Andrea Barnhill

Yoga Teacher

I took my first yoga class at the Bikram Yoga Natick studio in 2011 when a close friend said "come try this yoga." Turns out my friend grew up with Loretta, the mom of our studio owner, Maria! During that first class, my heart was beating so fast it felt like it was coming out of my chest, but I was so happy because the mental and physical effort combined along with the sweating, made me feel amazing. It took me a few years to build a steady practice but I realized the more I practiced, the better I felt.

At the time, I was working full time as an executive in health insurance, and I really needed the yoga both mentally and physically in order to decompress at the end of the day. I also quickly learned that the yoga helped work out some residual health issues I had from a serious car accident years before. As my work life got busier and after 24 years at one company, I realized I needed to make a change. Aside from being with my family (or on the beach), my favorite place was the yoga studio.

With the encouragement of Maria and Audrey, I went to training in the Fall of 2016. The training in Thailand was an amazing experience! The most important thing I learned was how lucky I was to have learned from the best studios in New England -- thanks to their great owners, teachers, and such a strong and engaged student community. It is this yoga community that gave me the courage to begin teaching in 2016. Now my passion can be both my medicine and my occupation. I think this is what they call "living the dream!"