It is such a pleasure to share with the world Solitaire's story. He practices at Park Slope in Brooklyn, where i find myself the most these days. Every time I see Sol, there is this crazy big smile on his face. And the energy he radiates always makes my heart jump for joy and click its heels. Anyway, this is not about Sol's 30DC. It's more like Sol's 365DC. Yes! 365 days! Here's more from him:
Hi Sol! It's always such a pleasure to see your happy smiling face. It hasn't really been that long since you started practicing. Was this your first encounter with a yoga practice?
Well, I'm a Buddhist, have been since the early '70s. That's my start in Yoga.
You'll have to tell me more about that one day. What about Bikram? How did you find it?
Last October Jasmine Edwards, a member of the 'Food Coop' squad which is my honor to be the Squad Leader of, encouraged me to try Bikram as a way to address the arthritis in my entire body and severely advanced in my lower back and legs. You see, around the time I took up Buddhism, racing Formula-1 Ducati Motorbikes was my passion. Needless to say, a serious track spill left me severely damaged on my right side. My right leg is 2+1/2 inches shorter than the left, and the knee is fused to salvage the leg after the spill.
That's pretty intense, Sol. It could not have in any way been easy. I am so grateful that Jasmine shared the love with you and brought you in. Did you love the practice right away?
Well, the same month I started, I completed my first 30DC and today makes 293 days in a row. My goal is to one day achieve LEVITATION and the end of arthritis pain in my body.
Tell me about some of the benefits that you are experiencing.
My upper body is now free of arthritis!
You rock, you rock. Straight up, you're amazing. More amazing of course is seeing you progress in the hot room, taking your time being patient honoring and healing your body, all the while maintaining a calm deep breath. You are such an inspiration. What do you find most challenging in your practice?
All the asanas are hard for me so they're all my favorites. Bikram is one of a few daily yoga meditation practices for me, and is the most physiologically beneficial. Spiritually my practices include Mantra, kundalini and Karma.
Thank you for sharing your story. And by the way, I LOVE the picture of you and boss. You both look so so happy. And yes yes yes to the 365 days! I'll be cheering you on for sure. See you around the hot room!