This 24 year-old hairstylist had never tried yoga until she was invited to do a free class as an employee of a local business when Yoga 360 first opened in Surrey. “I’ve been hooked ever since,” she exclaims.
“My first class was awesome!” Kamila goes on to recount her experience, “I had Stephen as my teacher, and he is amazing at making sure you are in correct form. The class was particularly small that day, so it was as if I had a one-on-one lesson. I felt so energized after my class; I felt amazing! I was also starved, so I had something to eat. Even then, I had so much energy left over that I went to the gym afterward!”
Kamila claims that she knew “nothing at all” about Bikram yoga before that first class: “I knew it was in a hot room and involved stretches,” she laughs. Despite this, she feels that she would have discovered Bikram yoga eventually: “I’m the type to always try new things, so if I didn’t find yoga a year ago, I would definitely find it eventually! It was destiny!” she pronounces.
Even though Kamila is young and in good shape, she has experienced the healing and health benefits of the Bikram yoga series.” I feel much more relaxed in stressful situations; I do not freak out over little things anymore. My back feels 100 % again, after an accident I had a few years back.” She’s also noticed that her cardio vascular health and lung capacity have improved: “When I work out, I am not as out of breath. I recently went to the beach with a friend and blew up an air mattress in less than half the time it took her,” Kamila laughs. What’s more, the beneficial sweating in Bikram yoga class has helped Kamila’s skin: “I had very dry skin that was rough to the touch, and now my skin is silky smooth,” she enthuses.
Through regular practice, Kamila has taken her body to new places. “I never thought that I would be able to sit my butt all the way down with my legs flat on the ground pointing back. Previously, I was never able to sit completely down; I have improved tremendously! I also never thought I could hold my posture while touching head to knee!” Her future goals for her yoga practice are to “to keep improving and become more flexible.” Kamila is always challenging herself in the regular Bikram class and the intermediate Master Core series. One of her goals is to work on holding her handstands in the intermediate series: “I would like to be able to hold them for long amounts of time.”