I have been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2007. I have been a Bikram Yoga instructor since 2011.
I love the practice from the first deep breathing exercise in the first class I ever did, which was being taught by Bikram. I practiced for 7 years before making the plunge into teacher training. I was living in Brazil and practicing on my own, which made my friends curious, so I began to informally teach them. That experience motivated me to go to teacher training and learn how to instruct properly.
Even then I never imagined that the practice and teaching would become such a huge part of my life as it has. I love practicing because it makes me feel amazing! I love teaching because people love practicing and I get to facilitate that for them.
I was born right here in Boulder Colorado. My first Bikram yoga class was in 2004 at the age of 8 from Bikram himself. My mom was attending the first-ever Bikram Yoga Teacher Training and I came at the end of training for a trip to Disneyland. Little did I know this was just the beginning of a lifelong adventure with Bikram yoga.
I remember one of my first classes with Bikram: I was just a boy and only did the floor series at the time, but when it came time for Camel pose, Bikram told me, “Don’t let go of your heels.” He proceeded to pick me up by my lower spine, (with one hand, palm up), and then he walked me around the room and said, “This is flying Camel!”
I practiced this yoga from time to time between the ages of 8 and 13, but during high school I was involved in too many sports to keep up a practice. By 19, I had suffered injuries to both knees as well as my left ankle. This limited me from working out much at all for the next two years. After another attempt in swimming and basketball, I decided that the pain was too much, and I returned to my Bikram yoga practice in 2016. I have been practicing four or more times a week since then, including a time where I came more than 400 days in a row.
In fall 2017, I decided three days before training started to attend. I packed up my truck and drove to LA where I spent an amazing nine weeks at training. I love teaching this yoga just like I loved coaching kids’ sports. It’s helped heal me from several injuries, and it truly brings out the best in everyone—which I love that I get to see every day.