December 2016 Student of the Month

Silmi Merchant

Silmi MerchantPlease tell us a little about yourself.
I would like to thank The Union for selecting me as their student of the month. I am so lucky to be part of such an amazing community. I am a junior at The University of Texas at San Antonio majoring in Biology and I aspire to become a Dentist. Apart from constantly studying, I enjoy dancing, binge watching Netflix shows, and cooking!
What brought you to the yoga practice? CrossFit?
My best friend brought me to try Bikram yoga as a way to relieve stress and I was instantly hooked. After doing yoga for a little over a month I decided to try CrossFit and found my calling!!
How often do you take class?
I try to take class about 5-6 days a week. I always plan to do at least one day of yoga but I usually end up at the box instead
What specific physical issues, if any, did you have before taking your first class?
Before trying Bikram yoga, I would feel pain in my upper back and knee.
What are the greatest benefits of your practice?
I feel that the greatest benefits I have reaped from my practice are not only physical but mental as well. Being a student and having other responsibilities is challenging but knowing that I get to come to class and focus on myself for 60 minutes is something I look forward to.
How has this practice changed your health and life? Any emotional or other benefits?
Honestly, coming to CrossFit keeps me sane. Not only have I improved in class but also the CrossFit and yoga have made me realize my inner potential in my everyday life.
What is your favorite part of the yoga and or CrossFit?
My favorite part of CrossFit is that I come across new challenges that drive me to improve myself. Setting goals and accomplishing them along side having the support of such a wonderful community is something that I truly love.