Steve Crump has worked as a massage therapist for 18 years, giving massages at least eight hours a day, five or six days a week. No wonder he was starting to feel lower back pain! "I spent a lot of time bending over," he says, "and I was paying the price."
And if that wasn't enough, his own mother started teasing him about gaining a little weight. "At a family party, she rubbed my stomach and asked me if I was pregnant," he says. "I knew she was kidding, but I got the message. I started looking for something."
He'd worked out at the gym before but wasn't feeling motivated to do that this time. He'd also heard about Bikram Yoga before and was interested but hadn't tried it. "It's all about convenience," he observed, ""and when I first heard about it, it wasn't convenient. This time, one of my massage clients told me about a studio right by my house in Lehi. That was convenient, so I thought I'd check it out."
Steve walked into Bikram Yoga at Brick Canvas and signed up. "I didn't even do a class first," he recalls. "I decided to do it, and I did." That first week he attended class twice, and then started going almost every day. In the past year he's completed a 30-Day Challenge, a 60-Day Challenge, a Slow and Steady Challenge, and most recently, the 5x5 PLUS Challenge.
"I was doing yoga anyway," he says. "I figured I might as well do all the challenges while I was at it."
Steve acknowledges that Bikram Yoga is intense. "It's hot in there," he says. "The first class I had to leave the studio once, but I didn't really ever question doing it. It's crazy, but the more you do it, the more you understand the difference it can make in your life. It's changed my whole body, my whole life. I can't imagine my life without it now."
Steve's lower back pain is gone. He's lost weight. (He doesn't know how much because he never weighed himself to begin with, but his mom has stopped rubbing his stomach!) And he simply feels better. "I can feel the difference," he says. "I've strengthened my core and eliminated the pain."
Steve points to a picture he took when he first started Bikram Yoga and compares it to a picture he took at his one-year mark. "We took the picture in the same spot, and there's a night-and-day difference," he observes. "I've lost weight in my face, my hair is longer, I feel better, and you can see it in my face."
In addition to the physical changes, Steve says the community of support and encouragement he's discovered at Bikram Yoga at Brick Canvas has been a life-changer as well. "I've met some amazing people and found some good friends at Brick Canvas," he says. "Some I know very well, others I don't know personally, but you see everyone's faces every morning and look forward to seeing them. There's an energy that we get from each other, and when people don't come, we miss that energy. It's like a family. I can't imagine not going to Bikram Yoga; I can't imagine not seeing these people."