Meet John, who started practicing Bikram Yoga with us in December 2013, at age 68. Just prior to beginning Bikram Yoga, he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
Against the advice of his physician, he started coming to class 4-5 times per week.
In only 3 months of this new routine, his health dramatically improved. Here are the official numbers from his diagnostic tests:
BEFORE (Fall 2013):
1) resting blood pressure (with medication): 135/85
2) resting heart rate: mid 90s
3) fasting glucose: above normal range
AFTER (April 2014):
1) resting blood pressure: 115/68
2) resting heart rate: high 60s
3) non-fasting glucose: normal
4) chronic kidney disease: COMPLETELY GONE!!!
We realize these numbers seem too good to be true – John even says so himself.
3 years later
Although John has a very skeptical side to his personality, he has come to see that the yoga just works. Things that previously seemed impossible happened – in his own body.
Advice his teachers gave him helped in ways he could not have predicted.
He admits that even though he heard Ann tell him to suck his stomach in during all of the postures, over and over, during every class….it was 3 years into his practice that he finally started doing it!
And within one month of doing so, his chronic back pain of almost 40 years went away. He is now waking up in the morning without back pain and can walk without stooping over.
|Before Bikram Yoga |
|After 3 months of practicing 4-5 days per week|
|300 classes later
|resting blood pressure (with medication): 135/85||resting blood pressure: 115/68||benefits maintained!|
|resting heart rate: mid 90s||resting heart rate: high 60s|
|fasting glucose: above normal||non-fasting glucose: normal range|
|chronic back pain of 40 years||back pain completely gone|
November 2019 Update:
On John’s 74th birthday, we sang Happy Birthday during the 2nd set left side of triangle posture. John told us that his favorite postures were savasana and the sit-up. I loved his reasoning for liking the sit-up: “Well, I like it so much because I couldn’t do it for 50 years, and now I can. With my job, and my back pain, I could never do anything like that. But since I started coming here and strengthening things – and especially since I started sucking my stomach after 3 years of you telling me to – now I can actually do it!”
We look forward to welcoming you, your loved ones, your friends, or your patients into our practice!
2 thoughts on “Healing Chronic Back Pain and Reversing Chronic Kidney Disease”
That is awesome, so happy for him!
Exciting, isn’t it? I love what this yoga does for people. Hope to see you again sometime, Shelley.
Check out the Ghosh Yoga Workshops I am hosting in April – listed on the events section of my page. I think you would love them.