I found my way to a yoga class first because of debilitating back and neck pain. The first Bikram Yoga class I took was very difficult for me, but after the class I realized that at that moment I felt better than I felt in 30 years (I had been in a car wreck when I was 18). The feeling I had after each class was what continued to encourage me to attend class.
At this point I was seeing a chiropractor weekly and could have gone daily, as my back and neck would literally “go out” again as soon as I walked out of the doctor’s office. After about six months of yoga practice, I noticed less pain and problems with my back and neck and then noticed many other benefits to the practice.
After nine months of practice, I visited my chiropractor again and had him re-x-ray my neck. He had my old and new x-rays up on the light. Because the new x-ray looked so good, he turned around and demanded to know what I had been doing. When I told him, “Bikram Yoga.” He looked at me, blinked, turned red, and then turned around. He told me that because the condition of my neck as shown by the old x-ray was so bad, that he had not known how to help me (he had never told me that before). He then said my neck now look like a neck should look and that he could now help me! Even though I had not seen him for nine months (shortly after I had begun doing yoga), he later claimed to have fixed my neck. Maybe he did!
It took about three years of continued practice before I noticed one day that my body was pain free. Although I continue to have back and neck problems at times, the pain I may feel is manageable; usually, all I have to do is take a class to feel better.
I also noticed that the yoga class was cheaper than the weekly visits to the doctor! After I did the introductory offer the studio offered, I then began purchasing monthly-unlimited passes and to practice nearly every day.