I was born in Tehran-Iran and came to the US at the age of 15. I was introduced to Bikram yoga by a friend in 1999 who knew that I had a bad left knee from playing competitive soccer for over 20 years and that I had a wrist problem from working at my restaurant chopping tomatoes, onions, and cilantro for the fresh salsa that we serve every day. My friend was using the yoga to heal her migraine headaches and she told me it will heal your knee and your wrist. She said, “It is hard, challenging and very HOT!!!” “Just be patient, it is rewarding!”. I did not like it in the beginning, my friend forgot to tell me that it would be painful too.
After 2 months of practicing 3-5 times /week my wrist started to open and I could sleep without pain. I had spent years of sleepless nights! I became motivated and practiced every day. I was sold on Bikram Yoga! My knee took longer to open and heal, but after 5 years, I found that I could walk up and down stairs with out pain. You cannot put a price on that!
I decided to become a teacher not only to share this great experience with the rest of the world, but to get paid doing something I love. As you know it can get expensive! I graduated from Teacher Training in the Fall of 2009 and I have not stopped teaching since. I love my yoga family! Bikram Yoga has changed my life in such a positive way!!!