I’ve had the pleasure of practicing at Onyx for over 5 years but my journey with yoga started back in the early 90’s while living in Fort Lauderdale. I joined a health club there and became friends with long time radio and television host Joey Reynolds who was also a member. He persuaded me to give Bikram-style classes a try at the club and I became hooked.
Eventually, I met my wife-to-be at the same club and we moved to Silicon Valley. There I practiced hot Bikram classes exclusively on and off for 10 years. We moved to New Jersey in 2002 and a few years later I found the hot Bikram studio in Westfield. You could definitely say I was a Bikram snob.
Onyx is only a few miles from my house, but I never tried it until 2011 when I found out they were offering hot classes. Since then it’s become a ritual for me nearly every Saturday and Sunday. I also try to practice once or twice more during the week, either in the city or at Onyx. The great instructors I’ve experienced here have exposed me to many other styles and I’ve taken a lot of “not hot” classes too. Last year I even had the honor of bringing my friend Joey, the guy who got me started in this 25 years ago, to a class here at Onyx!
For me, yoga provides the best “return on investment” in a workout. Maintaining flexibility is so important as you age and you can’t discount the meditative benefits. Plus I like to eat! And doing yoga here really has been a pleasure. The community is special and that makes it all the more enjoyable.