Five years ago, a friend suggested I try Bikram yoga to help cope with my postpartum depression. Not wanting to resort to prescribed medications, I practiced 30 classes in 28 days. Not only did my postpartum depression go away, but I gained a new connection with myself.
In 2012 we moved to Temecula and I was at BYT on opening day! I had just been told by my doctor that I was pre diabetic, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and very overweight. I needed to make big changes in my life so I practiced 105 times in 105 days. It was one of the hardest things I had ever done. I did every posture the best I could at that time. Upon returning to the doctor for more testing, I found that everything was back to normal! I lost 40 lbs and as I continued I kept losing the excess weight. My doctor was blown away by the radical changes and asked if I had gone on a diet. I told her I had started doing Bikram Yoga. Wanting to share the love and passion I have for Bikram Yoga, I decided to go to teacher training in the fall of 2013 to help others experience the benefits of this practice.
Being a mother and a military spouse has kept me very busy, yet during the difficult times that I’ve found my practice the most gratifying. I often get so busy I don’t know if I will make it to class but I am always a better version of myself after I have taken class.
I am pregnant with my second child and feel the need to keep practicing. This has been the easiest and most enjoyable pregnancy! None of the typical aches and pains are there and I believe I owe it to my consistent practice. I’m confident my consistent Bikram Yoga practice is keeping me strong and my baby healthy as well as preparing my body for a natural and beautiful birth.
I have an amazing husband, and a beautiful six-year-old daughter who I love spending time with. They both know my yoga practice keeps me healthy and strong. This yoga is medicine for the mind, body, and spirit and I do not ever plan on stopping!