Mari Stephens

Three years ago, at the urging of my children, I gave Bikram Yoga a try. At the time, even with my usual practice of running and swimming, I was having increasing difficulty coping with the mounting troubles in my life. I never understood why anyone would want to exercise indoors; the idea of a heated room and a teacher continually telling you what to do—that in no way seemed appealing. I questioned what value there could possibly be in such a curious practice. Now, of course, I have experienced the profound benefits. Remaining calm and focused in the heat while attempting 26 postures and two breathing exercises is mysteriously transformative. 100% exertion, even for ten seconds, to 100% relaxation is hard! But such wonderful, grand surprises result—clarity and coping, personal insights, self-development, improved sleep, strength and flexibility, physical fitness, stress management—astonishing improvements in every area of life.

Bikram Yoga Petaluma is a great treasure. I felt welcomed and a part of something very special the first time I walked through the door. Every aspect and every detail of the studio creates an atmosphere that lightens your heart, lifts your spirits and truly supports your practice. The classes are uniquely fantastic. The instructors teach with all their heart; their encouraging energy fills the room and sustains and supports everyone for the whole ninety minutes. The expertise is unparalleled, the camaraderie delightful. Those amazing teachers inspire everyone to work towards their upmost capability and yet, at the same time, enliven and bolster the class with wit and fun, kindness and calm. I leave every class with a glow of gratitude for Bikram Yoga Petaluma. I love this studio!