Running Yoga Studio Is No Random Act

New Hampshire Union Leader - June 13, 2005

MANCHESTER - Pubali Campbell never intended to learn the family business.

After earning her bachelor's degree from Boston University, Campbell took a job in the business world. Then her father became terminally ill, pulling her closer to her destiny.

"My father was a wise man. He always reminded me that I needed to make sure I was doing something in my life that mattered, something that made others happy. He put that bug in my ear long before he died," says Campbell.

Her uncle, Bikram Choudhury, made a death-bed promise to his brother, to take care of Campbell. "After my father died Uncle Bikram asked me to consider training to become an instructor.

That was more than two hears ago. Since opening her doors at 195 McGregor St., West Mill Annex, in Manchester earlier this year, business has been growing steadily. She estimates 500 students attend class regularly, and another 300 come sporadically.

"My father taught me there's no such thing as a coincidece, no such thing as a random act. I found yoga because it was my time to find it," a philosophy she extends to the path that leads students to her door.

Despite the obvious competition from other yoga studios right in downtown Manchester, Campbell says it's a big-enough city. There's room for everyone.

"I don't think other forms of yoga are wrong or bad. I'm not competing with anybody," she says.

"I don't mean to offend other instructors by this, but my students will never be forced to swallow concepts that are hard for them - there's no chanting here, no music, no incense," she says. "And if that's the reason you're not doing yoga, I just want you to know you have a choice."

Campbell offers an introductory package of $20 for 10 days as well as a "Yoga for Free" program targeting students who want to trade time and services at the studio for yoga classes.

- Schedules, pricing information and more at www.manchesterbikramyoga.com.

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