Student of the Month for March 2014
David, in addition to your yoga practice, what else do you enjoy?
I enjoy standing in line at Starbucks and counting how many people are not desperately staring at their Iphone. I also enjoy, seeing my grown children, starting businesses, making soup, playing music, watching old movies and riding my bicycle particularly in beautiful places and reading novels. Oh and also drinking really great wine which I sweat out on the mat!
Tell us about your yoga journey.
Here’s the straight story – I walked into Robin’s studio 15 years ago depressed as hell from a divorce and in severe back pain which I suffered for many years. After I made it through the first class I was thrilled because I thought this is really going to kill me! But I came back again and again and low and behold the pain and grief slowly burned away. After 3 months I felt much better and after 3 years much better still and it has never stopped getting better and better. There are ups and downs in my practice but the one thing that never changes is the calm I experience when I enter the room and share the space with the other yogis.
What are the physical things you get from yoga?
I honestly believe that for every hour I do yoga I gain 2 wonderful hours of life. And as I get older I feel the number one priority for a healthy body is flexibility. As I mentioned it helped my back and while I have had injuries, it has always been because I was competing with myself and not listening to my body’s innate wisdom. I now tune in and slightly modify the positions as my body instructs me to. Great sleep, great appetite, plus it really does give you a great butt.
How has yoga impacted your life?
It has gifted me a centered sanctuary to always come home to. When I travel I seek out Bikrams yoga studios and it is always the same experience. I have a very stressful job and I use the practice to dissipate this. I always hope that by the end of the class I will have suspended all desire and judgments that pervade my life, but alas, I find that most of the time, in the heat and discomfort of the various asanas, I end up fantasizing about what I am going to make for dinner. However, the rare class that I get out of the way and allow the yoga to do its magic, it pervades my core being down to the cellular structure and leaves a calling card for peace.
What advice do you have for the new students?
My ego has always wanted to answer this question since I really know what the new students need to do! Seriously I have come to the conclusion that anyone who has the courage to walk into this room and stay till the end has already performed a monumentally courageous act. However (I couldn’t resist) I would recommend that they be extra gentle and feel OK about doing the moves at about 10% for the first few classes and be sure to drink a bottle of water BEFORE the class starts. Other than that I agree that it takes 10 classes to get your “yoga-legs” but after that go for it!
One last thing – I have never had a teacher at this studio who I didn’t learn something from – but I am very grateful to: 1) Kevin – consistentasana yoga 2) Robin – gracefulsilencasana yoga 3) Erin – lovelycanaryasana yoga 4) Cary – gotchasana yoga.