bikramyogaadelaide:

Here is one of our wonderful students Eli. Eli was kind enough to share his incredible yoga journey and some great pics for us! Thanks Eli for the inspiration, just makes me so happy to hear how this yoga can really change and heal your life! Also that big guys can do yoga! Real men do yoga  

Eli’s story:
I first discovered Bikram Yoga back in 2008, when I was looking for ways to lose weight. After researching weight loss methods on the internet, I mainly saw it as a way to burn fat and not much else. I was quite narrow minded. I only lasted a few sessions before I threw in the towel and moved on to other things. I took steps toward embracing a healthy lifestyle, learning how to eat properly and 
exercise, dropping 20kg over the course of a year. I became interested in weightlifting and eventually Strongman, in which I began competing, first as a lightweight, and as I gained more muscle I moved up to the heavy weights (open division). After a few years of training, I ended up taking out the state title (SA’s strongest man) in the open division, in 2013. I also became heavily involved in the fitness industry, and gained my personal training accreditation as well as my strength and conditioning coaching accreditation. I now work as a personal trainer, as well as a strength and conditioning coach for various sports clubs, including the junior state basketball team.
It was a client of mine that got me interested in Bikram Yoga again. I was interested mainly in the benefits of stretching my hard-working muscles and achieving some sort of detox. I went along to a few 
classes, the first of which ended in horrible stomach cramps due to insufficient hydration and probably a lot of detoxification. I remained diligent and went back for more, eventually feeling awesome and 
noticing the positive effects from each session, sleeping like a baby after each session was one of the best. Unfortunately soon after my return to Bikram Yoga, and just before I was about to compete at 
Australia’s Strongest Man, I was involved in a serious head on collision that almost took my life. My injuries were extensive. It took the emergency crew 90 minutes to extract me from the car, and I had to undergo 5 hours of emergency surgery to reattach muscles to bone, and a laparotomy to repair a ruptured duodenum and intestinal wall. I managed to tear muscles right off the iliac crest of my hip. The dash board splintered, severely impacting and lacerating my knee; It caused me to tear my PCL and MCL, I suffered severe bone bruising, crushed my patella and badly damaged a lot of bone and cartilage on the main weight bearing surface of the knee joint. I spent 2 days in ICU followed by 2 weeks in hospital, on a plethora of different drugs and a liquid-only diet, needing 2 nurses to assist with 
everything. I lost about 17kg in these 2 weeks alone. I remained strong, with my Bengal tiger strength and Bulldog determination, and began walking the halls of the hospital with a walking frame, often 
breaking into tears when I realized the magnitude of what I had done, and how much I had set myself back. 
After I was sent home, I quickly realized that Bikram Yoga may be one of the first things I could do again, and with the encouragement of my client, I was back at it. Amy made sure I took it easy on my 
knee, and soon I was feeling great again. I reluctantly accepted my sports physician’s advice to undergo surgery to repair a flap of cartilage that was severed in the accident. This set me back yet again for another few weeks, but as soon as I was off my crutches I was back in at Yoga! I was more determined than ever to strengthen my knee, my whole body as a matter of fact. As time went by I found myself focusing more and more on myself in class, a focused meditation that I found very rewarding. 
I am now fully dedicated to regularly practicing Bikram Yoga, and it has become so much more to me than a simple stretching and detox session. I have taken inspiration from Bikram himself, who after 
shattering his own patella in a weightlifting accident, went on to become even stronger through his practice of Yoga, against all medical advice and opinion that he would not be able to continue with these activities. 
The journey into oneself that comes with the practice of Yoga is truly amazing, and as time passes I find myself become more and more in tune with my body and mind, and my own spirituality. 

I honestly feel I am stronger than ever now, both physically (although I can’t quite deadlift 300kg, or squat 220kg for reps as I once could) and mentally. Bikram Yoga has helped me in so many ways to 
conquer the challenges that life has thrown at me, and in the face of adversity I remain unyielding and determined to keep moving forward, becoming stronger and stronger. With the passing days I can feel my knee getting stronger, even though I still struggle with poses such as Tree-stand, as well as struggling to sit in Japanese position, I feel each class I am getting a little better. I have had great success recently being able to get into Bow pose and Camel pose, and I’m sure as time goes on I will be able to complete every pose in the series!

LOVE IT Eli! Thanks so much!

 

danteogodofsoup:

Excellent storytelling

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The Mind Unleashed photos that speak so much truth

xsongmihix:

cadyanne94:

Dedicated to all my fellow retail employees

All of these are oh so painfully true.

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Probably one of the funniest moments ever in Orange is the New Black

Shit Class

I practiced yoga this morning and boy was it shitty shitty shitty.

I had little/no desire to work. Now, maybe it was just a class that I needed to have. Part of it was that I did back squats the day before at crossfit and got my best lift. Maybe it was because I rolled out of bed and had cereal right before class. Or maybe it was my hamstrings and muscles were sore, or that I was tired and had food in my belly.

I took this opportunity to reflect on my own teaching. I think it’s important to do this every now and again. Why do I teach? What am I trying to gain from teaching? Why do I find teaching so important? Why do I make Bikram yoga my passion? Why have I traveled around the world to teach?

I know for me, I try to bring an energy to the room. I try to let people know, regardless of whatever stage they’re at, their emotional or mental turmoil they’re going through, that anything they do in the class is good. No matter how hard they’re working, as long as they’re trying the right way, they’ll obtain some type of benefit. I want to show students that as a teacher, I know it fucking sucks and that in the end they’re going to feel better walking out than when they walked in.

That then got met thinking about what type of teacher am I. Well it sounds like I’m a compassionate and and understanding teacher. But I love to incorporate humor, I like to tell stories the students can relate to in class so they can take that with them throughout their day. But I also want to push them to make them/show them they have what it takes to work hard. I want to take them to their edge and keep them there the whole time.

I have to let go of the expectation and just let things happen when they’re ready to happen. That’s all we can do as yoga practitioners do.

segaajenesis:

Wise words red.

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I think this message needs to be delivered more than ever before as yoga is going mainstream and commercialised. Back in my old job I worked at a yoga studio where everyone that came in there was all about their newest yoga mat and what new yoga clothes they wore, but didn’t like the work. A lot of the teachers asked the students what postures they wanted to work on. Students would walk into class 15 - 20 minutes late. Or walk out of class and answer their cell phone or complain if they didn’t like the teacher, not understanding that maybe a teacher brought up an emotion or a feeling in class. 
Yoga isn’t supposed to be happy all the time, it’s work, and it’s really fucking hard work. To get your ass on your mat and get in tune with your body, when all you want to do is rest.
One reason I love Bikrams hard/stern way… just get the fuck on your yoga mat and let’s go. You will solve your problems through your practice. You take what you learn and apply to the outside world around you. 

I think this message needs to be delivered more than ever before as yoga is going mainstream and commercialised. Back in my old job I worked at a yoga studio where everyone that came in there was all about their newest yoga mat and what new yoga clothes they wore, but didn’t like the work. A lot of the teachers asked the students what postures they wanted to work on. Students would walk into class 15 - 20 minutes late. Or walk out of class and answer their cell phone or complain if they didn’t like the teacher, not understanding that maybe a teacher brought up an emotion or a feeling in class. 

Yoga isn’t supposed to be happy all the time, it’s work, and it’s really fucking hard work. To get your ass on your mat and get in tune with your body, when all you want to do is rest.

One reason I love Bikrams hard/stern way… just get the fuck on your yoga mat and let’s go. You will solve your problems through your practice. You take what you learn and apply to the outside world around you. 

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An interesting article I found on NPR about how the brain reacts if you’re poor. I believe this 100%

awitchandhersecrets:

vxis:

After I finish my homework I’m actually going to try this


Nice primer

awitchandhersecrets:

vxis:

After I finish my homework I’m actually going to try this

Nice primer

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NPR 3 scariest words a boy can hear

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/14/330183987/the-3-scariest-words-a-boy-can-hear

doggiedatetampa:

My handsome bully boys <3 I’ll never get over how much I love them!!! Squee!!! Look at those punim!!! #bulldogs #bulldogdamily #bullies #bulldogsarebeautiful #bulldogsarethebest #bully #bulldoglove #gooddogs #southtampa #tampabulldog

doggiedatetampa:

My handsome bully boys <3 I’ll never get over how much I love them!!! Squee!!! Look at those punim!!! #bulldogs #bulldogdamily #bullies #bulldogsarebeautiful #bulldogsarethebest #bully #bulldoglove #gooddogs #southtampa #tampabulldog

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