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Gino Scarela

Bikram/Yin Yoga Instructor

My friend took me to my first Hot yoga class on December 16, 2007 at 8PM. Halfway into class I didn’t want to be friends anymore. By the end of class, all I could think was ‘Yay, it’s over.’ I was 24; I had never sweat that much in my life. I went home, had a light dinner, drank lots of water and went to bed. I slept like a baby. I woke up the next morning and my first thought was ‘ I have to do that again.

From then on, I’ve been practicing Yoga regularly and I’ve never felt healthier. Now I understand the value of preventative medicine. Since starting my yoga journey I almost never get sick, I hardly have to catch my breath, my body feels stronger and more flexible than ever, I can focus more, and I sleep better. Because of these benefits and more, I knew I wanted to share this yoga with as many people as I could.

I decided to become a teacher and graduated from Bikram Teacher Training in 2009 and Yin Yoga training in 2015. I like to tell students, first you get used to the heat, and then you learn how to breathe. Once you learn how to breathe you can hold the postures long enough to find your edge and hold it there. Yes, it’s challenging and a part of you may want to give up. But another, deeper part of you is unaffected by this struggle. Take a breath and connect with that part of you.
Hmm, it’s interesting how just writing about it is making me want to take a class right now. Whether I’m leading you through class or practicing next to you, I can’t wait to see you in there. Peace.