Biography & Story
I am a native of central Ohio. I was born in Columbus, but grew up and have family in Licking County. I am a graduate of The Ohio State University and of course, I love the Buckeyes.
My Bikram yoga journey began in Miami in 2002. I was living and working in Miami Beach. My girlfriend at the time had been practicing and invited me to join. In those days I was working out at a gym and doing a lot of running. I had worked in the concrete business for about 8 years prior to moving to Miami Beach and I had certainly developed some “issues” with my lower back. I was also experiencing knee pain from all the running, so I decided to give the yoga a shot.
The studio was running a special of $30 for 30 days unlimited. I signed up and did what I now know as a 30 day challenge, meaning 30 classes in 30 days. I remember loving how I felt after class and being amazed at how quickly I became much more flexible.
After the 30 days I was a believer and I would like to say I spent the next 7 years keeping a “regular practice” of 4-7 classes a week. In truth I would spend months completely devoted to my yoga practice, then be away for long periods of time. It was obvious that I not only felt better physically when I was taking class regularly, but I was also felt much clearer and relaxed mentally. The yoga had helped heal my issues with my knees, I rarely experienced any back pain and I was a happier person when I got myself into the hot room.
In Spring of 2009 I was living in NYC and I decided to do a work study at one of the studios, hoping that by further immersing myself in the community I would get to class on the regular. It worked and a few months later I decided to take the next step in my yoga journey and attend the Bikram Yoga teacher training in probably the city that needs yoga the most, Las Vegas Nevada. I spent 9 weeks at the Hilton with 300+ other trainees and soaked in all I could from Bikram and his staff.
I started teaching in December at the Bikram Yoga Lower East Side studio in NYC. I went on to teach for the majority of the studios in Manhattan, some in Brooklyn. I worked for and was tutored by a wonderful couple in Baltimore who own 2 fantastic studios. I’ve guest taught in Europe when I was traveling abroad. I’ve met so many wonderful people and witnessed first hand what Bikram Yoga does for people.
It’s an amazing series and I feel very lucky to practice and teach it. I want to note that after almost 13 years of practicing and 6 years of teaching, it never gets old. The same 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises do the trick. Although the class does not change, my practice has evolved and as I grow and go through life the yoga helps me in different ways. So I experience the class differently and what challenges me in the room often reflects things that are happening outside the room. I work hard and suffer in the room, so I don’t have to suffer as much outside the room. Bikram has many sayings, one of my favorites speaks to this point. He ask “better to suffer 90 minutes, or 90 years?, 10 seconds, or 10 years? Pick your choice!” He can be tough, but his yoga gives me exactly what I need. I choose 90 minutes and I hope you do too!