This week we’re thrilled to feature Bikram Yoga NYC General Manager and Instructor, Lesley Klose!
Lesley has been a New Yorker since 2002, but didn’t discover Bikram Yoga until 2007, when a friend suggested she give it a try. Knowing that she came from a theater/dance background, he thought it might be “right up her alley.” Reluctantly she came, but has been hooked ever since. The rest, as they say, is history. She started managing for the company in 2010, and finally made it to Teacher Training in the Fall of 2013. Needless to say, she is thrilled to be part of the BYNYC family!
Here’s a short Question and Answer session we had with Lesley recently:
1) What year did you attend training? Why did you go?
I went to training in LA in the fall of 2013. I wanted to be a Bikram Teacher almost right away after I started practicing. I fell in love with this practice after my first class and knew shortly thereafter that I wanted this to be a big part of my life.
2) What is your favorite thing about being a Bikram Yoga instructor?
Being able to create relationships with clients and watching them change and grow, physically and spiritually with the practice.
3) Tell us about your own practice. Which posture is most challenging for you and how do you get through it?
This has shifted a lot for me over the years. It is hard to just give one posture. What was hard for me when I started, is different now and has changed more since I had a baby. Postures that were easy before I was pregnant are now more difficult. I think that’s a big part of the practice. Every day it is different. One day I can do something, the next day I can’t. The key is to just be in the moment, trying my best the right way, breathing through it, and excepting what it is for the day.
4) You are a new mother. How do you balance being a Bikram Yoga NYC’s General Manager, a mother and wife, with your practice?
It’s hard. I’m not going to lie about that. I have learned to cherish the time I get to practice and teach as well as my time with my family. It is important to do both. Being a mother has made me more patient as a teacher and has taught me so much, while my practice is making me a better mother. It really does work hand in hand.
5) Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or saying?
This shifts for me quite frequently as well. Right now, it is a quote one of the staff members at training used to say. “Trust the process” This works on so many levels. In the hot room, it is trusting the practice and the teacher, not worrying about whether it is too hot or to cold.
It also works in life. The universe has a way of throwing different things at you, so sometimes you have to just trust that things will all work out. I wont say that I always follow that way of thinking, but it is a good thing to try.
6) What are you currently reading or listening to?
Lots of kids books, kids TV shows, etc. With my new little man at home that is where my focus is these days.
7) Any final words?
I am just so thankful for this practice. I come from a dance/theatre background and I didn’t know if I would ever find something that I was as passionate about, until I found this. It really is amazing.