You never forget your very first Bikram yoga class! You remember feeling hot, overwhelmed, maybe a little lost as you watched everyone around you move together from posture to posture. They seemed so calm and you were struggling and falling apart inside. So what made you come back for your second, third, hundredth class? That amazing feeling you get after class, that’s what! That feeling that you can’t seem to get from any other source.
I took my first class because my closest friend told me she was leaving for Palm Springs, CA to attend Bikram Yoga Teacher Training for the next nine weeks. I had no idea what she was talking about, so while visiting St. Augustine in 2009 I took my first class. It was everything I described above, hot, overwhelming and I felt a bit lost, but I also left class feeling like I never had before. My whole body was buzzing and my head was less foggy and I had a strange sort of happiness. I had tried (multiple times) going to the gym, running, swimming, biking, speed walking, kickboxing… it was all ok, but I never stuck with any of it and none of those things excited me the way Bikram yoga did. When I returned home to Massachusetts I knew I wanted to find a studio, and I discovered that the closest one was an hour away! I wasn’t going to let anything get in my way of chasing that feeling I got from my first class, so I committed to myself that I would take one class per week, no matter what. For four months I did that, and I felt great. It wasn’t easy sometimes to keep that commitment to myself and a lot of times other activities would come up that I would say no to. From getting in my car to go to class to getting out of my car at home after class would be about four hours! I kept going because I knew it was doing so much good for my body, mind and soul. - Nicky (Owner/Director)