It was my younger sister who dragged me to my first Bikram yoga class in November 2009. During this class, I remember we both started laughing so much because we really thought this was crazy. We still talk about this class today! It was the hardest and most challenging thing I had ever done - but, I went back the next day and practiced consistently for the next two years.
I completed teacher training in fall 2011 and it’s the best thing I have ever done. Every time I teach, I get to share what I love and most importantly, I get to help people heal their body and mind.
After 3 years of teaching, I was lucky enough to buy and run the Richmond studio. It truly is the best job in the world and I cannot imagine it not being part of my daily life.
This yoga gives me a feeling of inner peace, it strengthens your mind, changes your body and your life. I am so passionate about teaching and feel so grateful to be apart of something that has such a positive impact on peoples lives.
I couldn't have found this yoga at a better time. I'd been playing professional Water Polo for the previous decade and was coming to the end of my career.
Bikram Hot Yoga is a challenging class to do but also to teach, however nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing the look in a student's face and knowing deep down that despite the sheer struggle they are going through it is having a profound effect on their quality of life.
I have worked for Qantas in Baggage Services for the past 8 years and am that guy that gently handles your luggage like a newborn.
I have been fascinated by health, fitness and the human condition seemingly forever. For many years I was a footballer, a competitive runner and spent a great deal of time in gyms focusing on strength and conditioning.
My Yoga journey began 5 years ago using books I had borrowed to create my own sequence of postures. Then around 3 years ago, the start of 2013, I was introduced to Bikram Yoga and I thought WOW this is fantastic. So I made the commitment to become a BY Teacher and am very grateful to be part of our wonderful Bikram Community.
I began practicing Bikram Yoga in 2008, after a nervous entry into the hot room, I quickly began to see results, and these surprises were soon followed by heightened energy levels, clearer skin, a much quietened mind and deeper sleep.
I became dedicated to my practice and naturally felt the next progression was to become a teacher. One of the best decisions I have made was to attend Bikram Yoga Teachers Training in Las Vegas 2009. Even though I made some wonderful friends, one of the most important outcomes from training was the confidence I developed.
Prior to attending training, I did not have the ability to speak in front of a large group. Now I find it inspiring and energising to teach a class, big or small.
Alarm sounds. Nutritious breakfast. Cycle to work. Hectic shift. Shoulders are tight. Race to the salon for my hairdressing appointment. I hope I make it to my yoga class on time today. Head to the studio. Slide into class, five minutes to the hour. I lay down on my mat. Mmmm. The heat is like a blanket. But have I really got time for this today? Maybe I should have gone home and done my laundry, paid those bills before dinner.
The lights come on. I stand in the middle of my mat, From the moment I hear 'Start Please' all bets are off! 26 postures in 90 minutes. I'm re-energised, re-vitalized and reorganized.
I used to wrestle with my daily life, Bikram Hot Yoga taught me to dance with it.
Originally from Wellington I discovered Bikram Yoga while living in London and working in marketing.
On completing a 30 day challenge I started to realise how important my
practice was becoming in my life and moved to Berlin, where I decided to become a teacher.
After returning to Wellington and teaching for a couple of years my partner and I decided to cross the ditch to Melbourne. We feel very fortunate that we can live in such a diverse and engaging city.
Sharing my love of yoga through teaching and practicing continues to amaze me. I look forward to many more happy (and hard) times in the hot room.
I went to my first class of Bikram in November 2005, after the 3rd class I wanted to know how I could teach it. It was that instant. I went to teacher training in April 2006 and have been teaching ever since. This was the first thing I had done since retiring from tack and field (110m hurdes) that had the similar mental aspect to it.
I like having the constant challenge that a Bikram yoga class brings. Being able to teach this yoga to other people is the best thing I have done. Its a great honour to be able to be a part of helping people on their personal journeys everyday.