Before taking the plunge into the world of Bikram Yoga, I spent 20 years involved with elite level water polo as a player and a coach. I worked as Assistant Coach of the Australian Men’s water polo team, which allowed me to travel all over the world, including the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Despite the experiences there was something missing in my life, a hole that coaching couldn’t fill.
A great friend bought me a gift pass to Bikram Yoga in Brisbane as a birthday present. Walking into the room with years of weight training, swimming and competitive sport in my body, I thought yoga was just an easy stretch, a piece of cheesecake! Twenty minutes later, my whole body was burning and my mind was screaming for help. There was no escape. I had to keep battling through as you can’t leave the room. Lying in savasana at the end of my first class, dazed and confused, yet surprisingly relaxed and calm, I couldn’t figure out what had just happened. Driving home, my body felt the best it had in years and my mind was as clear as the cloudless, starry night. I had been bitten by the Bikram bug, there was no turning back.
Seven months later, on my way back to Australia after a soul searching five week trip to Europe, USA and Canada (which included Bikram Yoga at each stop); I decided to become an instructor. Resigning from my job as Head Coach of the Queensland Academy of Sport Water Polo program the day I returned to Brisbane, I booked a plane ticket to LA to join the Bikram Yoga Teaching Training program. Since graduating, I have taught in many studio’s all over the world, including full time positions in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Phuket and Mumbai.