In 2010, I arrived at JSHY filled with negative thoughts about how I presumed my practice would be. “It’s too hot, I’m not flexible, I hate working out,” were a few of those thoughts. The physical practice was challenging, helping with aches and pains, while gaining flexibility. Mentally, I became focused in my practice helping me gain patience in everyday activities, such as my day job working with students with special needs. The spiritual aspect helped me connect to my inner self and the world around me. The challenges and blessings learned from hot yoga continue to teach me perseverance, determination, self-love, and the understanding that loving me is parallel to loving others. We are the same. This summer I went to Iceland and completed the 200hr Jimmy Barkan Method teacher training. It was a beautiful experience, in a miraculous place, with amazing people. Even in another country the mindfulness of the yogi transcends. Being a small group, we had individualized time with Jimmy, and alot of teacher preparation time. I learned so much from him and the others. I want to share it with the students at JSHY. This studio has been my home for 6 six years and it makes me proud to teach here among teachers that inspire, that I admire, and that I have learned from.