I attended my first Bikram Yoga class in the summer of 2004. I remember thinking “Yoga? Really? That’s for hippies!” I wore long pants and a t-shirt, convinced that I do not sweat! Hahaha! By the 3rd posture, I was ready to run from the room! I managed to stay through the whole class, but I hated every minute of it. Despite my feelings, I went back the next week for another try. It was equally as awful! But I continued to attend once, then twice then 4 to 5 times a week.
I figured anything that could make me feel as much as this yoga did had to be good for me. It was tough for the first few years. I was the fat and bitchy one in the back row. The changes that starting happening in my body were painful. It took a lot for me to get through the door and into the room on some days. But seeing the gradual and profound changes in my physical body, as well as my mental state and emotional reactions made me continue with the yoga.
After about a year of regular practice, I had actually started to enjoy the torture in a way. I began to see many benefits. I was calmer, more focused and in better shape. I come from a background of dance so I was once very lean and toned, but after years of a desk job and having had a child; my body had morphed into something very different….I had become extremely large.
I continued a regular practice and one day the studio director said “you are going to go to teacher training.” Crazy hippie, I thought…the last thing I could do would be to teach yoga! I had aspired to be a church minister, but found it was not a good fit for me, and after a few more years of practice I realized that he was right, and yoga was a path that could help me further my spiritual growth.
I attended the teacher training in the spring of 2007 in Hawaii. Those 9 weeks jettisoned me onto my path of self discovery and transformation. Since then, I have been afforded the privilege of travel with this career. I have taught in Alabama, Tennessee, California and other states as well as various places in western Canada. I continue to learn and grow thanks to all of the students and teachers I have encountered.
I feel truly blessed to be part of thestudio community and look forward to seeing you on the mat soon.