Fatherhood: The True Meaning of Yoga, by Jane Clark
Birkam Choudhury had two kids, a daughter named Laju and a son, Anurag. Both of his children practice advanced yoga postures and are thought to be inspirational yogis themselves. You don’t really hear much about Bikram’s kids in the news but I have no doubt that Bikram’s children will be celebrating their famous Dad this Father’s Day and more specifically, what Bikram yoga has brought to their lives as young Americans.
Many of us thank and celebrate our Dads on Father’s Day for all they have given us, but for many new Dads, Father’s Day brings a time to reflect on what Fatherhood really means. I caught up with Bikram yoga instructor Chris Fluck to talk about being a new dad and how it has changed his life.
Chris has been practicing Bikram yoga for 11 years and teaching for ten. He is a disciplined yogi and insightful teacher, which have proved to be essential skills as new Dad. Evan Hannah joined the Fluck family nine months ago and has changed their lives drastically. Chris is struck by how much unconditional love Evan Hannah has brought to him and his wife and is truly amazed to watch the daily discoveries his daughter makes. “My life is now two timelines”, says Chris, which is one of the best parts of being a parent.
I asked Chris what he thinks is the worst part of being a Dad, and in the classic words of every loving parent, he stated that the worst thing is thinking that you are not good enough, that you don’t have what it takes. But this is where the yoga steps in and makes a great difference in being a new parent. There are moments when “She has a poop explosion and it’s everywhere! …And the cable guy is ringing the door bell. But you just focus on the task at hand. You focus on the next breath to get you through it.” Chris says that his yoga practice has given him composure as a parent and feels that in caring for a young child, he has truly found the meaning of yoga.
Yoga is a very important part of Chris’ family life. He met his wife through yoga and his Father also practices Bikram. Chris’s Dad has been traveling up to 150 miles round trip to get to his Bikram yoga studio three to four times a week for the last ten years. Chris really appreciates that his Father intimately knows about his job and feels that yoga is something that brings them closer together.
Chris would love to see more men practicing Bikram yoga out here in the suburbs. “The Philadelphia studio is about 50% men, but it seems like the burbs are behind the times.” It is high time to make a change in this trend. Father’s day is a great opportunity to bring your fathers, husbands and any new dads that you know with you to Bikram Yoga Chadds Ford. I can’t think of a better way to say thanks!
Dads practice free on Father’s Day at Bikram Yoga Chadds Ford.
Happy Father’s Day!