Ben Korkmaz – Biography
Have you ever had sciatic back pain so bad you couldn’t get out of bed? Or if you could, you were left walking around like a cowboy? Well man I have! Sciatic had been a part of my life since my early teens. It was a pretty scary thing to have at such a young age. Although I have to admit I had always been quiet a large lad. 20kg larger in fact and that did not help to reduce the pain.
I tried a lot of things to strengthen my back and core muscle to help reduce the pain. I was swimming regularly and desperately trying to shed some weight. I managed to lose a bit of weight but it didn’t really help to reduce the pain.
On one excruciating day Anna took me to see a doctor. The only response he gave me was surgery. There was no way I was going to do that! There had to be another way.
At this stage Anna was practicing Bikram Yoga and somehow she had already managed to get me to a class. I remembered it being the hardest, most challenging experience I could think of. It was more of an outer body experience. Though Anna remembered me saying my back felt much better after that one class. I was trying to come up with every excuse under the sun to why it didn’t. But secretly I did remember it felt so much more relaxed and mobile.
So kicking and screaming Anna dragged me back in to the hot room. My focus was just to get through to that bit when you’re lying on your tummy. (Spine Strengthening) I worked so hard during that series that the muscle around my lower spine and abdomen became evident and also completely erased any sciatic pain that ever seemed to exist. It was amazing! I was only going about 3 times a week and in just short 3 months I had lost 15kg, strengthened my entire body and had become happier, more mobile and energetic. (No surgery required…….Aww yeah!)
Now a couple of years later, who would have guessed it! Anna and I are both teaching this amazing yoga in our own studio to such a beautiful community of Hobart yogis. We are both very grateful to Bikram for this opportunity and to the students for not just believing in us but in themselves.
Remember healthy spine – healthy life! Bikram Choudhury
204 New Town Rd, New Town
Hobart, Tas 7008