I was stressed from my corporate job as a biostatistician and a friend recommended I try yoga. I was doing all the standard gym workouts and none of them were working for me. The closest studio to my house was a Bikram (Hot) yoga studio. In 1989 I took my first class and I thought my head was going to explode from the heat! In the final savasana I felt something I had never felt before. It was this amazing peaceful relaxed feeling while being completely present and alive. I was hooked from that feeling alone. I did a 60 day challenge right away doing 63 classes in a row. That challenge was amazing!
In 2002 I was laid off from my corporate job and decided to do the Bikram yoga training. Off I went to Los Angeles for 9 weeks of yoga training that was the most transformative experience I have ever had. It was life changing.
After the training, I taught full-time for years eventually ending up running a studio. When that studio was sold I went back to a corporate job with a new perspective. I still work for that company. I continued to teach on the side.
To further my yoga knowledge, I attended Loyola Marymount University and received a yoga therapy degree in 2015. Additionally, I became a reiki master and a certified gestalt therapist. I try to weave the knowledge from these disciplines into my class with a bit of humor to lighten things up. I believe that the Bikram yoga 26&2 class is the most healing class and is the best preventative medicine available.