Donna was able to apply her dance and yoga background to exclusively teaching the 26 pose Bikram yoga method. Teaming up with Jen Lobo in 1999, the duo has opened 4 Bikram locations in Manhattan in the last 12 years. Donna was one of the first yoga instructors to be certified as a judge for the regional and national yoga asana championships and, along with Jen, Bikram Yoga NYC produced the very first Yoga Asana Championship in New York, which it has continued to produce and host for the past 8 years.
Donna stumbled upon Bikram Yoga by accident while visiting her sister in Florida. The only yoga studio in the area was a Bikram inspired studio. After 3 days she was hooked when she realized that her body felt better, more flexible, and more in shape than after anything other form of yoga or exercise she did. After practicing regularly she realized that the physical and emotional benefits were something that needed to be shared and that set in motion a career transition from performer to yoga teacher to studio owner.
Inspiration These words helped inspire real change in my life:
Do the best you can for today.
As long as you try 100 percent the right way you get 100 percent of the benefits.
This really helped me not be so hard on myself and gave me the space to be open to change.