Denis Marion is the male winner of our Bikram testimonial contest. He scored an unlimited 3 months membership at SSHY. Congrats Denis on your incredible progress. We appreciate you sharing your journey!
Bikram yoga testimonial - Denis Marion
I’m guessing you have all heard the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover.” Not that I like comparing myself to a book; however, this saying is very accurate when it comes to my physical story. On the outside the story looks pretty darn good; however, once you get past the cover, the inside tells you a very different story. All the abuse my body had been through over the past three decades; bodybuilding for over 30 years and employed as a Winnipeg Firefighter for 20 plus years, had finally taken its toll on me.
In October, 2009 on my way back home from a chiropractor’s appointment, for some reason I decided to drive down Stafford Street. Sitting in traffic, I happened to look over to my right and I saw the sign for Stafford Street Hot Yoga. Living with daily, chronic pain can leave a person feeling beaten, tired and frustrated and that is exactly how I felt when I made the decision to turn into the parking lot to check this yoga place out. I had tried just about everything else, so why not Bikram yoga?
I was greeted at the front desk by two gentlemen, Todd and Kevin, who took the time to explain what SSHY was about and what I could expect by attending classes. After Kevin gave me a tour of the facility, I immediately made the decision to try it out for a week before committing to anything long term. The next day, I showed up and as a matter of fact, I ended up going 5 days out of 7 in that very first week.
It was very difficult in the beginning, but at the same time something inside of me was telling me this was the right thing to do. I decided to start buying 10 and 20 visit packages, only because I was not sure how many days per month I could commit to attending regular classes. I started to arrive early before my class, read the books in the lounge area and would often get tips from Amanda and all the Bikram instructors to help me with areas I was struggling with.
When I started taking classes my body was like a board. No flexibility and barely any range of motion. I was in a lot of pain from head to toe. Past injuries included dislocated shoulders, broken bones, torn ligaments and tendons everywhere in my body. Doctors have said that had it not been for all the muscles I had built up over the years, I should have been seriously injured or dead by now. To heal both mind and body I have tried everything from therapies, massage, reading, chiropractors, and herbalists. With trying all of these different methods I would only receive temporary relief; however, since doing hot yoga my visits to these practitioners have become less and less.
My overall health, just like for most us, is very important to me. There are many other things I do to ensure I live a healthy lifestyle, but since introducing yoga into my routine I have a new lease on life. When I think back to how I felt physically and emotionally when I first walked through the doors of SSHY the transformation has been unbelievable. I can proudly say for the first time in over 20 years, I’m living a pain-free life. I feel younger, energized and ALIVE!
I have been with SSHY for over two years and the journey has not been easy. I had to endure a lot of pain in order to heal my old injuries just like Amanda said I would experience. She kept my hope alive by encouraging me to work and push past the pain in order to heal the deep-rooted injuries. I know there are other yoga studios throughout our city, but making that decision to drive down Stafford was the best decision I could have ever made for myself and for my overall well-being. Why would I want to go anywhere else? The staff and studio are first rate. The people who attend are great. The location is ideal. Yoga is not only great for your body, but it does wonders for your mind and soul. To be able to release the stress from our everyday lives, I believe that if more people gave yoga an honest and committed effort there would be a lot less people dealing with serious health issues. Take it from me. I’m living proof of that.
Namaste ~ Denis Marion