What is it about Bikram Yoga that keeps you coming back?
Life is crazy in New York City. Chaotic crazy. And I’m a creature of habit. But I also crave a challenge, and as a child therapist, I need a way to begin my day at peace so I can bring peace to my clients or to exorcise my demons at the end of the day. I love that Bikram Yoga is the same 26 postures every class and I know what I am going to get.
But I also love that every single Bikram class I have taken for the last six and a half years has been different, and challenged me in different ways. I won’t lie though, it is the heat and the intensity of the postures that has become almost addictive. I love challenging my body in new ways, and I owe every advance I make in my practice to the incredible teachers who take the time to notice my postures and what I can improve on.
Has being a regular practitioner of yoga helped your work life?
Not only has being a yogi helped my work life, my work life has helped me reach a different level as a yogi. I am licensed social worker and child therapist, and I have been able to use many aspects of yoga in order to treat my clients. In fact, yoga has been proven very effective in treating Post traumatic stress disorder, and I have used aspects of yoga such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and the mindbody connection in treatment.
On the flip side, anytime I feel like I am having a difficult class or am frustrated with myself or my body because my practice isn’t as “good” as it was the day before, I think of the incredible obstacles my clients are working through or have overcome, and it really lends perspective.
What would you say to someone new who’s unsure if Bikram is for them?
I would say you will never know if you don’t try.
Do you live by any inspirational quotes?
I don’t necessarily live by any quote, but I do make up a mantra for myself for each class I take and repeat it over and over. Maybe I am dedicating my class to somebody else, maybe that mantra is a positive thought during a hard time I am having, or maybe it’s an intention I have to accomplish. But it really helps focus my practice.
As far as my regular life, I just try to take every day as it comes.
What is the one thing you love about Bikram Yoga NYC?
Just one? Hahaha. Well, I LOVE the flexibility in class times because I work long, varied hours in the Bronx. And I do have to give a shout out to those incredible teachers and staff who have gone above and beyond to showing me that they care about me, not only as a customer or yogi but as a person.