I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of western New York near Rochester. I moved to Boulder in 2002, when I started Bikram Yoga. I was 23 years old. At first, I lived near another Bikram yoga studio in Boulder, which is no longer in business. When I moved to North Boulder and heard that there was a Bikram studio nearby, I was delighted. I took my first class and was hooked. I loved the view of the mountains from the studio, the way it’s tucked back off the beaten track, and the vibe in general.
I was certified as an instructor in November 2010 in San Diego, California. In teacher training, at the end of class when all 400 of us were lying in savasana, Bikram would occasionally sing. If you get the CD, you can hear his voice. Imagine listening to that after class with four hundred other people. It was awesome.
My practice of Bikram yoga keeps me in tune with myself and also in tune with my physical body. Being in tune helps me make sound decisions in life and in health—both big decisions and the small daily ones. This clarity has made my life more meaningful and fulfilling. I became an instructor because of my desire to be a part of facilitating this amazing process for others.
I’m originally from Connecticut but came to Boulder from New York City where I lived for nine years. I started practicing Bikram in Manhattan in December 2008 at the age of 29. I came to Boulder to pursue my Ph.D in Diplomatic History at CU and have been fortunate enough to mentor with Radha and teach as much as my academic schedule will allow!
My first interaction with Bikram was when I saw him speak in Manhattan and waited in the long line to have him sign my copy of his book. But that paled in comparison to my second interaction: getting up in front of the 430 Bikram yoga teacher trainees, visiting teachers, training staff, and Bikram himself to deliver the Half Moon pose dialogue. He smiled and said “very good, next!” which is precisely what you want to hear from him—no commentary, no criticism.
I started thinking about attending training about six months into my practice but wasn’t sure how I could make it happen financially and logistically. I finally made the decision to attend the 2011 spring Teacher Training in L.A. and will never regret it. I cashed in my savings and investments, quit my job, and left my husband for nine of the best weeks of my life.