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 University of South Carolina, 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 psychological intensity led me to realize that I needed more balance in my health and well being. 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 then, and I chose a traditional posture class, which included lots of meditation. I enjoyed 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 longheld 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 well-being 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.