I first tried Bikram yoga in the fall of 2007 in Claremont, CA.
I have always been a lifelong athlete, so the intensity of the series appealed to me. I quickly fell in love, and those first nine months helped me cope both with writing my undergraduate thesis and with grieving for my mother who had died (at the young age of 51) less than a year before.
Over the course of four years, I have learned so much from my practice. First of all, I am more flexible than I ever would have dreamed possible. But more importantly, I learned to finally feel at home in my body, instead of disconnected and awkward; how to recognize stress and release it through conscious breathing; how to help my body heal from physical injuries. I have become more forgiving of myself, my body, and others.
I’m ecstatic to be a teacher. I LOVE sharing the wonderful benefits of this yoga, and helping others—particularly those who are joining us later in life—finally find a path to health and wellness. Outside of talking about and doing yoga all the time (all the time), I also love badminton, my two nieces, and all things related to Ireland (Up Cork!).