I was a massive gym junkie and spent hours in the gym each day until I aggravated my sciatic nerve. Per doctor’s orders I was not allowed to go to the gym until I healed. My staff member recommended Bikram and kept telling me to try it. I threatened to fire her after my first class. After the second class, her job was safe. After the third class, I thought about promoting her.How often do you practice?
I practice six to seven days a week. I’m lying! I practice every day if I can walk.What specific physical issues, if any, did you have before taking you first class?
Well that’s a laundry list…I was pretty ill. Three months after I started Bikram they discontinued one of my blood pressure medicines, and six weeks later the remaining dose was cut in half. For years I suffered from zingers caused by firing nerve pathways. To control the pain, my doctor would give me shots in the facet joints and cauterize the nerve pathways in my lower back 4 to 6 times a year. For 8 years my back hurt so much that I could barely walk in the morning. The amount of pain relief Bikram yoga has brought to my life is amazing. I have not had one treatment in the first year of my practice!What are the greatest benefits of you practice? A
ccording to my staff and my family I am a kinder, gentler Naomi. Okay maybe kinder. I have always had a manic energy that is personally exhausting for ninety minutes of each day. Bikram lets me get out of my head and find stillness. It is one of the greatest gifts I give myself.How has this practice changed your health and life? Any emotional or other benefits?
Last year I had to do a lot of traveling so I made a personal goal to do Bikram in every state or city I went to. I went so far as to pick hotels that were convenient to Bikram. Last year, I did Bikram in NY, DC, AZ, Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Diego, Costa Mesa, LA (at the Headquarters with Raj), Santa Barbara, San Francisco and San Rafael.What is your favorite part of Bikram yoga?
Two days into our family vacation to California, my family sent me to Yoga. Apparently, I become unbearable without it. I have found that if you can make the 6 a.m. class and finish by the time everybody wakes up, you’ve done your Yoga and the vacation can begin. Bikram Yoga feeds my soul and seeing all the different studios and teachers really makes me appreciate the discipline of the San Antonio studios.
This is really going to sound crazy but…Triangle. I can judge my day by how strong triangle feels to me. I learned a wonderful thing in Arizona, which was my last studio of the year - “My yoga of the day is just that ‘today’s’ yoga. It is not ‘yesterday’s’ yoga and it is not ‘tomorrow’s’ yoga. And that’s okay.”