How did you first discover Bikram yoga?

Singing has always been my passion and hobby since my late mother (a semi-classical singer/teacher in Bombay, India) taught me just before her death in Sept 2020. Two years of a nasty divorce took its toll on my mind and body. I was going through traumatic suffering of heart and mind – although not quite into depression, not having to meet my young adult son, a child prodigy. Getting into singing was a definite solace for my heart and mind.

Soon after my divorce in August 2020, I wanted to start fresh and reboot my life. A friend and BYSJ member, Elena, introduced me to BYSJ and Bikram Yoga on International Yoga Day, June 21, 2021. Until then, I mainly did endurance bicycling in the Cupertino hills in the evenings and sun salutations in the mornings. A journalist filmed me doing Surya Namaskara at her boyfriend’s bicycle shop in Cupertino in the summer of 2018 (it’s on my YouTube channel.) I thought I was famous because – I thought – I was very fit at 55 back then!

What have you gained from your yoga practice?

Peace and happiness amidst the struggles of life.

ravi tadwalker singing
ravi tadwalker enjoys cooking
ravi tadwalker at the 60 day challenge board

What has been your greatest struggle or accomplishment?

During those nasty 13 winter storms of 2022 winter, in mid-December, the 1st storm destroyed my canopy, and while disassembling it, a rod hit my left knee; the body’s reaction resulted in minor bursitis condition. But then, I followed my late Papa’s advice about staying active and happy in adversity. I started doing two livestreams and two in-studio sessions. I overcame that situation in a couple of months, with no doctor visit, which I never do anyway, other than annual checkups!

What advice would you give new students or those struggling with their practice?

Don’t go for perfection. Follow role models in the first row and learn from them while in the second or third row. Don’t escape to the corners or the fourth row because the teacher at the podium will still find you like they always find me. 😊

ravi tadwalker belongs to a singing group

What do you like to do outside of yoga?

Singing is my passion. So is gardening. I became vegan this year, with no wine (I don’t drink anything carbonated or alcoholic) and living a healthy lifestyle.