Jasbir and Suhkbir hadn't given yoga much thought until Sukhbir's friend told her how much weight she lost in 6 months of practicing Bikram yoga. Sukbir joined up and her husband soon followed her.
Sukbir didn't mind her first class, Jasbir says, but describes his first class as "Hell" – "about an hour into it, I ran outside and said, 'I ain't doing this.'" The words of the teacher, "suffer for 90 minutes now, or suffer for 30 years later," got him thinking and propelled him back into the yoga room again and again.
Although they both work in the health care field, Jasbir and Sukbir really believe that yoga is their health insurance. "We want to be healthy so that we can enjoy our lives more," Jasbir states. After practicing regularly for over four months, the couple also enjoy it: "we like is that we are doing something good for our body and health."
Jasbir and Sukbir attend yoga together four days each week at 9:15 a.m.; "We like the morning class because you have lots of energy for the day." When Jasbir is at work, Sukbir attends classes on her own, doing five to six classes per week.
Four to six classes per week may seem like a lot, but Jasbir insists that the investment of time is well worth it: "Nobody has time in this busy world, but you have to make time if you want a healthy long life. Yoga class takes three hours out of our day from the time we get up until we come back home, but that is a very small price to pay for a healthy life."
Jasbir has noticed that he's more calm and feels happy for no reason! (Besides yoga, another possible reason he is so happy would be his fantastic relationship with his wife and three children, who enjoy spending time watching movies and shopping together.) He states that his yogi calmness stays with him even while he's driving: "Bad drivers don't brother me anymore," he smiles.
Sukbir finds she has more energy and less pain; she's happy that she can do more around the house now.
Jasbir offers these words of encouragement: "I would like to say in the end is give Bikram yoga a try, you well benefit; how much you will benefit depends how much you put into it (more you do it, the more you experience the benefits). Yoga classes don't get easier, but you get better at doing the poses. You will have good days and bad days in class, just like in life. "