Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?
I started practicing Bikram because I was interested in going a bit further with my practice. I love all different kinds of yoga and believe that they each serve beautiful purpose. I was looking for something that would push me physically further. I started doing Bikram yoga 11 years ago.
How has your practice affected your life?
The greatest thing that this practice has taught me is patience, both with myself and my body. If you push too far beyond your limits in a Bikram class, you get dizzy/sick or uncomfortable. However, finding that beautiful balance of challenging yourself while being kind and acknowledging when and where you should stop or slow down is wonderful. It has given me insight into how to self-care in other aspects of my life.
What keeps you coming back for more?
The heat and community. I love warmth and sweat, and it makes me feel like I have worked out. Our community at the Bikram Yoga Park Slope studios is so awesome, I love all the ages, peoples, and bodies that practice there. Its not a competitive place.
Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?
Be gentle on yourself, this isn’t a competition. Enjoy the postures and find grace in them. HYDRATE!!!!!!