Nadene Regulates Hypoactive Thyroid & Finds a Workout She Can Stick With
“I work in the health industry as a primary care physician. Calling it an ‘industry’ is accurate. Crossfit is an industry. Kaiser Permanente is an industry. Shakeology is an industry. You and your mat and your sweat and your breath and your English bull dog determination- that isn't an industry. It's you. It's just pure you, as you are.
"I didn’t realize that when I started Bikram yoga. I started mainly because a studio opened up next to my house. No, I wasn't like 'hey, I know, eureka, I should go spend 90 minutes in a 105-degree room holding my body in various uncomfortable and difficult ways, that'll be the ticket.' Convenience isn't a sexy reason to start anything, but boy is it the easiest reason!
"After 5 months of regular practice, I was surprised to notice signs that my thyroid function was increasing. I was able to stop taking the medication which I had been on for 5 years to regulate a hypoactive thyroid. Now I just take Bikram yoga instead!
"When I showed up for my first class, I wasn't an "exerciser." I wasn't sufficiently drawn to move to improve my body's physical appearance. Running? No, only to avoid getting attacked or large crowds of people. Gym culture, um, I'm too awkward, in all ways, to "gym" successfully. I fell over while dead lifting in CrossFit. P90x, YouTube streaming, get fit apps, and T25 all happened. I just didn't fit into the world of exercise and movement. Or so I thought…
"Besides going off the thyroid meds, the most surprising benefit from my Bikram yoga practice has been finally overcoming this resistance to, and disconnect from, the regular movement of my body. Inactivity was the greatest challenge and health obstacle of my young adult life. Bing, bang, boom, 10 years along the journey- sweet success! I have found physical exercise I can do regularly and continue to challenge or care for myself with wherever I am that day. I would also add that convenience is what got me in the door, but the camaraderie and community at BYSJ is what has kept me coming back."
Be sure to mark your calendars for Nadene's workshop here at BYSJ on Saturday, August 13! She will be sharing her naturopathic perspective on proper nutrition and hydration to get the most out of your Bikram yoga practice. Thanks, Nadene, and congratulations on your many successes!
Bikram Yoga St. Johns' studio owner, yoga-doer and life-lover, Kay D.