I took my first Bikram yoga class in 2008 when I was a postdoc at Stanford. I can't say I loved it right away, but I went back within a week to take another class.
I enjoyed it but I was active in many ways, weight lifting, trail running, biking & snowboarding, so I only dedicated one day a week at first. Then something happened and I took a break. I started meditation, and after 6 months returned to the practice. My first practice back I noticed how the meditation and yoga supported each other, I spent 90 minutes focused on nothing but my own body, not a thought, not a concern, nothing outside of that room entered my mind. (No had told me yoga was developed to prepare the body to sit in meditation). It truly is a 90 minute moving meditation!
I bought my first annual membership in July 2012, a year after moving to Seattle to take a promising & prestigious corporate research position. I made it a goal to do 100 practices in that year even though I was going to be out of the country for 2 months and traveling for another 6 weeks domestically for work. I took my 100th class on my 365th day!
In that year, my job took a mental toll on me & I lost both of my dogs (due to ancient age) & my practice was where I found peace. The practice helped me when I left that job too & returned to San Francisco (11/2013).
After traveling through Asia with a backpack for the first 6 months of 2014, I came to MI. I was only stateside 2 months before I headed to Thailand in September 2014 for Bikram Yoga teacher training. I've been teaching since I returned in November 2014.
I love teaching. I am currently a part time microbiology professor at OCC. I even spent some time teaching Nepali children science & english during my time in Asia. Teaching this yoga is an amazing job. I have the opportunity to share my love of the yoga with others and watch it transform them & their lives, whether it's healing an injury, reducing stress, losing weight or running a marathon.
We often tell students who are new to the practice that this yoga will change their lives. For some this happens immediately, for others it may take a little longer. I wouldn't have thought, when I took my 1st or even my 100th class, that I would ever be teaching it.
This yoga is a blessing & a gift, as are you all. Thank you for sharing this practice & journey with me.