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Tranquility - Peace of the Mind

 

 

On September 10th, 2001 I worked what I thought would be my last tour of duty as a New York City Fire Lieutenant. The next day, the man who replaced me was killed along with 342 co-workers and good friends. I went back to work and retired a second time in January 2002. By then I was a changed man. Along with the rest of my Fire Department brothers and sisters, I was filled with anger, sadness and grief.

I took my first Bikram Yoga class in January 2002 while visiting Maui. The practice of Bikram’s Hatha Yoga has guided me to a place of peace that I never could have envisioned nearly four years ago. I am still unsure why spending 90 minutes in a hot room doing Yoga produces such stillness of mind for me. I just know that it does.

 

 

In the spring of 2005, I took the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training course. During the nine weeks of intensive teacher training training practice I experienced an amazing catharsis. A lot of old anger and sadness arose at the beginning, but toward the end of the nine-week course, a sense of serenity, peace and forgiveness overtook me.

I spent twenty years of my life doing something that I felt was important—being a Fireman. I worked at the busiest fire companies on the planet, and I absolutely adored my job. But for the past four years, any time I talked, or even thought about my beloved vocation, I would think of someone I loved who was no longer here and become grief stricken. I resolved to avoid thinking and talking about my past. I tried to bury twenty years of my life.

My experience with Bikram Yoga, especially the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training, has brought me to a place of forgiveness and acceptance. Bikram Yoga has given me back my stories.

 

 

In the six years since I attended Bikram Yoga teacher training I have owned two Bikram Studios in Massachusetts and now travel the world teaching Bikram Yoga. Frequent practice has deepened my experience of life and increased my compassion for and understanding of world culture.

Bikram Yoga is a worldwide phenomenon with over six hundred studios around the globe. On any given day more than fifty thousand people step into a hot yoga room and experience our fundamental human similarities, a somatic heritage that unites us all.

This Yoga changes lives.

Please feel to contact me through my blog: charliehub.blogspot.com

Sincerely,
Charlie Hubbard

 
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