172 Allen Street, 2nd floor (btwn Stanton & Rivington)

Tricia Donegan

Hey Tricia, why do YOU like it hot?

What good is pink if it isn’t hot?

What are your personal tips for Bikram Lower East Siders?

Have fun what ever you are doing, and make sure I’m having fun, whatever you’re doing.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Pele or Jo Polniaczek from the Facts of Life.

Tricia, tell us about your first kiss: who, when, where?

Karl Diehl in 6th grade on the water tube being pulled behind his boat (zzoooom zoom)

What’s your most prized possession?

My winter hat, which was purchased as a gift for me from Barney’s, and which I lost in a cab after a particularly moving Justin Bond show. I was devastated, which devastated the hat-giver, who then ran all around until she found someone in another country (ok, Canada) who would hand make the hat for me again. It ended up costing her twice the original price (even with the Canadian exchange) and the replacement hat isn’t quite the same but I hereby declare that I love it even more than the first. After all that, who wouldn’t? Moral of the story: Go see Justin Bond whenever you can. Just be sure to hang on to your hat.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate covered popcorn flown in from Atlanta. Remember, make kind offerings to those who control the heat : c’est un bon idea.

What is your most embarrassing moment on the teacher’s box?

Falling off of it. No, really.

What were you doing the day you decided you were going to be a Bikram Yoga Teacher?

It was my 30th b-day, I decided to move to NYC for love, sell my house, sell my restaurant, lose my 401 K all so I could go to work barefoot and teach people to feel better in every which way.

What’s the best/worst thing about being a Bikram Yoga teacher?

The best thing is being able to teach people how to get what they need, in and outside of the yoga room. That, and meeting & connecting the most amazing New Yorkers to one another. I love that. The worst thing about teaching Bikram yoga: I am ALWAYS too cold in the movies … read: socks & flip flops in the summer. Yep. That’s what it boils down to.

What’s your favorite pose?

Standing bow: it takes everything I’ve got to feel like a delicate ballerina inside a soccer player’s body.

Tricia, if you found out that a movie you’ve been anticipating is based on a novel you haven’t read would you read the book before you see the movie, or do you wait until after?

I don’t even know where Nemo is. Who’s writing these questions?

What was the first concert you went to?

RATT opening up for Billy Squire (Billy and I wore the same jeans – they were paint splattered! Yeah! I ended up selling mine in the parking lot, going home with no pants. I was 14.)

Who was your childhood celebrity crush?

Michael Jackson with the yellow and grey bow tie. That sort of freaks me out now.

Describe your perfect yoga shorts.

Pink ruffles. They came out the last day of training.

What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

Coffee and a kiss, please.

What’s your sign and birthday?

Aquarius 1/28/71

Do you eat the stems off broccoli?

I’m a girl who is just into the tops.

If you could have any hair color, what would it be?

Do I dare say pink?

Have you ever been in love?

Ever since 10th grade English class.

Favorite movies?

Serial Mom, My Life as A Dog, La Femme Nakita, La Vie en Rose, Heavenly Creatures … is a theme emerging?

What’s your favorite number?

12, Terry Bradshaw’s

Say one nice thing about the person who first told you about Bikram Yoga.

Wayne focuses on people’s potential, not their limitations.

Words or phrases you overuse:

Suck in the abs.