Arthur Markray | teacher – studio manager
At a young age, I was involved in a number of different sports activities, including football, basketball, track & field, and gymnastics. Upon entering high school, I discovered my love for theater and became rapidly involved in performing in plays and musicals for my high school’s drama department. Unfortunately, I was given an ultimatum by my athletic coaches who forced me to choose between the sports I loved so much and the talent that I was developing. I chose to pursue my passion for performing which, I still believe to this day, was the right decision.
At the age of 18, I moved to New York City to attend the New School for Social Research. It was during that time that I took my first yoga class upon the urging of one of my college classmates. At that point, I knew little to nothing about yoga. I figured that I would at least try it out, just to see what my friend was so enthusiastic about. Even though it was a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga, I remember the ethereal feeling I experienced after finishing my first workout. I literally felt like I was walking on air and that I was freed from all the stress and burdens of everyday life. I continued to practice yoga 3 times every week over the next year and a half.
Back home in LA, I took my first Bikram class and I was hooked. Although the first class made me a little dizzy I was encouraged to come back the very next day, not to let myself take a break. The following morning I went back to the studio for my second class and the difference was astonishing. Not only was the class easier to get through, but much of the queasiness I felt on my initial try was no longer an issue. I knew at that moment I wanted to become a Bikram Yoga instructor. I practiced diligently over the next year, including a period where I completed 110 classes over 100 consecutive days. While it was difficult, it was well worth the effort. I have been teaching consistently for over two years now and I am thankful to my sister and the owners of BYHB (Kay and Leyla) for allowing me the opportunity to find my way back to yoga. Not only am I happy and healthier than I have been in my entire life, but I now have a career which gives me the utmost joy and satisfaction to share the gift of wellness with others. I enthusiastically encourage all people to come and visit Bikram Yoga Marina Del Rey as a way to not only increase your sense of well-being, but to make a permanent change that will improve the quality of your life.