I had a really good friend that had been raving about Bikram Yoga for over a year. She felt great, looked great, & was overall really happy. I was planning a move to Jacksonville, FL for a new job & decided that would be a good time to try this Bikram Yoga my friend loved so much. I took my first Bikram class in April of 2011. It was LOVE at first SWEAT! I had always been active, but never really loved any of the activities I was doing to try to stay healthy. With a dance background, being a disciplined person, & my love of heat, Bikram was the perfect workout for me. The yoga made me feel great physically & mentally. I began to plan my life around my yoga practice. One month into my practice, I could not get enough Bikram Yoga. I knew I had to make it a larger part of my life. As I researched more about Bikram, I discovered the next logical step was to attend Bikram’s Teacher Training. After months of discussion with my family, I quit my job & left for Bikram’s 9 Week Teacher Training in Los Angeles. It was a fabulous experience & without a doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. I began teaching in Jacksonville & St. Augustine, FL in November 2011. Out of Training I was teaching & taking as much as I could & learning from my Studio Owners. Coming from a business background, I wanted to make more of this love of Bikram Yoga. My husband was always traveling to Columbia where his businesses were located. Tired of being apart so much, I longed to have both my husband & Bikram Yoga in the same place. So I decided to open a Bikram Studio in my home town, Columbia. Not only will I get to have my husband & Bikram in the same place; but I will get to share this amazing & healing yoga with the city of Columbia. Teaching Bikram Yoga has been such an amazing experience thus far. It’s so inspiring to see the transformation of students’ body, practice, & mental state. I am very much looking forward to bringing Bikram to Columbia & hope it will change the lives of those in the Columbia community as it has changed the lives of so many other people around the world. While building Bikram Columbia, I taught at Bikram Yoga Charleston, the only other Bikram studio in the state of South Carolina. I learned a lot from David Kiser, BYC’s owner & hope to emulate the wonderful Bikram community he has created in Charleston, here in Columbia.
I did Bikram yoga for the first time in January 2012 while visiting Lacy Carbone in Jacksonville, FL. When I left the class I thought everyone in there was insane & Bikram yoga was not for me. The next morning, I woke up feeling sore in muscles I didn’t even know existed. I couldn’t believe how much my body was affected, so I started doing research on the yoga. The more I researched, the more challenged I felt to return. I had always suffered from scoliosis & thought Bikram yoga might finally be the solution to my problems. I began practicing a lot at my home studio, Bikram Yoga Charleston & then went to work for Lacy as Studio Manager once she opened Bikram Columbia. My posture improved drastically and my back pain disappeared. With a lot of encouragement from Lacy, I finally decided to go to Teacher Training. I attended Teacher Training in the Spring of 2013. It was the hardest & most amazing experience of my life. I made some amazing friends & learned so much about myself. Bikram yoga has changed my life in so many positive ways & I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with others!
Yoga, Meditation and overall Wellness has been an integral part of my life for many years prior to Bikram Yoga coming into my life. In September 2012, my interest in pursuing some form of hot yoga peaked. I searched and read as much as I could learn and eventually came across Bikram’s book at the local library. While reading, I found myself connecting with many aspects of the yoga; it’s philosophical lineage, and the science behind it. I then searched to see where the closest studio would be for me to try, and Bikram Yoga Columbia was opening that next Saturday! I attended on opening day and continued each day after. After about 6 months of dedicated practice and much encouragement from my many great instructors, I found myself gravitating towards attending the Fall 2013 Teacher Training in LA. Now I am teaching here at Bikram Yoga Columbia SC!
Bikram Yoga has been an amazing vehicle for my own healing and transformation. Many years ago, I made up my mind to change my life path from an uncertain, uninspired and unhealthy trajectory. Having watched loved ones suffer needlessly from the personal and societal stressors of our sedentary modern life I knew that I had to make a choice, wake up and take responsibility. Thus, began my search and practice, and from the many offerings that made themselves available, life clearly led me to the ancient wisdom of Yoga, and eventually, Bikram yoga. In a relatively short period of time, Bikram Yoga has transformed me - physically, mentally, psychologically, and spiritually. I have had the privilege to see many others alike benefit from a system that is both approachable and non-discriminatory. I have seen and continue to see Bikram Yoga provide a practice for everyone from all walks of life; to begin anew, on a path towards health and Self-Realization. I have been nothing but amazed at the Bikram community - how it continues evolve and inspire others to share in its rewards. As a Bikram certified teacher, I hope to help grow this community by guiding others to rediscover the power of life and the power of the present, all the while regaining a respect for ourselves and humanity as a whole. Namaste.