bikram yoga longwood, Florida

Bikram method yoga is a twenty-six asana series designed by Bikram Choudhury to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons in the proper order.

Bikram's twenty-six exercies sytematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as nature intended. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health, and a sense of well-being will automatically follow.

Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India. He began Yoga at age 4 in Calcutta under Bishnu Ghosh, brother of Paramhansa Yogananda. An exceptional student, Bikram went on to win the National India Yoga contest at age 13 and remained undefeated for 3 years. At age 17 Bikram suffered a catastrophic knee injury in a weight-lifting accident. The prognosis given by leading European doctors was that he would never walk again. Not willing to accept this, Bikram returned to Bishnu Ghosh's school for rehabilitation. It took a mere 6 months to make a full recovery. Inspired, and with Ghosh's urging, Bikram went on to open several Yoga schools of his own in India and then Japan. He has since brought his curative methods of Yoga therapy around the world.

Stephen "Skip" Wolfram Stephen "Skip" Wolfram is the founder and Director of Bikram's Yoga College of India, Longwood, opened in 2001. Skip took his first class in 1998 and has been a dedicated student ever since. "I took my first class out of desperation. I suffered chronic back and hip pain from a surfing accident in 1989 that fractured my L2 vertebrae, as well an ACL replacement surgery that was not responding to physical therapy. I had exhausted all of the treatment/rehabilitation methods offered by my medical doctors and a friend suggested Bikram method yoga. After my first class I was blown away! Not only did I feel better, my whole body felt electrified, yet supremely relaxed at the same time." Skip served in the US Air Force for seven years and traveled extensively throughout Asia as a Chinese Mandarin Linguist and earned his BA in East Asian History with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Hawaii. Skip received his certification as a Bikram method instructor in 2000 and has taught over 8,000 classes. In March of 2011 Skip had his right hip joint resurfaced as a result of lingering effects of his 1989 surfing accident. "I frequently bodysurfed at Sandy (continued next column)

Beach on the southeast shore of the island of Oahu. The nickname of the beach is "Breakneck Beach" and there were daily ambulance trips to take injured body surfers to the emergency room. On a day of waves that I did not consider very big, I was thrown onto my back and doubled over hard into the shore. After ten years of practicing Bikram yoga my back and knee problems had been cured but my hip was deteriorating." Skip is currently using Bikram method yoga as his rehabilitative treatment from hip surgery. "I practice this yoga because I know it works. I am a student of history and yoga has proven itself effective for thousands of years."

Julie Ann Tonks Julie Ann Tonks is the General Manager and Instructor at Bikram Yoga College of India, Longwood. Julie was born in Sykesville, Maryland in 1974. She spent her later childhood growing up in West Palm Beach, FL. Julie was a ballet dancer for ten years and danced for companies such as The Palm Beach Ballet Society. Julie also played classical piano. She competed and performed up until the age of fifteen. Julie received her Associate of the Arts at the Palm Beach Community College in 1994. She completed an intensive foreign language study abroad program in Jonquiere, Canada in 1995. Julie graduated from University of Central Florida with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1996. Julie worked for a comprehensive mental health organization for approximately six years. Some of her positions were case manager, assessment specialist, mental health court liaison, day treatment teacher, and clinical trials liaison. In 2007, Julie completed Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Hawaii. Julie received a Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition Certification through the T. Collin Campbell Foundation at Cornell University. She is a distributor for the leading whole food based nutritional supplement Juice Plus. Julie is also a distributor for The Tower Garden, a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system.

Julie spent most of her childhood sick. She battled with frequent strep throat. One year she had strep throat five times. She also suffered severe digestive issues including peptic ulcer disease. Julie experienced debilitating back and leg pain due to scoliosis. After many years of research, Julie understands and experiences the power of proper exercise and diet. "I finally found the most effective ways to reach and maintain optimal health, Bikram Yoga and Juice Plus. Because I know what Bikram Yoga and Juice Plus have done for me, I dedicate the rest of my life sharing and teaching others what they can do for them."

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