Lani's Bikram yoga story is one of dramatic recovery and self-discovery.
She began her Bikram yoga journey on January 14, 2014, to try to heal a crippling back injury she suffered in October 2013. "A slipped disc left me bedridden and unable to walk for 3 weeks. After that, the pain was constant." In Lani's mind, the treatment was almost as bad as the pain: "I hated taking the pain meds: oxycontin and Tylenol 3."
As the mom of a two and a half year old daughter (in addition to her 21 year old daughter), Lani couldn't afford to be in pain or dependent on pain medications. Then she heard that Bikram yoga was healthy and healing. "My first class was pain and pleasure. I loved the challenges of pushing my body further," she excitedly remembers starting out with her Bikram yoga practice.
This push was something Lani didn't even know she craved until she started Bikram yoga: "I didn't imagine myself doing yoga a few years ago. My body and state of mind were not ready to be challenged everyday, but now I am eager to be challenged." And what a challenge! Lani began by practicing 7 days per week, "but now I don't have a sitter on weekends, so I practice Monday to Friday taking the 9:15 a.m. class." You'd better believe that she doesn't make any excuses not to make her yoga class, "I find that when I used to complain that I didn't have time for fitness; it was just my excuse. I could easily say now that I didn't have time for yoga, but I go the extra mile to make that time; for example, when my daughter is sick, I drive to Langley for the 6 a.m. class and take classes while she and my husband are asleep. Then I can be home in time to care for her when she wakes and my husband goes to work."
If that sounds serious, it's because Lani has made a serious commitment to feeling good, healing her body and pursuing a positive mind-set. "Now I go Monday to Friday at 9:15 a.m., then straight to the gym after. I get my health in before 1 p.m., when I then become a full time mother to the most wonderful, beautiful little girl," she effuses.
Besides helping her recover from a slipped disc, Lani has also found that Bikram yoga has changed her attitude. "The greatest benefit that I have experienced from my bikram practice is the positive energy that I am emanating from my being. I feel so alive and happy." Her husband has noticed this change as well, "my husband loves what yoga has done to my outlook on myself and my life. He says I have become very positive and calm. He always says yoga is the best addiction I have."
After a only a few short months practicing Bikram yoga, Lani has found that she can work harder and do more physically than ever before in her 39 years. "Now, because of yoga, I CAN DO THE SPLITS!" she enthuses, "I have never been able to, ever, in my whole life, until now!" She adds, "I have noticed that my Bikram practice has made me more flexible and allowed me to push a little harder with my workouts at the gym."
Lani loves the feeling of meeting new challenges every class: "Everyday it's a new great feeling after practice, and everyday its a new challenge with my body. I love the positive outlook after practice and the positive aura throughout the whole day."
When other people ask her what her secret to health and happiness is, Lani replies, "no secret at all. Come join me for a class at Yoga 360." That sounds like a great plan!