By Noa Glow
On days when you need a little extra help getting to the hot room, a buddy can be the best motivation. Best friends Amber and Sonya have been practising Bikram Yoga together for years; find out what they admire most about each other’s practise, and let us know how your Bikram Buddy motivates you for a chance to win!
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When did you two meet? Was it “like at first sight”?
We met at UBC but it wasn’t until our sorority sent us down to California for a convention that we realized how similar we were. We got into a lot of trouble together and had a special bond after that!
It was definitely “like at first sight.” We have been friends since university and are a great balance to each other’s personalities.
When did you start practising Bikram Yoga, and why?
There was a group of us that had wanted to try Bikram Yoga for a while. We thought it would be a fun workout. We didn’t even realize the benefits to mental health, as well!
We started practising at the same time, about five years ago. I’d always been interested in trying a “more intense” type of yoga and found that Bikram was really enjoyable and a great way to stay in shape.
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How does having a “Bikram Buddy” help you in your practice?
When I am feeling super lazy and all I want to do is stay in bed and watch TV, Amber’s the one who motivates me to go to class!
We plan to go to class and carpool together, as well as motivate each other by saying, “I’m heading to yoga at 7:45 – wanna come?” How could one say no? It’s more fun having company in class, too.
What do you admire most about each other’s practice?
If she’s too hot or uncomfortable, Sonya makes these funny faces in the mirror that make me laugh. Plus, she goes to class all the time. Seeing her determination is the best motivation for me.
Amber has amazing focus and concentration. I really admire her presence and mindfulness when she’s doing the postures, where I tend to get distracted more easily. It’s very inspiring to watch her practise.
When you’re not sweating in the hot room, you’re …
Sonya & Amber
Hanging out with friends and laughing as much as possible!
Contest: Tell us who you would like to have as the ULTIMATE Bikram Buddy. Living or dead, who would you love to sweat with in the hot room? Just comment below and you could win one of the following Bikram Yoga prizes. Winners will be announced the week of February 12, 2013.
1 of 3 beautiful Skidless Yoga Towels
Zenzation Hot Yoga bag and a Baktuli Workout Towel
Official Bikram Yoga Breathe Mat Towel
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