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I first met Raman many years ago when I first started attending the “Advanced – Classic 84” class that meets on Thursdays. I was excited about taking the class, but a bit intimidated, so I would deliberately set up by Raman because he was calm and friendly and exuded great energy. To be honest, I also enjoyed the funny comments he would make about the seemingly-impossible postures we were trying. To this day, Raman blends focused effort with a wry sense of humor, and it’s a pleasure to have him at the studio.

When did you start practicing Bikram yoga?

November 2008
How did you discover Bikram yoga?
I did start a year earlier but my practice was very spotty. I found the costs and especially the schedule a real challenge. I found this ad in the Nashua Hippo and decided to give it a try.
What brought you to the HYF studio?
I practiced at both studios (Nashua & Chelmsford) when Norm & Louise owned them. Now for me the main reason to continue in Chelmsford are the quality of teachers and the overall energy in every class.

What do you remember about your first Bikram yoga class?

I really thought my skin would ignite 🙂

What keeps you coming to class?

That million-dollar high you get after class.

How often do you practice?
I’d like to practice at least 4 times a week. But this is tough as I have to travel for work. I do try my best to practice  2 times a week.

What physical benefits and changes have you seen from your practice?

I was diagnosed with arthritis in my left knee. With the first two years of practice it has now completely gone.
How has doing this yoga affected your life outside the hot room?
I’d say mostly mental. I’m definitely more calm and blasé on issues/topics that would have riled me up before.
What has surprised you about your practice?
I will say I sleep much better the days I practice.
What is your most challenging posture? Why?
That depends on who the teacher is!
But really, I’d say it’s the balancing postures. I can’t seem to get rid of cramps I experience in the arches of my feet, especially my left one.
Also, the first series, both standing and on the floor, are not my favorites.

Do you have a favorite posture? What do you like about it?

Fixed Firm is by far my favorite. Also it may be the single thing that keeps my arthritis at bay.

What is one tip you would give to a new student at The Hot Yoga Factory?

Stay in the room. Try to stay still. Learn to breathe only through your nose.

Have you taken Hot Pilates classes? If yes, what has your experience been like? How does taking those classes affect your yoga practice?
Yes! I find the pace really challenging. I should probably add more classes to my workout routine because I don’t get much cardio.
What other activities do you enjoy when you’re not in the hot room?
Traveling, Cooking, Wine Tasting 🙂
Is there anything you’d like to add?
I wish I had started practicing much earlier in my life.
Thanks so much, Raman! See you in the hot room!
–Ellen Olson-Brown, The Hot Yoga Factory Chelmsford
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