Laurel has been a Bikram Yoga practitioner for over 7 years. She was first drawn to the practice because of job stress and stress-related injuries, like neck strain, migraines, and insomnia. With a regular practice she found lasting relief from such issues along with renewed energy.
After being laid off in the economic downturn she took some time off from yoga and began her new journey, Women’s flat Track Roller Derby. After participating in a full-contact sport it didn’t take long for her to see the benefits a Bikram Yoga practice could provide. Not only did a regular Bikram practice alleviate pain and muscle fatigue but, after a few months of consistent practice, gave her an athletic edge her teammates could easily notice. Better flexibility, more endurance, mental focus and clarity, balance, and muscle control made her a stronger more agile skater and took her to the next level. “At first the other girls called me crazy for going to Bikram then coming to practice. After a few months however, they were always asking ‘What’s that yoga you’re doing?”
She completed teacher training in January of 2015 and is more dedicated than ever to spreading knowledge of the power of a strong practice. “Yoga helps with every facet of life, whether you struggle with depression, mood, lethargy, chronic pain, or are an athlete looking to up your game, yoga is the answer.”