Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Puerto Rico, a small but beautiful Island in the Caribbean! I moved to the United States Mainland in my early 20’s and have lived in Maryland, Virginia and now Texas!
How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?
I have been practicing Bikram Yoga for about five years. I have always enjoy staying active, running, going to the gym and have explored many physical activities but they were not fulfilling. I was looking for something more physically challenging while at the same time healing, therapeutic, something that will help me have a strong body but also a quiet mind and a powerful soul. A late summer afternoon I was driving by a studio in Fairfax, Virginia and I decided to do an Intro Week not knowing what I was getting myself into! Well, since the moment I stepped into that hot room, I knew this was going to be a lifelong journey and not just an Intro Week. The benefits I have gained from my yoga practice have been absolutely incredible, physically, mentally and spiritually. I am so grateful to have found this practice and I am lucky to have the opportunity to share it with so many other people as a Yoga Instructor.
What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends. Visiting local artisan coffee shops and traveling.
What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?
This is an easy and a hard question! I love each posture in the series but one of my favorites is Standing Bow and not because it is a beautiful pose but because it requires strength, mental discipline and determination. It comes at a point in class where you have to decide whether you stop or you keep going, mind over matter! I always remind my students, the mind is powerful and so are you!
What advice would you give to any new student?
I respect each student that walks through the doors of the hot room and stands to go through the 90 minute Bikram class. It is a mental, physical and time commitment that you make with yourself. Stepping away from your routine and making a decision to take care of your body; that very first step is probably the most difficult. What I always like to remind my students is the importance of taking care of yourself first. We go through life taking care of our responsibilities at home, children, spouses, then comes work and often we forget about ourselves. Many things depend on us and so it is important that keep ourselves strong and healthy. Maintaining a consistent yoga practice, staying hydrated and eating healthy, wholesome foods is so important. You have to take good care of yourself first, before you can take good care of others!