My first Bikram Method Hot Yoga class was way back in July of 2013 right here at BYHD! Yoga had always intrigued me in a magical "I'll never be able to touch my toes" kind of way and for some reason (despite feeling super intimidated!) I figured I'd give it a try. I had no idea what I was getting into, but after my first class - I knew it was something. WHOA!
Fast forward to April of 2018 and I've had a very difficult couple of years in the mental health department. I had been working my life towards a career I no longer wanted, in a field I was no longer passionate about. I was defeated, exhausted, and honestly just broken down. Since my first yoga class, I had only stuck with the practice on and off. I knew I needed something to ignite the fire within me again, something to help me find my way back to me again! THANKFULLY - One of BYHD's ads come across my Instagram feed for FREE YOGA for the Studio's 5th Anniversary Celebration Week and I was drawn into class.
It was fate.
Since that week, I haven't stopped.
The yoga has been with me every single day - in the Hot Room or out of it.
This Yoga is my anti-anxiety, my anti-depressant - my literal path to wellness. I have healed chronic neck and shoulder pain, improved my gut health, my mental health, my physical health! I have found my faith within this Yoga, I credit this Yoga for so much personal growth. In August of 2018, I said 'goodbye' to a career path in the Medical Field and became the Studio Assistant here at BYHD - this is my home. I will never find the words to thank Mica for taking a chance on me!
In the Spring of 2019 - I went to the 500-hour Level 1 Core 26 Teacher Training with Craig Villani and Raja Yoga Academy in Victoria, BC! It was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life.
I am honored to now teach this life-changing yoga and to have the opportunity to hold space for students, who very much like myself, may just need to find a way home - who just need some source of light. When I teach, I teach from the Heart - with compassion, empathy, and love - while keeping our Energy up! Come take class with me, I'd love to see you in the Hot Room!