I began practicing Bikram Yoga in Charlottesville, VA in the summer of 2008 as a sophomore in college. I initially stepped into the hot room expecting to find the anecdote for college weight gain and not much more. What I found instead was a complete mind and body makeover that helped me to love myself and pursue my passions. After graduation, I began working in an emotionally intense job as a mental healthcare provider in a middle school, and my daily yoga practice became the key to taking care of myself. I attended teacher training in the spring of 2013 and had the time of my life! (No seriously, ask me about training and I can talk for hours…) I moved to Richmond this fall to begin my Master’s of Social Work Degree at VCU. I am truly grateful to be a part of such a welcoming, dedicated and inspiring community here at BYR. !