Since being diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at age 13, followed by rheumatoid arthritis a few years later, I had struggled endlessly juggling combinations of drugs, therapies and operations to combat the pain and inflammation that had engulfed and at times, completely crippled my body – that was until I discovered Bikram Yoga aged 34.
After walking through the doors of hot room for the first time at the old Burleigh Beach studio, I had an enormous sense that I had finally found a remedy for my pain. At this stage I had just undergone four operations within a year on my foot/knees, and took a daily combination of eight types of arthritic medication – however after practicing regularly, within two months not only was I feeling healthy, fit, focused and able to freely move joints that hadn’t functioned in years, I had also rid myself of all the medications, bar one.
That was almost 3 years ago now, and to this day I am painfree the majority of the time from regular practice, and only take the one medication once a fortnight. My rheumatologist says it is the best he has ever seen me!
Additionally Bikram has built up my core strength, flexibility and balance which allows me to pursue my other passion – surfing.
The arthritis will never completely leave my body, but as long as I practice Bikram, my body will continue to heal and I’ll enjoy the active lifestyle I have always craved.
Thank you so much Sean, Jodie and all the wonderful teachers, you have provided so much encouragement and guidance that I will be forever grateful for.