I started practicing vinyasa yoga at the age of 16 back in my hometown of New York City. It took me hardly any time at all to get completely addicted to yoga, to the point at which I was ducking out of my internship at Forbes Magazine to take classes in the middle of the day! (But don't tell my old bosses that...) Unfortunately, my practice fell a bit by the wayside when I started drama school in Boston, as an incredibly demanding schedule prevented me from devoting much time at all to a steady yoga practice.
But that quickly changed in May 2012 when, on a whim, I decided to leave drama school, pack my bags, and move back to the UK. I had nothing waiting for me there but a friend's couch in Brighton, but I knew it was the right decision. Days after arriving, I stumbled upon the local Bikram yoga studio, and decided to give it a go. It wasn't easy. I sweated and stumbled through the 90 minute class, looking like a total idiot in my tracksuit bottoms and t-shirt. By the end, I was splayed out on the floor like a beached whale not entirely sure what had just happened to me, but I knew that I loved it.
I did a 30 day challenge right off the bat and quickly began to notice the near-miraculous effects it had on my knees, which have been badly affected by rheumatoid arthritis. It also massively helped me cope with the systemic immune-suppresant medication that I've been taking since the age of 5. The 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises stopped just being a practice for me and instead became a prescription. I didn't know how I'd ever lived without it. I decided at a very early stage that I wanted to go to teacher training after graduating university, and back in December 2015 that dream became a reality when I graduated from Bikram's TT in Thailand.
I feel so privileged to now be able to spread the magic of this yoga to my students and to watch their practices grow and evolve as they learn to fall more in love with themselves. I cannot imagine a more satisfying job.