Our students and teachers at Detroit Bikram will not be
surprised that we have chosen Jim Lyle as our
April Student of the Month. You may actually be
asking yourself, wasn't he already a Student of the Month? That's
what we thought too!
Jim has been a huge part of the Detroit Bikram family from the
very start. Over the years Jim has bonded and formed life long
friendships with many of students and teachers too. He's even known
to draw a crowd after class in Farmington Hills to chat over
That's just how Jim is... friendly and positive, it's no wonder
Jim seems to always have good fortune around him! His positive
outlook on everything, including Bikram Yoga has made him a very
special Student of the Month.
If you've just started practicing with us in Farmington Hills,
you will soon meet Jim. If not in the studio while warming up, then
in the lobby as he'll always smile and say 'Hello'.
We are so happy that Jim is a part of our yoga family!
"Bikram Yoga just fell into my lap! I am one of these fortunate
people who have good fortune without seeking it. Good things just
happen to me*. My introduction to Bikram Yoga is an example of
About nine years ago, my good friend Richard** wandered
into the original Farmington Hills studio on Orchard Lake Road
& 13 Mile (previous owners Melissa and Ernie) while waiting for
a car repair. There was no class at this time, but Bobby** a
charismatic receptionist, was there to extol the value of
Bikram Yoga. Richard attended, and insisted that I try it out.
Nicole Payne, who now teaches in California, was my first
teacher and it was her kindness and patience that encouraged me to
return... but not for several days. I think I used 3 days of my
10-day introductory package.
It is not only the physical benefits
that have made me want to continue yoga; it is the people that
share the (for lack of better words) 'yoga experience' with me that
make it so rewarding. This yoga community seems to be made up of
warm people who genuinely care about each other's well being. It is
to be in their presence that keeps me coming back. These will be
life-long friendships. The physical benefits are an added plus.
Jim in Tree Pose (or rather...
posing on a tree)
But the physical benefits are a
reality. I have moderate hypertension, and take blood pressure
medication. Since my yoga initiation, I have been able to reduce my
medication by half, and could probably reduce it more.
There are times when my pressure falls
to the point where I have to lie down to allow my pressure to rise.
It is either lay down or fall down, but this passes and I can
continue the routine. One has to listen to their body and just do
the best one can.
Jim in Rabbit Pose
The spine posture that is reinforced by the first few
poses, was the hardest for me to master, well, improve a bit. I had
heard the term, 'throw out your chest', and kept trying to find
something to move in my chest that would make it more prominent and
improve my posture. Mahara (former teacher) put it in plain
words: 1. Suck in the gut! 2. Flatten the shoulder
blades! 3. Straighten the spine and stand tall!
I try to do that at the beginning of each class and keep it up
throughout the class. That would be my advice to beginning
students. I don't always do it, but I try.
I now have a sticker on my steering wheel.... SUCK IN THAT
Sometimes I look at it.
~ Jim Lyle
Savasana... without a doubt is Jim's
* Another example of my good fortune is that Mary, my lovely
wife, and I will celebrate our 54th Anniversary in June
**Both Richard and Bobby are now deceased and very much
missed by many at Detroit Bikram.