My first exposure to yoga was a Bikram class in 1996. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and the class didn’t match any of my preconceived notions of what yoga was about. I’d never been physically and mentally challenged like that, and I had to go back for more. Since then my practice has grown to include Ashtanga, vinyasa and other styles of yoga, but my home base has always been Bikram yoga. More than anything else, it’s helped me to manage stress, anxiety, and debilitating lumbar and cervical spine issues. I have more flexibility, endurance and strength now, in my 50s, than at any other time in my life. I believe in Bikram yoga because of what I’ve experienced firsthand, and what I’ve seen and heard from others over the years. I encourage students to practice with intensity and precision, but always with a smile and a healthy dose of humor.
Melanie Duchin is currently not instructing any classes.