I was born in Scotland and studied Commerce and Human Resources. When I was 18 I moved to Sydney, Australia and continued my career in PR & Finance. At the ripe age of 55, I arrived at a crossroads in my life, and realised I needed to be open to new beginnings. My dear friend and hairdresser Guilanna, told me about Bikram Hot Yoga and suggested that it would worth looking into. I did, then signed up for a 10 day pass. She and Bikram Hot Yoga saved my life! The year was 2008.
WHAT BIKRAM MEANS TO ME
I admit that I was feeling apprehensive, not knowing what to expect, which in hindsight was a good thing. As the class filled up, I soon noticed my peers were from all age groups, both male and female, and were friendly towards each other, so I began to relax. The air was filled with anticipation, excitement and energy and I remember thinking, I belong here. Suffice to say, I fell in love with this yoga from that point onward – my whole body was pulsating, even my eyelashes. So I left that class feeling exhilarated and newborn.
HOW EVERYTHING CHANGED
As my confidence grew each day with my practice, the changes in my life, body, mind and soul began to take on a whole new perspective. All because I had more vitality, more energy and more strength. And I felt peaceful and began to acquire clarity with new found zest to live life to the fullest. So I knew this yoga was my destiny. I love it and know I can’t live my life without it.
I had been practising Bikram’s Hot Yoga for 2 years up to 6 times a week at this stage. Setting myself challenges and goals as I continued to grow stronger and younger every day. The desire to share this knowledge with others was immense and is the reason why I chose to become a teacher of this amazing wonder in San Diego, USA graduating November, 2010.
I would like to firstly give heart and hope to ‘my’ generation of folks, who think that life is over when you reach 50. Showing them by practising this yoga, their lives shall be richer, more meaningful, more fulfilling. They will be happier, free of ailments, sickness and worry. Secondly they will be able to instil in the younger generation how vital and beneficial this yoga plays a part in their lives, as they too grow. I’ve witnessed incredible changes from the students that I’ve taught and teach. Their stories unfold by simply trying their best and putting their toes on the line.
After completing TT in 2010 and returning to Australia to teach, I was given an incredible gift from my husband. We decided to ‘sell up’ and travel the world! This became a reality in June 2011. Travelling throughout the UK and Europe, I have been very fortunate to have taught in several Bikram studios including London, Bristol and Leeds in UK. Vannes and Bordeaux in France. Berlin, Kiel, & Munich in Germany. Oslo, Mexico and lately in my ‘birth’ country Scotland, as well as studios in Australia.
I am now 63 years young, life is fulfilling, each day is a new beginning, a blessing and I give thanks to my journey.
My favourite quote:
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou