Mark says that he started Bikram yoga as an alternative to jogging…which makes a lot of sense considering the winter we’ve had in Cincinnati! Although he’s always been a weight lifter and runner, he found himself looking for a more long term fitness strategy and one that would be less jarring on his body. The yoga has been a great way to deal with stress, and according to Mark, his blood pressures have “dropped by 15-20 points!”
The first few times Mark came to class, he thought the environment was quite mentally challenging and felt even “claustrophobic” at times. As an “explosive athlete” he was used to needing high energy workouts to break a sweat, so the high heart rates he could achieve in the meditative workout were surprising to him.
But it’s been a good fit. According to studio owner, Chelsea, Mark has “come in and worked and I mean he works…I almost started crying the other day in class when I saw him grab both feet in Bow. People like Mark, who work and gain so much in a Bikram practice, are the reason I became a studio owner and a Bikram yoga teacher. People like Mark make it all worth it.”
He finds that the most challenging posture is “Toe Stand” because he’s broken his leg three times in the past. Because this leg is taking its time working out the junk, it’s Mark’s goal to gain a better mastery of this position. And as for his favorite? Well, he likes the challenge that each posture presents, so there is no stand-out favorite.
Mark is new to Cincinnati having just lived here for about a year, so when you see him in class, be sure to say hello and, as always, thank you Mark for sharing your practice with us! Namaste -
Posted by Liz Alfano