Bikram Yoga in the Media
Bikram yoga has improved millions of lives in its 40+ years of existence, and has been written about and profiled in newspapers, magazine articles and on TV… hundreds of times.
These resources include:
• a television interview by “CBS’s 60 Minutes”
• a professional football player’s profile in “Sports Illustrated”
• and a recent 2 part article in “Oprah’s Winfrey’s O Magazine”
These are a few highlights of those articles and interviews. Some parts have pdfs, some are links to articles online, and some are videos. March 1, 2010, Oprah’s O Magazine chooses 60 days of Bikram Yoga as one of the Top 8 Radical Steps That Could Change Your Life (Source: Oprah.com Weekly March 1, 2010)
Oprah’s O Magazine
8 Radical Steps That Could Change Your Life
1. Give up email for 30 days
2. Say yes to everything
3. Live perfectly healthy for one month
4. Try 60 days of Bikram Hot Yoga
5. Get rid of your toxic friendships
6. Make a career switch
7. Step out of your box—and into your greatest fears
8. Finally discover who you are meant to be!
Can You Transform Your Whole Life in 60 Days?
A few highlights from this humorous and truthful article about one woman’s journey from depression and low energy, back to having confidence and control in her life, and on the road to health and vitality…
“The students around me are tanned and toned and very nearly nude. Every body glistens. We’re in a Bikram yoga studio, after all, where the heat is set to 105 degrees and the humidity to 40 percent, to facilitate flexibility. The men wear nothing but shorts; the women rock hot pants and halters. Because I’d rather lick the sweat-soaked carpet than bare my wretched flesh, I have on the hot-yoga equivalent of a snowsuit: calf-length sweatpants, a jog bra, and a T-shirt. I’m huffing harder than a serial killer. And we’re only on posture number one.”
I need to change so many things about my life, it’s hard to know where to start. I need physical and spiritual transformation, from the mental to the muscular to the molecular. I need to stop treating my body like a landfill. I need stability, which I haven’t seen in so long, I’ve forgotten how it feels. I need a reset button.
This won’t be easy. As I start the challenge, I’m divorced, in debt, and 80 pounds overweight. Wellbutrin and Lexapro, in their little amber bottles, rattle around in my life like maracas. My career? Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
“How long did it take you to get yourself into this mess?” Gregg asks me one day. “Years,” I say.
Part 1 Read
Part 1 Print version
For a PDF of the entire – click here
The 60 Day Makeover: Part II
For depression, I was taking (and had been taking for years) the highest possible combination dosage of Wellbutrin and Lexapro. I slept miserably if at all. I had headaches every day. I had plenty of reasons to be happy, but I couldn’t see any of them.
The 60-day challenge got me out of bed and out of my own head and showed me the futility of self-flagellation and regret. I’ve stopped taking the Wellbutrin and Lexapro, and, while the depression is still with me, it feels manageable. I’ve still been turning like a rotisserie chicken at night when I sleep, but I must not be grinding my teeth anymore, because I no longer wake up with a headache. Now I’m ready to see what Bikram has done for my body.
I do not, and will never, love every class. Some days I’d rather stroll through Times Square in a string bikini than spend another 90 minutes in that steam box. Yet the best of Bikram redeems those days. The best of Bikram is like being in love. It’s like taking in that first breath of springtime air, seeing green tips on the stems of dogwoods.
Part 2 Read
Part 2 Print version
For a PDF of the entire – click here
Tony Parrish, NFL – NFL Core Values
Sports Illustrated | Issue Date Aug 14, 2006
“Using Bikram Yoga to Build Core Strength and to Rehab and Build Confidence from a Severe Injury.”
“The first class was hard — I’ve never been in a room so hot for so long,” says Tony Parrish, about his introduction three months ago to Bikram Yoga, in which students assume 26 poses in 90 minutes in a room heated to 105° to promote flexibility. Parrish stuck with it, and hot yoga became a staple of his core training regimen. “We tend to bend forward on the field but never do any real backward stretching to counteract that,” he says.
“To get into and hold each [yoga] position works your abs. My lower back and spine have also gotten stronger and more flexible.”
Until the start of training camp, Parrish practiced three times a week at the Bikram Yoga center in Santa Clara, Calif. “I kept coming and got accustomed to it,” he says. Parrish, who broke his left ankle and fibula in a game against the Bears last November, says yoga helps him “trust” the injured leg, delivers a “great aerobic workout” — and builds his core: “I had abs that looked decent but weren’t strong. Now there’s strength behind them.
Bikram Choudhury the founder of Bikram Yoga is interviewed on CBS’s 60 Minutes
Can Bikram Yoga Help Reverse Cancer Processes?
By Dr. Joel E Brame
Expert Speaker on Cancer Recurrence & Prevention
Author * Speaker * Professor * Consulting
Download a PDF of the article here
Other Bikram Yoga Articles and Resources
Johnjay and Rich practice Bikram Yoga all over the valley. Johnjay talks about his yoga journey daily on his morning show. He has completed the 60 day challenge, and afterward he spoke with Bikram Choudhury during the show about his New Mind, New Body, and New Way of Life!
www.sepiamutiny.com, July 29, 2008