Name: Story Beeson
Occupation: Freelance illustrator/bartender
From: Nashville, TN
When you started Bikram: Early august of 2016
Favorite posture: I look most forward to the master postures. It's a close one between triangle and camel. Triangle is a growing process and mile mark in my practice. I felt phenomenal once I could finally hold it and learn to achieve more depth. Camel is a complete reset button for my body and mind. I can almost feel my thoughts freeze. I love going deeper in this posture and what I've learned in doing so.Why I started practicing:In July of 2016 I went sober. This decision was an effort to take control of my mental energy. Since a young age I had struggled with anxiety, anger, depression. I grew up using anything I could to run from my emotions. All this aggression went unchecked, feeding a cycle that was destroying my potential.Sobriety was the first step but not enough. I was often pulled aside by close friends and told I didn't seem happy. I lost jobs because of my mental health, partners and friendships. A light had burned out. I figured this was nothing new and would never change, until I finally decided to become accountable and change my thinking patterns.
I began integrating fitness once again into my life. I then had Bikram suggested to me. I went for a week straight and fell in absolute love. After dropping my other routines and committing to Bikram I could not believe how happy and free I felt. Free from the weight of my mind that transferred to my entire body. I was getting back all the years I felt were gone from my youth.In Bikram you have to face yourself completely. It's incredible to find what you can unknowingly reveal about the self. This practice completely changed the way I think. I've applied the simple idea of maintaining a calm head space and diving into living all the way. Completely aware. Feeling every bit of my practice and learning to love the struggle and the reward.I can tap into all the trauma that has attempted to scar my spiritual, physical, and creative growth. I have the daily option to conquer this and have Bikram in strong part to thank."Never let anyone steal your peace"BACK TO STORIES