Bikram Yoga Maple Ridge Student of the Month (September): Jaren

“I don’t have any horror stories about my first class." Although Jaren’s recollections of her first Bikram yoga class might seem like a bit of a let-down with a lead-in like that, her story is one of love at first sight, not horror. "I tried a few other types of yoga before my first Bikram class, but once I tried Bikram, I had an immediate connection with the yoga: I knew it was the one for me." 

On the topic of The One, Jaren was recently married, but put a condition on her pending nuptials: “I told my husband before I married him that he had to come to a Bikram yoga class. Two days before the wedding he came to class - and he still married me - so it must not have been that bad."

What's to love about Bikram yoga? “I remember how amazing I felt after my first class, and how excited I was to try it again." 

"When I was in college," Jaren relates the story of how she first became interested in Bikram yoga, "I sat beside a girl who was really big into Bikram Yoga. She always had a lot of positive things to say about how Bikram benefited her; I knew it was something I would enjoy."

As someone who loves a challenge and also loves being physical - Jaren fills her weekends with adventures, friends and hiking and snowboarding trips - Bikram has continued to be a practice that excites Jaren: "I go to the gym 6 days per week. I almost never stretch after my workouts. Yoga is really complimentary to my workouts, and I believe it has helped me to prevent injuries by stretching out my muscles, strengthening my joints and increasing my flexibility."

Even though she has a demanding job, busy weekends and goes to the gym six days per week, Jaren still finds the time for yoga. : “Most of the year I try to do Bikram yoga about 4 days a week.” She explains her surprise to learn that she benefitted from doing even more yoga: “This past spring I did a couple of the 4x4 challenge and made it my goal to do 5 or 6 classes a week. I really liked how I felt, and was surprised at the improvements I made in class.”
With the fall approaching, Jaren plans to increase the frequency of her practice again - from 4 – 5 days per week. She explains what motivates her to make time to practice, “I think in today's world, everyone is busy. Making time is about prioritizing what is important. I feel that making the time now to stay healthy will give me more time overall.” She adds that she doesn’t just think about having more time later in life, but her yoga practice allows her to enjoy the free time she has now: “My weeks are hectic, but I always incorporate yoga into my schedule. I feel it is really important for me to have that 90 (or 60) minutes a few times a week to focus on the present and leave the day behind.” In other words, she explains, “Yoga is great stress buster for me.”

 In addition to increasing her practice, Jaren plans to continue with Master Core intermediate classes, and is looking forward to seeing improvements in these postures as well.

No word on if her husband intends to follow up his pre-wedding class with more yoga, but Jaren makes it clear that no one she cares about should expect to skip out on trying Bikram yoga: “I am always trying to recruit my friends and family to class. I have had such a positive experience practising Bikram yoga and I want the same for them.”






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