I started practicing Bikram Yoga in February 2009 after struggling with a hip injury from running the NYC marathon. I instantly fell in love with the practice. The combination of the heat with the 26 postures and two breathing exercises worked very well for me. After practicing regularly for three months, my hip improved dramatically. That was one of the many changes that occurred in my life. I also improved physically, mentally, and emotionally. Both my personal and professional life changed for the better. I reconnected with myself on several different levels. This practice helps me each day to be the best person I can be and I try to find out something new about myself each class.
I decided I wanted to share my love for this yoga with others and help people gain all the benefits this practice can provide. I decided to go to teacher training in spring 2012 and I am so happy that I did. Teaching brings me tremendous joy and I love connecting with all my students and helping them to change their life for the better. The energy my students give me and seeing their hard work and dedication is very inspiring. Being a Bikram yoga teacher and helping people achieve their goals pushed me to follow my dream to go back to graduate school to receive my Master’s degree in Social Work. I am so thankful to be part of the Bikram community and am excited for what is ahead!
What year did you attend training? Why did you go?
I went to training in spring 2012 (in Los Angeles) to become a Bikram yoga teacher so I could help others gain the benefits from the practice and help them improve their lives.
What is your favorite thing about being a Bikram Yoga instructor?
I love my schedule and having recurring students. I am able to develop a connection with the students in my class and I find joy in seeing their progress as students.
Tell us about your own practice. Which posture is most challenging for you and how do you get through it?
Several postures are challenging for me. When I first started practicing I had very little patience with myself. I work very hard today to be in the moment and focus on the posture that I am doing at that moment. I focus on alignment now and performing the posture the correct way. It has been 7 years and there are certainly days where I let my ego creep in and forgot about being in the moment and my mind wanders. But each day I try my best
Outside of yoga, what projects are you involved with? What do you do for fun?
I work for a Wealth & Asset Management team at a bank, I go to school part time to receive my Master’s in Social Work, I teach bikram yoga, I practice bikram yoga, I do something active every day, I am trying to get better at tennis, I love going out to eat, I am getting married in September, I love to travel to new places, I try to cook a new recipe each week, and I spend as much time with my family and friends as I can! Bikram yoga helps to keep me calm and centered to do the things that I love.
Do you have a favorite inspirational quote or saying?
“If you don’t mind, it don’t matter” – my father. I say this to myself a lot when I feel myself getting overwhelmed or frustrated. I also like the saying “no worries mate”. I went to Australia last year and try to keep that carefree attitude with me (not so easy in the Big Apple, but I try).
What are you currently reading or listening to?
I read a lot for school. I am currently writing a research paper on the impact of physical activity and depression among adolescents. I love listening to music – Ray Montagne, Ben Harper, and James Morrison have been soothing artists for me lately.
Any final words?
If there is a will, there is a way!