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Bikram's Biggest Loser Competition

**Next competition starts March 11th - June 9th, 2018 

Biggest Loser

From March through to June (for 13 weeks) is when we hold our Bikram's Biggest Loser (BBL) competition.  The person who loses a combination of the most weight% loss, cm% loss + body fat% loss combined with the best attitude is the winner.

The Rules
There's only one - attend four classes a week every week for the full 13 weeks (three out of the four must be a Bikram class). If you miss, you're out. If you're sick you still come to class and just lie out if you need to. But you must come.

There will be five weigh-ins and three measurement sessions over the 13 weeks.

The Prize 
Lots of great prizes including one year of unlimited yoga, a hair make-over with Emma at Vertu Hair and a massage with Largo at Najalu Massage.  Total package valued at $1,600. 

The Investment
$580 up front. No exceptions. (If you already have a membership, please talk to Kristina about the discount available to you). This covers unlimited yoga for 13 weeks, food advice, supported closed facebook page, measurement and weigh-in sessions. There will be two scholarships available for those under exceptional financial hardship. Please email Kristina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to explain why you deserve this chance. 

Q/ What kind of results can I expect?
The winner in 2014 Karen Reid had a total loss of 53.5cms, 15.7 kgs, 9.8 % body fat and not to mention a drop of 17 years in metabolic age from 63 to 46. The combined results of the five students that finished the competition was a total loss of 60.9kgs and 154cms. That's a whole person! 

What you can expect; your skin will be clearer and smoother as you start to detoxify; you will become more hydrated as you learn to drink more water; you will lose cms even if the scale doesn't move much some weeks; your clothes will start to fit more comfortably, the whites of your eyes become whiter and eyes sparkle; you literally feel more alive. 

Q/ I would love to challenge myself and enter the competition but I've never done yoga before, I'm unfit and I don't know anyone at the studio.
Neither did Karen 2014 winner or Manda 2016 winner.  You will find this an extraordinary community that will love and support you - even people you've never met before will encourage you. Us instructors feel very privilaged to witness a really beautiful unfolding that occurs, one of encouragement and support. Don't be scared. Just make a decision to do it. Take it one day at a time. No-one will judge you. You start where you are at and go from there.

2014 - 12 starters, 5 finishers
2015 - 12 starters, 7 finishers
2016 - 14 starters, 9 finishers

Seven of our fourteen competitiors had never stepped into the energy room before.   

Nine students successfully completed the challenge, our biggest number yet.  Congratulations to (from left) Brooke Dawson, Trish Simmers, Amanda Giddens (winner), Jess Flett (runner-up), Lisa Papuni, Bridget Harrison (absent Richard Hoggard, Sombath Samountry, Susie Wilson). 

Winner - Manda Giddens

Manda lost 12.5 kilos, 42cms and 6.6% body fat down 



Wow! Where do I begin?  After moving to the Hawkes Bay with my partner in January 2016, I thought long and hard about taking a different approach to my healing. Three years ago I experienced a treatment injury. I thought I was going into hospital for a minor operation, but unfortunately mistakes were made which resulted in seven more surgeries and major life changes.

In March this year I decided to search the net for "Yoga" places in Napier. I spotted "Modern Yoga Napier" and opened the web page and then for some crazy reason (or because I like a challenge), I clicked on Bikrams Biggest Loser. I liked the sound of it and promptly emailed Kristina. 24hrs later I received the warmest, kindest and most supportive reply. I was in!

My first session which was also the first time I had ever experienced yoga, was a mix of fear; fear with a side serving of fear! Was I going to puke? Pass out? Have a hot flush and then pass out? Trip over my own feet and then break bones or somebody else's bones?  Of course none of that happened. What happened was this; a huge wave of awesomeness! I was grinning from ear to ear and saying to myself... "I did that!" Me! My body didn't collapse, it felt strangely fabulous, and sweaty! Very, very sweaty but fabulous ! No hot flushes at all!! Bargin! 

So my 13 weeks began! I changed my eating and I changed my mindset regarding the choices I made with nutrition. I cut out alcohol.....(until my 50th birthday ). I stopped eating bread completely and I drank water....lots of it! I ate my main meal before 3pm and then in the evening I ate a piece of fruit (normally a grapefruit) and I had a cup of tea. I cut out potatoes and only had a little bit of rice every couple of weeks. Porridge and stewed apple for breakfast with a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of tumeric. A protein bar for mid morning snack and then my main meal which consisted of either chicken or beef in big salad or as it got colder I would have chicken and veges in a hot tomato based sauce.

I did go out for dinner...lots of times, but I made sensible choices and for the first time in my life, I stopped when I felt full.

Honestly, it wasn't hard to do once I got my head around it. Actually, I quite enjoyed it.  Apart from eating well and going to Yoga, I didn't do much more than just going out and walking my dog. That's it!

Kristina has asked me about what I have learned along the way.  Well, I definitely have awesome willpower and I definitely needed to alter my way of thinking. But I think that my greatest learning is that the most important healing comes from within. That I couldn't go to a "place" to heal and no "person" could "fix" me! Yoga has shown me that every single moment of every single day is different and my thoughts and my body are constantly changing, but always moving forward in a positive way.

Pretty darn crazy awesome really.  I will continue with my yoga as I can't imagine life without it. I bloody love it! If you come to my house for a visit, all you will hear is.....Yoga this....Yoga that.....! Even the dog now does "downward dog" really well!

Thank you Kristina for opening a door which has been firmly closed for 49 years. Not sure why you didn't open it 25 years ago!!!  You really are a blessing.  Thank you to the rest of the gorgeous Modern Yoga teachers for your support, your encouragement and your loving energy.

Finally, thank you to all those I have met on my journey. It has been a privilege. You all totally Rock!!


The successful finishers from left: Rah Maitrimit, Jacquieline Wellington, Susan Neighbours (winner), (Kristina - Instructor), Sara Savage (runner-up), Lucy Kingi, Catherine Timmins,  Lianne Morgan.

Winner - Susan Neighbours

Susan lost 9.2kgs. 4.2% body fat and 12 years younger in her metabolic age


This was my second BBL Challenge. I decided the week before it started that I would do it again. I wanted to do a 30 day challenge so I thought what better way to start off the BBL than with 30 classes in 30 days! I had put on 8kgs over summer just by not exercising enough and not thinking about how much food and drink I was stuffing into me.  I was a disappointed in myself but I knew what to do to turn things around.

I knew from last year that doing 4 classes a week resulted in positive body changes; also I had noticed on the weeks that I did 5 classes the benefits were greater.  So I embarked on a 30 day to welcome the BBL challenge, I tracked my food again and ate 'clean' food, no sugar, no processed foods, no wheat (doesn't agree with me) and no wine during the week.  Eating this way makes me feel so clean and light. Good quality proteins and loads of fresh veges, seeds, nuts and fruit.

The first 10 days to two weeks of the 30 day were the hardest; then it seemed to become 'easier' (not sure if that is the right word). After 30 days I thought I'd just keep going on to 60 days. By that stage turning up to yoga just became part of the day.  I had to have a few days off yoga after reaching 60 days for eye surgery. Once I got back into it the competitive streak popped up and I realized if I did 4 double classes in 3 weeks I would make it to 90 days by the end of the BBL challenge.

I could feel my body changing so quickly, the strength and focus and mind stuff incredible. I am so calm and happy. There were some very hard classes, but a few moments of feeling superhuman were wonderful.  All the stories are true about yoga; the more you put in the more you get out. The system works. I am now the most annoying person to my non-yogi friends, family and work mates.  I believe everyone should being doing some form of yoga; it would solve many of the human made issues in the world! 

It's an incredible journey of self-discovery and improvement.  The journey continues...


Successful competitors from left Sara Savage, Susan Neighbours, Lucy Kingi (runner-up), (Kristina - Instructor), Lynne Turnbull, (Tyrone - Instructor), Karen Reid (winner)

Winner - Karen Reid

Karen lost 15.7kgs, 53.5cms and 9.8% body fat.


How did I win the BBL challenge? Obviously 4 classes a week was a huge factor.  Diet wise I went gluten free. I was curious to see what effect it would have. After 2 weeks I noticed that I wasn’t as tired, I didn’t need as much sleep (to the point that I had to start going to bed later as I was waking up too early), and I wasn’t bloated or uncomfortable or as windy.  I am eating mostly raw – lots of salads and veges (no potatoes). I still drink tea and coffee but gave up alcohol. I introduced lots of seeds and nuts into my diet (in the salads), and at least one meal a day was a juice. I still have dairy – milk, yoghurt, cheese (luuurve cheeses).

I avoid 
anything out of a tin or packet as much as I could (I have hardly any recycling to put out any more). I eat when I am hungry, even if I have ‘dinner’ at 3.30pm, drink lots of water and hot water and lemon. My main meal of the day is at around 9am because that’s when I generally finish sorting my mail and have a break before heading out to deliver. Often ‘dinner’ in the evening is a juice.

My juice recipe is:
In a juicer juice 2/3 apples (depends on size), a chunk of cucumber, 2 sticks of celery, a lime, a chunk of pineapple, a big handful of spinach.  In a blender put some ice cubes and an avocado. Add the juice to the blender and whizzzzzz it up. It becomes a smooth green drink which is very filling and very nutritious. 

As much as the exercise and diet are important I think frame of mind/attitude is just as important. Being determined to succeed comes from within you, no-one else can do it but you.  Having said that, tell everyone what you are doing and you will feel the support and positivity flow towards you. I have had so many hugs at work today and so many ‘well done, proud of you’s that I feel quite overwhelmed.