Sweating, exercise, sports, and activities have always been a place that my husband and I have found common ground. We get a lot of bonding out of taking a yoga class together or playing a round of golf; heck, on one of our first dates, we took batting practice together!
Sharing in the challenges and triumphs of physical activity is such a great way to strengthen a bond. You get what your loved one is going through, you can cheer each other on, and you appreciate what your partner endures because you’re doing it too.
Since Valentine’s Day is upon us, I wanted to feature a couple of yogis, not just one individual. Laura and Jim Kelly began practicing at my studio since its first year in business, and they have been going strong ever since! I have always been so impressed and inspired by their consistency; just getting into the hot room 2, 3, 4 times a week month after month, year after year, leads to such a happy, healthy life!
Check out their feature here, and have a very Happy Valentines Day ❤
How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what brought you into the hot room for the first time?
L&J: We started practicing seven and a half years ago. We went to our first class because a good friend had been doing Bikram Yoga on Cape Cod and was raving about it. We decided to check it out at that studio and the heat had shut off overnight so they cancelled the morning class. We actually went back again for the afternoon class and are glad we did. Maria had opened at about the same time and we soon joined Bikram Natick.
At the beginning of your practice what was the most challenging thing about the yoga?
L&J: The heat and the length of the class were the most challenging things at the beginning. We always practiced together when we first began and that kept getting us back into the hot room.
How has your yoga practice changed or affected your relationship – this is a Valentine’s feature after all!
L&J: We rarely practice at the same time because of our schedules, but when we do practice together, you’ll find us on opposite sides of the room! But, the yoga does keeps us close.
What has been the greatest benefit you’ve received from Bikram Yoga?
Jim: Practicing Bikram yoga keeps me more flexible and helps my golf game. It also helps with stress reduction.
Laura: Bikram yoga forces me to slow down and be mindful during class. That creates a calmness that continues beyond the hot room.
Tell us a little about your life outside the hot room – how do you bring your yoga with you into every day life?
L&J: We have very busy schedules. Practicing Bikram yoga helps us to balance work and family with our other responsibilities. Our yoga teachers have lots of great phrases that are helpful outside the hot room. The most helpful is “Just breathe!” Laura also says, “As a physical therapist, I have to encourage people to make changes that affect their health. I find that having those quick catch phrases are helpful for patients because they are easy to remember. My favorite- ‘Meet your body where it is today, and the capacity for change is unimaginable.'”
What advice would you have for someone just starting out with Bikram Yoga?
L&J: Just breathe. Listen to the directions and go slowly step by step. You still get the benefit even if you can’t do 100% of the posture.