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My Yoga Body. Built By Pure.


Meet real members who inspire us.


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Jay


Graham:

Transplant Surgeon

PURE MEMBER SINCE
2014

FAVORITE CLASSES



My Yoga Body is a vessel for better.





The Yoga Balance


It’s remarkable how much yoga has helped my work. In surgery, you can develop a lot of neck and back problems. There’s also definitely emotional stress — like, how do you tell someone their loved one is not going to make it? I wouldn’t have arrived at finding a balance without yoga.


Healing Others


I’m just a glorified plumber. I really do it because of the warmth and love I get back from patients and their families. You come out of the operating room and the families embrace you. It’s like a yoga hug. A yoga hug is unique to the yoga world, it feels like they’re trying to press their heart into your heart. People at Pure hug you like they mean it!


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Building My Yoga Body

Pure is where I realize my growth, one asana 
at a time. I do all kinds of yoga there, mainly hot Vinyasa flow, sometimes I mix in Ashtanga. If you want to build a yoga body, you have to be patient and compassionate with yourself. There’s no such thing as the perfect yoga body. There’s just a journey that never ends.
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Making the Connection


A yoga body really fosters connections between people. A yoga body is not just a “body.” It’s a vessel you use to spread empathy to everyone around you. That’s why I’ve been inviting Pure teachers to do Yoga Nidra sessions with patients through my charity — to build trust and share an experience.




Jay is an abdominal transplant surgeon at Montefiore Medical Center,
The Bronx, and director of the Helping Hands Fund.