On Saturday April 26th, Joseph Encinia will teach a workshop at BYCF. The event will be comprehensive, with demonstrations, discussions, tips, Q & A….and sweat.
Joseph is a world champion of yoga asana whose journey to world class athleticism wasn’t always an easy path. This determined yogi overcame severe physical hindrances including a heart attack, and childhood obesity. Read more about Joseph below.
Save the date and please plan to join us as we welcome this remarkable yogi to our Chadds Ford yoga community. Details about pricing and timing to follow soon.
Born and raised in Dallas, TX. Joseph started practicing Bikram Yoga in May 2005. Bikram Yoga is one the best things he has ever done for himself. It has truly changed his life, says Encinia. ‘Mentally, it has given me more peace with myself and the world around me; physically, it has taught me my body could do things I never dreamed it could do…’
Joseph hasn’t always been very healthy; now, in large part due to Bikram Yoga, he is in the best shape of his life. Diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at a young age (which affected the majority of the left side of his body), he spent years in and out of Scottish Rite and Children’s Hospital trying to rehabilitate and strengthen his joints and muscles. After a major knee surgery, he taught himself how to deal with the discomfort and move on. As a result, Joseph’s physical activities were limited, and he was consistently taking pain medication. Then, at the age of thirteen, quite unexpectedly, Encinia had a heart attack. ‘I was not the only one surprised–family and friends were caught off guard as well. The causes are unknown, but most likely hereditary; regardless, it made a tremendous impact, and I’ve explored many forms of exercise since to regain control of my health.’
‘One day I decided to explore forms of exercise to regain control of my health. After a long journey, I discovered Bikram Yoga. I simply expected a physical workout. I found much more than that. I have transformed. I no longer suffer constant pain. I’ve lost weight and developed lean muscle mass. I can contort my body into positions I never thought possible. I have gained a peace of mind I previously never knew existed. I have transcended many limitations within myself – mentally, physically and emotionally. I am accomplishing things I once thought impossible.’
‘I’ve learned to accept responsibility for making changes in my life. Bikram Yoga has taught me to look at challenges in front of me, smile and meet them head on. I have learned to focus on the tasks at hand and live in peace with myself and the world around me. To me this is the gift of yoga. The gift which I have the responsibility to share for the rest of my life.’
Joseph first competed in Texas in 2005, and after years of dedication he won the 2009 National Yoga Asana Championship and placed 2nd internationally. With continued effort he has become the three-time National & 2011 International Yoga Asana Champion. Because of the gift of life yoga has given Encinia, his life’s ambition is to share Bikram’s Yoga with others.