Two things can get me up at 5:00 am: fishing and hot yoga.
My name is Tom McConnell and I am married to Susan McConnell with two adult children; Colin (24) and Michelle (21). I started to practice yoga about two and a half years ago when I was 25+ pounds heavier.
Not only was I 25+ pounds heavier, I was a stiff 44 year old man who continually complained of a bad back due to years of carpet cleaning. I just thought it was irreversible damage that I would have to live with. Thanks to Bikram Yoga, that pain is gone.
Bikram Yoga has changed my life in many ways, not only the obvious flexibility (that is still a work in progress), but my body is changing and transforming right before my eyes. If you told me three years ago that I would be stretching in a hot room full of people without a shirt and actually enjoying it, I would have said you were out of your mind.
Bikram Yoga is the hardest and most satisfying workout I have ever done. I have worked out with weights for years, ran a half marathon, and completed the grouse grind - but nothing can compare to the focus and strength needed for 90 minutes in a hot room holding and stretching your every muscle. Some days just staying in the room is my best achievement for the day, other times I leave feeling like I just went 10 rounds with a gorilla and I can’t wait for my next session.
Physical changes are just the beginning. I am a Real Estate Agent working in these very trying economic times. I’m not only surviving but I’m thriving thanks to the sense of peace from 90 minutes of meditation; connecting my body, mind, and spirit to handle daily stresses.
So thanks to thank all the teachers and fellow students who are helping me along my journey. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for you.