About Bikram Yoga Westheimer
Bikram Yoga Westheimer is a renewed location with new ownership and management. Ruijin Baker has passionately been practicing and teaching Bikram yoga in the Greater Houston area for several years. Her staff brings teaching compassion and dedication to all yogis. They are committed to maintaining a studio that is supportive and welcoming for each and every student that enters it.
Benefits of a Bikram Challenge: Ruijin Baker
This month, we are showcasing one of our own Bikram yoga teachers - Ruijin Baker. What follows are highlights from our interview.
Q: "You have practiced BY for seven years and have completed many 60 day Challenges during that time. How many Challenges have you actually done?"
A: "I am currently completing my 32nd Challenge."
Q: "Why have you done so many Challenges?"
A: "When I do a Challenge, it makes me feel happier, healthier; it gives me more energy. I have a husband, two kids, two dog, and two jobs. This yoga makes me a better mother, better wife, better teacher, better person! I am not trying to show off for anybody. I am doing this for myself. My major reason for doing this is to help me function better."
Q: "Why did you start practicing Bikram yoga?"
A: "In 2001, the stock market crashed after the 9-11 terrorist attack. I was working as a financial broker. That was such a stressful time for me. For three days during that stock market crash, I did not sleep at all. I chain-smoked and watched the computer all day and all night. I was being paid well and had a good job, but the stress was enormous. I finally decided I needed to find something to help me feel healthier. I found out there was a Bikram hot yoga class in Houston; that day, I bought the Unlimited Package. It helped me to quit smoking and I quit my job!"
Q: "When did you know you wanted to teach Bikram yoga?"
A: "Not long after I started practicing, I knew I wanted to teach this yoga. I knew that I needed to follow this healthier path. I became a therapist and a Bikram yoga teacher. I am so happy to teach what I truly love to do!"
Q: "Do you plan about how you are going to do your Challenges, Ruijin?"
A: "Well, I used to think about that and set goals for myself but now, I don't plan any more. I just do the yoga. I only count the days that I don't do yoga, instead of the days that I do it. It has become part of my life. You know, every day is a challenge in life. If you do Bikram yoga every day, it helps you to deal better with the challenges in your life."