HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING BIKRAM YOGA?
I started practicing Bikram Yoga on 12/20/2017. I have been doing Bikram Yoga for around 1.5 years.
WHAT GOT YOU INTO THE PRACTICE?
Started practicing yoga during my post-doctorate era in Madison, Wisconsin. I purchased a Groupon for the Inner Fire Yoga studio where I took power and sculpt classes. One day, right before the Christmas holiday, I received a notice from the instructor at the studio that class was being cancelled and that, in redemption, I would receive a free class at their West location. So I made my way to their West location and I walked into their Hot 90 class – which was the 26/2 Bikram Yoga series.
I remember not understanding what I was supposed to do in class but that I came out feeling pretty good.
After reading about the benefits of doing Bikram Yoga, I decided to keep practicing. I have stuck with Bikram yoga classes ever since. When I was doing my interviews for a residency position I went to 9 different states and I did Bikam yoga at studios in the city I was in, in that state.
HAVE YOU RECEIVED BENEFITS FROM THE PRACTICE?
More flexibility. The practice has opened my lower back which use to be tense. It has also helped stretch out the carotid region of my neck where I used to bottle emotion. Yoga is fixing each imbalance and injury. The longer I practice, the more committed I become. So I watch, with curiosity, this evolution that has begun to transcend the physical healing. I have found a mental acuity in my studies and a personal calm that previously eluded me all my life.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE POSTURE AND WHY?
Camel (ustrasana). Because even though it requires some effort to get into the posture, it has improved the flexibility in my spine and it stretches out my chest.
A FUN FACT ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW…
I am an avid reader.
AS SOMEONE IN THE MEDICAL FIELD, HOW DOES BIKRAM YOGA CONTRIBUTE TO OVERALL PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELL-BEING, IN YOUR OPINION?
Bikram Yoga has helped me in my professional life as a medical physics resident. In my profession there is no litany. The benefit of my job is that I can decide what I want to do each day and how much needs to get done in terms of research and testing clinical machines or equipment. I also get asked for help when someone has a physics question in the clinic or needs to set up an experiment. I try to keep my schedule as organized as possible, however there are days when something might go awry or I get interrupted unexpectedly, which happens often in the clinic even if you think you are prepared for it.
More generally, it helps me keep my mood stable throughout the day and it has helped in my personal life, too.
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