Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Bikram Yoga Redondo employs only Certified Bikram Yoga Teachers. Each teacher has a unique background which led them to the discovery of this practice, and later, to the desire to help others. Please enjoy the stories of their personal journeys, in their own words, below.
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Everything started with a flyer that my co-worker gave me without any explanation. She just said “you are going to love this”.
As a teenager, back in Japan, I played all kind of sports but as I started to work, I stopped exercising and I felt always tired and stressed due to my job. I ignored before several invitations from my friends to start some type of physical activity, but this time I felt I wanted to try it.
My first Bikram Yoga class was very difficult for me. I practiced 15 minutes and I was on the floor for the remaining 75 due to dizziness. I thought I’ll never get used to the heat. It took me 7 classes to complete a full 90 minutes class without lying down. Amazingly, I felt very good after each class. Although I could not do well at the beginning, I left each time with the desire to try another class. After three months, this Yoga practice became essential to me. Few months later I quit my job and decided to become a teacher.
If I did not meet good teachers probably I wasn’t going to make it trough those first 7 classes and for sure I would have never thought to become a teacher. They supported me from the beginning until this day. I asked them why they were giving me such big support, they said “This is Yoga. We will support the students as our teachers supported us”.
This is the most beautiful thing I experienced.
Now I am a teacher and it is my turn to face and help students every day. I see people coming to class to do something good for themselves and I know it is my job and responsibility to guide them and support them. When they listen to my suggestions and put their trust in me and take the next step, it is a great pleasure and honor to be a Yoga teacher. I now understand my teachers’ feeling.
Bikram Yoga will show you a different face of yourself. A face that perhaps you never knew. It will show your strengths but also your weaknesses, physical and mental. You will find your body and your emotions different every day. And you can enjoy and work with these differences. This is the most interesting part of practicing for me. Practicing is a self-searching journey.
Now that I am a teacher, my energy still comes from my practice as a student. I try to face myself when I am in class whether I am in a mood for it or not. This process that I have been trough for some time now, left me humble and strong.
I hope the same thing will happen to you.
I was born in Japan. I came to the USA in the late 80s. I played basketball in junior high and high school. When I started to work my everyday life became very unhealthy. No sports, no exercise, no breakfast. At lunch it was a hamburger or a burrito with French fries. After work, at home, I had beer or wine and watched TV. On weekends I would go to buy groceries, rent a movie or go to a restaurant. This went on for several years. Weeks went by one after another all the same and I was gaining weight. I had back pain when I played golf and at some point I could not raise my right arm anymore.
I felt I needed to do something for my body but I could not find anything to change my unhealthy and boring days. When a friend of mine introduced me to Bikram Yoga, it took quite some time for me to decide to take the first class. I knew that this Yoga was done in a heated room. I thought the heat was not a big deal and Yoga could not be too difficult. When I took the first class I barely did 20 minutes and I lied down for the remaining 70 minutes. I could not understand at all what the teacher was explaining to me because of dizziness. However, after the class was over, I felt a nice energy from inside the body. Even though in my mind I did not do well, I felt refreshed and energized. I did not know what it was but it was a good feeling. This was the beginning of my Yoga life.
After that first class, I started to practice regularly. I found out that Yoga was not just a physical practice but also a life style. First I started to think what and when to eat. Bikram Yoga requires an empty stomach to practice. I could not eat heavy greasy food before the class. Then I started to reconsider my way of thinking. What I needed became more important than what I wanted.
I like to recommend this Yoga to everybody. Just do it! If you think too much like I did before the first time, it’s difficult to get going. Talk to a teacher to get some questions answered but then do it. It took me a long time to experience Yoga. If I started earlier my life would have changed earlier. Bikram Yoga is very unique and you will enjoy great benefit.
I am looking forward to meeting you in my class.
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