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March 2019 Student of the Month
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 49, married, mother of two teenagers, 15 and 16 years old. I served in public education for 26 years and I’ve been a member of the Union/BAM going on my 4th year.
What brought you to the yoga practice? CrossFit?
I first discovered Bikram Yoga after the birth of my first child. As I hit my 40’s, I needed to build more muscle to prevent the typical health issues that come when you get older. My cousin Carla recommended The Union/BAM.
What is your favorite class and how often do you come in a week?
My favorite class is “Comp Class” on Saturdays. It’s where I get pushed beyond my limits, beyond what I think my body is capable of. The class is filled with athletes half my age, and it makes me feel good when I see myself keeping up with them. I do Crossfit 4x a week, Yoga or Pilates 2x a week and one day of complete rest.
What specific physical issues, if any, did you have before taking your first class?
Recovering from Breast Cancer. Chemotherapy, really took a lot out of my body. I was in my 2nd year of recovery when I began at The Union/BAM. I used to be decent shape, but after getting sick, my body just didn’t work like it used to. The meds I was on caused severe side effects. Interestingly enough, when I started doing Crossfit/Yoga on a regular basis, my side effects disappeared. I was still on the meds, but felt like my normal self again. I remember my oncologist asking what I was doing, “my numbers” were looking really good, and I was like, “I get my booty kicked at least 4 days a week.” She said, “Well, if it’s a butt kicking you needed, I wouldn’t stop.”
What are the greatest benefits of your practice in the yoga room and the gym?
The people. Just the love and friendships I’ve made over the years. Yes, of course the health benefits, but you can exercise outside by yourself and receive health benefits. It’s the people that make the difference. My 5:15am peeps are considered family. What is your favorite part of the classes? I LOVE barbell work and the beginning of every yoga and Pilates class when the instructors ‘center you’.
What would you say to someone coming in wanting to try the yoga, Inferno Hot Pilates or CrossFit?
This is quite simply the greatest place on earth. It doesn’t matter the class you attend, the coaches and instructors create a community of love, acceptance and high expectations. When I began 4 years ago, I didn’t expect to make the lifelong friends that I have made and I sure didn’t expect to be in the shape that I am in now. I couldn’t even do a push up without using my knees and now I can throw a 135lb barbell over my head.