When I walked into the Anchorage Yoga hot room on May 1, 2012, I had no idea what to expect. When I walked out a little over 90 minutes later I was unsure about what I had just experienced, but I loved it. What a wonderful and challenging introduction to Melanie and Bikram yoga. Soon, I knew I wanted to teach. I am grateful for the guidance and support I have received from Melanie, Rick and Hollie for my ever developing personal Bikram yoga practice as well as my desire to become a teacher. As a personal reward for my retirement after 37 years, during September and October of 2014 I trained with Sterling Hot Yoga Works in Puerto Morelos, Mexico and completed my 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification. At this point in my life I am particularly aware of the physical limits of my body in general and my balance and lumbar spine specifically. This yoga has helped to mitigate issues I face with my lumbar spine and to also bring a new and welcome stillness to my life. As a teacher I can appreciate the practitioner struggling within their own limitations. I hope to impart the satisfaction of progress found in one’s own personal practice and the patience to continue to work hard. Anchorage Yoga is a happy place to be and I am happy to be a member of the team.
Patrick McGownd instructs the following:
- Hot 26
(all levels) Based off of the Bikram series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises practiced in a room heated to 102. The heat and humidity allow for the body to stretch more deeply and safely, increase circulation to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal, and helps us detoxify. It systematically stimulates the organs, glands, and nervous system and moves freshly oxygenated blood to 100% of the body.