When did you start practicing at Bikram Yoga NYC, and why?
I started there after I had begun practicing vinyasa and kundalini I loved the heat, and the sweating and the wonderful high 20 minutes after I’d finish.
Who are your favorite teachers and why would you recommend their classes?
Upkar – her incredible energy and her true believer enthusiasm, Eddie Marco for his dry matter of fact delivery, Patrick Lynch because doesn’t play the diva card although he could, Christine Cooper for her constant elegant care, Omri for his curls and casual yoga evangelism, Jonathon Stewart because he is voting for Bernie Sanders, too, and can get you through Pranayama painlessly, and Dionne who manages to watch me like an invisible and unobtrusive hawk, John Mabry gently worrying and confidently leading, and Dionne – you can do it, she just knows it; I’ve missed several, and they all had something to share; forgive me.
What is it about Bikram Yoga that keeps you coming back?
I just feel so much better after a class. I have Multiple Sclerosis and the heat is rough me some days, but it quiets down the constant static my nerves give me. My neurologist says if it makes you feel better, go, every patient is different.
Least favorite posture?
Poorna Salabhasana (Full Locust Pose).
Has being a regular practitioner of yoga helped your work life?
When you take ALL the time we take to breath those 2 sets of Pranayama in the beginning, you begin to realize that being aware of the breath is a lead into the meditation aspect of the yoga. I often find myself reminding myself to breath, and outside yoga I now am more aware of my breath. When I start of feel anxious, I take a couple of breath, and calm myself. Listening to my breath makes me listen to everything a little more closely.
What would you say to someone new who’s unsure if Bikram is for them?
Try it. If it clicks for you, you have found something to take with you for years.
Do you live by any inspirational quotes?
Listen more, talk less.
What is one thing you love about Bikram Yoga NYC?
The work studies, who care for the students and the studio, and the efforts the owners place on providing a clean and quiet place to enjoy some yoga in community with others.
The managers are real professionals. It can get pretty crazy, and they are problem solvers. The Bikram yoga experience starts with the managers.