Say Goodbye to Joint Pain, and Hello to out-of-this-world aerobic potential

Our specific yoga method has a 100-year-old record of improving VO2max, healing and strengthening joints, and setting PRs for runners

With a regular practice, our runners experience:

A runner’s “high” without any joint stress

Faster race times with less training mileage

Reduced muscle soreness, tension, stiffness, and joint pain

Significant increase in VO2 max / cardio-pulmonary efficiency

Improved training focus, cognitive function, and sleep

Better core strength, balance, and joint stability

Added bonus of reducing seasonal depression, anxiety, and hormonal imbalances

Reducing dependence on pharmaceuticals while improving blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure

This – and more – is available to you with a regular practice!

Runners' Intake

We'd love to see how we can best support your training, fitness, healing, and/or health goals. Once we receive your form we will give you a call within one business day to set up your intake process or answer any questions you have.

My Training and/or Health Goals for this Winter:
Which option would you like to book for December?

Special Offer

3-month Winter Training Membership
Available ONLY for Race Participants

Come and experience your highest level of fitness and healing with this uniquely challenging-yet-therapeutic yoga practice.  You are guaranteed to sweat, work harder, yet also relax more deeply than you thought possible. 

We are offering two intro specials so you can experience the benefits yourself before deciding a training level for the 3-month winter membership.

*For NEW CLIENTS only, or those who have not attended sessions with us since 2022 or prior.

Option 1: Private Lesson Intake Special

We are offering the private lesson intake special to just five (5) race participants.  Private lessons must be booked by December 15 and are first-come, first-serve.

Fill out the form on this page to get started, and we’ll call you within one business day to get you set up.  Our five spots will be offered in the order in which this form is received.

Option 2: Runners’ Special Two-Week Trial

We currently have openings for ten (10) runners to complete the two-week trial process – which includes 5 group training sessions – and then have the option to proceed to the 3-month winter membership.  We invite you to fill out our intake form first, so we can support you in your training goals and any areas you wish you improve.  You can then proceed directly to purchasing your two-week trial….before they are gone!

If you attend the first class of your two-week trial or complete your private lesson by December 31, 2023, you’ll receive an offer for 50% off your first month of the 3-month 2024 winter membership.

Bikram Yoga Hot Yoga Tree Pose

“I played Division I basketball in college at Kennesaw State University.  I ended up developing “jumpers knee”, which is a type of tendonitis of the knee.  It caused a sharp pain anytime I jumped, ran, or stopped abruptly. I could not run without sharp pain.

I had an MRI in 2011, which revealed three holes in the cartilage layer below my knee cap.  The surgery I ended up having involved Platelet Plasma Recovery, the injection of fetal cartilage, and realignment of my kneecap!

Even with surgery and physical therapy, my leg never went back to its full capacity of being a leg.

At physical therapy, they ask you to rate your pain on a level of 1 to 10.  Well, in 2011 and 2012, I had a pain level of 15 on a frequent basis. The swelling did eventually go down, and I continued to run, until 2015.  But I would say my knee never totally recovered.

In physical therapy, they always ask you to rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10.  Prior to Bikram Yoga I had pain levels of 7 to 9 most of the time.

Once I started doing Bikram Yoga consistently, I had swelling only 2 to 3 times in the first four months!  As of April 2018, I might occasionally have a level 2 pain. And that was it.

Then, in December 2018, after only a year of practice, I could play basketball every week with no pain and run several miles.  It is amazing!

It seems like what physical therapy is trying to do is similar to Bikram Yoga.  Since practicing yoga regularly, I have felt the contraction of the knees and thighs, and noticed how my quadriceps have developed without any weights.

I should also point out that I am asthmatic.  During my first few Bikram Yoga classes, I couldn’t breathe well.  But by four or five classes in, I was able to breathe and keep up with the group.

And before that – throughout my life – I had worked out a lot!

–Briona Jones, Ph.D

“Before I started doing Bikram Yoga, I was pretty sedentary. But I lost a lot of weight just coming here – once I started seeing that change, I didn’t want to stop coming.

A few months later, I started running with some friends and trained for a Tough Mudder. The day after the Tough Mudder I knew I had to come here. I was so sore that couldn’t get my arms over my head. But doing the class helped so much. So much better than not doing anything.

I feel such a sense of accomplishment from doing the class. It is such a great physical challenge – once class is done, everything else is so much easier. Before I started yoga, if I tried to run, it was my breathing or endurance that would stop me.

Now, when I run 10 miles, it is only my legs that stop me. My breathing is so much better. When I lift or run and don’t come to yoga, I am so sore. But if I come to yoga that day or the next, my muscles don’t hurt.”

Hari Sriram, YIM practitioner

You have the power within you to heal, transform, and excel.

We offer the tools for you to unleash that power:

A time-tested, healing yoga method

Encouraging instructors who guide you step-by-step

An incredibly supportive community

Owner and Lead Yoga Instructor

Ann R. Chrapkiewicz

I would like to personally welcome you to the school and community at Yoga Is Medicine.  Since 2003, I have used this yoga system to heal from broken vertebrae, seasonal depression, imbalanced blood sugar, sciatic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, an eating disorder, joint pain in pregnancy, and many other issues.  It has been the only consistent form of exercise I have done for 20 years, and my bloodwork, weight, mental health, respiratory function, and more are better at age 45 than age 25.

In nearly three decades of searching for ways to feel better, be fit, and have peace of mind, I have not experienced any other exercise, yoga, medical, or movement modality that addresses so many health issues at once, and which is accessible and effective during times of injury, pain, and immobility.

I know that this is possible for you, too!

I know all students here by name and work with each one personally to guide you to your optimum state of health and wellness.  I look forward to working with you!