Fitness Interview: Yoga with Emily

by Bionic Beauty on 10.Feb.2008 · 4 comments

In order to help us all be well-rounded beauties, I’m going to be including interviews of health, beauty, and other related industry professionals here on Bionic Beauty. The first interview in this series is below. Read along as I interview Emily, a yoga instructor. I hope you all enjoy! ~Bionic Beauty

Fitness Interview - Yoga with Emily

Hello there! My name is Emily Grolman. I am a 38 year old mother of two beautiful daughters and a wife of almost 15 years to a wonderful man. I am going on my 2nd year of living in Las Vegas, NV. I have been practicing yoga for 7 years now and coming up on my one year anniversary of teaching it.

What draws you to yoga as a form of fitness?
I love the fact that I feel such a sense of well being and balance with the whole mind, body, and spirit aspect after a session. I am usually a more relaxed, happier, more-fun-to-be-around kind of person when I come out of class than when I went into class. I have not found another form of fitness that does that for me.

Can yoga truly benefit anybody?
Yes. There are so many different forms of yoga out there that I am sure anybody can find the one that is right for them. (Unless there are extreme circumstances and/or your doctor has strictly prohibited that kind of movement for you.)

What prompted you to become a yoga instructor?
I have two bulging discs in my lower back. I went to doctors and chiropractors, as well as used massage therapy. None of it worked, or if it did work, it was a very temporary fix. After about 4 months of doing yoga twice a week, I realized that the pain in my back had greatly decreased. After 9 months the pain was completely gone. The pain has not returned since then, unless I do something really stupid. With that in mind, I felt like I just wanted to spread the joy of yoga to everyone I knew and even those I didn’t. (I know….more than a little corny and fairly embarrassing to my children as well…lol.) If I can help someone on their road to recovery or a better quality of life, then that is just an amazing thing.

Do you have any tips for beginners to yoga?

  1. Leave all judgment of yourself and others as well as competition outside of the yoga room. Everyone is different and learns at different rates and in different ways.
  2. Listen to your body. You are the best judge of what feels right for you and what doesn’t. If something does not feel right for you, then do not do it.
  3. If you are just beginning, don’t expect yourself to be at the highest level with the yogis that have been practicing all their lives. Do the best you can do for that day, and be proud of yourself for trying something new and potentially life altering.

How does yoga help you “Achieve Powerful Beauty”?
Personally speaking, it gives me an inner peace and a quiet confidence to carry myself through everyday life. An added bonus is that it also gives me toned muscles EVERYWHERE! =o)

Thanks Emily, for your interview. I hope it inspires some of our Bionic Beauty readers!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen February 10, 2008 at 2:51 pm

This is inspiring me to get back to class. I took a break over the holidays and its now February?

Those are great tips, especially about not comparing yourself to others. I can hardly maintain or complete most poses, but I do my best. It is not about what the person in front of you can do.

Especially with Bikram style yoga, sometimes it is a feat to remain in the room! Very hot! Not for everyone, but I find it is a wonderful way to decompress and get in tune with yourself.

Great post BB!


2 Nenette February 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Fabulous interview! I’m glad BB has expanded to include this very cool and significant contribution to beauty.
I remember how strong and beautiful I felt when I was doing yoga consistently. Since I’ve been sick with this non-stop flu/cold, I’ve been unable to do any yoga, and boy, do I feel it! My bum shoulder’s been bothering me again too. Now, I’m all excited again to get back to my morning sun salutations!
Thanks, Jami and Emily! :)


3 The Cheap Chick February 12, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Great idea for the blog! Did you do the interview via e-mail or phone, or did you (lucky girl) get to GO TO VEGAS? If you went to Vegas, I am SOOOOOO jealous. Next time, bring me and we’ll party down.


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