“I have lived my entire life in back pain. I canʼt remember a time I didnʼt have it. I was born with congenital scoliosis. My spine was at 57% curve and 35% curve. At 13 years old I underwent spinal fusion surgery at 7 levels. I have two 14 inch Herrington rods and my right two ribs were used for fusion material. There is 3 1/2 inch difference in the length of my legs.

I am now 42 years old. I was overweight. I had such bad sciatic pain and bilateral radiating leg, weakness and numbness that I couldnʼt walk half a block. And so…..I needed a miracle….

And Then I was given one. Bikram Yoga. I started in October of 2017. I signed up with tears in my eyes and told Katy, “ I just want to be out of pain”.  I am now.

It is August 2018, 10 months later. I went hard 3 or 4 times a week when I could. Once or twice when I was busy. I couldnʼt do any of the poses in the beginning. But that didnʼt matter. I was doing it the best I could and giving it my all. It never mattered to anyone that I wasnʼt as good as the other students. Everyoneʼs hard work was acknowledged.

At first staying in the room was so hard. But slowly, everything changed. My body, my mind, my spirit. I see muscle definition all over my body where I had none. My arms are lean and the fat flabbiness is almost gone. My legs are solid muscle. I am beginning to see abs develop. I donʼt know how much I weigh because I donʼt even look at the number as important anymore. All of those antagonistic concepts I had about my own body are being replaced by a deep and heightened awareness and bond. I am so loving my body in a way I never could before.

So letʼs see. I just did a 4 mile hike in Mammoth (the last mile all uphill). And then got in my car and drove 6 hours. I went dancing all night. Didnʼt have to sit down once and then cleaned my carpets the next day. The pain is almost completely gone. I can still get sore if I push myself. But usually no matter how sore I am. One or two classes and the pain is gone again.

I am in awe of the knowledge that has been shared with me. I used to see a chiropractor and massage therapist weekly. I almost never need it now. This is special. Everyone should do this yoga. It will free you from all the limitations you think you have. Words cannot express how thankful I am for every teacher of yoga and those that passed this knowledge to me.”