How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga?
How often do you practice Bikram Yoga?
5 -6 times/week.
Why did you begin Bikram Yoga and what benefits have you seen?
To feel healthy, build strength and endurance, and to challenge myself with a new routine that requires a lot of mental focus…I feel healthy, and I’ve built strength and endurance. I also find that I’m much better balanced, mentally and physically, both on and off the mat.
What life changes have you experience since you started practicing? Because of this yoga, I feel fit and well-prepared in my activities outside the studio. I love to hike and ski, and this yoga gives me the confidence to take on and enjoy more interesting hiking terrain, and remote ski adventures. My husband and I spent a week skiing in Yellowstone National Park last winter (nearest civilization was 30 miles away), and I don’t feel I could have done that comfortably, without the strength I’ve built from this yoga practice. We hiked the highest peak in New York last summer, and I don’t believe I could have done that without endurance I’ve gained through my regular yoga practice.
Standing head-to-knee. So challenging for me! The teachers are patient in helping me, which gives me confidence, and allows me to improve a lot.
Least Favorite Posture?
Pranayama breathing. I never feel ready for this posture, since it comes first in the series. Also, it feels like this posture has a huge responsibility, since I expect so much from it. The breathing needs to transport my mind from the real day-to-day world, into that meditative yoga world. It feels as if the first set brings me to the bottom of a super-high wall, and in the second set, I need to climb up and over the wall, into the yoga world, where the rest of the postures of the series are waiting for me.
Bikram in One Word:
How did you discover Bikram?
I used to belong to a yoga flow studio, and I heard other students talk about Bikram. It sounded interesting to me, so I thought I’d give it a try, and it stuck!