Student Story: Karen Del Moral


Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?

In 2006 I was going through a divorce, and one day I was walking on Flatbush Avenue on my way from court and stumbled upon my life saver. I had never practiced yoga before but I knew I needed to do something, I was always so angry and sad during that period, and most of all tired from not sleeping at night.I noticed some happy sweaty people in that studio on Flatbush Avenue and a guy (ChiChi) gave me a flyer. The next morning I took the 10:00 am class; As soon as we began the standing series, I kept thinking, “What the hell did I get my self into? All these people are surely CRAZY and out of their freaking mind!!!” I grabbed my mat and tried to exit the room but the teacher, Namjin, talked me into staying and just laying on my mat. I think I finished the first breathing exercise and then I really did grab my mat as soon as I could and exited the class, however that night, for the first time in 2 1/2 years I slept thru the night and woke up feeling like a different person. Strangely enough I wanted more, and I showed up for class for the next 6 days of my intro offer. Nine years later BIkram Yoga has become a part of my life, and I am not the same if I don’t get in that hot room. I’ve become one of those crazy happy people!

How has your practice affected your life?

Bikram Yoga has helped me to be a nicer, stronger, and happier person.

What keeps you coming back for more?

I cannot live without it. My practice is my medication, my therapist, my drug … its an essential part of my life.

Do you have any advice/insight for new yogis?

The class you don’t feel like going to is always your best class – mind over matter!