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Can you change your life in 30 days? The benefits of a Bikram Yoga 30-Day Challenge
Bikram Choudhury tells his students: “Give me 30 days, I’ll change your body. Give me 60 days, I’ll change your life.” While it seems impossible given the number of unsuccessful weight loss plans and other advertised fad exercise regimens out there, Bikram Yoga studios all around the world have been fortunate enough to see several students experience the truth of this statement first-hand.
30-Day Challenges are designed to help students delve deeper into their practice, refine their postures, and gain a better understanding of their body and capabilities.
What is a 30-Day Challenge?
The goal of a 30-Day Challenge is to take a class every day for 30 days and over time see the positive physical and mental changes realized by a consistent practice.
Are 30 days of yoga in a row too much?
Not at all. Bikram Yoga is different from most other forms of exercise. Because yoga does not tear the muscles, your body does not require time to repair itself between classes. Furthermore, Bikram Yoga restores health and brings your body and mind back to balance. It is safe to take class every day, even twice a day!
What are some of the benefits of a daily practice?
Most of the people who completed their Challenge have mentioned that they sleep better, gain flexibility and muscle tone, lose weight, handle stress better, smile more often, feel more confident in their appearance, see major improvements in their yoga postures, and find other forms of exercise and daily activities easier. During a 30-Day Challenge you also have a chance to pay better attention to your body and to the physical and mental changes happening during those 30 days.
What if I can’t come every day during a Challenge?
That’s ok! Life can be unpredictable and may get in the way of a daily practice. That’s the main reason why Bikram Yoga Kapolei offers modified 30-Day Challenges. Depending on the Challenge you may only need to complete 26 classes in 30 days or are allowed to take 2 classes per day in order to make up for a missed day. You can use a Challenge to commit to attend class more often than usual. If you normally take 3 classes per week, make it your Challenge to attend 5-7 days a week. There are plenty of ways to customize a Challenge, but the goal is to come to class as much as possible to maximize your health benefits.
Please read some great testimonials from our challengers and view inspiring before/after pictures below:
“I was diagnosed with severe cervical osteoarthritis when I was 27 years old. I was in disbelief though desperate to find answers and a solution to the debilitating pain and stiffness. Over the last three years, I tried everything from physical therapy to massage therapy; medications to injections; chiropractic care to acupuncture. None of these provided lasting relief, some made the pain worse. I gave up hope of a pain-free life although in my heart I knew life could be better. Just over two months ago, I discovered Bikram Yoga – everything changed.Read more
At the beginning of this challenge the pain and stiffness in my neck was so severe that I could barely keep my arms above my head for the warm-up poses. I struggled to keep my arms locked and to tilt my head even slightly back during the back bends. Being the longest and most gruesome 20 seconds of my day, I prayed for camel pose to end, and also that one day I would be able to touch my heels. With each class I could feel my spine healing, and the severity of pain diminishing. By dedicating my time and energy to this challenge, my practice improved, my energy increased, and my sleep is wonderful.
Bikram yoga restored my hope. I came to my first class with no expectations, but left feeling empowered knowing that I could be the one to take control of my pain- no doctors or specialists required- just me! In this challenge I realized that all I needed was an amazing studio, the best yoga teachers one could ever ask for, and an inspiring group of people to practice among. This challenge was truly a gift, and I’m so grateful to have found my solution: “yoga therapy.”
– Stephanie Robinson
Congratulations, Stephanie, such great progress!
Great job and many thanks to everybody who participated in the 30-day challenge! It was another great one (November 14 – December 17, 2016).
Another challenge is completed. Thanks and congratulations everybody for participating. With 33 participants, this was our biggest 30-day challenge yet (June 6 – July 6, 2016).
Congratulations everyone for participating in our first ever team challenge (Aug 15 – Sept 14, 2015)!
Great job everyone for finishing the 60-Day Challenge (Feb 28 – April 29, 2015)!
Congratulations to everybody who finished our 30-Day Challenge (Oct 18 – Nov 16, 2014)!