Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Kansas City and grew up in Centralia, Missouri (near Columbia).

How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?
I started practicing in December 2007, just a few months after Yassi opened BYR. I was struggling with the loss of my husband and raising my (then) 2 young daughters. Yoga gave me new purpose and helped me deal with my grief.

Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?
I went to Teacher Training in the spring 2009 because I wanted to be able to share the yoga that had such a profound effect on me and my life.

What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?
Spend time with family and friends and travel! I love to cook and bake too.

What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?
They are all hard! I love how all the postures work together to create a total body workout.

What advice would you give to any new student?
Just keep coming as much as you can! It is as much a mental as a physical practice. Don’t ever give up. 🙂