25 Jun Teacher of the month: Channing Burt
BYPS teacher Channing Burt shares about her practice…
Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga and how long have you been practicing?
I took my first class in May 2005 looking for some grounding at a time of change in my life soon after moving to Brooklyn and finishing graduate school. That first class was at Troy and Aiko’s studio in Brooklyn Heights and I never looked back. Not long after I moved closer to the BYPS Flatbush studio and practised there 2-5 times a week for almost 10 years including the final New Year’s Eve class in December. I’ve had the chance to travel and practice at studios farther away including Berlin, Glasgow, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Shanghai and Melbourne.
How has your practice affected your life (this can include, health, work/career, relationships, etc.)
Bikram yoga has helped me develop and maintain discipline, focus and courage along with physical strength and flexibility. It is an investment in my health and those around me. It’s been so wonderful sharing this experience with fellow BYPS practitioners and instructors over the years.
What keeps you coming back for more?
It is always and never the same. Bikram yoga is an essential part of my life. It is like breathing; it is breathing.
Do you have any advice for new yogis?
Don’t underestimate yourself.