All Bikram Yoga teachers have trained with Bikram himself for a 9 week intensive training course and have undertaken over 500 hours of teacher training.
I have been practicing Yoga and meditation intermittently since 2000. I discovered Bikram Yoga in Sydney in 2007 and absolutely fell in love with it from my very first class, and I did my Bikram Yoga teacher training in Acapulco in 2008.
In 2009 I had an accident and broke my leg and had to have 3 operations due to medical negligence. Most of my rehabilitation was done in the yoga room, my rehab therapists were really impressed with my range of movement, joint flexibility, and how quickly I got my leg muscles back.
I have spent a few months at a time teaching Bikram Yoga at the Bikram studios in Bali, Nice, Las Vegas, Sydney and now Kenya.
Being part of the growing Bikram Yoga community in Kenya and seeing the life transformation of my students is a great motivation in my life.
See you in the hot room!
Prior to practicing Bikram Yoga I was working as an EMT/FireFighter and also a personal trainer. I was very much into pushing my physical limits to say the least. In April of 2006 feeling a little bored and empty with my workouts in the gym and life in general I decided that I needed to start doing yoga again; I had practiced other forms of yoga in my early twenties. At the time I was living in Melbourne Florida and picked up a holistic magazine to find the nearest yoga studio. I happened to find a Bikram studio, I didn’t even know what that was and showed up in long yoga pants (instead of skimpy shorts and tops, which are better for sweating and seeing your body) I had never experienced that level of intensity and group energy in my life! I was in love with Bikram Yoga instantly. I wrote a check for the month and started practicing 6 days a week, driving 45 minutes one way. My life changed drastically: within a few months of practicing at age 28 I had never felt so alive! It was as though I was asleep my whole life and woke up and saw the world for the first time.
This challenging class showed me my inner strength and beauty. Also it taught me to be patient with myself and others. Patience was not something I possessed prior to my yoga practice. Especially as a mother of a 12 year old at the time, this comes in handy. This practice made me a better mother and a better human being overall. As the process of self realization for me began I decided to follow my heart and take the leap of faith and move to West Palm Beach, Florida to attend culinary school. When I told the studio owner of my plan she smiled and said “I think you are going to be a yoga teacher”. I chose that location because there was a certified Bikram studio nearby and I knew I wanted this to be a part of my daily life. Four years later after cultivating my practice and my new life in April 2010 I attended the intense 9 week teacher training with Bikram in Las Vegas, where I also met Emma and Karim. Two years after training here I am in Nairobi, Kenya to teach yoga and fulfill my dreams to travel. I absolutely love teaching Bikram yoga more than anything I have ever done before, watching the progress of the students over time and hearing their success stories inspires me and is confirmation of the healing therapeutic benefits that are possible through a regular practice of the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. This practice has kept me focused on what’s important through the tough times in life and to not sweat the small stuff (haha, no pun intended) Not to mention the energetic surplus gained from practicing yoga, meaning looking and feeling great as you age. Just remember its never too late, you’re never too old, too sick, too fat, too skinny, too poor to start over! You have no idea what your best really is yet, Bikram will show you!
I graduated from Bikram yoga teacher training in Spring of 2010, Las Vegas. The best part of my training was that I had the opportunity to practice Bikram yoga twice per day for 9 weeks. During that time I learnt the value of consistent practice and how it can transform your body and mind. Before I became a certified teacher I worked for over 10 years in the health food industry. During that time I noticed that the most common ailments people suffered from were stress and digestive related illnesses. After practicing Bikram yoga I noticed that my stress levels were naturally lower. I stopped grinding my teeth at night and I simply felt great! I knew that I wanted to become a teacher after I began to realise the profound healing effects that yoga imparts on the body, heart and mind. My passion is to share my love and knowledge of yoga and nutrition to help people regain a sense of physical, emotional and mental vitality. I believe that we are all beings of limitless potential and compassion; we only have to wake up from the limiting belief that we are less than that. In the words of Bikram himself, “it’s never too late”.
I took my first Bikram Yoga class in April 2008 and didn’t love it but felt compelled to go back, mostly for health reasons. At a posture clinic in December 2008, senior teacher Craig Villani offered the advice “Just show up.” That had a big impact on me because instead of thinking about the class, how hard it was going to be and debating going or not going, I just committed to showing up 5 times a week, no matter what. Bikram Yoga changed (and continues to change) my life, health, mind and body in such a profoundly positive way I wanted to inspire others to do the same and attended Teacher Training in Fall 2009. I have been teaching full time since then, in Canada (Manitoba and British Columbia), Bogota, Colombia and Monterrey, Mexico. I cannot imagine a life without Bikram yoga, or doing anything that fulfills me as much as teaching the series to others (their body, my energy and Bikram´s dialogue), so they can become a healthier, stronger and more self-realized version of themselves. I love teaching and practicing Bikram Yoga because it’s life-changing and non-exclusive, anybody can do it – just by showing up and trying their best.