Oh Bikram. How I love you, at least today thats how I feel. I had such a strong class! Perhaps it was the strongest ever but that is up for debate. While I was setting up my mat and lying my towel down just right I found myself reflecting on how I really enjoy that part of practice. Getting to the studio, finding a spot, rolling out the mat and perfectly placing the towel so the corners match up is part of the practice.
I didn’t skip any poses! Not even the sit up before stretching pose, which I pretty much always skip. It was wonderful.
This is also wonderful and anyone who has heard of yoga and especially those who have not should check this out. http://www.usayoga.org/champions
Watch them all including this guy’s! Joseph Encinia!
Our teacher has mentioned this guy’s name quite a bit leading up to the Championships.
The following is a brief bio that I found here:
Joseph Encinia’s Bio
Joseph grew up in Dallas, Texas and at a young age he suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, a heart attack and excessive weight gain. The physical challenges he faced as a child affected his mental and emotional health as a young adult. At the age of 19 Joseph discovered Bikram Yoga and within a year his life was transformed on all levels. By practicing yoga daily, he achieved vibrant health shedding pounds and medication. Joseph first competed in Texas in 2005 then after years of dedication he won 1st place in the 2009 National Yoga Asana Championship and placed 2nd internationally. Three years later, in 2011, Joseph won the championships and is now the International Yoga Asana Champion. Yoga has given Joseph the gift of life. Now his mission in life is sharing the gift of yoga and inspiring others to be the best they can be. Joseph teaches yoga full time in NYC and in the past year has taught at Bikram’s 1st school in Mumbai, India. In his spare time Joseph enjoys traveling, studying philosophy & science and playing guitar.