I first encountered Bikram Yoga up the street from my mom’s house about 13 years ago. I only took a few classes at that time, but it was enough to leave a lasting impression. When I needed a break from outdoor running in Mexico City four years ago, the memory of those sweaty classes returned. I found a Bikram studio not too far from where I was living and began practicing almost daily.
Later that year I came back to Boston for the summer, and Diane and some of her teachers talked to me about the Bikram Yoga teacher training program. I didn’t quite know why, but I knew I would become a teacher. It just felt right. And in the fall of 2012 I graduated from my training, which took place in Los Angeles. It was an intense and crazy experience, and one of the most challenging and rewarding of my life.
One of the great rewards of teaching this yoga has been experiencing a class from the “other side” of the podium. Witnessing the amazing strength and grace of the human body, the determination of the human mind and the softness and stories behind the eyes of the students have been the best parts of teaching for me. Talking and relating to students after class provides me with a daily reminder of how connected we all really are and of how nobody is alone, even when we are in a hot room, independently working through all of our stuff.
My favorite quote, which comes from a bottlecap, and I think has a great deal to do with my ideas about yoga and healing is: “The choice has always been yours.” I took my first Bikram class in 2001, but I wasn’t ready to feel good at that time. The universe planted the seed however, and when I was ready, I made the choice. I´m so happy and thankful that I did.