Thank you for your soul, spirit and strength, Megan!
We were thrilled when Megan accepted our invitation to return to Bikram Yoga North Shore and spend some time here this month. Traveling around the world, but with Midwestern roots, Megan will finish up her time with us on May 4th. Before she heads out, we sat down with Megan to learn more about her and her fascinating life.
Why did you become a BY Teacher?
I became a teacher so I could help people actualize their full potential. It is truly my purpose in life, to help others. I am non-conventional in the sense that I could never work a nine to five job. This is the best possible way for me to make an impact on people's lives without selling myself short on my personal quality of life.
How did you come to be such a traveler?
I love traveling, maybe that's because I never really did it when I was younger. I grew up in a large family, so our family vacations were usually the Wisconsin Dells or our Northern Wisconsin cabin. The first time I flew overseas by myself, the plane experienced so much turbulence that people were screaming and audibly praying; people legitimately thought it was the end. We didn't crash, and somehow while it was happening, I thought it was hilarious. That was a formative experience. For me being a traveler means being able to adapt to any situation with as little freaking out as possible - kind of like being in a 105 degree room for 90 minutes. Got lemons? Make some lemonade.
What is the biggest challenge as a traveling teacher?
Well I will start with saying that is a hard question. Being a traveling teacher is very challenging. You have to constantly re-establish yourself as a teacher, friend, person, every time you relocate. You have to earn people's trust in a short period of time. I'm blessed to say that some of my nearest and dearest friends in the world are people who I have met traveling. In a sense the nomadic life brings us together. I would say that the hardest part of being a traveling teacher is having to say goodbye to these friends. Or I guess, until next time!
What do you love about Bikram Yoga North Shore?
That's an easy one. I love the people here at BYNS, this studio has some of the hardest workers and most friendly people in the world. There is something to be said about midwestern hospitality. I'm gonna miss you guys. Seriously. Thank you for welcoming me into your community.
Are you going to travel forever, or what are some of your long-term goals?
You sound like my mom :). I hope to never lose my zest for travel. There are too many places in the world to keep me in just one of them. In a perfect world, I would like to save up enough money to buy a little piece of land in southern Mexico, build an open air yoga space, some beach huts, a garden, and invite all my friends, healers, teachers, to come and trade skills. I would love to be able to have it be a shared space, and hand the key over from time to time so that I can keep traveling. You are all invited.
You've seen a lot of hot rooms, and a lot of students. What is the craziest thing you ever witnessed in the hot room?
The craziest thing I have ever seen in a Bikram class isn't what you think. Yes, I have crazy stories for days of people being freaky. People can get really weird in there. The craziest thing is the every day commitment of every day people. Especially when there students who are really, really struggling. I have seen my fare share of miracles, working with students who have incredible obstacles: obesity, lost limbs, blind people, addicts, PTSD, the list will go on, and somehow they keep coming back, they keep trying and they don't give up on themselves. You have to work to get what you want, and it's not easy in that hot room, but the fact that people see value in that is what inspires me. That is the craziest thing. They keep coming back.