How long have you been practicing? I
flirted briefly with Bikram Yoga about 10 years ago and thought “I’ll
never do this again.” Then I surprised myself by starting a steady
practice several years ago (usually two classes a week) at Bikram Yoga
What brought you through the front door?Why did you keep coming back?
Good questions! I walked through the front door on what I thought was a
whim, thinking “I’ll give it one more chance.” I tend to be a creature
of habit, and fell into a routine fairly quickly, though not always with
a lot of enthusiasm for the postures. I was, however, drawn to the
experience of stillness, and also the staff. The Bikram teachers are a
big part of my consistency. The studio feels like a friendly, healthy,
supportive community for me – that is big! The opportunity for
reflection, focus, and calming is a big draw.
What's your favorite posture? My
favorite is one some people seem to hate: Triangle. The effect it has
on my back is astonishing, including a disc injury that I got in 1999,
when I did a memorial backpack climb across the Pyrenees, to honor my
father and other World War II forces who worked with the French
Resistance to fight the Nazis. I told myself I would finish the hike if I
had to crawl the final few feet, and I almost did have to crawl. But I
walked to the end, a village in Spain, and the evidence is two destroyed
discs in my lower back. During Triangle, in every single class, my
spine pops so loudly I’m amazed I don’t draw stares! While the posture
continues to be challenging, I love the feeling of suppleness
afterwards. (The endorphin flood helps too.)
Bikram Yoga has taught me...
How to be a better, more transparent version of myself, not always so
easy. It puts me in touch with a deep part of myself that I could easily
ignore. Bikram Yoga (and Pilates) have been a big part of my lifelong
journey to heal my spine and also to handle and heal a
depression/anxiety syndrome that started in childhood. I am 67, and
Bikram helps me feel more fluid and graceful in the aging process, both
physically and mentally.
Outside of the studio, you can find me... You can find me teaching Pilates or at my main work: writing feature stories for home, architecture, and lifestyle magazines. (check out her amazing work at marygrauerholz.com) I
love music, food, humor, and language, and read a lot. I will always
make time to sit around a table of good food, friends, and family to
discuss whatever is on our minds: social issues, books, life, you name
it. My husband and I have five grandkids, an incredibly happy event for
After class must have?
Any tips for new students? The first thing I reach for post-class is
(more) coconut water and very often, a slice or two of cheese pizza from
Steve’s. For new students, I would say drinks lots of water before and
after class, and don’t worry too much. Life has a way of shaping the
person we want to be.