Bikram Yoga Portsmouth is truly a magical place. It is transforming, challenging and motivating. The studio is clean, modern and inviting; there is a warm and welcoming community of individuals that practice at the studio. I began practicing Bikram Yoga over 16 years ago and I have practiced at numerous Bikram Yoga studios across the country and there is nothing like the one in Portsmouth. The instructors are motivating, inspiring and have a personal approach that is unlike any other studio I have ever been. They positively reinforce, and share all the benefits and reasons of each posture and why we want to do them properly. It is absolutely a unique and motivating approach that sets BYP apart from many others. It keeps me coming back and craving more.
Jamie Age: 21
After my orthopedic doctor told me I needed to pay for physical therapy, I chose to do yoga instead. I have seen not only weight loss, but I am not in pain every day anymore.
Denise Age: 58
I have a cervical fusion and nerve damage between L4-L5. Having tried just about everything for pain relief, I gave Bikram a try. I was amazed that on the days I practiced my pain was significantly decreased. I would not have believed it could happen, but it has.
Monica Age: 17
If you think you never want to go again, go again. You will find yourself enjoying the class more and more.
Petra Age: 43
This Yoga makes me feel alive. Sometimes I feel very exhausted due to my hectic and physically demanding lifestyle. The other day I took a nap and still felt crushed - I could chose between staying half dead on the couch or getting my life back by going "there" - of course I went to class and the reward was like always - I felt like new again. Also, the teachers are inspiring and motivating and know their stuff.
Kerri Age: 36
Two years ago, I never would have thought I'd ever be doing yoga and now I couldn't imagine my life without it. I "knew"-without ever trying it-that I didn't like yoga because it was much too boring and not a good workout. I was 100% wrong. There is nothing boring or easy about Bikram Yoga. It is the best, most complete workout I've ever experienced and every aspect of my life has improved because of it.
Ila Age: 36
I have lost weight and gained muscle. I am a happier person. I used to feel extremely anxious and lacked energy to do the activities I used to love. Not anymore!
Rachel Age: 36
I feel more relaxed, stronger and more flexible, especially in my legs, back and arms. And I agree with all of those people who wrote about reducing anxiety. I've done other yoga, but the Bikram is a real stress eraser.
Jenna Age: 30
I truly believe that Bikram is the secret to life. There are so many lessons from the practice that strengthen choices and habits in everyday life; such as discipline, posture, and breathing through discomfort.
Just get yourself to keep coming back! It certainly won’t get any easier, but the benefits will definitely outweigh the difficulty and make this a fantastic long term investment in yourself.
Patty Age: 54
Other benefits are hard to describe, but I know they carry over to my work and other activities. I ran in a 10k this summer and when I ran by my brother's house, he said I was the only one smiling.
Ted Age: 34
I suffer from chronic body pain and Bikram Yoga has greatly decreased the pain. On days when I am able to get to Bikram Yoga the pain is much more manageable than on days when I am not able to go.
Paul Age: 53
In the car the other day I thought about how a marathon is 26.2 miles, and the Bikram series is 26 postures and 2 breathing excercises- 26.2, but it's a different kind of marathon that doesn't sap your strength, and allows you to go with your body day by day, practice by practice.
ML Age: 60
The improvement in my balance and strength has been very inspiring, even in my posture. I have early stages osteoporosis so it's very important to build back my upper body strangth. I have also been really surprised that my knee pain, which was pretty bad at the beginning in a lot of the postures, is almost all gone!
Dana Age: 42
My chiropractor has been trying to adjust my C1 vertebra for years. About two weeks ago I had been practicing for about two weeks it adjusted itself during class. Aaaahhhhhh .
Ally Age: 21
I used to have severe anxiety and stress, but Bikram Yoga has taught me how to see things for what they are and not allow them to overwhelm me. I've also seen huge changes in my body-I'm much more flexible, but more importantly strong!
Karen Age: 36
When I finally decided to start, he made sure I knew what to expect. As the instructors often say to the newbies, all you need to do is stay in the room. So that is what I focused on, staying in the room. It was after the second class the next day that I realized how intense, but rewarding, it could be.
Linda Age: 60
I love the fact that I can go to Bikram studios around the country and feel totally at home with my yoga practice. It's always nice to get back to the Portsmouth studio as their warmth and friendiness is unbeatable.
Lindsey Age: 23
(After my first class), I was sweatier than I'd ever been. I had to sit multiple times to avoid fainting, but I felt proud of myself for having completed something so challenging.
Emily Age: 42
It has been 2 years now since I wrote a testimonial and two years since I began doing Bikram. I thought it would be cool to re-read what I wrote then and compare to my current experience. I was right!
Rebecca Age: 26
I am someone that has suffered from panic attacks and extreme anxiety, both of these have become almost non-existent since starting my practice.
Diane Age: 31
My real issue is a pinched nerve that causes my right hip joint to seize up, after I sustained an injury as a child...After some doctors saying I needed surgery on my hip and others saying it was a back problem, I decided to try out alternative remedies. Bikram Yoga is the only thing that has ever worked after all these years.
Joana Age: 29
If you feel like you're going to just pass out and die...that's great! You put in your effort and you did your best. Keep coming! It'll change your life forever! I will never go to the gym again. Bikram yoga is the best decision you will ever make for yourself!
Mark Age: 38
Bikram Yoga changed my life. I am much less nervous and anxious although I was suffering from Anxiety and Panic Disorder.
Philip Age: 52
The constant improvement keeps me coming back, even if a chart of my progress would look something like the stock market. Every day is different, and now I count on that. Overall, over the months, I definitely see progress. I have a history of back and neck problems...
Christine Age: 32
I injured my back...I decided to begin practicing yoga at least 3 times per week, trying for 5. Within a few weeks my pain was gone, and has never returned! Bikram yoga has made my back the healthiest and strongest it has ever been.
Emily Age: 40
I loved seeing so many different types and sizes of people in the class. It made me very comfortable. I felt completely worked out and completely peaceful after my first class. It is this interesting combination of simulataneous experiences that works: Extreme challenge and extreme peace.
Pat Age: 53
After 2 years of practicing Bikram, I would advise a 1st timer to stay with it... go as often as you can your first 6 months and as many consecutive days as you can. Drink lots of water, make sure you keep breathing and listen. Don't try to muscle through it, go step by step, even if it seems you're not progressing with the postures. Focus on yourself and block out the distractions.
Mark Age: 37
After practicing for about a week, the physiological benefits were very apparently. The most noticeable one was weight loss. I've lost 20 pounds in 1.5 months and I'm still dropping.
Paula R. Age: 50
I went thru breast cancer surgery and treatment last summer. I could not have done as well coming back from all that if I had not been practicing Bikram yoga. The support I felt from the teachers and students was invaluable. Need I say more? I love it!
Elena Age: 44
My friends said that my skin is glowing. Also, after each class I feel so refreshed that I feel like I could almost start another 8 hour work day at 8PM.
Kent Age: 57
I've had chronic back pain and a real problem with one of my ankles. My flexibility has also been decreasing over time. After just a few weeks of coming, the aches and pains were greatly diminished and my flexibility has really improved.
Amy Age: 23
After cheerleading and playing softball through my four years of college I never thought I would find a work out that gave me the same feelings. Bikram does, and the class energy is like being on a team again, it definitely lifts you up if you are feeling down or having a rough class.
Kate Age: 27
The result is amazing. My body is nice and slim. The skin is getting much softer. Your mind calms down and you feel energized.
Shannon E. Age: 34
I marvel at how something can be effortless one day and excruciating the next. The self-examination of this yoga blows my mind.
Patti S. Age: 40
Don't worry about being perfect, what you look like, etc. Believe me, others in the class aren't watching you, they are working on their own postures.
Teri A. Age: 38
Due to a neck injury 12 years ago I had limited range of motion in my neck, but not any more! My neck is great. I have gone from a size 14 to a size 10 again, but best of all I quit smoking after 25 years.
Norman Age: 45
I dropped about 15 pounds down to a weight I should be, I have a lot more patience. I am not as anxious. My blood pressure dropped by 30%.
Gary F. Age: 48
I have fewer episodes of neck and back pain, more flexibility. I feel good and proud of myself.
Carol S. Age: 52
Increased mobility in shoulders, hips. Decrease in blood pressure from high normal range to normal range.
Susan Age: 49
My strength has increased, my waist slimmed, arms and legs feel stronger and more defined.
Joyce F. Age: 44
I felt like I had run 10 miles in 100 degree weather.
Christine P. Age: 42
It took me a long time to come to a Bikram Yoga class. The heat intimidated me in a very big way, ithought I would pass out or would feel claustrophobic.
Paul G. Age: 48
Knees: I have had two surgeries with no effect. Bikram yoga has totally healed both of my knees.
Anonymous Age: 52
My flexibility in my shoulders and hips is improving.
Glicka Age: 51
My body tells me I need the focus and this yoga.... the repition of the positions lets me concentrate on pushing forward; I'm not confused with new movements at each class.
ML Age: 40
I started practicing yoga because I wanted more balance and thought that balancing my body could be a good way to true up all of me.
Michelle B. Age: 31
I feel in the best shape I have every been in - even better than when I was working out 6 days a week in the gym.
Anonymous Male Age: 61
I liked the physical challenge and the 90 minutes of sweating.
Rev. Marta Age: 42
Looking in the mirror seeing myself, warts and all, was and still is a challenge.
Mim E. Age: 34
My body looks more toned, I have muscle definition where I thought I it was gone forever (you know: the back of your upper arms...).
Wes K. Age: 52
Weight loss, increased energy levels and focus. A general feeling of good health.
Anonymous Age: Ageless
I was surprised that I liked it so much, and that I felt so good. I thought I would hate the heat.
Sheryl R. Age: 40
My introduction to Bikram Yoga was a little over two years ago. I had just given birth to my second girl and was looking for a way to shed the baby weight.
Anonymous Age: 40
I am more able to calm down in the midst of fear, anger, or any of those other emotions that can get your heart racing.
Kim B. Age: 35
I have been told I look skinnier, but I don't see a difference. The best benefit is the stress relief and diminished back pain.