Angela and her husband of 14 years encourage their children (aged 7 and 9) to live a healthy lifestyle through their example. “We’re a running family. Our motto is a family that runs together stays together.”
Angela knows that taking time for herself is also part of healthy lifestyle: her favorite part of her Bikram yoga practice is “90 minutes of ME time.”
One of the benefits of Bikram yoga Angela has experience is more energy. And it sounds like she can use it! She runs – “I trained for and completed 4 half marathons in 16 months”. She loves to bake – I create themed birthday cakes made of fondant for all the kids in our family. You’ll find me in the kitchen baking cookies or making earl grey or salted caramel ice cream during the weekends. Recently I’ve started testing out gluten-free recipes in hopes that I can continue to satisfy my sweet cravings somewhat guilt free.” Of course, her two children keep her busy. “My kids are still young, so I have to work around their schedule: ballet, art class, and swimming lessons. I try to go at least 3 days a week.”
How does she manage it? “You make time for it. I completed the 30-day challenge back in September. Yes, with two young kids, I challenged myself to commit to making time to complete it. Classes on weekend mornings, afternoon class after work, and lots of help from my sisters who babysat for me. I’ll admit there were times when I felt guilty about spending all my evenings in class and away from my family. But, in the end, the benefits you gain from it – energy, inner peace, calmness, confidence – are worth it. Everyone around you benefits from a happy, energetic, healthy you.”
Bikram yoga actually gave Angela the tools she needed to start running. “It was because of this practice that I decided to run a half marathon. I thought if I could exercise for 90 minutes straight, then I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to run for over two hours. Really it’s all about conditioning, physically and mentally. The struggle is always in your mind. That little voice that tells you,’you can do it, you’re almost there,’ even when your body is telling you something else.”
The struggle was really on her mind in that first Bikram yoga class that she attended with her sister and some girlfriends: “Like everyone else, I wondered when it would be over. It was so hot, and, ‘no, I’m not coming back tomorrow.’” Except that she did.
Angela says that she likes, “learning to accept my limits and celebrating my accomplishments and growth – big or small.”
She knows about this, as she returned to yoga to recover from a running injury. “Hopefully I’ll notice a change when I start running again in a few months,” she says. Her goal is to return to running marathons pain and injury-free. “For my 40th birthday, I want to run the Walt Disney World half marathon in Florida. I’d like to be able to run it injury free. When I start training again for the run, I intend to continue with my practice because I know that running and yoga compliment each other.”