How many years have you been practicing Bikram Yoga?
I started practicing Bikram 10 years ago.
What is your favorite pose?
My favorite pose changes..... depending on what I am best at. HAHAHA! Right now my favorite pose is Rabbit. I love feeling my back stretch out the oposite way after going so deep in Camel. I feel like everything is complete after that pose. The physical balance has been obtained.
What inspires you/ or Why do you want to become a Bikram Yoga teacher?
Its simple. You receive this amazing gift. A mind blowing experience. Its hard to put it into words. You want them to come see for themselves. How can you not want to share that with others? When you practice regularly, you innately share that with everyone you encounter. I feel as though going to training would only solidify the love and give me an even clearer understanding of the Bikram Yoga practice that I love so so much!! It would also enable me to be one more person fortunate to have the official training, to reach that many more souls.
What outdoor activities do you like to do?
I like swimming, hiking, biking, skateboarding, walking, gardening, snowboarding, reading books in the sun, beach games, singing. I like doing whatever I can outside
What song best describe you?
"Troddin On" by Gentleman
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee! And sugar, fried anything and my occasional cocktail. I do lots of good things too!!! Balance!!!
What’s your favorite place to hang out in Lahaina (besides Bikram of course)?
The Beach. I like several beaches around town. I also like to spend time playing music, wherever that may be, my house or somewhere else. I like going out, but I really like my home as well
Any tips for beginners?
Just keep coming. No matter what you think or feel or anything for that matter!! Just show up and do your best. The miracle is you and the yoga makes you shine. This practice is for everyone and anyone and it gives you ten fold what you put into it. Like they say in West Africa, "Doni Doni"....little by little. You Can Do It
What keeps you coming back to Bikram yoga?
The benefits of Bikram and the impact of the practice in my life is really hard to try to put into words. Anyone who knows me and loves me, tells me to go to class. Because they see how it affects every aspect of my life in a positive way. When I practice, I get to know myself more, and I love myself more for trying and in turn I get to share more love with the world around me. It gives me life, when I am questioning life. It calms me down and lifts me up all at the same time. It brings out all the better parts of me. And in my eyes it is awesome because it is one of the major major parts of preventative care that we can do for ourselves to insure better health and stamina in our bodies as we walk thru life. Life is such a beautiful gift. It is something to cherish and appreciate as much as we can while we are here. When I practice, I feel as though all my burdens and fears and worries aren't so heavy...and neither is my bum:) Its a win, win situation. Bikram is the best simply because it brings out the best within. These are just a few reasons why I continue to come back!!!
What health benefits have you gained from doing bikram yoga?
Overall, less aches and pains, Great Sound Sleep, Clearer Skin, Healthier hair and nails, Weight Loss, Strengthening, Increased Energy, Expanded Breathing, No Headaches (unless I dont drink water), Flexibility, Agility, Clartiy, Alertness, Efficiency in Daily Tasks(everything is easier and more enjoyable), More balanced emotions(well, maybe:) ), Better Waste Management, Heightened Self Awareness, Lower Anxiety, Higher Confidence, More Laughter and Smiling(creates killer T cells)....the list goes on and on. These are things that I have noticed on my own...I can only imagine what a medical doctor would say!!
Mahalo for taking the time to share so many of your personal thoughts and experiences at Bikram yoga. It means a lot to us to know you enjoy our classes! We are sure your advice will be helpful to others. We appreciate the way you give a deep perspective on the details. A big thank you to you! We wish you the very best on your yoga journey. Be sure to take what you have learned and build on it as you continue your studies on becoming a yoga teacher. We love teaching you!