Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Carrollton, Texas and in 2000 I received my degree in Graphic Design from University of North Texas. I now live in Richardson with my two wonderful kids.
How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?
I was introduced to Bikram Yoga in November of 2005. I was looking to alleviate lower back pain.
Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?
After competing in the Texas Yoga Asana Championship in 2007, I decided that I wanted to be a Bikram instructor. I feel so lucky to be able to help people heal themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually through the teaching of Bikram yoga. Practicing Bikram yoga has helped heal my body and develop confidence in myself.
What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?
I spend time with my kids. I’m also a creative director at a graphic design firm and I create for a wide variety of clients. I am most proud of the creative work done for the Bikram community. I’ve helped many studio owners launch their business and I continue to spread the word about the healing aspects of yoga through design and marketing campaigns.
What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?
My favorite pose in the Bikram series is probably Full Locust. I like the way the pose makes me use my back strength to lift the whole body in the air; the intensity is very powerful. Then, just when you think you don’t have any more you can surprise yourself by coming up higher at the last second before finishing the pose.
What advice would you give to any new student?
Listen carefully to the instructors words. If class gets challenging, try to calm your breathing.