How did you first discover Bikram yoga?

I have been physically active my entire adult life and primarily enjoyed cardio-intense activities such as running, hiking, and cycling. Yoga was never on my radar until 2018, when, during a solo trek in the Himalayas, I took a bad fall and tore the ligaments in my knee. Even after months of various treatments, I could not walk normally, and the pain was not going away. I came across Bikram Yoga after an extensive online search for another remedy, hoping the heat and stretching could help relieve the pain. Within a few weeks of practice, I noticed my knee mobility had improved, and the pain was dissipating. I have been “addicted” to it ever since.

What have you gained from your yoga practice?

Flexibility, of course. More importantly, body and mind alignment. Leading fast-paced lifestyles in Silicon Valley, we have endless deadlines and a million things on our to-do lists. Yoga practice is the “me” time where I can focus on breathing and meditation and acknowledge the existence of my physical being. After each class, my mind is cleared, my feet are grounded, and I am ready to embrace the stress coming my way.

What has been your greatest struggle or accomplishment?

To accept my imperfections. Earlier in my practice, I expected myself to reach certain levels with my effort, not realizing that we need to listen to and accept what our bodies can do in each practice. Many times, I was discouraged when I wasn’t able to do a posture correctly. I often remind myself what Instructor Sarah teaches us: “Take the action, and the result will take care of itself.” Yoga practice is a journey where we can enjoy the process of nourishing our body and mind.

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

Striking a perfect posture is great, but the process of getting there is even more enjoyable.

What do you like to do outside of yoga?

I love to travel. So far, I have been to 28 countries and hope to visit more. Besides yoga, I enjoy backpacking, hiking, cycling, and strength training.

Min in Standing Bow Pulling pose, on top of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

Min gets into Standing Bow Pulling pose on top of Half-Dome, Yosemite National Park. Top of page: Min visits Havana Cuba.