When did you start practicing at Bikram Yoga NYC, and why?
I started practicing at Bikram Yoga NYC back in 2010. I had just moved from Tucson, AZ and had started a job at an immigration law firm as a Receptionist here in the city. The job was very stressful and I was looking for something that would help me deal with that.
Who are your favorite teachers and why would you recommend their classes?
My favorite teachers are Chrystine Cooper, Upkar Chana, and Patrick O’Keefe.
I love how sweet and funny-as-hell Chrystine is. Anytime that I’ve invited any new students to class, I make sure we take class with her because she takes care of them and makes sure they have a great experience.
I was struck by how incredibly present and focused Upkar is while teaching class. She has this amazing energy. I appreciate all of the corrections she gives me, because it shows how much she really cares about the student’s alignment during the postures. Last but not least, I love how kind and encouraging Patrick is during class. I appreciate his positive and happy demeanor, always!
What is it about Bikram Yoga that keeps you coming back?
I had a big breakthrough last year when I completed my 30 day birkam yoga challenge. I had a realization about how important my health is. I decided to change some bad habits and truly commit to Bikram yoga as a lifestyle. It impressed me when our teacher, Georgia would say between postures that she has never gone to doctors, because she just practiced Bikram yoga. I thought to myself, I want to live like that!
It is sometimes quite difficult to get myself to class, but when I do end up going on those days, I feel more centered and at peace in my mind.
Favorite/least favorite posture?
My favorite posture is Eagle pose, least favorite posture is Half moon pose.
Has being a regular practitioner of yoga helped your work life?
Absolutely!! I like different aspects of what I do at my current job as a Paralegal. I love helping others and that I get to use my native Spanish. Being an immigrant myself and coming from Mendoza, Argentina at a young age, I know the struggles to adjust to a new culture. I am very thankful that I can share my experience with others. It helps to have my bikram yoga practice, because it is a constant reminder to be present at work and in life, even when it gets hectic.
What is one thing you love about Bikram Yoga NYC?
It has been somewhat difficult to find my niche here in the city. It feels like everyone is consumed with their careers. What I love about Bikram Yoga NYC, is that it feels like a second home to me. I love that when I step into the Bikram Yoga studio at midtown, I can be myself and everyone is super friendly!
I’m currently completing my 2nd 30 day bikram yoga challenge for the month of September. I am making an image a day to document and have accountability in this creative process. I did one last year too, where I ended up sharing the images on my instagram account and also have produced a small photo book at the end. I really love the images I’ve been making in this current photo project, because it’s opening up my artistic tendencies.
I highly recommend doing a 30 day yoga challenge, because it has helped me be creative, stay focused and become more effective with my time.