I had just battled and conquered a rare life threatening illness, a type of Encephalitis which can attack the brain and/or spinal cord causing rapid physical and/or mental digression interrupting my studies of American Sign Language (ASL) in 2011. I was temporarily unable to walk without assistance, operate one side of my body or see and hear the world around me accurately. After extensive therapies, included but not limited to heavy steroid treatment, the Encephalitis I fought was resolved within a few months hospital stay. After restarting my yoga practice with some private lessons, and smaller sized tradition non-heated yoga classes, I was ready to step inside the hot room again. I observed that the more I came to class, the more quickly my central nervous system seemed to allow my senses of sound, sight and touch to normalize, my pre-existing anxiety became manageable, the strength lost on one side of my body returned, and my pharmacy was eventually completely replaced by practicing this sequence regularly.
Now, I use this practice to give myself daily peace of mind that the body is functioning, and I get to discover how with acceptance each day. The Bikram yoga method systematically allows the opportunity to work every part of the body. That fact inspired me to spread the countless healing benefits to others by completing RYS 200 Yoga Alliance teacher training in the spring of 2016, and I began instructing during the summer of that year. Mostly because of Bikram yoga, I was able to return to Sac State, to pick where I’d left off. I completed the coursework to earn a BA in Deaf Studies in December of 2016. I had indeed worked a bit throughout my recovery teaching piano lessons, however, now I have the career goal of improving Deaf access to yoga by joining a company which provides yoga instruction to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. However, for the time being I’m just taking life day by day, discovering the blessings the hot room can bring to me and others as a student and instructor.