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Honorary Students

Jim Skinner

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Being Yoga Student of the Month - August 2014

Jim, in addition to your yoga practice, what else do you enjoy?
I enjoy spending time with family wine tasting and appreciating fine food. I also love to cheer on our San Francisco Giants and Forty Niners with my wife and two daughters. When time permits I enjoy playing golf and walking with my wife.

Tell us about your yoga journey.
My journey started when a fellow firefighter gave me a 30 day introduction to yoga for my 50th birthday. I had no idea how this would change my life and help with my stress and outlook on life. I started going twice a week and then after a couple years started coming five times a week. I enjoy the early classes because they allow me to get a great start on the day and allow me to get to work at a reasonable time. I tell everyone who will listen how great yoga is and what it has done for me and my wife Becky who I encouraged to try yoga.

What are the physical things you get from yoga?
In addition to the reduction of stress in my life I have noticed some other physical benefits. From when I stared Bikram Yoga four and a half years ago I have lost over 25 pounds and have gotten my blood pressure under control. I have also found that chronic pains that I experienced over the years seem to have been dramatically reduced.

How has yoga impacted your life?
I had no idea how beneficial spending 90 minutes in a very hot room with other people imitating creatures like a half-tortoise (only half?), a camel, a rabbit and not to mention a locust and a cobra. I feel energized and ready for the day after I practice and have a sense of accomplishment at the end of class.

What advice do you have for the new students?
My advice is to hydrate before class and stay in the room no matter how you feel. Don’t underestimate the need to hydrate before and after class. The others in the room are there to help and no one judges anyone. We are just happy you are sharing your time and energy with us in the room.

 

Being Yoga Student of the Month - August 2014