In 2006, I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship and was looking for a new “workout”. My new workout, Bikram Yoga, became my everything. It was my exercise, my hobby, my best friend, my boyfriend, my church. It was all I could talk about. Right after my first class, I wondered if they’d think I was weird if I went back the next day. It wasn’t long before I was regularly taking two classes a day and thinking about teacher training. I had zero interest in being a teacher but simply wanted to immerse myself in this yoga. And it happened to be in Hawaii.
In September of 2007, off I went to Hawaii to endure 9 weeks of teacher training. There are plenty of people who enjoyed teacher training. I wasn’t one of them. I had an overwhelming fear of public speaking. Thankfully I finished training, but left the Bikram Yoga world for about 7 months. For my 30th birthday, I drove to Charlottesville, Virginia and stumbled into the Bikram Yoga studio. I asked to teach, they said yes, and I stammered my way through my first class. It took me about 5 years to feel comfortable on the podium. With over 12 years of teaching experience now, I still continue to learn about this practice and about teaching. I don’t believe it’s possible to stop learning if you’re open to it.
As a massage therapist since 2001, I’ve helped countless people feel better, one person at a time, one hour at a time. While I’ll always have my gift of touch, I can help so many more people on a greater scale as a yoga teacher. I love watching students with current or past injuries heal themselves with this transformative practice.
June 17th, 2017, the doors opened to Bikram Yoga Catonsville. Owning the studio has and continues to teach me things I would never otherwise learn. Navigating owning and continuing to operate a brick and mortar business during a pandemic is nothing anyone could plan for. Life is full of lessons and when you lean into these challenges with patience and an open heart, it’s a gift instead of a struggle, just like doing this yoga.