Brielle is adamant that she would not have imagined herself doing Bikram yoga only a few years ago. “I would have not attended any type of class, accompanied or alone.” Somehow, her best friend Emily convinced Brielle to try one class: “right away, I knew it was a key to happiness,” she exclaims.
Brielle describes her first class, a 60-minute express class, as “intense, motivating and very fun”. Prior to this class, she wasn’t sure what might lie in store for her, so she did some research and discovered stories of people healing mind and body through their Bikram yoga practice. Brielle counts the calming effect of the yoga among the greatest healing benefits she has experienced, “Bikram yoga has helped me all-around with anxiety. That really benefits any activities I do throughout the day.”
Brielle certainly has a lot of other activities, in addition to her job at Smile Thai Cuisine and an eco-friendly cleaning service, to keep her busy. She enjoys camping, hiking, outdoor reading and open-air yoga. She is also interested in sustainable living. Integrating her lifestyle and yoga is one of her goals, “My goals in life are to be healthy, happy and grounded. In terms of goals with yoga, I aim to keep learning and keep practicing. I also wish to take classes to learn the history of yoga.” Brielle’s statement about her future career aspirations project an image of easy-going confidence, “I am not sure what I would like to do for a career path, but I am positive that it will fall into place and tie into all that I stand for and wish for the world.”
This is a far cry from the anxious, sleep-deprived person Brielle admits to being before Bikram yoga: “Bikram Yoga continues to help me with my fight or flight response to things in life. It also really helps me get to sleep. I used to wake up often in the night, or simply not be relaxed enough to fall asleep. Going to a Bikram class always helps me get a good night’s rest.”
Rising early and starting the day with fresh juiced fruits and vegetables is part of Brielle’s Bikram yoga routine. However, she also gives credit to her mom, for not letting her slack off. “My beautiful mother, Rose, is constantly telling me that she is proud and happy that I continue with Bikram, because she noticed the changes as quickly as I did. Whenever I say that I'm tired or make excuses to miss a class, she reminds me of all of the positive outcomes and that when I’m done, I will thank myself for going. That usually gets me out the door!”
Daily growth, improvement and positivity are other factors that motivate Brielle to come to class. “There is always room to grow and improve. I also very much enjoy the people. The teachers, as well as the students, are all so kind and encouraging. I am always leaving with a smile on my face.”
We look forward to seeing Brielle’s smiling face in many, many more classes.