After countless times driving by the local Bikram Yoga studio (near my house) and contemplating their sign asking, “Are you ready to change your life?” (and a gentle nudge from a friend), I decided to give Bikram Yoga a whirl. Life had thrown some challenges my way (I now call them “opportunities” and “lessons”; )) and I finally realized I wasn’t going to get where I wanted to be standing still. Think: definition of insanity.
My first class hooked me. I knew it was MY way to calm the endless chatter, gain control of my mind and build mental strength (at the same time building physical strength). And, I loved the sweat!
I find teaching and practicing Bikram Yoga to be one of the greatest gifts of my life and I am forever grateful to have found the practice. I like to think I balance my teaching classes with a healthy dose of motivation, love, compassion and motivate my students to move beyond their comfort zones into a new, more accurate reality of “I can do this!”
I can’t wait to see you on your mat. Remember: where ever you are is perfect and whatever you need, you’ll get out of class. Trust the process. It may not be what you think you want but it WILL always be what you need, every class, every time.
-I do yoga so I’m less neurotic than when I don’t
-I think I’m hilarious, so feel free to go ahead and laugh with me ; )
Bikram says “Everything is yoga” and I’m going to take it a step further and say everything I have NOW is because of the yoga. For years I relied on drugs and doctors to define who I was. Restless, irritable, discontent, cold and lonely were all things that started to melt away the minute I walked into my first hot Bikram Yoga class. I felt accountability to myself, to my teachers, and to my newfound friends that asked where I was when I’d miss class. I worked really freaking hard, got really hot, really sweaty, and sometimes it even hurt a lot too. I didn’t allow myself to give up for the first time in my life. This is when I started to define myself and who I really am. After six months I knew I wanted to take the next step and attend Teacher Training in Thailand Fall 2014. Now I know who I am and what I’m made of- what we are all made of. I believe with hard work you can achieve your goals. I will always remind you to breathe, sometimes even to smile.
I started Bikram Yoga because my knee hurt and a friend recommended I try the yoga to help it heal. I believe my greatest strength, as a teacher, is helping you to help yourself to learn to love the yoga for what it is: magic. My favorite posture is a toss up between Standing Head to Knee and Triangle. The yoga works.
I began Bikram yoga when a friend at my gym recommended it to supplement my workouts. I thought yoga might be too slow and not challenging enough for me, but since my hips and knees were sore from a lifetime of running, I reluctantly decided to give it a try. After only three months of practice, I was so positively overwhelmed by the physical, mental, and spiritual transformation I experienced, I just had to share it with others. Three years later, in the Spring of 2015, I found myself at Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand and an integral part of the Bikram Yoga family. Often called a “90-minute, open-eyed, moving meditation,” the aspect of mindfulness is my favorite part of the yoga, which has improved my ability to focus and concentrate more deeply and for longer periods of time, improving my effectiveness as a high school English teacher and positively enriching all of my relationships, with myself and with others. I am a happier, healthier person since discovering Bikram yoga, and teaching the series has become one of my greatest achievements and my passion. My communication skills, energy, and awareness of students’ individual challenges make me a super-sensitive force in the hot room. “Mo” “Mo-Jo” ; ). Spring 2015.