As Bikram would say, the most important thing in your life, is your life
I first started practicing Bikram yoga in 2006. Through years of ignoring my body entirely, attending college and working in between classes, I felt stressed, at times unhappy, anxious, and desperately needed an outlet. I made up my mind to go to my first class alone, as none of my friends at that point in my life dared to join me! It was challenging to say the least, but the studio owner and teacher, in Flagstaff, Arizona, hooked me in with her energetic outlook, encouragement, and sheer positivism. My first class I fell in love with this yoga, which is so mindfully incorporated with the heat, constructed in a way to make sure the endorphins flow, encourage concentration, and the yoga reminded me to breathe. It was hard work, but entirely worth it, as words can hardly describe how good it made me feel. After spending some time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, working and practicing yoga, I was inspired to attend the Bikram Yoga teacher training held in Acapulco, Mexico by the fall of 2008. From there I taught in Asheville, North Carolina for some time, before moving abroad to study nursing in Eastern Europe. During the school breaks and summertime I taught in Stockholm, Sweden. I have finally returned to my roots in Richmond, Virginia, where I was born and raised, and am beginning my career as a Registered Nurse. I love how intricately the body and mind work, as well as the sheer resilience we all possess. All we need is will, and by changing our minds first, putting in the effort to heal ourselves, we may actually be healing the world. And as Bikram would say, the most important thing in your life, is your life. Namaste.