Bikram Yoga

For about a year and a half my wife, Yvette had been asking me to come join her for this amazing yoga workout called “Bikram.” Now I had grown up playing what I considered “manly” sports like football, basketball, and track so going to a yoga class where people wore short shorts and only stretched did not appeal to my masculine side. So I denied her for close to two years.

Then I started to see the changes in her body, mind, and spirit and one day I broke down and decided to go. When I walked into Bikram studio in studio city California for the first time I was shocked. The room was like a sauna and all I saw was incredibly fit men and women wearing barely any clothes. I was the guy with baggy shorts and a t shirt trying to figure out what cult my wife was trying to get me into.

Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram Yoga

As we started the class I began to sweat profusely after the first breathing exercise. I went to drink some water to hydrate and was yelled at, not really but told in a nice way to not drink at that time, however it felt like I was being yelled at. I remember getting frustrated because I could not do all the moves as my flexibility was non existent.

I started to notice other people sweating, breathing hard and some even taking breaks. I told myself I would not quit and attempt to do the full 90 minutes. After the standing series the i felt like I was going to pass out and I started asking myself, “why did I agree to this torture?” then the instructor said,”great that was just the warm up now we can begin!” I thought she had lost her mind.

An advanced pose - only for advanced classes 🙂

At the end of my first Bikram yoga experience my towel was drenched in sweat, I felt like I was going to pass out and I received an unbelievable workout but the only difference was I felt so at peace. Compared to the other workouts I was used to doing. I am so grateful that my wife stayed on me to go to my first class. Now I can’t get enough. I look forward to my Bikram classes and have received enormous benefits both physically and mentally.

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The new athlete. Zen, built, ready to take on the world!

I will warn you though. As you get better and better it seems as though your shorts get smaller and smaller. For all those athletes out there who think yoga is for “girls” I challenge you to try it ONCE!

About Yvette Ulloa

Yvette Ulloa, the fiery Latina was born in NY and currently lives in California. Yvette is passionate about health/fitness, travelling the world full time, and teaching others to achieve success! Yvette Ulloa has been through a journey of challenges, however they have turned out to be some of the biggest blessings in her life. She has been happily married for 16 years to the love of her life Dave Ulloa, a former professional basketball player in Australia and self-made entrepreneur. Yvette's philosophies are all about contribution, sharing lessons from her journey with others, and she is lucky to travel around the world inspiring people with her story. She has spoken to audiences as big as 12,000 in Vegas, South Africa, Hungary, Greece and many other places, where she is highly acclaimed speaker and coach. In 2010, Yvette Ulloa and her husband Dave Ulloa achieved one of their life-long dreams to travel the world with Anthony Robbins and become Platinum Partners. They got to experience a whole year of immersion in Scotland, Egypt, Israel, Fiji and get personally mentored by Tony Robbins. One of Yvette's biggest passions is helping women around the world to believe in themselves and have a voice. She will reach out her hand to you to help you climb up to the top of the mountain! And nothing like enjoying the journey and making many pit stops to smell the roses. The coffee. The challenges. Anything that makes you grow and enjoy life. Dave & Yvette Ulloa are also professional tourists and ambassadors of fun. Dave Ulloa recently got back from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, at 19,000 altitude, one of the toughests and most rewarding activities of his life. Dave and Yvette Ulloa are Presidential Advisory Council members for the largest travel social media company one of the top 100 direct sales companies in the globe, WorldVentures. They were honored in front of thousands of people in Las Vegas for achieving the highest rank in the company, International Marketing Directors, being the first Latino couple to achieve this rank, as well as being the first team of both International trainers and speakers.
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4 Responses to Bikram Yoga

  1. Kathy Hector says:

    Great article. Well done Dave for being ‘man enough’ to go…..and well done Yvette for waiting for him to be ready. May you both enjoy this next level of conciousness 🙂

  2. Evette says:

    Fab article Dave. I discovered Bikram Yoga in London last year and love it. It an amazing workout> so true about the shorts (¡dios mío;o)

  3. Rebecca says:

    Love it! Yoga, well, true yoga is NOT for wusses. Bikram helped me actually discover yoga and all that it really is. I had taken yoga classes at the gym and just didn’t “get it”. I took a class at one of Bikram’s schools and then I got it. The 90 minutes of being uncomfortable are so worth it for the zen that remains for the rest of the day. Thank you for sharing this, Dave!

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