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Bikram Yoga Langley Student of the Month (March): Mark

IMG_8542Mark is a familiar face around our Langley studio, and even if you don’t know him, you’ve probably thought, “I bet that cool-looking guy with the long hair and Axel Rose-style bandana is a musician.” You’d be right – he is. You would probably never think that he’s a 48 year old dad – he is.  Mark says, “Most of my friends are younger than me, so I need to keep up with them. The yoga helps.”

[caption id="attachment_489" align="alignright" width="186"]Mark's concentration is as stern as Steven Segal's Mark smiles as he grabs his toes like Steven Segal grabbing some bad guys[/caption] Yoga is more than a youth tonic for Mark. It’s healing, energizing and helps him focus. He describes his pre-yoga blood pressure as a scary number, but he’s happy to report that his BP is normal after practicing almost every second day for the better part of two years. He lists the benefits he’s gotten from his regular yoga practice: “I have dropped about 15 -20 pounds, firmed up, and have gotten really flexible.” He also brags that he hasn’t had a cold since he started practicing yoga! While he appreciates the fact that he’s not losing time being sick, heals quickly from injuries so he can continue to lift heavy things, and has greater focus and concentration for his music, those around him have noticed his weight loss and the fact that he feels good all the time. Mark’s experience makes yoga sound pretty good, but only a few years ago he never would have imagined that he would ever step foot into a yoga studio. He says he knew he had to get in shape and it all came together when he heard Canadian musician Jan Arden interview Bikram Choudhruy on CBC. He expected Bikram yoga to be hot and difficult, and his first class put him to the test. He says he had to sit down a lot in his first class and “At one point I considered leaving, but I was sure I would pass out if I got up to walk out.” [caption id="attachment_487" align="alignleft" width="200"]Mark is solid as a rock in his standing head to knee Mark is solid as a rock in his standing head to knee[/caption] Mark now says if he goes more than 2 days without a Bikram class, he starts to get grumpy. “I have to admit that the time, to me, is the biggest expense. But, I have lots of things in my life that are worthwhile, and they all come with the cost of time. It's priorities I suppose.” Mark's not the only one who benefits when he chooses to prioritize feeling good over being sick, injured or grumpy. Mark is experiencing all sorts of things in his practice that he didn’t think were possible when he started. Now he’s moving on to advanced yoga – smiling! “My goal here is to make it through 90 minutes without sitting out and to be smiling all the way.”

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