Over 50 & Thriving Series

How has Bikram Hot Yoga changed my life?

June 5, 2019
How has Bikram Hot Yoga changed my life?

Have you ever tried Bikram Yoga? I enjoy my yoga class but have never tried Bikram Hot Yoga. I have visions of a very hot room and probably passing out during a pose! However, my next guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series, Erica Henault shares with us how this yoga practice changed her life.

Erica/Erika (there is a story behind the two names and you can read about it HERE) from Behind the Scenery is another blogger I have met who just ‘clicks’ with me. A smile tells me so much about a person and Erica’s smile shows me she is a warm, friendly Woman Over 50 who is living life and in her words is ‘an eternal optimist, a grateful Mom, Wife, Human Being. ‘

You can connect with Erica through her website and social media at the end of your article.

How has Bikram Hot Yoga changed my life?

When Sue asked me whether I would write a story for the “Over 50 & Thriving Series” I immediately thought it is a privilege to be asked to contribute a story to her very inspirational blog site.

It didn’t take me long to decide on a topic.  Where have I spent 1500+  hours of my life in the last five years?  What has helped me thrive and feel truly alive?

How has Bikram Hot Yoga changed my life?
Erica at Dynjandi Waterfalls, Westfjords, Iceland 2017

Five years ago

I was not at all interested in Hot Yoga.  I was not interested in an environment with funny smells and sweat dripping everywhere.  I am not flexible. I would never be able to do the Cirque du Soleil contortions. I don’t even like the heat.

I was wrong!

My daughter, Sara, a personal trainer, has always been passionate about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. She attended almost daily Bikram Hot Yoga classes.  She had a guest pass and she asked me whether I wanted to join her one morning.  I looked at this as an opportunity to spend time with my daughter.  I could tolerate one Hot Yoga class. 

The first class

Too hot!  I feel like I am going to pass out.  Do people have heart attacks in the class?

Stay in the room.  Remember to breathe.  Stay in the room.  Remember to breathe.

The yoga teacher’s words at the end of this ninety minute challenge (insert ‘torture’) :  “Thank yourself for attending the class.  Stay hydrated.  See you tomorrow.  Namaste.”

Driving home:  Happy to get out of there.  Although, that wasn’t so bad.  I feel every pore in my body.  I feel reborn.  I feel truly alive.

The studio was offering a great deal on unlimited classes for one month.  I returned the next day.

Five years later

Long term yoga practitioners often talk about how your experiences in the  room are a reflection of your experiences in life.  Lessons you learn on the mat carry forward into your day and into your life. I did not understand this concept. How does shaking in awkward pose, falling over in balance postures, and forgetting to breathe mimic life? 

Five years later, I now get it.

10  Life Lessons I have learned on the Mat

1.  Energy

Energy is palpable and contagious.

This becomes even more apparent in a silent room.  Our presence in the room helps fortify the individuals in the group.  We support each other.  We are in this together.  We are in life together.

2.  The Mirror

Who is this lady in the mirror? Is that what I look like? I see parts of my Dad, parts of my Mom, parts of the nineteen year old girl I used to be.  I become the Observer.  I am aware of the Space in between.

3.  Do your best

“Your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next”  (“The Four Agreements” Don Miguel Ruiz)

You may have had little sleep.  You may be sick or injured. You may be preoccupied with personal and family challenges.  Your best will vary from day to day.

4.  Flexibility

Five years later my body is slightly more flexible.  More importantly, I  am more flexible with my thoughts.  I leave the mat with increased clarity and a fresh perspective.  I can tackle the challenges of my day and in my life with a renewed spirit and increased energy. 

5.  Presence

All branches of yoga are beneficial.  We can also do yoga from home.

Attending classes at a yoga studio has many benefits. The presence of the group energy lifts my own energy. Classes teach me to challenge my limits.  Removing distractions helps with focus and mindfulness.

I feel more present and in the moment. 

6.  Trust

Trust in the 5000 year old tradition of yoga. Trust in my body to carry me. Trust in my path in life. Trust in a voice that may shake, yet will make a difference.

7.  Balance 

The balance postures are a challenge for me.  I often fall over.  On some days I surprise myself.  I feel like I can balance on one leg forever.

I think for many of us, balance is a challenge.  How do we spend our precious gift of time?  How do we juggle the roles in our life? How do we live a healthy lifestyle?

When I practise yoga I am nurturing my whole self.  I am more capable of maintaining a healthy balance emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.  

8.  Gratitude

In the age-old metaphorical question, is the cup half-full or half-empty, I am usually a cup half-full kind of person.  I am thankful for all the good in my life.

I am also human faced with challenges that deplete my energy and my resources.  I do have days where only mere drops are left in my cup.

I recently read an interview with Shaun Achor and he brought up the   concept of the pitcher.  https://www.success.com/is-the-glass-half-empty-or-half-full/

“Instead of asking ourselves whether we see the glass as half-empty or half-full, what if we focus instead on our pitcher.”     

This quote resonated with me.  It is more important to realize there is a pitcher nearby.  Continue to fill it with all that is positive in life. We have the capacity to refill our glass.

How do I do this?  I surround myself with loving family and friends.  I lead a healthy lifestyle.  I nurture my mind, body and spirit with yoga.


I was diagnosed with Dupuytren’s disease, a genetic disorder, over ten years ago. It affects my feet and hands, including my fingers and knuckles. It is a progressive disease resulting in decreased flexibility, decreased function, numbness and pain.  My Dad was very debilitated with this disease the last decade of his life. I want to do everything I can to help slow down the progression of this disease. I accept this is a challenge for me. I do not let it define me.

I have been consistent with various forms of fitness training all of my life.  The Bikram Yoga series has had the biggest impact on my body and on my well-being.  I focus on what my body can do, instead of what I cannot do.

Everyone in the yoga room is facing challenges.  Some challenges are obvious and some are less apparent.  Everyone in life has had to overcome obstacles.  Be kind to others.  Be kind to yourself.

10.  Breath

It does always come back to breath.  Do I need to be reminded to breathe?  At times, I do.  I find myself holding my breath.  Breath is vital to life.

When we stop breathing, we stop living.

The emphasis in yoga is always “remember to breathe.

Thank you

I am thankful my daughter gave me the opportunity to attend my first Bikram Hot Yoga class five years ago.

I am thankful for the students and the teachers at Found City Yoga Studio.  You inspire me every day.  We help each other find inner strength.  We create synergy in a group practice.

Yoga has enriched my life in many ways. The lessons I have learned on the mat and in front of the mirror have carried forward into the rest of my life.

Yoga has helped me thrive and feel truly alive!

Is there something that makes you thrive and feel truly alive?  I would love to hear about it!

How has Bikram Hot Yoga changed my life?
Erica in Milford Sound, New Zealand, 2019

Sue’s “Sizzling Towards Sixty” Blog Site

I appreciate that Sue gave me the opportunity to write a story on what “Thriving over 50” means to me.  It gave me the opportunity to reflect on my life and where I am spending my time, a precious resource.

Sue’s “Sizzling Towards Sixty” blog site contains positive, motivating information educating us on how to live a healthier and happier lifestyle.  I often find gems I can incorporate into my life.  I find the personal stories relatable and inspirational.  Sue is knowledgeable and generous with her time.  Thank you, Sue!

How has Bikram Hot Yoga changed my life?
My two daughters, Alisha and Sara (centre – 7 months pregnant) and me at a spa weekend yoga class, 2018.

Meet Erica/Erika

How has Bikram Hot Yoga changed my life?

I have been living on Vancouver Island with my husband for the last 27 years.  I am grateful our two daughters and their families live close by.

My career was in health care as a Dental Hygienist for over 25 years. 

I have always enjoyed writing, although I am still new to blogging.  My first actual post was in August, 2018,  “The year I refused to step on the bathroom scale.”  This post is still relevant today.  A common thread in my stories is continual learning, evolving, recreating and gratitude. I pay attention and I look for the lessons.

The blogging community has enriched my life.  I love reading the stories and interacting with fellow bloggers.  I always learn something new and I am inspired every day. 

Connect with Erica/Erika

Blog:  https://behindthesceneryphoto.com

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/ericafhenault/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/erica_eh   

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/misty.hen

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  • Reply Nancy Dobbins June 5, 2019 at 20:40

    Hi Erica!
    So great to see you here on Sue’s blog! She has a wonderful way of seeking out the most interesting women to write about thriving over 50! The yoga sounds fascinating; I’ve thought of trying yoga to maintain flexibility and balance as I age…it seems that you have taken this a bit further. I have heard that this practice goes far beyond just the poses, and this is exactly what you have brought out in your article.

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 5, 2019 at 21:58

      Hi Nancy, I agree with you. I am inspired every day reading the articles on Sue’s blog. I wish I would have started doing yoga 40 years ago. The Bikram series is not what I had expected. Depending on how things go with you and Dan next year, and if you would like, you could be my guest at a Bikram Yoga class. It is very inclusive, all ages, all sizes, all walks of life. I look forward to reading your Whole Foods post coming up:) Erica

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2019 at 09:17

      Hi Nancy! I agree all my guests are so inspiring to me and I love my Over 50 & Thriving Series. xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris June 5, 2019 at 21:08

    I really enjoyed this Erica and learning more about this type of yoga. The benefits seems to be many and your 10 reasons are all worthwhile. So interesting!!

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 5, 2019 at 22:17

      Hi Deb, my reply to you is in the following comment:) xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2019 at 09:16

      I’ve not tried Bickram Yoga Deb but certainly have found a love for yoga practice. xx

  • Reply Erica/Erika June 5, 2019 at 22:14

    Hi Deb, Thank you for your kind comment. The people in the yoga class range in age from late teens to 80+. Hockey players, doctors, students, young Moms, police officers…..infinite list that varies. An inclusive environment. I used to run a lot and I often ended up with aches, pains, injuries. I know you run, Deb, and stay fit. You are an inspiration! 🙂 Erica

  • Reply The Widow Badass June 6, 2019 at 00:27

    So interesting, Erica (and Sue, thanks for hosting)! I’ve shied away from the idea of trying hot yoga as I don’t do well exercising in hot and humid environments anymore and I figured it would wipe me out (best case scenario) or I would get dizzy and pass out (worst case scenario). Maybe I will give it a try.


    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 00:44

      Hi Deb, I honestly only did that initial class to have a Mother/daughter date. Then I got sucked into feeling great (afterwards:) and less aches and pains. I am not usually an ‘attend a class type of person.’ It is a different energy in a group environment. You already have a busy, active life, Deb. I look forward to hearing about the shenanigans in Newfoundland?

      • Reply The Widow Badass June 8, 2019 at 03:40

        Shenanigans! There’s that word again…LOL! Oh, you’ll hear about them I am sure. If not from me, then from Joanne. 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2019 at 09:16

      Thanks Deb, I love all of my guests and their stories. I would still love you to be a guest contributor when you are ready. Love your new photo btw.. Have a great week. xx

      • Reply The Widow Badass June 8, 2019 at 03:43

        Yippee! I can see the comments again. Not sure what happened there. Anyways Sue, thank you for reminding me of your offer. Please email me at theWB@widowbadass.com …I have an idea for later this year but need to keep it private for now.
        Thank you for your kind words…Deb

        • Reply Sue Loncaric June 9, 2019 at 07:34

          Hi Deb I glad the comments are back not sure what happened there! Yes I will email you re the guest contribution. 🙂

  • Reply Chuck Henault June 6, 2019 at 01:37

    Sue, thanks for inviting Erica’s post. Her enthusiasm for hot yoga was and still is inspirational. As a recipient of her zen (her husband), I can vouch for the benefits of a relaxed and centred human being (not a human doing). Yoga and now blogging are giving her the space to her SELF.

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 02:15

      Thank you , Chuck. Since when did you become zen lol ?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2019 at 09:15

      Hi Chuck! Erica is such a gorgeous soul and I’m so happy to have connected with her. Blogging, running, yoga and my workouts give me my space to be ME which is so important isn’t it? xx

  • Reply Natalie June 6, 2019 at 04:10

    Hi Erica: Thank you for writing this post. It resonates with me as I’ve been practicing yoga since the mid-90s. I started with Ashtanga yoga (a vigorous type of yoga), and in the ’21st century’ switched to Hatha yoga (more gentle) when I wanted to balance it with my challenging strength training. I’m now going to my yoga class twice a week. When I travel, I do it in my room or a gym if there is one. I love your photos, especially the one with your two daughters. You all have radiant smiles. Thank you, Sue, for sharing Erica here. Namaste 🙂

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 09:01

      Hi Natalie, Thank you for your supportive, thoughtful comment. I also do yoga in our room when we are away. And sometimes in a field or over a waterfall if I feel inspired, or if I have had some vacation wine lol ?Thank you for the kind comment on my daughters. I love them, of course.? Namaste

  • Reply Christie Hawkes June 6, 2019 at 05:56

    Thank you Sue and Erica! I’ve never considered hot yoga for the very reasons you ladies both mentioned. I must say this post tempted me. I’m slightly more open to the possibility. 🙂

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 09:11

      Hi Christie, It started off as a Mother/Daughter date. Interesting how doing one thing differently creates a ripple effect. There are many ways to stay healthy and fit. I know you already have a healthy lifestyle. ? Thank you for your thoughts:)

  • Reply Joanne Tracey June 6, 2019 at 10:28

    Hi Erica/Erika…and thanks for this. I often wondered what the deal was with Bikram – anyone who has done it swears by it and anyone who hasn’t, well, it’s as you said. I love your poses in different countries too. I’d do it just so I could do that lol.

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 11:06

      Hi Joanne, You said it perfectly. I had zero interest in Hot yoga 5 years ago. My body has had the least amount of aches and pains since doing Bikram. You made me smile on the poses in different countries. Iceland: extreme fear of falling off the cliff. New Zealand: a LOT of New Zealand wine ?Thank you for reading and your thoughtful comment:)

  • Reply Janis June 6, 2019 at 10:30

    Great to see you over here on Sue’s blog! Your story fits in nicely with her other inspirational posts. I have never done hot yoga, mostly because my hot flashes tend to come over me when I’m already hot. I’d be afraid that I’d burst into flame (kidding… sort of). How nice that what was originally a way to spend time with your daughter turned into a passion.

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 11:15

      Hi Janis, Funny comment on bursting into flames?(There are a couple of firefighters in the class, honestly:) I may have forgotten to mention in the post that sometimes (often) I have a love/hate relationship with some of the poses. Thankful when they are over. It will be nice to meet you this Summer. I think you were planning to come onto the Island? Thank you for reading and your kind comment:)

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl June 6, 2019 at 10:40

    Hi Erica

    Lovely to meet you. Thank you for inspiring me to delve deeper into my own yoga practice!

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 11:25

      Hi SSG, I just popped over to your site to try and find your name and I ended up enjoying the scrolling. You have a very interesting site and I bookmarked it to read it more carefully. I think a lot of us are doing some variation of yoga. I am inspired by the 80+ year olds in class. And the 20 something, too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts:)

  • Reply Deborah June 6, 2019 at 10:44

    I’m not sure about hot yoga but I don’t mind yoga, though I don’t go regularly any more. I’d like to because I find it as cathartic as you explain hot yoga can be. I’m doing pilates at the moment and it’s good for strengthening but not as good for the mental stillness you can get from yoga!

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 11:32

      Nice to meet you Deborah, I am impressed you are doing pilates. I did a series of classes at least 10 years ago, and they were very challenging. You remind me when I first started this type of yoga, someone in the class told me that people begin Bikram because of what it does for their body. They continue Bikram because of what it does for their mind. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts:)

  • Reply S.G. June 6, 2019 at 10:55

    Hi E/E,

    I’ve been a yoga practitioner for years and you summed up the benefits so efficiently and beautifully in those 10 bullet points! Thank you for writing this lovely inspiring post. I loved how your thoughts swirled and rebelled when you first experienced hot yoga.

    Since yoga helped me love and accept myself more, I was inspired to get a teaching certificate. Therapeutic, yin style is my favorite!

    I love the photo with you and your daughters!

    Here’s to breathing! ?

    Susan Grace

    Susan Grace

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 11:45

      Hi Susan, Nice to hear from you. You always have insightful comments. I narrowed down many pages of thoughts to keep it to only 10 points. I have a lot of time to think before, during and after class lol The lessons on the mat are infinite. I know you can relate. I very much agree with you on “yoga helped me love and accept myself more.” This is the longest I have looked in a mirror. Scary, at first, yet it quickly teaches me acceptance. (Possibly why I have not stepped on a scale….very freeing). Wonderful that you got your teaching certificate. I think you and Donna met beside each other on mats. Thank you for your kind, thoughtful comment. Yes, to breathing ?

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle June 6, 2019 at 13:33

    Lovely to see Erica/Erika here Sue. I am puzzled by the Erica/Erika thing so will have to visit the link you provided in the intro and find out what that is all about! Hi Erica/Erika – I love yoga though don’t go to regular classes as it’s too expensive on top of what I pay to go to pilates 3 x week. I have never done Bikram Yoga though and must admit it terrifies me. I am not good with heat, though I must admit that I recently discovered infrared saunas and I manage to tolerate them for 30 minutes, just! They leave me feeling fabulous … so maybe, just maybe, I could survive a Bikram yoga class? 😉 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 6, 2019 at 16:50

      Hi Min, I haven’t tried Bickram either. My daughter has and she loved it. 🙂

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 23:10

      Hi Min, I am in awe of you going to Pilates. I tried one set of classes many years ago and very challenging. I will google infrared saunas. I don’t know anything about them. I am not thrilled about the heat although I like how I feel afterwards. You would survive a Bikram class. ? Thank you for reading and your thoughtful comment:)

  • Reply Kathy Marris June 6, 2019 at 18:34

    This post is so timely for me as I’m contemplating doing some hot yoga over winter in my new town. I’ve always thought that I would die sweating and stretching in a hot room, but from what I’ve heard it does help elongate muscles and aid in recovery from injury and that is exactly what I need at the moment. So thank you Erica for writing about your experience. You and your daughters are so alike in your photo – same smile.

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 23:25

      Hi Kathy, Nice to meet you. I hear people in class comment on how it is easier to attend a hot yoga class in Winter. I am actually surprised how I do have less aches and pains since beginning yoga. Attending the class has other benefits, too. Thank you for your kind comment on my daughters. It was the only time we have attended a yoga class together. A real treat. It would be interesting to read your take on attending yoga in your new town:)?

  • Reply Joanne Sisco June 6, 2019 at 20:28

    I’m in awe of your long time commitment to hot yoga. Wow! I’ve always been intimidated by the heat to even consider it.

    I’m a big believer in regular stretching and maintaining flexibility. You’ve just the raised the bar though … by a lot!

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 6, 2019 at 23:31

      Hi Joanne, 5 years Bikram Yoga (so far). I wish I would have started 40 years ago. You are amazing with some of the hanging from the ceiling yoga you have done. Just the thought is daunting for me. Whatever keeps us healthy and having fun! ?

  • Reply Candi Randolph June 6, 2019 at 23:45

    Hi Erica, thanks so much for sharing with us. I had never heard of hot yoga and frankly it didn’t sound like something I would want to try! But reading about your experience and the 10 Life Lessons you learned on the mat was very inspiring and encouraging. Thank Sue, for another great guest post!

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 7, 2019 at 00:01

      Hi Candi, I think there are variations of Hot Yoga classes available. I remember how someone initially told me that you begin because of what it does to your body. You stay because of how it affects your mind. Your post on the microsteps to developing an online course was very interesting and inspiring. Thank you for your thoughtful comment:)

  • Reply susan scott June 8, 2019 at 03:19

    Thanks Sue for this wonderful article, I much enjoyed it – I can feel the energy in it. The life lessons learned are invaluable.

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 8, 2019 at 03:37

      Thank you again, Sue for your kind, thoughtful comment. It was challenging for me to convey and summarize some of my lessons. The lessons are infinite:)

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit June 8, 2019 at 09:45

    I keep saying I need to start yoga. I might start with chair yoga and progress from there. My body is so rigid,

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 8, 2019 at 09:54

      Hi Leanne, your reply ended up in the comment section:) Erica

  • Reply Erica/Erika June 8, 2019 at 09:52

    Hi Leanne, Nice to meet you. Likely any form of stretching and yoga is beneficial. There are days where I feel very stiff. I always feel better after class. Thank you for reading and commenting:)

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au June 9, 2019 at 17:39

    Hi Erica! I’m late to the party judging from all the previous comments! Blogging is such a wonderful place of community and encouragement isn’t it? The more you put in and the more you’re positive, the more that comes back to you. I really enjoyed your post – I’ve never tried yoga (Tai Chi is as close as I’ve gotten so far – lots of balance in that too!) but you’re right about it teaching us lessons – there’s always so much to learn about ourselves and about life if we’re open to being taught. Midlife has given me so many new insights that I’m grateful for every day – and yoga is still on my “one day” list when I can find a class nearby at an affordable price!

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 9, 2019 at 23:39

      Hi Leanne, I was not at all aware how interesting, informative, supportive and fun blogging would be. I just dove in trying to figure out how to put together some sort of a website and I enjoy reading, writing and new perspectives.

      I have heard Tai chi is amazing. The life lessons are infinite. Likely why we are here. Thank you for your kind support, Leanne?

  • Reply Jennifer June 9, 2019 at 21:24

    I’m glad you love Bikram yoga. While I preferred Power Yoga at the time, I took a couple of classes years ago and liked it. It’s really is great if you are extra tight. One of my male friends couldn’t get his hands beyond his knees in a forward fold. After taking Bikram for a month, he was able to touch the floor. Because of the high heat in a Bikram class, usually above 95 degrees, I would recommend that anyone who is above 50 or anyone who’s had dehydration problems in the past, to get a Doctor’s approval.

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 10, 2019 at 00:03

      Hi Jennifer, I have met people with many stories on how yoga has helped them deal with injuries, surgeries, pain management, flexibility issues and mental health. We are encouraged to modify the poses and the class to our individual needs and challenges. You make a good point on dealing with the heat and dehydration. I found it a learning curve on how I needed to hydrate and day before and immediately before class. I tolerate certain foods better before and after class. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts:)

  • Reply Lisa Dorenfest June 16, 2019 at 07:55

    Thank you Sue for featuring this wonderfully inspiring article. Really resonated with me. This was exactly the type of optimistic advice I needed today.

    Erica, you had me at ‘I feel every pore in my body. I feel reborn. I feel truly alive.’

    I could use some of that fortifying energy, flexibility and trust that you gain in ‘that room’ as I prepare to finish my circumnavigation and reenter the ‘everyday world’. And the gentle reminder to ‘do your best’ and ‘be grateful’ and ‘remember to breath’ should be in everyone’s toolbox.

    I am most heartened to know that you found Bikram as a way to live with Dupuytren’s disease. My father had a stroke at 57 and was told he would never walk again. Yoga has helped him prove them wrong for over 25 years.

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 16, 2019 at 08:20

      Hi Lisa, Thank you for your thoughtful, heartfelt comment. The lessons in yoga and in life are infinite. You remind me of the saying, ‘when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.’ I am in awe of your beautiful blog site on many levels. I think it will be challenging to reenter the “everyday world” when you have lived a surreal life. You also make me think your world will never be an everyday world. You will continue on this adventure called life with new stories to tell. I look forward to reading them:)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 17, 2019 at 06:06

      My pleasure Lisa and Erica has inspired me with her passion for yoga. How wonderful that your father was able to defy the odds through yoga. I’m so pleased you found some inspiration and Erica’s story uplifted your spirits. Have a beautiful week. x

  • Reply Christina Daggett June 23, 2019 at 16:56

    It was a pleasure reading and getting to know you, through your post, Erica. In answer to your question, what makes me thrive, is travel. After reading your post, however, I’m going to give Yoga a go. I’ll have to see what kind of studios are available in the Republic of Georgia after we get settled in here. I’m sharing this post to FB, and we’ll be back to read more of your blog.

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 23, 2019 at 22:14

      Hi Christina, Nice to meet you and thank you for reading and commenting. I just did a mini google research on Republic of Georgia. A beautiful, interesting place. It will be fun to read about your yoga findings. I will stop by your blog to read more about your travels:) Erica

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 24, 2019 at 06:13

      Hi Christina, I discovered Yoga a couple of years ago. I always thought is was for ‘alternative’ people but I was wrong. My body and mind love the practice and you can do it anywhere. If you can’t get to a class I follow Yoga with Adrienne on Youtube. She is a wonderful teacher and I enjoy doing yoga with her. Thanks for sharing Erica’s post and lovely to hear from you. xx

  • Reply Pamela Wight June 24, 2019 at 21:22

    Excellent, excellent article on yoga and finding an exercise/regimen/practice that helps us be our best self, inside and outside. I “discovered” yoga several decades ago (in my early 40s) and have practiced it in classes all over the country several times a week. It helps me be “ME,” in some undefinable way. But Erica, you define it beautifully in your ten points here. I felt my head nodding with you as I read each one. However, I do not do “Bikram” hot yoga. I suffered with hot flashes for too many years – didn’t need the extra heat. But all of the benefits of yoga you list here are available through any kind of yoga class. I find the ‘gentle’ yoga classes now the most beneficial. No pretzel poses needed – just gentle long stretches, lots of breathing, meditating with the breath, feeling the muscles of the body and mind stretching – all keep me a centered, happy woman. Thank you Sue for including Erica’s explanation of yoga here. You are both great!

    • Reply Erica/Erika June 24, 2019 at 23:26

      Hi Pam, I know you “get it.” Someone early on mentioned to me, you begin yoga for your body…..you continue yoga for your mind. As you mentioned, all branches of yoga are beneficial. The lessons are infinite. I wish I would have started doing yoga 40 years ago. I love adding Yin classes when the schedule works. Thank you for reading and your kind, thoughtful comments:)

  • Reply Greenglobaltrek June 26, 2019 at 20:21

    Erica this is an excellent post on yoga and your ten points had me smiling and applauding all the way! I have been doing yoga for twenty years now and I can truly say it often feels as though it saves my life. I had breast cancer surgery and reconstruction in 2005, and it was yoga, breathing techniques and love that got me through to the other side. I was in forward fold for 20 minutes while awaiting surgery and went in calm and relaxed.

    Anytime I feel “off balance”, or anxious, or stressed, my mat and my breath is where I recover and move forward. I have learnt so much from going to yoga classes consistently …not only about creating space in my mind and my body but about mindfulness. As well with our nomadic lifestyle I am always “at home” on the mat.

    Hot yoga… aah living in the tropics… first Nicaragua, then Viet Nam and Sri Lanka it’s ALL hot yoga, haha.

    Bravo to you for trying something new and sticking with it. Terrific post.


    • Reply Erica/Erika June 27, 2019 at 07:15

      Hi Peta, I will remember your words, “yoga, breathing techniques and love.” You do remind me how the lessons in yoga enter our life and help us with life’s challenges. I have only been doing yoga for approximately five years. I wish I would have started forty years ago. I had to narrow down my list to ten points. As you know, the lessons are infinite. You made me smile when you wrote how many places you have lived are all Hot Yoga.?. I like how you said you are “at home” on the mat. When I first lie on the mat the word and feeling of “sanctuary” comes to mind. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Peta:)

  • Reply Dr Sock June 28, 2019 at 07:51

    Erica, I am a huge fan of yoga and currently attend two different yoga studios. Retirement has created enough time in my life for regular yoga practice, and if I had found a way to fit it in during my hectic career, I might have been able to avoid the burnout that ultimately led to my decision to retire. Your ten lessons describe the value of yoga perfectly. Beautiful photos too.


    • Reply Erica/Erika June 28, 2019 at 11:08

      Hi Jude, I have tried other yoga classes and I enjoy the variety. I especially like Yin as part of my week. I did begin yoga while I was still working although I would rush to yoga after work. In retrospect it was stressful just to get there. The age range at our studio is from around teens to 80+. I hope to be part of the 80+ group one day. Thank you for your kind comment on the 10 lessons. As you know, the lessons are infinite. I think Donna mentioned you will be part of the meet up in July. I look forward to connecting with you at that time:)

  • Reply James August 3, 2019 at 07:14

    Yoga is the best medicine for human life it’s help lot’s of disease to relief i think everyone need everyday some time to do a yoga thank you very much for sharing this tips or good suggestion.

    • Reply Erica/Erika August 6, 2019 at 23:05

      Hi James, I agree how yoga has helped me stay healthy in many ways. Thank you for reading and commenting:)

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