In 2008 I moved from Tasmania to Perth to work with a young autistic boy and his family. I had been working with children on the spectrum of autism for a few years prior to the move. I stopped working as a therapist a few months after I moved to Perth, and spent a couple of years enjoying the advantages of casual work, allowing me to enjoy the relaxed and sunny Perth lifestyle.
I started Bikram Yoga in the winter of 2009. I wanted to excercise (even though all my life I had hated exercise) and I wanted to make some connections in Perth, as my family and friends were still in Tasmania. It was in my second class that I knew I wanted to teach Bikram Yoga. For me, the yoga gave me strength and a confidence in my body, that I had never before experienced. The changes I began to experience, both physically and mentally, began immediately. It challenged all of my fears, and I became mentally and physically strong. I began to accept myself, and take better care of myself. Even now I still have moments when I am thinking "wow, did my body really just do that?!". It still amazes me how many things we CAN actually do, that we think we can't.
I went to the Spring 2010 Teacher Training in Las Vegas. It was the most amazing experience, and my entire time there reaffirmed that I was on the right path. I was supposed to teach this yoga. I am now back in Perth teaching and it is the most amazing job in the world. I am forever grateful to the Perth Bikram Yoga community for giving me the opportunity to teach, and I feel honoured to be able to share the experiences that Bikram Yoga offers with the rest of the world.