I am a psychiatrist, currently undergoing subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry. I am also an amateur potter (who still prefers to use a kickwheel), a strawberry lover, and a Survivor fan.

I was first exposed to yoga in summer of 2007, but I took a long break after that because medical school became more toxic. I went back in 2011, when I was already in residency training. It was a Sunday morning Flow class in yoga+ BGC, the start of a wonderful journey.

My initial intention for doing yoga was to put some form of physical activity in my life, after noticing that I was already gaining weight. But what attracted me more to the practice was the fact that it can be both promotive and preventive in terms of mental health.

For me, the most important help that yoga gives is the constant reminder of having balance in my life. It allows me to push myself to my limits when I can, and sometimes to step back when I have a rough day. It teaches me to respect my body, and at the same time to be not afraid to try poses that challenge my physical and mental strength. Yoga also gives me more clarity of thought, enables me to concentrate on important things in my life, and makes me more mindful of my thoughts, words, and actions. Lifestyle wise, I am more discerning of the food I eat, and I drink more water than I used to.

The mat is my happy place – away from the negativity and distractions of everyday life. I get in the zone and concentrate only on the class when I practice. After, I feel lighter and I can see a more positive perspective on things.

I’ve attended all types of classes, but I go to Hot C, Flow, and Jivamukti regularly. Now I’m trying to deepen my Hot and Yin yoga practice for balance and variation.

I love arm balances, and my most favorite of all would have to be Astavakrasana or Eight-Angle Pose. It is a test of core and arm strength, as well as balance. Bakasana (and the transition to tripod headstand, back to Bakasana, then Chaturanga) comes in close second. Inversions are also fun to do, especially the funky ones. My dream yoga posture is the handstand and its variations. I’d also like to master Pincha Mayurasana without the wall. Hopefully, I can do it this year.

The main strength of yoga+ for me is the variety of classes it offers. I can take a Hot class in one studio and then a Flow class in another, or sometimes both classes in one studio! The padded floors also make me less afraid to fall when I do my inversions. The teachers are very warm, accommodating, and inspiring as well. In a word – awesome!

The main strength of yoga+ for me is the variety of classes it offers. I can take a Hot class in one studio and then a Flow class in another, or sometimes both classes in one studio! The padded floors also make me less afraid to fall when I do my inversions. The teachers are very warm, accommodating, and inspiring as well. In a word – awesome!

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BGC - June 2015

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