Meet Michelle: busy mom and wife, yoga practitioner
What brought you to Bikram Yoga?
I wanted to try something new. I was a swimmer in college and started to run marathons after my daughters were born. I was interested in yoga and thought it would supplement my running.
What did you get from your yoga practice that you were not expecting?
In one word PEACE! I finally felt centered emotionally and the physical benefits were an added bonus. I suffered from Postpartum depression with the birth of my daughters and began to take Zoloft. After practicing, I felt like I had taken my daily Zoloft. I slowly stopped taking Zoloft and replaced it with my Bikram practice.
Why do you think it’s important for someone your age to maintain a consistent practice?
I think for women it is twofold. We are all busy with family, work, and children and often pulled in many directions. I know when I step on my mat I have 90 minutes to simply take care of myself without distractions. I also believe it is important as I enter menopause. Bikram works the entire body including regulating hormones. I believe a consistent practice will help my body transition.
Why will you continue to practice yoga into your next decade?
I plan to practice the rest of my life to maintain my health, physically and emotionally. I want to continue to be active and know practicing will allow me to do so.
What do you believe you could have avoided if you had started your practice sooner?
I believe I would have been more patient and accepting of myself and others if I had practiced sooner.
What advice do you have for new students or people who haven’t tried Bikram Yoga yet?
Just try a class with an open mind and enjoy the journey. Practicing Bikram can have a huge positive impact on your life if you will allow it. Sometimes we need to get out of our own way.