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What is it about a class with Louise Giordani? You know you’re going to WORK and (mostly!) love it. You might set a personal backbending record during Half Moon Pose or hold a beautiful, strong Cobra like the yoga rockstar you’ve always secretly known you are.

“Can you believe it?” With Louise leading you through the 26 and 2, yes, you can! Louise has a special touch when it comes to showing you just how to harness your strength, flexibility, and confidence.

“Yoga is everything, and everything is yoga.”  In the hot room or out at the front desk, you’re guaranteed to learn something new about your practice, maybe something quietly profound, even if you’ve been coming to class for years.

You can get an extra dose of Louise’s wonderful teaching at her Back Bending Basics Workshop  at Bikram Yoga Chelmsford on Sunday, February 26 at 2:30. Stay for class at the 4:30! What a treat for your spine and your mind!

(And don’t forget that Louise also leads the Classic 84 Class on Thursday afternoons at 12:oo pm. Give it a try sometime!)

Tell us what you remember about your first ever Bikram yoga class.

It was a cold night in November 2000. The studio was on the next block from my office, and I went to the 5:00 class. The space was so small, and honestly I didn’t know how to act, what to do. I was completely unprepared. The class was so hot, so bright, and so hard. And that teacher – she just talked relentlessly. It seemed like it would never end. I couldn’t believe how weak and stiff I was – and how strong and flexible the rest of the people in class were! My perception of my physical condition was shattered. When it was over, I had never felt hungrier in my whole life. I got home, told my Mom all about it while I ate an entire package of rice cakes, and then I passed out for the night. I was sure I was beaming. Likely, I looked like a wreck.

What kept you coming back?

Three things. One was that I felt SO good every time I went to class. I felt stronger and more flexible. Back then I was running every day and became much more fluid. I am not going to say that it was easier, but I enjoyed longer runs more than ever. There was also the challenge – it was hard and there was a lot to learn. The third thing is that I had never been athletic and didn’t exercise. But yoga was something that I could do.

What were you like as a beginning student?

I checked my watch a lot for a while. Finally I gave up on it when I realized that nothing ever changes. The teachers never changed the postures, sequence, nothing. I was really inspired by the other students. They were all like me, working in an office, 9 to 5-ers. But they knew a lot more than I did, and I really looked to them to understand the instructions for the postures.

When did you know you were “hooked?”

That first class got my attention. I really liked that I didn’t have to think about anything else for 90 minutes.

When did you go to Teacher Training? What made you want to be a teacher?

I went in spring 2007. It was in Honolulu. When I went to training I was not so sure about being a teacher. My teachers were all so amazing. I couldn’t imagine doing the same. But I wanted to learn about yoga, practice every day, and have an adventure. I called home every single day. And after four weeks, one day Norman told he wanted to go to the next training. His decision changed everything – at that point I knew I would teach.

What do you love about teaching?

That’s so easy. Our community of students, teachers, and studios.

What do you still love about the yoga?

It’s the same thing that kept me coming back. There is always the next challenge, somewhere else to go, something new to learn. And that my body is more flexible and stronger than it was when I started in 2000. All those aches and pains that I had when I started are gone. Gone. I am still no athlete, but I can do yoga.

Even after all these years, what do you still struggle with?

Savasana. It’s a challenge to be still.

What do you know now that you couldn’t have known without so many years of dedicated practice?

Fixed Firm Pose heals the knee and you can always do yoga under most any condition.

Do you have a favorite posture?

Lately it is Cobra Pose. It changes all the time.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

For some reason the students like to tease me about being so hard on them. I really am a nice person.

You can say that again, Louise! Thank you, and see you in the hot room! 

— Ellen Olson-Brown, Bikram Yoga Chelmsford

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