Regular practitioner ‘Brose has been practicing Bikram since 2012. He like many students uses the 90 minutes in the hot room to escape life’s problems and find a way to rebalance and reboot.
But for ‘Brose, a recovering alcoholic and Leukemia patient, daily life can be more challenging than usual. Here we take a very candid and very privileged look into the person behind the poses. (Thank you ‘Brose for sharing your story).
“Bikram definitely helps with my alcoholism. I have been working a recovery programme since October 2015 and it is something that I am very grateful for: a sober life, a more contented life. (I know I sound evangelical!)
“Physically I'm trimmer and not so dehydrated. I’ve also been able to use the self-discipline developed from my yoga practice in my recovery.
“My first class was something though. Dante missed a circle: it was sheer hell. I did not realise I could sweat that much. How I managed to stay in the class I cannot say. I started bargaining with myself from the off: 'how many postures do I have to attempt before I can sit/lie out?' I was trying to con the teachers basically.
“But what drew me back was the mental space that Bikram left afterwards. 'Grounded', 'balanced', 'mellow', 'collapsed consciousness', 'in the groove' or 'in the zone', call it what you like, but that was the payback. Bikram was the access to that mental state, so I had to come back.
“Leukemia does not hurt. I have not had to have any treatment as it was diagnosed early. I have regular check ups.
“I attend Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in Northumberland. Meditation is central to Buddhism and I find a meditative state is a by-product of a yoga class.
“It is the polar opposite of my Catholic upbringing. I was also attracted to the emphasis on 'doing', rather than just claiming it as a label. I was also unnerved by the control exerted by the Catholic Church. Buddhism by contrast treats people as adults.
“What I love about Bikram is the people, the heat, the ‘journey' as well as the obstacles. The heat is equally one of the most challenging aspects, oh, and locking the knee.
“My favorite postures are standing bow, toe stand or anything that I do not fall out of. I find savasana the hardest: I just cannot keep still!
“I've met some very, special people through yoga, and I do not believe these friendships would have been formed without it.”
The 2017 30 Day Challenge starts today, so if you're looking to get fit or take your practice to the next level why not sign up? All you need to do is commit to taking one yoga class every day for a full 30 days and you'll be amazed and the results, both physically and mentally. Ask at the desk for more info.
Yoga has been a part of my life for almost 10 years and my practice has helped me grow stronger, especially during difficult times of anxiety and depression. Yoga helped me realise that there was nothing I couldn't conquer as long as stayed present and mindful and breathed deeply. As a result, I've become more fearless, both on and off the mat.
I completed my training in Bali, Indonesia and it was a truly transformational and life changing experience and I aim to be a perpetual student of the practice whilst sharing this gift I've been given.
I teach a strong and powerful Hatha flow with inspiration from Forrest and Yin styles too.
In my classes, I aim to inspire you to help deepen your practice and to truly be present in your body and celebrate and marvel at what it can do. In teaching you, I am also learning and constantly discovering - I hope to be a perpetual student for the rest of my life, which I hope will also enhance my teaching. A wonderful cycle!
Currently Harriette teaches at .B Yoga, Yogahaven in Birmingham and for a corporate client in Hinckley.
Hot yoga was the gateway I needed to get yoga into my life on a more consistent basis. I love attempting to marry the physical exertion of a hot vinyassa flow class with a calmness of mind and consistency of breath.
Through many great yoga teachers and a passion for trying lots of different styles - the yoga philosophy has really started to change my approach to life and make me evaluate whats really important to me.
Teaching is a great opportunity to offer a different perspective to people - that might be showing an unusual way to get into your utthita parsvakonasana or it could be providing an alternative set of tools to deal with difficult situations, a hard posture, a difficult conversation etc. And it all comes back to one yoga mat!
Who will receive a monthly guest pass?
All monthly members and 10 class card holders who have a current pass with us will receive a monthly guest pass.
How often will they receive it?
At the beginning of each month, starting from November 16, the monthly guest pass will be emailed to you. Please check at the desk that we have your current email address on file.
Who can use the monthly guest pass?
You can send your monthly guest pass to anyone who has never previously tried one of our classes here.
What do I do?
Forward the email with the guest pass to a friend or family member.
They will need to register online, book into a class and bring either the printed voucher or show the voucher on their mobile phone at the desk when they arrive.
What do they get?
1 FREE hot or 1 FREE urban class.
Please note, the voucher doesn’t cover mats, towels or water.
How long is the guest pass valid for?
The guest pass is time sensitive and will expire at the end of each month. The pass will become invalid if the member cancels their membership and cannot be used by the member for their own use at any time.
The nightmare of road closures and footpath disruption finally comes to and end next week. Hooray!
Metre bays will return then.
We know that parking has been difficult for you during this time, but did you know....?
* Metre parking doesn’t start until 7am and is £1 per hour . So parking is cheaper if you're practicing the early morning 6.45am class!
* Newark Street car park offers parking after 6pm for £1
* We have an arrangement for reduced parking at the Holiday Inn at St Nicholas Circle. Bring in your ticket into the studio and we will give you the discounted ticket!
* We are also close to an arrangement with a car park next door and on New Street (just off Friar Lane) for reduced rate parking. So watch this space!!
For details of other city centre car parks visit the website.
We've got a full day of hot and urban yoga classes available to try and special offers on the day for brand new students as well as people who may have been members before.
Classes start at 9am. Last class at 5pm. See full timetable for details.
So come and try out the ICONIC HOT BIKRAM YOGA as well as Yin, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Power and Flow Yoga.
All classes are suitable for beginners. Bring your friends and family, everyone welcome!
And regular students please come along too so we can show our visitors what a fabulous community we have at .B Yoga!
Oratai Jay Vacharaphol
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Bangkok, Thailand but I've been in the UK for 13 years. Currently I live in Loughborough.
When did you first discover yoga?
I took my first hot yoga class back in 2007 in Thailand and enjoyed it so much I spent the next three months practicing as much as I could. I went on to try vinyasa and ashtanga but when I came to the UK to study my Masters I found I had no time for yoga and hardly practiced at all. Then in 2013 I found an ashtanga class in Nottingham and yoga has been a key part of my life ever since.
What kind of yoga do you teach?
Ashtanga and vinyasa yoga.
When did you qualify as a yoga teacher?
I become a certified teacher in November 2015 with All Yoga in Thailand. I started teaching regularly in Feb 2016. As well as at .B Yoga, I teach at a gym in Loughborough.
What did you do before coming a yoga teacher?
I was research/manufacturing engineer working in Coventry.
What do you enjoy most about teaching yoga?
I love to see students progress and benefit from practice.
What do you love about yoga?
For me, practice is about self-meditation and time to be with myself.
What's the best yoga tip you've ever been given?
Just practice and all is coming.
What do you do when you're not teaching/practicing?
When I’m not teaching or practicing yoga, I’m probably reading more about yoga! I also enjoy art, cooking and exploring new places when I can!