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Olga would love to hear from you with your own testimonials of what Hot Bikram Yoga has done for you. Email email@example.com.
- Brad, February 2015
'Can I take the opportunity to recognise how good your team is; both the teachers and reception crew! Always friendly, always personable and experienced - an amazing team'
'an amazing team'
- Lukas, February 2015
Olga, you have personally contributed a lot by setting this all up and make us all much more aware of our own bodies and capabilities. Every time I walk out of the HBY class with a smile and it puts life into perspective to have such an enjoyment out of such (simple, but intense) practices.
I have done more than 150 HBY sessions in 2014 and it has truly transformed my mind & body strength & health to a new level. Thanks again for everything you have done
'it has truly transformed my mind & body strength & health to a new level.'
- Sam , January 2015
I am happy to say I completed the 30 day challenge yesterday (Sat 31st Jan). It was the longest January of my life, but my stamina, body shape, flexibility, digestive system and general sense of well-being have benefited enormously, and I feel I can carry over the daily discipline and determination I have put into this into other areas of my life.
On day 30 I finally managed to get both hands on the floor with my leg still straight to go into toe stand for the first time, which has taken almost a year of classes - with a couple of fairly lengthy interruptions, including a hernia operation towards the end of last summer. This was a modest victory for me personally, as I have never been naturally flexible - even as a child I could not touch my toes with my legs straight - but at the age of 43 I can.
'my stamina, body shape, flexibility, digestive system and general sense of well-being have benefited enormously'
- Lukas, October 2014
I love the HBY sessions, they are great and always make me happy...it is great!'
'I love the HBY sessions'
- Alan, September 2014
I felt compelled to email and congratulate you on an amazing business that suits my needs. While I was away from HBY earlier this year I tried a couple of other studios, but I have to say that none of them have the staff and teachers that HBY does. And also cleanliness as well.
I felt compelled to email and congratulate you on an amazing business that suits my needs.
- Sharon, September 2014
I just wanted to thank you for a routine that seems to have turned my health and fitness around. I started Bikram Yoga 2 months ago after resigning from a job in finance that left me exhausted and mentally drained. I needed to get my heath back on track and had heard about Bikram Yoga from some friends so one weekend, as I was walking passed your London Bridge studio, I decided to sign up and give this new exercise routine (to me) a go. I haven't looked back. The first session was by far the most challenging, the session hadn't even started and I was walking out to the receptionists to tell them that I couldn't do this! Thank god the London Bridge team are just the most wonderful people ever because they walked me back in the room (I had to be hand held) and showed me where the "beginners" best spot was in the room. I was then feeling slightly better as someone was aware now that there was a serious whimp in the room that could possibly walk at any second, but to my surprise (and probably your team) I lasted the 90 minutes! The feeling after getting through that first session was definitely pride and I haven't looked back since. My mind and body has changed and continues to improve, I have lost weight, I sleep through the nights, and the small things that used to annoy me seem so insignificant now. My partner has also just signed up and now we go to classes together. I am still in the early stages of learning the postures and I'm not sure I will ever do a Standing Bow pose as well as Nicola or a Half Moon pose like Ky, but for now Cintra's words in learning to love yourself before you can learn to love others has definitely been highlighted and practised in my life now.
'The feeling after getting through that first session was definitely pride and I haven't looked back since.'
- Wole, August 2014
It was an interesting challenge as I was able to combine the 50 minute, and 60 minute practice with the full 90 minutes classes.
When I practised the first 60 minute class I was not a fan of this change to my well-established 90 minute routine with 26 postures, some of which I enjoyed and many more that I couldn't wait to finish. The idea that the 60 minutes would mean only one set of some postures filled me with excitement that I could turn up and avoid some of my least favourite postures. Wrong, who was I kidding! I soon came to realise that whoever designed these shortened classes knew what they were doing, because you made sure that I did not walk away with only one set of Bow, Camel or Full Locust. If I could escape with only one set of these I would not complain but then again my body would probably not get the full benefits of the yoga practice.
I tried the 50 minute sequence last week and that was a revelation. It was the back end of a double so I figured I was going to just turn and hang out in these postures and have so much time that I could have a discussion with myself about what I was going to have for dinner that night. Yeah right! Wrong again. This was quite an intense session and I would actually go as far as to say I would welcome the opportunity to have more 50 minute classes in the timetable particularly after work as I would not normally be able to come at lunchtime, although I understand how it could work for some people who work locally.
Whilst my initial impressions of the shortened classes were tainted, I needed to maintain a routine that I have become accustomed to over the past 3 years at the studio. After giving it a chance and practising several classes in the new timetable I am a huge fan of these changes, because I believe one needs to recognise that yoga is practised in the mind as well as the body. Embracing change positively in whatever form it takes in life helps to achieve a healthy balanced approach.
During my early stages in the first 6 months of practising yoga I would get to class early and ensure that I could get "my spot" in the studio. Then on the occations that someone else had already got to "my spot" I would move to another spot with little enthusiasm and perhaps allow this change in mat position to affect me in my practice. When I practise now if the only space available is on the ceiling or in the corridor I would still enjoy my practice because being here is the only thing that's relevant.
When I found out initially about the shortened classes I was disapointed that it would take over sessions that I enjoyed coming to and that I would now only be able to practise for a shortened period of time. The reality now is that the flexibility of the shortened timetable has allowed me to challenge my mind and accept that life is full of situations that we need to embrace and adapt to in order to maintain a happy medium.
I have also discovered that the shortened classes are better suited to some teachers more than others. Or perhaps it's the case that some teachers have either adapted their style to these classes, or that these classes have highlighted hidden strenghs which were not always apparent in the normal 90 minute sessions.
I can see some many positives in the new timetable that I didn't envisage from the onset. I love it....... many thanks.
It was an interesting challenge as I was able to combine the 50 minute, and 60 minute practice with the full 90 minutes classes.
- Ray, August 2014
May I just say... from the moment I walked through the doors at London Bridge I have been amazed with the kindness, friendliness and warmth that meets me at reception and in class. Everyday I have been I have without doubt been met with a warm (honest) smile and an openness to chat and help out from every person working. Quite incredible. A wonderful place! From a customers point of view your companies values and mission is fully hitting the spot at London Bridge.
I have been amazed with the kindness, friendliness and warmth that meets me at reception and in class.
- Sabrina, August 2014
I'm really so excited. I have always limited my practice to once a week because of the amount of time I had to carve out for a class. I know other women like me who will be thrilled. (Shorter Class)
I know other women like me who will be thrilled.
- Sally, August 2014
Well, I've done two now..(60 minute classes) and I found the first one a bit weird after years of doing the hour and a half, but when I got home, I was charged with this incredible energy and happiness which stayed with me for the rest of the day.
'I was charged with this incredible energy and happiness which stayed with me for the rest of the day.'
- Clare, August 2014
I wanted to give feedback on the 60 minute classes. I really enjoy them as the intensity makes up for the fact that they're shorter..I approached them with a positive outlook from the start.
'The intensity makes up for the fact that they're shorter.'
- Elizabeth, July 2014
The 60 minutes is very energizing, a bit like a sprint.
'The 60 minutes is very energizing.'
- Louise, July 2014
I attended one of the one hour sessions and although concerned I would feel ‘cheated’ I was pleasantly surprised and it was actually perfect for if I was in a rush that day.
'60 minutes class perfect for if I was in a rush that day.'
- Sheree, July 2014
Just completed my first 60min class and......It's brilliant!!!
- Sarah, July 2014
Loved the 60 min class today, intense and hot so had to focus on my breathing more, made me push deeper into the postures. Really handy for fitting round my toddler, thanks for introducing them.
'Really handy for fitting round my toddler, thanks for introducing them.'
- David, July 2014
Just want to say how much I love the 60 minute classes, way more do-able after a day at work and the 530 and 615pm at Fulham couldn't be more perfect if I designed the timetable myself.
'Shorter class are way more do-able after a day at work...'
- Gema, November 2013
As you can imagine work is always busy and hot bikram yoga has completely taken over my life and my evenings in the best possible way that is! I love it, I just cant get enough of it :) I go everyday since I ve started and twice on Fridays and like I said I love it.
'Hot bikram yoga has completely taken over my life and my evenings in the best possible way.'
- Amy, November 2013
It was also my first time at the London Bridge studio and all your employees were so friendly and welcoming. I work in employee engagement - doing people strategies to help improve employee customer service etc - so it is always very refreshing to visit a company that is getting it right anyway!!
'All your employees were so friendly and welcoming!'
- Lynnette, October 2013
I've practised a bit in Amsterdam, Indonesia, France and some parts outside of London and HBY London Bridge is one of the most beautifully and thoughtfully put together studios I've seen.
'HBY London Bridge is one of the most beautifully and thoughtfully put together studios I've seen.'
- David, October 2013
I thought I’d pop a quick email to say a big thank you for today’s Beginner Workshop & the practice after. The personal touch of correcting postures & taking time with someone means a lot especially if each class is a bit of a fight. I’ve been coming to Bikram Yoga for about 3 months, most people who watch me think I’ve been coming about a week. I can’t tell you how much of a revelation it’s been and a great personal journey, the benefits are incredible not just physically.
Again thanks for the practice and in advance for the practices to come!
'I can’t tell you how much of a revelation it’s been and a great personal journey, the benefits are incredible not just physically.'
- Alex, April 2012
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful studio in London Bridge, as the classes just keep getting better and better. Both staff and teachers are really great! The same goes for Balham.
I have been practicing for a year and a half and the yoga has definitely changed me in many, positive ways. I have been trying to increase my practice to 5 days a week, but still have some work to do to be able to sustain that rhythm. I will get there though.
I have to say that, during my first class, I couldn’t help but think about how dangerous a hot yoga class probably was for someone like me whom was very overweight, had not done any exercise for a good 10 years and was a heavy smoker. Worse still was when I heard a voice screaming – lock the knee!!!! I was terrified by then, having been a professional figure skater, one NEVER locks the knee, that’s where injuries tend to take place.
But guess what, I went with the flow and my left knee, which was hurting when I first started due to a past chronic tendinitis has improved and it’s in fact practically healed again, I have quit smoking and am finally starting to be able to enjoy it when my heart races in class, to then bring it back down by taking deep breaths and control the whole breathing experience, it’s amazing! Add to that the weight loss and how good I feel after every class, and I am convinced that I have come across something that I truly enjoy doing and that offers many mental and physical benefits.
'The classes just keep getting better and better'
- Liz, April 2012
I started Bikram yoga 11 months ago, I wasn't sure how much impact I could have on my 50+ year-old body, but I have to say that I'm fitter than I've ever been. I intend to do this for the rest of my life!
'I intend to do this for the rest of my life!'
- Michael, March 2012
"I just wanted to let know you how wonderful your team and teachers are at the new London bridge studio and a very big thank you for making Bikram yoga such an incredible experience."
'I just wanted to let know you how wonderful your team and teachers are...'
- Faye, February 2012
It was my first time taking your class and it was awesome! You teach with great precision and compassion! :) hope to be able to take more of your classes in the future!
Also, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your work in nurturing the 3 studios- Balham, Fulham and London Bridge. I've practiced in so many studios in London but everywhere pales in comparison. The constant heat and humidity of your studios makes practicing so much more fulfilling and it's that intensity that is truly a testimony of what bikram yoga is about. Challenge, struggle and the feeling of having conquered something and bettering oneself. It is perhaps this that makes the hotbikramyoga community unique-uniquely strong! I feel it is especially so in Balham, the students have such beautiful energy and classes are filled with strength. It makes me want to share this experience with all my loved ones and friends!!
I cannot thank you and the team enough for building such a wonderful community filled with Bikram warriors! You guys make living in busy London so much better and easier!
"You guys make living in busy London so much better and easier!"
- Florence, November 2011
"Where can I start, I went to practice this week thinking I must really thank you for providing me with such a wonderfully safe haven at the Fulham studio. When I go for sessions I feel I am entering my little corner of paradise and come out strong, rejuvenated and ready to take on anything! You have helped me through one hell of a year on all fronts and I am thankful for that.
Your teachers are ALL truly amazing, so please keep growing as not nearly enough people have discovered the wonders of Bikram!!"
'When I go for sessions I feel I am entering my little corner of paradise...'
- Ian, October 2011
180 days of consecutive Hot Bikram Yoga – Madness or a journey in finding myself?
My name is Ian Davies and I started doing Hot Bikram Yoga (HBY) in January this year and got hooked after my 10 days trial. I signed up immediately for the annual membership and I think it’s the best investment I have made on myself ever.
I completed a 30-day challenge in February 2011, and then decided to do a 40-day challenge for Lent. This is were my journey started. On the 9th March 2011, I started doing my yoga practice everyday without fail and completed that challenge on 15th April 2011. The experience was a very rewarding one and I felt more in tune with my body and mind and I was hooked. I decided to carry on and completed 60-day of HBY on 5th May 2011. A fellow yogi Richard had completed a 100-day challenge and enjoyed it and after talking to Richard after one class, I decide to challenge myself to reach Richard’s record. Richard was very encouraging, so we shook hands and I was on another challenge. I carried on and completed my 100 days of consecutive HBY on 14th June 2011. When I got to 100 days I was feeling so good, I had lost a lot of weight, had loads of energy and a always had this general euphoric feeling after a class. This motivated me to carry on to 120 days and got there in no time, saw the improvements in my life and decided to do the remaining 40 days to complete 6 months of consecutive HBY. I eventually completed my 180 days of consecutive HBY on the 4th September 2011.
This journey has taught me patience, humility, to be calmer and more relaxed in my life and be at peace with myself.
My character was strengthen and I found the determination to see my challenge through with a lot of encouragement and support from my classmate and teachers. I was surprised and please with my perseverance and persistence in my approach to yoga practice. At time I had to find the fortitude to remain steadfast in my practice and courage to face adversity and challenges my practice throws at me. I became very focused and nothing was going to derail me once I had started each phase of my journey. I became selfless and got rid of my ego and concern about myself. I remained dedicate to my practice and made the necessary sacrifices along the way on my 6 months journey.
The benefits or side effects of my journey are as follows, I lost weight about 2 stones, developed good muscle tone, clarity of thought, especially first thing in the morning; reduced my blood pressure, developed a healthier lifestyle, and was rewarded with a general sense of well being, more energy, and an appreciation for the little things in life that we sometimes take for granted. Like, fresh air, cold water to drink, the shower
Finally, I think that I need to answer the one question that dogged me during this journey, is this madness or am I finding myself? This journey has helped my healing process since the loss of my wife in October 2010. I was off work for a long period and was finding it difficult to cope and to sleep at night however, since starting HBY, I have been able to accept my loss and put things in perspective and helped me with my sleeping. Sometimes after a late class I normally sleep like a baby albeit a short period but I always feel well rested. I am now a different man 6 months along, I am more confident, I feel very optimistic about life, more relaxed and knowing that I will be able to copy with anything that life throws at me thanks to HBY.
I eventually completed my 180 days of consecutive HBY on the 4th September 2011.
- Paulette, September 2011
"….Whilst I have participated many years ago in general yoga this was my first time ever participating in Bikram Yoga and I LOVED IT. I would like to pass on this feedback in the hope that it may help fellow beginners in 'feeling the fear and doing it anyway'.As a bit of a gym buff, you would find me more often than not in a gym, weight training which I love and will always do so. However I wanted to challenge my mind and my body in a different way as a woman in her early 40's.
As someone always looking for a challenge I did not wish to do just any form of yoga but one that would be initially a challenge and yoga in a room of 40 degrees is a challenge! Our instructor was warm and welcoming to myself and the other beginners in the class .She explained clearly to us what to expect and what to do as a beginner. She was also clear in her instructions and a true professional throughout.I actually found the warm-up the most challenging part of the class but I think that was more because of the initial adapting of the body, brain and breathing to the heat rather than any major difficulty with the poses and my advice to beginners would be to stay really focused throughout the warm-up, concentrate on your breathing, stay calm and do what you can and before you know it the you are on your way.
The sense of achievement after the 90 minutes class was up was amazing and I am looking forward to returning to class tomorrow."
'...my advice to beginners would be to stay really focused throughout the warm-up.'
- Zoe, September 2011
"…I consider Bikram Yoga has really helped me re-align my life, steady myself and help me become a better person in an unbelievable succession of bad news in my life. I can now safely say that I am starting to look at my eyes in that mirror. Thank you Hot Bikram Yoga for helping me get through the worst and helping me start to move to a better place :)"
'Thank you Hot Bikram Yoga for helping me get through the worst...'
- Lucie, July 2011
"It was back in 2004 that I had my first experience with Bikram Yoga, I have to be honest it was the word 'sweat' that was the key deal breaker in persuading me to try it. I had always felt 'yoga' was just a spiritual thing where you did a few poses and chanted a lot.I prefer to use my time doing activities that make you work hard and produce sweat to prove it rather than humming. I'd stopped playing professional tennis and was working as a coach for the British Federation (Lawn Tennis Association) which meant travelling around the world where Bikram is now widespread, YET Jersey was the place I first stumbled on Bikram yoga, 7pm on a Friday night in 2004 was the day I became hooked! I'm not sure where to begin in talking about all the benefits, it just seems to tick all the boxes.Myself as a tennis player, or anyone who puts themselves through a physical pounding regularly, all know we have to give something back to our bodies. The fact it is non-impact allows your body a welcome break from all the hours of running around on hard surfaces.
It's a fantastic full body stretch, in normal temperatures nobody can really be bothered to stretch as much as they should, the heat enables you to safely stretch deeper. It also helps you realign your body. As you can imagine playing tennis makes you much stronger on one side of the body because you over use the same muscles from the pure volume of repetition you get from hitting thousands and thousands of ball, making you become lop sided. The Bikram poses help to even the body out, and over time with regular practice your posture and muscles return closer to their natural state. All the standing exercises require balance and stability which is vital for tennis, because you need to be balanced when you move and hit the ball on a tennis court.
The mental focus and discipline is probably the part I feel got me hooked, this is such a vital part of being successful in tennis (or anything in life) being able to keep one's concentration while balanced on one leg, with sweat annoyingly trickling down your body and your mind shouting a 101 reasons why you should leave the room prepares you for any challenge you are faced with on the match court!
Finally the added bonus is the internal benefits that are on going throughout and after each class. I am pleased to say I have passed on my find to many of the British Tennis players, I have to admit that there was an element of physical force in getting them to go at the start, but now I'm pleased to say a lot of them are finally realising the huge benefit Bikram Yoga brings."
'...the heat enables you to safely stretch deeper. It also helps you realign your body.'
- Daniela, June 2011
"Your heating system is the best in London, Paris and many places in LA and NY consequently yoga at your studio is uplifting and healing."
'Your heating system is the best'
- Jessica, May 2011
"My experience at the Fulham studio since I have been down in London has been nothing but positive. All of the staff are great people and the studio is very well-run. Out of all the places I have practiced it is truly my favourite."
'All of the staff are great people and the studio is very well-run.'