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May 2016

Chiropractor shares how Bikram hot yoga helps her

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“Hi! I’m Anya. I don’t think I am as funny as Suzan so don’t expect that. I just want to say thank you and thanks for your yoga studio. Because I don’t know if you all have been to other yoga studios, but I went to one in Chicago, I won’t name it and I used to live there and it was so smelly. I thought it was in a sock. It was so bad. And the facility here is clean and you know the floor is great, the heat is great and there is actually a room out in front and it is in a great location so I really appreciate the space. And I appreciate the teachers, are so nurturing. I have been to yoga classes in Asheville before. I am a yoga teacher too. I have taught Ashtanga and I have taught flow yoga and prenatal yoga and it is my time now to take a class, to be a student. I gave up the teaching.

I am a chiropractor so that’s what I mainly do and I got a frozen shoulder because I while I was leaving in Chicago I just have 50 people a day, 50. And it was really hard on me and my right shoulder just got completely frozen so I couldn’t do what I love to do. So I moved back here recently and started another practice, my fifth one over the last 12 years and I am really excited to have this here because it is completely healed. I have full range of motion of my right shoulder now and I never did for the last 2 years. So it has really helped me to just get you know, feel the best version of me. So I appreciate all of you.”

Bikram method gives her confidence and strength

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Laura, student of Hot Yoga Studio Asheville – Bikram Method, discusses how hot yoga has given her confidence and strength to sing in church.
“My name is Laura and I started yoga in asheville a couple of years ago, but I just finished my first 30-day challenge and I have taken some inches off my waste, which I have been trying for years to do that. I have tried 90 X. I have tried insanity, have been working after we have a few kids, sometimes it is a little harder. But the 30-day challenge at least gone down one jean size, but I just have to wear belts with my jeans because I would rather spend a few hundred dollars on my membership than on a new pair of jeans.

And also I will be sharing today that I always wanted to sing and I don’t sing very well, but I was in church today and I was just singing away because all those new muscles that I have discovered in my abdomen just kept, I was like, “Oh, yes! This is great” You know like I really could hold the notes out and it was wonderful. I was like, “Yeah, this is great”. Now, I won’t get up and sing in front of everybody at church, but sitting there in my seat I was like, “Yeah, I could sing” and I just give that to just the muscles and the new things that I learned and become and that’s why I am able to do that. So thank you. “


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Each year on Mother’s Day I share the following poem. Each time it moves me in a new way. I hope it touches you too. ~Adi

The Invitation
by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.


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Famous author Dr. Wayne Dyer discovers
the benefits of yoga

Lahaina News Thursday August 9th 2007

wayne-dyerBY RITA SAKAJIANLAHAINA  He walked in the door on October 1, 2005 and said he wanted to try doing yoga for 40 days, said Mary Katharine Wall, owner of Bikram Yoga in Lahaina.His face was familiar but I didn’t really know who he was. I asked him if he knew what he was getting himself into, and he said he was willing to find out.

That was two years ago!

She said if he was going to take her yoga classes, she was going to read his books.

The next day he brought in his book, The Power of Intention, and several of his other books. They have completely changed the way I look at life. I guess it was serendipity that brought him to my class that day, Wall said.

The man she is referring to is Dr. Wayne Dyer, world-renowned self-help advocate, author, inspirational lecturer and resident of Maui.

His 1976 book Your Erroneous Zones sold over 30 million copies and is one of the best-selling books of all time. He has written more than 30 inspirational books.

“I had been an avid runner from 1976 to 1998 and I was running between eight and 15 miles a day. Then I would go and play tennis for a few hours”, said Dr. Dyer.

“I knew my days of running would have to come to an end because I was living with chronic back pain. The doctor said I would also need knee surgery.”

He said that he heard different things about yoga through the years.

“My body was such a mess, I knew I had to do something. The first day of doing yoga at MK’s (as she is affectionately known) Bikram studio, I got through half of it, but I kept coming back, and after 40 days I was completely hooked. I don’t know where I would be right now without doing yoga the last two years,” he concluded.

Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India. He was born in Calcutta, India, in 1946 and began practicing yoga at the age of four.

He taught yoga to Indira Gandhi at the tender age of 11, and now has more than 500 studios all over the world.

MK took over the ownership of the studio in December 2004.

I” heard it was on the verge of closing, so I moved to Maui and gave it some “TLC” and brought it back to life,” she said with a smile on her face.

The studio is heated to relax the muscles and help in healing and detoxing the body.

Some of the benefits of doing yoga are: reducing stress, increasing flexibility, increasing energy, increasing muscle tone, lowering blood pressure, losing weight, improving concentration and preventing injury and disease.

“Most people come to yoga to fix an injury to their back or if they have a knee problem. After doing yoga for a while, they find there are other benefits, such as sleeping better, eating better, and just an overall feeling of well being.” said MK.

“I’m an inch taller since I started doing yoga because it stretches the spine. It doesn’t just teach us to be flexible in our physical world, but to be flexible in our thinking and keeps us balanced. Because I am a public speaker, I first noticed a difference in my mind. I started thinking better and my lecturing was more focused. I didn’t have to take notes on what I was going to say. I also noticed I was sleeping better.” said Dr. Dyer.

He continued to say that practicing yoga works every part of your body not just the outer part, but the inner parts like your thyroid, pituitary gland, and your digestive system.

“Not only am I doing this interview because I want this business to thrive, but also to inform the people of Maui of all the benefits of yoga and how it can improve the quality of life. There is a miracle waiting for you in that hot room.” he concluded with a smile.

Bikram Yoga of Lahaina is located at 900 Front St., Suite F17, at Lahaina Center (across from the movie theater). You can call 661-6828 for more information.  Introductory rates are available.

For more information on Dr. Wayne Dyer and his books, go to his website


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This past month has been super exciting for us! We were featured on two different news stations… WLOS and WYFF.

We are so glad that these stations have decided to share our special yoga with the world. And we are especially grateful to our student, Sherrie, who shared her inspiring story of using Bikram Hot Yoga to recover after brain surgery. We hope it inspires you to get into the yoga room and try despite any challenges you may be facing. We are all in it to help each other!


ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Recovery after a health crisis can take on many forms that often times go beyond “just what the doctor ordered.”
Some people seek additional strength in healing through a balance of body, mind and spirit.
Bikram, also known as hot yoga, is what Sherrie Martin has practiced for more than five years.
“I was looking for something that was low intensity, and something that would help me detox my body from all the medicine and stuff, and somebody said, ‘let’s try Bikram,'” Martin said.
What brought her to hot yoga is what nearly took her life in 2008 — a brain tumor the size of a lemon. She underwent emergency surgery, rounds of radiation, followed by a focus on getting better and living well.
“When you go in the room, it’s me and my mat, and it’s my mind, body, moving meditation,” Martin said.
The room is heated to 104 degrees with 35 percent humidity. The high temperature and moisture level makes joints and muscles more flexible and helps move oxygen through the body more efficiently.
There are 26 set postures performed over the course of 90 minutes; a hot yoga class never varies. It is intense and repetitive for a reason.
Adi Westerman is the owner of Hot Yoga Asheville and also a teacher. She instructs and nurtures all her students and admires what Sherrie’s accomplishing.
“To keep coming even through radiation and going through surgery, people, people don’t come in because they hurt their pinky toe, and here she is, she’s coming in day after day, you know, for her whole self, well-being,”  Westerman said.



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Our instructor Sean posed the following questions this morning in class while we were in a quick savasana between sweating buckets and working hard:

Has anyone checked the Thermostat lately?   How about the Humidistat?   How about the Clock?  … and … How about Yourself???


He followed by reminding us that so often when we are challenged in a class, we begin to look outside of ourselves. We look for distractions. We look for anything that we can put our attention to, rather than going inward and focusing on ourself. What a great reminder! 

Remember, one objective of yoga is to slow down and check in with yourself. This not only means working hard when you can, but it also means backing off when you need to. To the best of your ability seek to be present with your body and your self. When you find yourself fidgeting or looking at the clock, remember that the more you stay in the present moment with your practice, the more easily the time/heat/and even postures move to the background and become simply tools in your success.

Thank you Sean for the wonderful reminder!

bikram hot yoga Asheville spine twist snow


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“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but hot yoga is so delightful.

So, we know the place to go. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

This opening line is to be read exuberantly in the countertenor singing voice of Dean Martin, please. (Okay, I’m a dork. But it’s true!) That is today’s jingle for Hot Yoga Asheville; quite simply, the best place to be on these chilly, winter days. As the blizzard of 2015 ravages New England, we Asheville mortals also tend to hibernate against our less tempestuous, yet still blustery, cold weather. If you need to awaken from this shrouded state like I do, now is the time to step outside and let the windshield ice-scraping rituals ensue. The smartest of these awakened, winter creatures fly south to warmer rooms, like that of Hot Yoga Asheville.

“It just feels so good to do the Bikram Method in winter,” I heard someone say in the women’s room before class. I cannot argue.

After weeks of procrastination, I finally hauled my January carcass to the studio and hit the yoga mat at Ross’ Tuesday, 4:30 class. Wow. I felt completely transformed; an obvious outcome, in retrospect. The question is: what took me so long to get back there? Perhaps it’s harder to get there in winter, but it feels even better! Hunched, shivering forms, swaddled in down coats and dreaming of sweaty savasana, descended upon the studio, and stripped down to their zebra- print spandex, revealing their pale, goose-bumpy skin. As these bold, seekers of warmth stepped through the yoga room thresh hold, expressions changed from subdued agitation to ones of purposeful calm. Limbs sank gratefully onto mats; corners of lips lifted slightly. A soft chatter of common purpose rose like a murmuration of starlings that have just reached their point of migration. Yet, are we Bikram yogis really like starlings? I think not. We are more like a kettle of raptors; fierce and ambitious, riding the warmth of the thermals to a better place. As skin began to glisten in the heat, I noticed the robustness of my December body had withered some before me in the wall of all-too-honest mirrors.  But there was hope yet for my winter body. Ross pranced into the room and welcomed us to the class. For the first time in what seemed like ages, I felt like I was in exactly the right place at the right time.

4 things to keep in mind for Hot Yoga in wintertime:

  1. Get to class a little earlier. As delicious as the heat of the yoga room feels to your chilly body in winter, it may take longer to adjust to the temperatures of the room, which average 95 and 105 degrees. If you let your body acclimate to the room before class, your body will thank you.
  2. Be sure to bring a change of dry clothes. Finding one’s self drenched in sweat with no dry clothes to change into before heading back out into the freezing cold is a regretful experience indeed. Even if you decide not to shower in the studio after class, you will leave the studio in a much more blissful state if you towel off, and slip on some comfy, dry, warm clothes over your newly restored body.
  3. Wash your sweat-soaked yoga clothes ASAP. It is just no fun at all to discover a frozen wad of sweaty spandex in a plastic grocery bag on your car seat. The only things worse than old, sweaty yoga clothes are frozen, old, sweaty yoga clothes. Throw them and your wet yoga towel in the wash right away to keep bacteria, mildew and mold from setting in.
  4. Wash your hands thoroughly after class. Often, after a hot yoga class, you may opt to shower at home to avoid the lines in the studio. Yet, in winter, it is especially important to at least wash your hands after class to make sure you have not collected any of those pesky bugs that love to travel around town this time of year. Even though the hot yoga temperatures are too hot to harbor the flu virus, these little villains can still linger on other surfaces. (Hot Yoga Asheville is exceptionally clean though! Kudos!)


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Did you know we use Far Infrared Heat?

Most yoga studios use forced air to heat their studio space, but at Hot Yoga Asheville we use FAR INFRARED HEAT. Similar to the way the sun warms the earth, far infrared heat aids you in your healing process. They even use it to warm premature babies. It is safe, quiet, and deeply penetrating to help stimulate cell regeneration, blood flow, metabolism and relieves muscle pain, spasms, joint pain and stiffness. The infrared heat stimulates your body to move your blood more quickly to the body, so while you exercise you are more effectively bringing fresh oxygen to your cells. (HYA is also equipped with a state of the art energy recovery ventilator that brings FRESH AIR automatically according to CO2 levels! So breathe deep! You are safe. )

  • Detoxification and Healthier Skin

More Blood Flow + Far infrared heat= Radiant Glow

  • Immune System Support

By raising core body temperature we neutralize potential bacteria or viral infections creating a wonderful environment for white blood cells to thrive.

  • Strengthening Cardiovascular System

Research suggests far infrared heat increases circulation and oxygen while lowering blood pressure.

  • Pain Relief and Injury Recovery

More flexibility and more range of motion with less strain on fascia and tissues

  • Deep Relaxation and Restored Energy Levels

Allow the heat to bring you to memories of lying on the beach and find a deep sense of calm, renewal and even better sleep!