From the very first class I took in 2005, I felt an inexplicable freedom. For those 90 minutes I was allowed to surrender everything: fear, worry, depression, old ways of thinking. I was not only allowed to, the teachers insisted on it. Every single class, while uniquely structured, incredibly disciplined and challenging, is total freedom to let go of anything that holds us back. And let’s not forget healing! Physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually. It’s like magic, just sweatier.

In Spring of 2007, I decided to take the plunge and go to teacher training. I thank each and every one of my teachers for the inspiration to do so. They truly made me feel like anything was possible. They set the bar high and made me press on, try again, not give up. They told me things I may not have wanted to hear, at the time but definitely needed to hear and made me realize all that I was capable of, inside and outside of the yoga room. 11 years later (and counting!) it’s still the best decision I ever made.