My parents first introduced me to alternative approaches to health and well-being at a very young age; this has influenced my life in significant, positive ways since then. I will be forever indebted to them for helping me understand overall health as the foundation of success in all areas of life.
Shortly after graduating from college, I moved to Chicago because of my interest in the financial markets. As a floor trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, I found that hectic days of physical and mental stress led me to realize that I needed balance in my life. Though I exercised regularly, something was missing.
It was during this time in the mid 1980’s that I took my first yoga class. Yoga was just emerging in the US, and all that was available then were traditional posture class, which included lots of meditation. I found myself attracted to the meditation and pursued that in great detail, studying and practicing varied forms of meditation, which I have continued to this day.
In 2007, upon the suggestion of a close friend and colleague, I tried a hot yoga class in Chicago. This was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Hot yoga combined the mental and spiritual elements of meditation with the endurance of sustained physical exercise. This was the balance that I had been looking for and I was immediately hooked.
My long held dream was to move back to my hometown of Greenville, perhaps upon retirement from finance, and open a yoga studio as my new business. Two events totally changed my perspective on waiting to pursue my dream; my job was eliminated in the banking meltdown and my mother passed away. Both of these life-changing events occurred within eight weeks of each other between the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009, and led me to take a hard look at my life.
I came to two conclusions: to live in Greenville and open a hot yoga studio to share this amazing practice, with a plan to do both in 2010. What better way to live one’s life than in the company of the greatest communities of people in the world—Greenville residents and those who practice yoga?
2009 was a whirlwind of workshops, conferences, and teacher training. I chose Baron Baptiste for my teacher training, because I am inspired by his yoga practice, and my great teachers, Beth and Terry Kiely, use his approach in their own Chicago studio with strong success. I completed Baron Baptiste Levels I and II teacher trainings in the summer to become an Associate Baptiste Instructor. It is my hope that Southern Om Hot Yoga Studio will offer everyone an opportunity to find a path of health and wellbeing in life. Using the Baptiste hot yoga approach, Southern Om provides a very vigorous style of yoga that incorporates breath and movement in a heated room to promote detoxification, flexibility and concentration.
Please join me on the path for self-discovery and the community for friendship through this yoga practice.