It seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, or tree pose, for Robert, a hard-working mom with four daughters who is healing her shoulder and setting an example of living a healthy lifestyle for her girls to emulate.Her two younger daughters are excited to start taking yoga classes, like their mom. "My youngest daughter, Ava, has been practicing the tree pose for a few weeks ever since Candice showed her. Now she wants to know how to pose as a flower!" Although we don't exactly have a flower pose in Bikram Yoga, Roberta has certainly noticed her yoga practice and health vigorously blooming since she began practicing in September. "The pain in my shoulder has gone from a 75% pain level to a 25% pain level." This dramatic improvement may mean that Roberta will not have to undergo invasive surgery to repair a superior labral tear with maceration and fraying of the labrum. "I am obviously not wanting surgery and am also going to continue yoga, because I truly believe that is the reason why my shoulder has improved so much." Roberta had heard about Bikram yoga – how it detoxifies, slims, improves flexibility and heals - but couldn't slot it into her hectic schedule of raising four children, babysitting two children and working four nights per week. She was thrilled when the Bikram Yoga Maple Ridge studio opened close to her home and work last year and resolved to join. Roberta says she "thought I was gonna die" in her first class, but also, "knew that was not going to stop me from coming back. If you want results I know you have to work hard for it." On the other hand, she claims that Bikram is "the most non judgmental activity in an excersize room that I've ever done!" In addition to the miraculous reduction of pain in her shoulder, she says her yoga practice has helped her to drop inches, increase flexibility and has boosted her confidence. "At work my customers ask me what I've done that makes me look thinner; they also tell me that I look younger. My best friend thinks this is the best exercise for me, compared to everything else I've done in recent years." Roberta is definitely the sort of person who sticks with what she loves: she has worked at at Paliottis' Restaurant since she was 14 years old. "I started there busing tables, and now I waitress and manage the front of the restaurant in customer service." She has similarly dedicated herself to her regular yoga practice, attending classes five days per week. Taking this time for herself was something that she'd previously thought was impossible. She notes, "I have such a busy lifestyle… But if you organize your day right, you can always make time." She knows that making time for your health is not just important for her, but for her family, friends and everyone else: "I believe that every person deserves time in their day for exercise. It's healthy, and if you love yourself enough, you will make time without any excuses." Roberta is looking forward to Bikram yoga keeping her in great shape and flexible forever, and also hopes to see improvements to her asthma over time. By staying healthy, she'll have more time and energy for her family, friends and hobbies (including making scrapbooks for her four girls). "I also love the fact that eventually we can do it together as a family, to have more bonding time." Happy Family Day to all of our Bikram yoga families! Check out our newsletter and notice boards for more information on our Sunday Kids' Yoga Classes.