On a freezing winter day, Debbie accidentally walked into a Bikram NYC studio. She was looking for a wellness center located on the same city block, but—by fluke or fate—she ended up in the hot room. Debbie describes the benefits of her early yoga practice as “almost like magic”. As her practice deepened, it became a passion. Debbie traveled to Thailand for Teaching Training in Fall 2014. She is also a licensed Social Worker—and feels empathy and compassion to be essential when up on the podium.
At Teacher Training, I heard this great quote – “The darkest place in the world is under the brightest lamp.” Bikram yoga is an incredibly honest practice – 90 minutes in the hot room. Alone on your mat. No distractions—no music, candles, Buddha statues. Not even any variation in the posture sequence! It’s just you and your reflection—and, I think, that’s part of what makes the yoga so challenging. But also so rich! It’s a real opportunity to learn about yourself. As your practice develops, you’ll notice changes in the way you think about yourself and treat the people around you. I showed up to my first class with self-esteem that was seriously lacking. It took a couple years before I finally began to accept and appreciate myself. It’s a tough journey–but stay the course. This yoga really can change your life!