ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Recovery after a health crisis can take on many forms that often times go beyond “just what the doctor ordered.”
Some people seek additional strength in healing through a balance of body, mind and spirit.
Bikram, also known as hot yoga, is what Sherrie Martin has practiced for more than five years.
“I was looking for something that was low intensity, and something that would help me detox my body from all the medicine and stuff, and somebody said, ‘let’s try Bikram,'” Martin said.
What brought her to hot yoga is what nearly took her life in 2008 — a brain tumor the size of a lemon. She underwent emergency surgery, rounds of radiation, followed by a focus on getting better and living well.
“When you go in the room, it’s me and my mat, and it’s my mind, body, moving meditation,” Martin said.
The room is heated to 104 degrees with 35 percent humidity. The high temperature and moisture level makes joints and muscles more flexible and helps move oxygen through the body more efficiently.
There are 26 set postures performed over the course of 90 minutes; a hot yoga class never varies. It is intense and repetitive for a reason.
Adi Westerman is the owner of Hot Yoga Asheville and also a teacher. She instructs and nurtures all her students and admires what Sherrie’s accomplishing.
“To keep coming even through radiation and going through surgery, people, people don’t come in because they hurt their pinky toe, and here she is, she’s coming in day after day, you know, for her whole self, well-being,” Westerman said.
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