A lot of people at training were returning to their home studio to teach there. Since I had practiced only in Thailand, I didn’t have that. So I just emailed Bay Area studios while I was at training and got myself in at Bikram Yoga Fremont, and Bikram Yoga Walnut Creek. It was so weird to teach my first class because I had never said more than one posture out loud in a row. I actually taught my parents and friends a few classes at home, which really saved me. I taught my first real class at Fremont and I didn’t tell anyone it was my first class. They didn’t really know the difference!
The Bay Area is probably denser with Bikram Yoga studios than anywhere else. I like to practice at different studios and get to know my entire community. I have found that many teachers teach at a few studios and all the yogis in the area are connected. It felt good to be part of that. I really loved getting to know two entirely different yoga studios and groups of students. I continue to study and ask questions and am really trying to be the teacher that would love to take class from. I practice everyday as well. Some of us get together once a week at Bikram Yoga Pleasanton to practice the advanced Bikram series, which is a really great time to improve postures since it is a more casual class of just teachers.
As you know, I am still on a mission to see the whole world, so I decided to be a traveling teacher for a while. I will see this yoga family again soon though!