I have a rare motor neuron disease called Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia which causes my lower legs to twitch, tighten and weaken.
The Bikram Yoga series is a godsend for me. Stretching my muscles in the hot room greatly reduces the tension in my legs helping me to move better, feel better, and sleep better at night. My disease is like having restless leg syndrome on steroids, but on days I do class I go to bed at night and I’m AT REST. Sweet dreams for me.
Also, I get my cardio. These are beginning postures, but in a hot room, and after 90 minutes you walk (waddle) out of there feeling like you ran sprints for an hour. It’s a wonderful workout for slower moving people, and the teachers are very understanding. I just hold onto the ballet bar in the back for balance in some of the postures and don’t expect to look like anyone else in there.
The final benefit is that it helps me deal with the anxiety and depression of losing my ability to move. It’s only been in the past few years that I started having trouble with my legs, and there’s a tendency to want to hide away and sulk; but I go to class daily, and feel wonderful as a result.
Someday I might be rolling in on a wheel chair but I will never stop doing Bikram Yoga. – Corby