By Léo Azambuja

Bikram Yoga classes last 90 minutes in a heated room. Students to 26 postures, half standing, half on the floor.

Bikram Yoga classes last 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Students do 26 postures, half standing, half on the floor.

Buddha once said no one can save us but ourselves — we ourselves must walk the path. For many Kaua‘i residents and the occasional visitor, this path may start in the heart of Kapa‘a Town, more precisely at Bikram Yoga Kaua‘i.

Each one of us has baggage in our lives, there is constant suffering, Bikram Yoga Kaua‘i owner Samantha Lockwood said. At Bikram Yoga, you suffer through 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and when you leave, everything else in life is easier, she said.

“You walk in one person, you walk out another person,” Lockwood said. “With Bikram Yoga, you are reborn once again.”

Bikram Yoga Kaua‘i owner Samantha Lockwood has been doing yoga since she was really young. She learned Bikram Yoga from founder Bikram Choudhury.

Bikram Yoga Kaua‘i owner Samantha Lockwood has been doing yoga since she was really young. She learned Bikram Yoga from founder Bikram Choudhury.

Bikram Yoga was founded by Bikram Choudhury, an Indian yoga guru who came to the United States in the 1970s invited by Hollywood star Shirley MacLaine. Today, Bikram Yoga is one of the most successful yoga franchises in the world. Lockwood learned from Choudhury himself, who also taught Lockwood’s parents. All instructors at Bikram Yoga Kaua‘i also learned from Choudhury.

Bikram Yoga Kaua‘i offers classes suitable for beginners and experienced yoga practitioners.

“It’s the same every single time you practice, it’s 26 yoga postures and two breathing exercises,” Lockwood said. “Half of the class is standing, half of the class is on the floor, and the entire practice is done in a heated environment with a mirror and with an instructor who has been certified by Bikram Choudhury, a real living guru.”

Out of simplicity — and hard, consistent work — miracles may happen.

“We’ve had some miraculous stories coming from our students,” Lockwood said. One of her students was a nurse who was hit by a truck, had her pelvis crushed and almost lost her leg. The only thing that relieved the pain during recovery was coming to yoga. Today, the nurse can walk again.