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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I recently graduated from the University of Rochester and have moved back to my hometown, Palermo, New York (just East of Fulton). I am pursuing a career as a physician and will be moving to Syracuse in the fall to attend SUNY Upstate Medical University. I am a musician (oboe & English horn) and I enjoy cooking, reading, running and swimming. I have been a vegetarian for twelve years. I hope to emphasis healthy eating and exercise habits in my medical practice, advocating vegetable-centric diets and practices, such as yoga, for their health and regenerative effects.
What brought you to the Bikram yoga practice?
After about eight months of practicing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, I began to look for something a little more challenging but still maintained emphasis on breathing and meditation. A friend, Rachel Misztal, suggested that I try Bikram yoga and guaranteed me I would love it. She was right.
How often do you practice?
I have been attending class five or six times a week. I try to balance regular practice of yoga, going to the gym, and running...but yoga always seem to win out.
What specific physical issues, if any, did you have before taking your first class? What changes have you seen/felt in your body- overall physical and general well- being?
I really didn't come to Bikram with specific issues, except maybe my constant concern about maintaining good posture. I was looking for a substantial physical work-out and release of mental stress. Bikram yoga has certainly improved my overall well-being. Yoga, in general, puts me more in touch with my mind and body. Bikram has improved my ability to listen to myself and to others. My flexibility has also improved greatly. I used to think the instructors were crazy, asking us to touch our heads on the floor between our feet (standing separate leg stretch) or touching our toes, but now I know it’s possible and that we are all capable.
What are the greatest benefits of your practice?
I think the improvements to my listening skills and concentration have been my greatest take-a-ways. I find it much easier to concentrate on the task at hand and have learned to stop my mind from wandering.
How has this practice changed your health and life? Any emotional or other benefits?
Bikram has influenced my life outside the hot room. I find myself eating healthier and hydrating…constantly. My flexibility and strength have increased greatly and I find it much easier to control my emotions. Most importantly, "I find I tell myself more often that I can, as opposed to I cannot, or should not. These aspects of Bikram have seeped into my everyday life.
What is your favorite part about Bikram Yoga Oswego?
The overall environment is amazing. I love that the beautiful Kingsford house is nestled in a small city like Oswego. It is a unique venue and presents a perfect location for your "ninety minute meditation”. The hot room also presents the perfect escape from twenty degree weather.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just a huge thank you to the instructors and students at Oswego Bikram Yoga. Everyone has great energy, and you generate such a welcoming and encouraging environment. Thank you so much for this positive experience.
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