A Message from Monica

Certified Fall 2015 in Thailand: I was introduced to Bikram yoga (the Original Hot Yoga) in an unlikely place; the gym of a treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction. At the time I was unsure what this “yoga” had to do with anything, especially coming from a very downtrodden and pessimistic place physically, mentally and spiritually. After a few months at the center, I began to see small benefits from yoga, but it was not until I utilized the hot room after graduating that I realized the extent and power of this practice.

A few years down the road and this practice is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of my life. After diving headfirst into my own practice, I soon knew that teaching yoga is how I wanted to spend my life.  If I can be a vessel for empowering even one person to change their life through this practice and to experience the challenge, clarity and grace it offers, then this journey has all been a complete success.

For some inspiration on your journey, follow Monica @the_big_lebansky and our teacher profiles in our “off the mat” series.

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“Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day-in, day-out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. And working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

One of the most important things we can do for ourselves during this time is to keep ourselves healthy and strong. Inspire and motivate others around us to do the same! This is what keeps us going strong to keep the PURE Community connected. See you in the hot room, or on our LIVESTREAM and On-Demand virtual platform, pureyogatv.com


Who is Your Teacher?

PURE “Off the Mat”https://pureyogatexas.com/off-the-mat/
  • helicopter pilot (Jim H)
  • Mariachi band performer (Carolina R)
  • grade-school teacher (Beth P, Rosalyn N)
  • mortgage financier (Mardy C)
  • television broadcaster (Atina P)
  • NYC bar owner (Jeff C)
  • marketing consultant (Kristin M)
  • award-winning modern dance performer (Rosalyn N)
  • pod-caster (Katherine F)
  • film-maker (Jim H)
  • clown on a carnival tour (Carolyn C)
  • cadaver lab assistant (Christopher T)
  • professional orchestra percussionist (Raj H)
  • massage therapist (Christopher T, Rosalyn N)
  • electronics engineer (Sherri J)
  • certified public accountant (Jeff C, Brooke S)
  • event production assistant (Sam L)
  • pharmaceutical sales representative (Henry E)
  • lifelong anatomy and physiology student (Erin F, Christopher T)
  • Disney performer (Afton C)
  • real estate agent (Jim H)
  • magician’s assistant (Carolyn C)
  • special education teacher pre-K to 5th (Sherri J)
  • drone pilot (Jim H)
  • jazz lounge singer (Cicely J)
  • graphic designer (Monica O)
  • International Yoga Asana Champion (John S)
  • Texas Rollergirl (Audra S)
  • database coder (Jeff C)
  • emergency medical technician (Chrissy A)
  • video editor and film-maker (Savanna M)
  • Instagram independent consultant (Monica L)
  • theater actor (Kirk B, Christopher T, Monica O)
  • hair-stylist (Kirk B)
  • martial arts instructor (Jeff C)
  • Operation Desert Storm Veteran (Audra S)
  • mental health counselor (Lea Z)
  • house “flipper” (Jim H)
  • clothing designer and manufacturer (Monica O, Mardy C)
  • voice-over professional (Nora P)
  • registered nurse (studying to be!) (Lea Z)
  • insurance agent (Cicely J)
  • Kriya-yoga devotee (Laine E)
  • salon & spa owner (Maryam R)
  • flight attendant (Terri P)
  • professional jazz drummer (Gerard B)
  • PhD Microbiologist researching possible treatments for COVID-19 (John S)


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