At the end of 2016, just a few days before Christmas, our lives suddenly changed with Susan's stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis. 2017 then presented us with every imaginable challenge, physical, mental and emotional.
During a year filled with doctors' appointments, hospital visits, chemotherapy sessions and major surgery, the two things that grounded and supported us have been the love from our immediate family and our yoga family...and our yoga.
We have practiced and taught the original 90-minute Bikram Yoga class for more than 15 years but our experiences last year have clearly shown us, with no doubt whatsoever, that this Original Hot Yoga practice is truly a therapeutic practice, accessible to everyone, regardless of age or state of health.
Bikram Yoga is a unique gift, a special tool, that each of us may use in the hot room, not just to strengthen our body or discipline our mind, but more importantly to ultimately change the quality of our life outside the hot room.
One of the most important lessons of our practice is that through the suffering, both inside and outside the hot room, we learn compassion, first for ourselves and then for others. Then through this compassion may come a realisation that our Inner Self is divine and full of love, that we may give ourselves and also share with others.