January 2015 Student of the Month

Catherine Dang

Allen Please tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Germany and moved to Texas in 1992. We own a small family operated business building luxury homes in the hill country, and surrounding areas. My husband Paul and I enjoy working together and we make a great team. Outside of work we love traveling, sailing, and spending time with our family (we have two daughters, one little granddaughter, and a golden retriever). Paul is very supportive of my yoga practice although it takes me away for many hours from work and home. He is the love of my life and my best friend.
What brought you to the Bikram yoga practice?
My older daughter Michelle is in sales and very persuasive. She can make anything sound like a good idea … even hot yoga in a torture chamber for ninety minutes. We took our first class together and I briefly considered disowning her afterwards. She definitely deserves the credit for helping me find “My Thing” (that’s what my family calls it). My love affair with Bikram Yoga was definitely not love at first sight, and it actually took a while before I settled into a practice routine. I have been practicing for two and a half years now and can’t imagine my life without it anymore.
How often do you practice?
Three to four times a week – depending on my work schedule.
What specific physical issues, if any, did you have before taking you first class?
I used to have frequent tension headaches and achy joints caused by premature arthritis. The yoga has pretty much alleviated these problems.
What are the greatest benefits of you practice?
It’s so true that one good decision leads to another. The yoga has made me rethink many aspects of life, especially decisions concerning my health & nutrition. I have also learned to be more tolerant and patient which has made me a better person all around.
How has this practice changed your health and life? Any emotional or other benefits?
Yoga truly does connect the mind with the body and I’m much more in tune with both since I started practicing Bikram Yoga. It gives me balance and peace whenever I get nervous or stressed out. Each day of practice is a new experience with more to learn. It takes commitment and patience … it’s a journey not an event.
What is your favorite part of Bikram yoga?
I love that that Bikram Yoga is consistent, honest (“This is going to hurt like hell …”) and it works. I have also met a lot of amazing people and new friends within the BYSA family.