, breath, and don't panic. That's what I got from Bikram Yoga. I feel more capable to be in control.
What's your favorite posture? Why?
I like Pavanamuktasana very much (Wind Removing Pose). Holding a leg tight gives me a great back relief, and a strong feeling of contact with the Earth with my back.
Bikram Yoga has taught me...
That is important knowing ourselves as best as possible to be available and useful for the others in our lives.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...
I like cooking very much...Neapolitan recipes! My music profession and creative projects also keeps me occupied: I am a pianist, composer, conductor, and music producer/professor. I am the founder and Artistic Director of the Ischia International Chamber Music Festival which is in it's 16th year and held on the beautiful Ischia island, in the bay of Naples, Italy.
After class must have? Any tips for new students?
After class is very nice because we chat, finally relaxed after such hard work. Teachers show us, on request, very interesting tips on our problems in asanas. New students should understand from the very first moment, as I see Bikram Yoga, that this kind of yoga is NOT a competitive sport, but slow, deep research on yourself.
How long have you been practicing? Teaching? I started practicing Bikram Yoga 20 years ago in Burlington, VT. I started teaching in the fall of 2006.
What brought you through the front door? I first went to class because a good friend of mine opened the first Bikram Yoga studio in Burlington and just wanted to try it, I was curious. I also knew her through my work at the time in the restaurant business, and I wanted to support her latest project.
Have you noticed any changes in your life as a result of your practice? How do you feel? I kept coming back to class because it made my body feel great despite having lots of injuries in the past. There was also a great feeling of community that I was happy to be a part of. I feel like this yoga practice is the fountain of youth too.
What's your favorite posture? My favorite posture is Standing Bow Pulling pose. I think it's the one my body likes best and I have great balance but not much flexibility. Always room to work on that.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...outside! I'm either surfing, mountain biking, or in the winter, snowboarding. After class I like to drink a ton of water to help my body calm down and then enjoy a tasty craft beer :)
Any tips for new students? If you're new to Bikram Yoga, commit yourself to 3 classes a week for a month, and chances are you will feel so good you won't be able to stop. Try it! -Thomaste
I started Bikram Yoga mid January of this year at the same time I did the Whole30 program (what was I thinking? I just needed a reboot!). Then I started Inferno Hot Pilates (IHP) in March. At first I came with a good friend who also just started Bikram Yoga. I had been curious about Bikram Yoga for awhile and interestingly enough, I know several people that practice here. When I started, it was intimidating and very difficult.
When I start something, I want to do it perfectly. But with Bikram Yoga, I have learned this is a process. It is challenging and invigorating and after only four months I feel so much better about myself. I will keep at it and continue to try to tweak and adjust my movements to get the maximum benefits from the various postures. My favorite posture? Hmmmm...not sure I can say I have one yet. What I can say is that I am trying to adjust my postures to the best of my ability with the body that I have...something I am learning to accept. IHP has been fun, a different kind of workout that really compliments the Yoga...love those bridges!
There are days that I don’t feel like showing up, but I do. And after the workout I’m very happy that I did! Kate, Laura, Karen, Christian, Janet, Britt, Stephanie and Tom have all been great. They are encouraging, inspiring, and knowledgeable instructors and will work with you through any specific injuries or limitations. It is never about completing the workouts perfectly, just that you try and do your best. It is all about taking care of yourself and taking the time for yourself!
I walk out of the workouts with a clear mind and though usually sore, it’s a good sore and I feel more grounded and calm. It has helped with my patience, my older-body tightness, and calming my mind. For me it truly has physical and mental health benefits.
I work at Coonamessett Farm doing all the bookkeeping and payroll. I have been married to my wonderful husband Michael for 35 years, we have two great kids, extended family in New England and great friends. Cooking is a favorite daily activity and traveling to different places, near and far, is also something I love to do! I also enjoy reading, historical fiction is my favorite.
My advice to new Bikram Yoga practitioners is to give it the first month, do the introductory special, and go at least 3-4 times per week. Drink lots and lots of water before and after and maybe add some electrolytes. Don’t eat for at least an hour before class and then a salad with some protein after you cool down and shower. Just keep coming! You won’t regret it!
Thanks to everyone who works at Bikram Yoga Falmouth and also all the encouraging yogis that I have had the pleasure of practicing with and getting to know!
Hi, my name is Kate Ridl, and I’m the director of Bikram Yoga Falmouth. I have been practicing Bikram Yoga for 10 years, teaching for 7, and owning the studio for 4 years.
What brought you to the practice and why did you keep coming back? When I started practicing, I felt completely overwhelmed with my life, trying to balance work, home, and family. My first class was extremely difficult and for 87 of the 90 minutes I just thought “OMG, what is this, and how can I get out of here?” But then after class, I realized I did not think about anything else; no kids, no shopping lists, no cleaning, no work, and that was amazing. It was a break from my outside world, I had no choice but to focus on the present moment. I had this euphoric, accomplished feeling and I knew that this was something I had to do again. I had always been active and tried other forms of yoga, but once I started Bikram, I was hooked. There was nothing else that compared. Nothing. Nothing else was able to get me to this level of being present, happy and comfortable in my own skin.
Have you noticed any changes in your life as a result of your practice? There are many changes, but I have one significant comparison of life before and after BIkram. I have four children ages 1, 4, 11, and 13- basically, two sets of children. When I was pregnant with the first two, I was not practicing Bikram Yoga and I had difficult bouts of postpartum depression which made me paralyzed by fear and anxiety. With my two younger children, I practiced and taught Bikram Yoga consistently up until the week I delivered*. The postpartum recovery periods were considerably better both physically and emotionally and I learned how to acknowledge the fear but not let it control me. For me going to class was like shining a bright light on all my fears and anxieties and helped me to enjoy, to be grateful for all the good things that were happening around me.
What is your favorite posture and why? My favorite posture is Camel. We often say that taking a class here is like “hitting the reset button”. For me, Camel is the ultimate reset button. No matter how I am feeling, how the class is going internally, when we arrive at Camel it always sends that original euphoric feeling through my body, mind, and spirit. This sensation allows me to leave class on a positive note and reenter the world again fresh.
Bikram Yoga and/or Inferno Hot Pilates has taught me...
Where do I begin… how to breathe. A strong Bikram practice has helped me develop healthy reactions to stress and painful situations. I feel that my patience and determination have developed over the years with my practice. Yes, I face challenges and tough times, but I am much more adept at dealing with these difficulties head on. It comes down to this - Everyday we make a choice, we can choose to focus on the negative or we can choose to focus on the positive. Bikram Yoga helps me put a giant magnifying glass on all the positive.
Outside the studio you can find me... cleaning, doing laundry, or driving someone somewhere. LOL! But seriously you can find me hanging out with my family, watching them grow, and helping them to discover how great life is. Simply enjoying the ride.
After class must have? A couple moments of peace to soak it all in and some cold water. Tips for new students- just get here. And keep coming back, no matter how you feel or how hard you think it is, just keep doing it. You will be so glad you did. This practice only gets more tolerable and you get stronger and stronger. There is nothing else that compares.
What is your favorite part of owning the studio? Well there are so many parts that I can’t focus on just one. For starters our team. The amazing group of teachers here are so dedicated and committed to helping our community! We are all committed to continuing our education to bring you nothing but the best. What makes my heart happy is listening to our students tell us how this lifestyle has changed their lives: “When I wake up in the morning, my back doesn’t hurt”, “I felt relaxed”, or “I finally slept last night”. These comments remind me why we are all here. We strive to motivate and help people make positives changes that enhance the quality of their daily lives. Bikram Yoga Falmouth is such a special place to so many people and I am honored to be a part of it.
*"Bikram Yoga and pregnancy go together beautifully if you don't have a high risk pregnancy and your doctor is on board because it has more to do with the mental state of mother than anything else."
How long have you been practicing? I have been practicing Bikram Yoga for six years. I had to take a break due to a busy schedule, but during my time off, I realized I needed to make the time to get back to the studio.
What brought you through the front door? Why did you keep coming back? A good friend of mine brought me to a Bikram Yoga class. We had common interests in exercise and sports, and often went skiing, biking, and hiking. She was rather competitive and mentioned this Bikram to me one day. She also told me that Bikram Yoga is a great addition to any active, healthy lifestyle, so I was curious.
I keep on coming back to this yoga because of the challenge and the post class feeling. While observing myself during class, I can see that my flexibility could be improved, and that will always be a challenge for me. Most of the coaches I had in my earlier years of college sports never expressed the importance of stretching before or during a practice. The stretching I do now in class makes me feel at my best and I experience less aches and pains in my daily routine, work, play, or sports. Lastly, the yogi community is always nice along with the teachers! Walking in the door always brings me a calm feeling and it's the perfect way to de-stress after a long day.
Bikram Yoga has taught me...This practice has helped me with patience and time management. Not being in a rush makes a busy life easier! I believe doing Bikram Yoga at least four times a week helps my sleep cycle. As a result, I have more energy than most people. I also see less stress in my life, which helped with lowering my blood pressure. My doctor usually kept a close eye on my blood pressure as it was pretty high, and that has not been a problem for years. Having more energy and less stress make both my body and mind relaxed.
What's your favorite posture? There are a few postures I enjoy more than others. Lately I gravitate towards Half Moon, right at the start of class. I seem to get a deep stretch over the whole side of my body. Half Moon always loosens up that tight feeling I experience from lifting weights in the gym. Triangle pose gives me that same deep stretch feeling too.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...watching my son's sports, either on the fields or indoors during the winter months. When time allows, I’m usually on the water boating/fishing/kayaking Vineyard Sound. In the early mornings, I like to go to the gym or ride my bike.
After class must have? Any tips for new students? I like to re hydrate myself after class. I would tell anyone new to BYF to go to at least three classes to get a good idea of what the practice has to offer. Every class is different! Your same body will feel different after each class. Drink plenty of water before class and your teachers will take care of the rest! If you go a few times that first week, chances are you will be hooked.
How long have you been practicing (Bikram Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates) I've been practicing Bikram Yoga for many years, but only sporadically - up until recently. I signed up as a full time member in November 2018 and since then have attended 2-3 hot yoga classes and/or IHP classes every week.
What first brought you through the front door? Why did you keep coming back? My friend Sue Macleod referred me and I came with her to my first class many years ago. I loved it, but for many years spent my free time mostly training for road races, cycling events, and/or triathlons. Sue again contacted me in November 2018 and said I had to try this new class...Inferno Hot Pilates. It was so hard, but wonderfully hard - I just knew that I wanted to incorporate this into my life, so I signed up as a full time member.
Have you noticed any changes in your life as a result of your practice? How do you feel? I definitely have noticed changes as a result of coming in on a regular basis! My upper body strength has improved and all the core work in IHP is making a big difference. I am also getting much more flexible and have noticed improvements in some of the harder positions in Bikram Yoga like bending backwards.
What's your favorite posture or IHP move? Why? I have many favorites, but if I must choose...My favorite IHP move is the core work including the sets of hip lifts, situps, and v-ups. I like these ab moves because I can see results! I have more than one favorite posture from the Bikram Yoga sequence, but I would say that Balancing Stick pose is good. I like working on my balance and stretching, and this pose seems to help with both. Triangle Pose is a good one too, always challenging.
Bikram Yoga/Inferno Hot Pilates has taught me...I'm focused on strength and agility now more than ever. I feel that as I age, I really need to make sure I keep my strength up and the yoga postures are great to keep me flexible, which I know will help prevent injuries.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...what are your hobbies? Interests? Outside of the studio I enjoy spending time practicing the drums, long distance cycling, gardening, and tending to my yard.
After class must have? Any tips for new students? Brining a set of dry clothes for after class and a cold bottle of water are musts! :) New students.. keep coming to class! It's so worth your time...you will see your strength improve steadily and feel amazing.
How long have you been practicing? I've been practicing regularly for 9 years. But I took my first class 18 years ago!
What brought you through the front door? Why did you keep coming back? A friend invited me to a Bikram Yoga class when I was living in Portland, Oregon in the early 2000s. I remember that I couldn’t stop laughing during the first breathing exercise because all these people were standing around in spandex making loud breath sounds and taking themselves very seriously. Though I wasn’t quite ready to embark upon a regular practice at that time, the focus of the instruction, the group setting, and the challenge of the environment made a positive impression on me, and I sought out Bikram Yoga classes many years later when I moved back to Cape Cod and was looking for a complement to running. I was ready to fully embrace being a spandex wearing loud breath sounds person! I keep coming back for the opportunity to have fun, learn, explore, fail, and try new things.
Have you noticed any changes in your life as a result of your practice? How do you feel? As a long-time practitioner, feeling great is my new normal! I notice that when I *don’t* get to practice for whatever reason (usually due to travel), I have less energy, I don’t sleep as well, parts of my body may get stiff or sore, and I am more anxious, irritable, and reactive.
What's your favorite posture? Why?Final Savasana. It’s where it all comes together. I once heard someone describe the posture in the following way: you wouldn’t find a cake recipe and take all the time and care to get ingredients, prep them, mix everything in the right proportions, and then be like “okay I’m done” and not bake the cake. Final Savasana is like baking the cake. You’ve done all this work for the better part of 90 minutes to breathe, stretch, and cultivate a mind/body connection. Final Savasana is a time to integrate everything that has just happened in your practice and let the body soak it in. Don’t short change yourself by running out of the room right away. Don’t be an unbaked cake!
Bikram Yoga has taught me...The body is a source of wisdom and information. By learning to pay attention to your thoughts and noticing what your body is doing, you can get a lot of information. Maybe you start to learn something about yourself and some new possibilities and choices open up in terms of how you move and think.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...what are your hobbies? Interests?Outside of the studio you can find me communing with nature, snugging my dog, and laughing with my husband. And taking baths. Lots of baths. I’m an expert at baths. Also, doing crosswords and bird watching. I’m pretty exciting.
After class must have?
Any tips for new students? Embrace the opportunity to be a student of yourself.
How long have you been practicing? I’ve been practicing BIkram Yoga for three years.
What brought you through the front door? A good friend of mine, Dennis McGillicuddy, practices at Bikram Yoga Falmouth and he was always telling me how great he felt since he started practicing. After hearing this a few times, I knew I had to try it for myself!
Why did you keep coming back? I didn’t make it through my first class. The teacher at that time came out in the lobby to check on me, and suggested I come back in the hot room and just lay on my mat. Well I finished the class laying down and it was the beginning of a journey that has changed the way I feel. I've been very active my entire life, but I had never been so challenged, physically & mentally, than my first class. I also keep coming back because of the sense of community I get from the wonderful teachers and students.
Have you noticed any changes in your life as a result of your practice? Yes, at the end of every class I have a sense of calmness I didn’t when I first walked into the studio. I try to bring that calmness into the rest of my busy day at work and at home. How do you feel? Prior to coming into BYF, I had a couple of back surgeries and a few on my knees. Over the past three years I can’t tell you how much better my entire body feels. My first six months of yoga was primarily a very physical 90 minutes of exercise. As I’ve become more comfortable with the practice, I’ve now realized the tremendous spiritual feeling I get along with the physical workout and it’s a wonderful feeling.
What's your favorite posture? Camel posture is my favorite. After having two back surgeries, I never thought in my lifetime I’d be able to get into this posture. It took me over year years of practicing weekly and it now feels great. I would encourage anyone coming into BYF to be patient with whatever physical issues you bring into the room. Time and patience can potentially change the way you feel.
Bikram Yoga has taught me... I love the saying I hear from many of the teachers at BYF: “learn how to be comfortable while being uncomfortable”. For me, that’s not only an important lesson in my yoga practice, but more importantly outside of yoga in work and at home.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...what are your hobbies? Outside of the studio I have a wonderful family with three grown children and a wonderful wife, Kris. I love all the Cape has to offer and you can find me on the water fishing, shell fishing, and boating.
After class must have? Filling up my large bottle of water and adding one grape Ultima! It brings me right back to life after class.
Any tips for new students? Come to your first class and don’t have any expectations. Do what you can do and don’t be afraid to just lay on your mat if needed. Also, to get the true benefits of the practice, try and come back as much as you can and patiently practice according to how your body will let you.
I have struggled with my weight since I was 16, and have tried every diet known to man. My weight has gone up and down my entire adult life. My son passed away 8 years ago, and I could no longer run due to a torn meniscus, which was my usual outlet. My weight escalated and I found myself looking at a number on the scale that showed me 100 pounds heavier than I should be. As a cardiac nurse practitioner, I know the ramifications of obesity. In January 2016, I chose to have the gastric sleeve done. I knew that this was just a tool to help me take weight off. However, I also knew that exercise had to be part of the long term solution. My girlfriend practiced Bikram Yoga and had tried multiple times to get me to participate. I finally caved in May of 2016. At that time, just staying in the room was my goal.
For Fixed Firm pose, I couldn't sit on my heels...I had to put a yoga mat between my calves and thighs. Now, I can easily go all the way back into this posture...and it has become my favorite pose.
By September of 2016, I had taken off 16 pounds. At that time, I was only doing Bikram Yoga once a week. I then found Bikram Yoga Falmouth and increased my practice to twice a week. I have maintained my weight and my flexibility, and balance has improved dramatically. Everyone comments on my skin, and I know it's from my increased water consumption and how we flush toxins when sweating. Although sometimes I have a love-hate relationship with the heat, I always feel centered and fabulous after class. And the best part is how awesome that post yoga shower feels! Bikram Yoga is about focus, balance, healing and stretching. I now practice 3-4 times weekly.
I'm married, we have 3 dogs, and in addition to being a full-time nurse practitioner, I am a clinical nurse educator and also have a cosmetics practice. I love to hike, go to the beach, make resin art and jewelry. If you are new to this life-changing practice, start by simply staying in the room for the whole class. Be kind to yourself...after two and a half years, I still have good days and bad and cannot do the practice perfectly....I guess that is why it's called practice!
How long have you been practicing? I have been practicing Bikram Yoga for over 10 years, every year better but not easier than the last.
What brought you through the front door? Why did you keep coming back? Originally, I was introduced to the practice by a friend, then I was hooked... I kept trying to swim away, but I still hooked. When the Falmouth studio opened, it brought a great sense of community into my life, which keeps bringing me back. Every class is different, and every yogi in class inspires me.
Have you noticed any changes in your life as a result of your practice? Bikram Yoga has helped me with many joint issues. Halfway through every class, as I melt like the Wicked Witch of the East, I ask why I continue to do this to myself. Every time I finish the class, at peace with my own body, I remember.
Bikram Yoga has taught me to take care of my body and my mind, to eat better, and to meditate and breath when I feel like I can't take another minute of heat.
Outside of the studio, you can find me biking, or swimming, or kayaking in the summer... or in the winter, hibernating away in my painting studio.
After class must have? Any tips for new students? After class, I must have water... tons and tons of water! My tip for new students is to not give up after the first class. For me, it never really gets easier...
How long have you been practicing? What brought you to the front door? I started practicing yoga in my 20s in hopes of finding a way to manage stress in my life. Eventually, Vinyasa flow lead me to hot power yoga where I became friends with the instructor who invited me to my first Bikram Yoga class. I was ignorant to what this practice was at the time I attending my first class, and what a class it was. I remember it like it was yesterday. Ignorance was bliss! Looking back, I’m sure this was a blessing because otherwise who knows if I would have made it to the front door. But, at this point in time there was no Bikram Yoga Falmouth and so my first class was my last class until 2012 when BYF opened its doors and I have been practicing consistently ever since.
Why did you keep coming back? What keeps me coming back to Bikram Yoga is the feeling I have post class. There is nothing like it. It is a complete body, mind, and spirit reset for me. Truly a workout from the inside out.
Have you noticed any changes in your life as a result of your practice? How do you feel? I had several physical challenges last year but with a consistent practice each of the injuries have healed and, I have literally never felt better in my life.
What's your favorite posture? Why? As I continue to grow in my practice, my favorite posture changes. When I first started, there were postures I would dread. This isn’t how I feel now because I know the postures that challenge me the most are the postures that I need to be doing the most and with time and practice I will get stronger and feel better.
Bikram Yoga has taught me... Bikram Yoga has taught me so much, but at the top of my list is strength. I have increased mental discipline to practice mindfulness, and carefully pay attention to my thoughts and my body. I am more comfortable releasing the mental chatter and allowing for the lessons and messages to be heard. I cannot count how many times I have walked in to class with a problem on my mind and walked out with the solution. I believe in this 90 minutes open-eyed moving meditation. Bikram Yoga is a gift to myself mentally and physically.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...what are your hobbies? Interests? Outside of yoga you can find me walking my dogs in the woods, sharing time with the special people in my life, and enjoying our beautiful surroundings here on the Cape. I love kayaking, stand up paddling/yoga, being at the beach, or on the water boating.
After class must have? Any tips for new students? Hydration, water, electrolytes, fresh fruit or vegetables are my go-tos after class. My tip to new students would be keep coming!! Don't compare. The only person you are competing with is a better version of yourself which happens organically as you continue your practice.
How long have you been practicing? I’ve been practicing for twelve years.
How often do you practice? Mostly twice a week.
What brought you through the front door? Why did you keep coming back? For my very first Bikram Yoga experience, I didn’t know any better. I just walked into the first yoga studio in my small Hawaiian town and stayed. About year seven of my practice, I did some experimenting with other styles of yoga but I came back to Bikram because of the rigor of the positions, the pace of the practice, and the energizing nature of the hot room.
What's your favorite posture? Why? Fixed Firm Pose is my favorite because I can feel the most stretching of all the poses (well, except Triangle.) Once my folded arms are over my head, it is exquisite!
Bikram Yoga has taught me…Focus, and how to journey inward into what my body is actually doing.
What improvements in your life have you noticed as a result of your practice? I have less muscle tightness, no neck and lower back pain, and I am able to breathe deeper.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...what are your hobbies? Interests? I get a monthly massage which is something I have done and enjoyed for longer than my yoga practice: 33 years. I also take strength and stamina building classes weekly at Anytime Fitness, I take piano lessons, I sing in a church choir, and I am the proud caretaker of two dachshunds, Bruno and Greta.
After class must have? Any tips for new students? I like to have an electrolyte infused cool drink and two additional glasses of water after class. Eventually I have something to eat, but not right away. And never before class! I have a few tips for new students. First, fall in love with the positions. Try to focus less on the heat because it is a transitory challenge and over time simply becomes a facilitator of focus with added benefits of toxin dumping. Take the longview, because this is a lifelong practice. Be with your body on that day only, not the previous or future day. For the benefit of you fellow yogis, take a shower before class. And have fun!
How long have you been practicing? I have been practicing Bikram Yoga for 8 years. I’ve practiced various types of yoga on and off since I was a teenager. A couple of years ago, I even earned a 200 hour teacher certification.
How often do you practice? As often as possible! Usually about 4 days a week, on average.
What brought you through the front door? This particular yoga practice was recommended to me by a friend at a time when I was struggling with a painful, energy depleting muscle illness. I was hooked from day one.
Why did you keep coming back? Overall, I keep coming back because it just makes me feel so good mentally and physically. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 2 ½ years ago and have had to modify how I do things. The combination of heat, gentle stretching, and strengthening help me keep moving. My pain level is typically cut in half by the time I leave a class. It’s hard to imagine my life without this yoga. Even taking a couple of days off in a row results in increased stiffness and pain.
What's your favorite posture? Why? I don’t really have a favorite posture, but if I had to choose one I’d say it’s Standing Bow Pulling Pose. It’s a challenging posture because there is a lot going on at once: balance, alignment, flexibility, strength, and stillness.
Bikram Yoga has taught me…That I am very much in charge of how I feel day to day. It has also taught me to focus and not get stuck on the little things.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...what are your hobbies? Interests? Mostly you can find me doing boat projects! My interests include music, art, hanging in the cockpit, and spending time with my partner and our dog.
After class must have? I’m usually pretty hungry after class, so something good to eat is always on the agenda.
Any tips for new students? Stay focused on the work you’re doing in class, because it’s for you and no one else. Don’t get frustrated. Be kind and compassionate with yourself. Take things a little at a time and don’t push beyond where your body can safely go on any particular day. Over time, you will definitely see progress in key areas of flexibility, strength, balance, and depth of breath. Leave your ego at the door, because it will only get in the way. Also, enjoy the class, because you’re hanging with a pretty cool group of people!
How long have you been practicing? I took my first class on August 24th, 2015.
What brought you through the front door? I was looking to increase my fitness level and asked a coworker who was into CrossFit, Spartan Races, and just so happens to be the fittest person I know. He suggested Bikram Yoga, saying it was the best all-around workout. I took his advice!
Why did you keep coming back?
I haven’t felt this good since my twenties. I had neck pain and back pain from a lifetime of physical labor that I thought was never going away. Now if I feel any aches and pains, I take a class and I’m good to go. This practice has been a game changer for me.
What's your favorite posture? Why? Camel Pose is my favorite. It was during this posture that I first learned how to really control my breathing.
Bikram Yoga has taught me... How to manage stress through mindfulness and deep breathing.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...what are your hobbies? Interests? You can find me bikin’ or enjoying the Heights Beach or Trunk River- I swim year round.
After class must have? Any tips for new students? Water is the number one thing. When you feel too tired or achy to go to class, that’s the best time to go because you will always better afterwards.
How long have you been practicing? I have been practicing for eight years. I started at a different studio, but now I have maintained my consistent practice at BYF since it opened. I live only five minutes away from the studio, which I'm grateful for.
What brought you through the front door? Why did you keep coming back? At first I was curious just to try it out. I am an active person and like to stay that way. The way I felt after class is what hooked me. I always feel amazing when I leave the studio after ninety minutes of sweat. My energy level has increased with my practice and I have noticed significant improvements in my balance, flexibility, and strength.
What's your favorite posture? Why? I'm going to pick Triangle as my favorite posture because it never ceases to challenge me! This posture continues to teach me something about my body and my mental strength to this day. It's true, you never know what you're going to get each time you walk into the hot room.
Bikram Yoga has taught me...how to really breathe. Deeply and fully. Bikram Yoga has also taught me how to stay calm in stressful situations. I feel I am better equipped to handle whatever life throws at me off the mat.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...what are your hobbies? Interests? On my paddle-board! I also like to ski, hike, and work outside in my garden.
After class must have? Any tips for new students? I always reach for another round of water right after class. Hydration is so important to how you feel while practicing. The best tip I would give to new students is to keep returning! There's no way to judge the practice unless you give it a full try. Coming once isn't sufficient- the more you come to class, the better you will feel overall.
How long have you been practicing? I started in January of 2016.
What brought you through the front door? I was feeling stiff from running, feeling achy and was feeling my age. I thought some "stretching" might help. I discussed with my wife and she recommended Bikram Yoga. Truthfully the heat aspect of the practice intimidated me, but my wife and the Bikram notion of "doing the best that you can with the body you have today" encouraged me through my fear.
What is your favorite posture? Why? Funny, the posture I once dreaded the most is now my favorite: Locust. This pose has done wonders for my elbows and wrists. Looking back, I think I had tendinitis or tennis elbow. Probably from working on computers all day. Now? These joints are flexible and ache free. Locust pose is the perfect antidote to computer work!
Bikram Yoga has taught me.....To accept what the day brings. It is a truism of Bikram that "the hardest part of the practice is getting there." I think there's wonderful learning in that.
Outside of the studio you can find me...Working a lot on learning, reading and practicing German. Playing guitar - I went to Berklee College of Music. Drinking wine. Cooking. Enjoying home, my wife, friends, our two dogs, children and grandchildren. When nice weather hits I'll start training for the Falmouth Road Race.
After class must haves? Coconut water! Chilled.
Any tips for new students? Stay in the room. Accept what you can vs. what you cannot do. It will only get better.
How long have you been practicing? I have been an active member of BYF since September 2012.
What brought you through the front door? I wanted a form of exercise that would complement running. I always wanted to try yoga and after Googling "running and yoga" and speaking to an acquaintance who was familiar with Bikram Yoga, I decided to give it a try.
Why did you keep coming back? Walking through the door for that first class was hard because I did not know what to expect. Walking through the door for the second class was even harder since I knew what to expect. I continued that first week simply because I had purchased an introductory package and being frugal, wanted to get my money’s worth. After the first week, I found that I liked the mental and physical challenge.
What's your favorite posture? Why? I do not have a favorite pose but my least favorite pose is standing separate leg head to knee pose. I don’t know why but neither my mind nor body can connect with this pose. Guess I'll have to give it more time!
Bikram Yoga has taught me... Bikram Yoga has taught me that I am stronger than I originally thought, both mentally and physically and it really does takes time, patience and practice to accomplish anything worthwhile.
Outside of the studio, you can find me...what are your hobbies? Interests? Outside the studio, when I am not working, you can find me still running and walking through the woods and trails in Falmouth with my boss's dogs (which makes me think about how it all started me on the path of this running/yoga thing- full circle!).
After class must have? After class the first thing I have when I get home is a Kind bar and a hot shower.
Any tips for new students? First time students should know that very few people are prepared for that first class. So be prepared to be overwhelmed and give your mind/body time to acclimate before making a decision of whether Bikram Yoga is right for you. Listen to the teachers, let them guide you, and accept that it really does take time, patience and practice.