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Yoga to me has been a life-saver, making life a lot more balanced. My neck, which was damaged in a car accident, became pain-free. My shoulders are now more often than not my shoulders, not earrings. I have learnt to focus and be satisfied with what I can give on a class-by-class basis, and, more importantly, on a day-by-day basis. Just as long as I'm doing my best. I have extremely high standards and always try my best in all walks of my life. I will go the extra mile if that's what is needed. I truly believe that all ages can and should practice yoga, especially those from eight to nine years up. Life for young people is quite fast these days and more than anything they need to be in touch with their inner selves and know their limitations. My ultimate goal, coupled with my natural ability to read the body and quickly assess misalignments and potential weaknesses, is to train some yoga champions of the future, especially if Bikram's wish comes true and yoga becomes an Olympic sport.
Half Kiwi and half English, I am very lucky to have spent a lot of my life growing up down under in New Zealand, Australia and many other countries. You will usually find me up above the clouds at 40,000ft. That's my full-time job, flying as a long-haul flight attendant traveling the world. I am also a trained pole dancer and have ridden event horses my whole life, which I still do and love. I came to practice my first Bikram Yoga class in May 2006 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer in November 2005, a few weeks after my birthday at the young age of 22. Initially given 6 months to live, I was very lucky the chemotherapy worked, but I knew I had to do something to keep my body strong and healthy and that something was Bikram Yoga. Little did I know then that I would be practising this yoga for the rest of my life or that I was to become one of Bikram's teachers. After a year of solid practice, I went off to Hawaii for nine weeks of Teacher Training. Two or even three classes a day in Bikram's torture chamber, with Bikram himself!!! I have taught all over the world, including London, Los Angeles, New Zealand and for the last two years in Sydney, Australia. I am currently teaching here in Brighton, where I like to think my journey began. I can honestly say that Bikram Yoga has changed my life and I believe it is what keeps me physically and mentally so strong, healthy and flexible today. I now cannot imagine my life without yoga. You will have good days and bad days and your body will always be changing. Your yoga is a life-long journey; you will never reach the destination, so be patient, open your heart, follow your dreams and last of all remember to breathe! Namaste
My first Bikram yoga class was in April 2006. I loved it. My very first class was tough- the challenge, the heat, the discipline, the energy and the 26 postures. I knew I had found something very special. I also knew that one day I would to teach Bikram Yoga. That day is now here. Bikram Yoga is amazing both physically and mentally – the lower back pain that I had suffered for several years has disappeared, my stress levels have eased and I generally feel so much healthier. The most amazing benefit I find from Bikram Yoga, is that no matter what type of class you have, or how you were feeling to begin with, you always feel good after you have worked hard for 90 minutes, through 26 postures and two breathing exercises. I briefly tried other styles of hatha yoga when there was no Bikram studio in Brighton and although I enjoyed it, I realised how many more benefits there are from Bikram Yoga. As soon as CJ’s studio opened, I was straight through the door for the very first class! When the time was right for me, I made the life changing decision to go to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. I left my career and job as the Area Manager for Sussex within a public sector department to fulfil my dreams of becoming a Bikram Yoga Teacher. This was a huge decision, but definitely the best decision I have ever made. I am honoured to be able to teach Bikram Yoga to you all especially as I know how it will help others get the benefits from this amazing yoga practice. Improving you back pain, joint issues and a whole plethora of body issues.