Deborah Fong

What’s your favourite posture to teach?

Kapalabhati… final breathing. Everyone just looks so happy and relieved.

What food or drinks do you crave the most when you are practicing?

Coconut water. I used to hate it but now I have a taste for it I cant get enough. It has really helped my hydration as well.

What’s the best advice you can give a first time student?

Getting through your first Bikram class is as much mental as physical. Come hydrated and just trust that you will be ok. It does not matter how many postures you sit down for so long as you stay in the room and keep breathing calmly.

What is the most noticeable change you have noticed in your body, your mind or your life since your first Bikram Class?

Where to start. Physically my body shape has changed. I am more toned and my posture is way way better.

I used to use anti acids and asthma medication which I no longer need. I used to get numb hands and feet from years of smoking but that’s all gone. Mentally?? I have always been laid back but now I am even more chilled and have much better perspective on things. Nobody steals my peace nowadays.

What’s your favourite Bikram-ism?

You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from scratch once again.

What’s your most commonly distracting thought during class?

I have all my great epiphanies in class, and my not so great ones.

What keeps you coming back?

Continuously striving to be better. I always have something I am working on. This year I am really trying to open up my back. I want to be able to touch the floor in the back bend. It may sound extreme… but you have to dream big.

What is the strangest fact you know about anything, not yoga related?

There are a couple of guys in India that do not need food or water and take their energy direct from the sun!! OK… maybe a little yoga related but I think its amazing.

What’s your favourite band?

Playing on my car stereo at the moment is this guy called Rodriguez. I saw a festival film “Searching for Sugarman” and not only do I love his music, but I just find the guy himself the most amazing humble inspiring human being.

What’s your favourite meal to cook?

Curries. I love both Indian and sweet Malaysian curries.

Where’s the place you love to go the most in Auckland besides BYNS?

Over the winter it has been my lounge because I hibernate and can’t stand to be cold. Summer I love the beaches. Cheltenham is a favourite. I also love all the outdoor music events. Nothing like a sunny afternoon, picnicking and watching good music.