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Sweat victory: Lover of ‘hot yoga’ achieves 1,000-day Bikram streak

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An unbelievably positive and fiercely devoted Park Slope yoga student has overcome a serious physical disability to finish a jaw-dropping marathon of hot yoga — and he’s just getting warmed up.

Solitaire Macfoy, who suffers from an arthritic condition prompted by a motorcycle accident decades ago, achieved his goal of practicing 1,000 consecutive days of Bikram yoga, an intensely physical, sauna-hot exercise that’s hard to do for even 1,000 seconds.

“He’s incredible: he comes in with a certain level of pain — but it’s mind over matter with him,” said Havi Asch, his teacher at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.

His tireless dedication and upbeat energy in class has inspired longtime meditation masters and sweaty newbies alike, Asch said. (Full disclosure: this whimpy reporter belongs to the studio and has completed only three consecutive days of Bikram yoga — and barely lived to keep reporting)

Macfoy — who walks with a cane and perpetually sports a huge smile — said mental strength helps him overcome soreness and return to the practice, which has yielded stunning results on his body and mind.

“I’ve seen unspeakable levels of expansion in my psychology, my physical being, and spiritual side,” he said.

Since the 57-year-old started his Bikram streak, he has stopped taking medicine or practicing physical therapy for his fused knee, which has ailed him since the motorcycle crash.

Now, he said, plenty of hot yoga is all he needs.

“It makes me feel good — and value life every day,” said Macfoy, who for now plans to keep the streak alive.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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Angela from Park Slope says:
There are lots and lots of Bikram yogis who have achieved this quietly. Thank you for shining a light on the benefits of this healing practice.
June 13, 2012, 4:07 pm
Adastra from Earth says:
Angela- lots and lots huh? This dude rocks in so many ways I don't even know here to start.
June 13, 2012, 11:33 pm
Adastra from Earth says:
Oops...where.
June 13, 2012, 11:34 pm
Nandra from Harlem/ Dublin, Ireland says:
One of my greatest memories of teaching Bikram yoga, is the inspiration of seeing the fabulous Mr. Solitaire MacFoy in class day after day after day after day after day after.......
June 14, 2012, 7:27 am
Katharine from Park Sope says:
Achieving 1000 classes in a row is an amazing accomplishment. Solitaire has touched so many lives in his journey. It is an honour to say that I have practiced in the same room as he has. There are many, many yogis who have achieved many physical benefits from a regular Bikram practice, but I know of very few who have done so as graciously, consistently and as happily as Solitaire has. Thank you so much for your quiet strength and positive nature Solitaire!
June 14, 2012, 10:17 pm
Ben Dover from Cobble Hill says:
Great way for the Yoga studio to make lots of money.
June 15, 2012, 4:53 am
Wendy from San Francisco says:
I want to know more! Please write a longer article about Solitaire, with more photos and a longer interview with him.
June 15, 2012, 12:02 pm
Wendy from Park Slope says:
I want to know more! Please write a longer article about Solitaire, with a longer interview and more pictures.
June 15, 2012, 12:03 pm
bob from Brooklyn says:
Angela, that may possibly be the case but it is not nice or positive to discredit this man for it. He achieved his Goal, and that is amazing. Be happy for him rather than pointing out that many others have done it and didn't bother to feel proud of it.
June 17, 2012, 3:04 am
sumit from maryland says:
My name is sumit nanda i have done only 173 days in row so i know what Solitaire is ....what he is doing is not that easy ... at least not that much easy!!!!! oh you just dont know.... if you dont than dont talk bad stuff about what you cant do yourself
June 17, 2012, 8:18 pm
cris from surrey bc says:
good job !!! inspirstion for any one !!! you just get healty and healty fisical and mental ... plus a nice body money can no buy healt !!! congratulations
June 18, 2012, 11:53 am
smilie from olympia, WA says:
just what I needed to see to get rebooted!!!!
June 20, 2013, 9:15 am

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