On Christmas eve 1994, I was rear-ended while driving home from college to spend Christmas with my family. The accident herniated a disc in my low back (L5/S1) and exposed a pre-existing neck problem (os odontoideum). The pain in my low back lasted for 6 months, even though I attended physical therapy regularly and had a few rounds of cortisone shots.
In April of 1996, I had surgery on my neck to fuse the top two vertebrae together, as the doctors said that I was a trauma risk in the event of another accident. This led to all sorts of other problems. I was in a neck brace for 6 months which caused me to lose most of my upper body strength. Ultimately, I was disabled for 18 months, doing rehab and waiting to find out if the bones had healed together.
In July of 1998, I reinjured my back doing sit-ups with a water polo team I was coaching. I did more physical therapy and had more cortisone shots. Again, it was to no avail. A friend of mine encouraged me, for months, to try Bikram yoga to relieve the pain in my back. From my perspective, I couldn't see how sitting around saying "ohm" would help my back, so I endured another seven months of pain before I gave it a shot.
In February 1999, I had my first Bikram Yoga class on a Monday afternoon. On Tuesday morning when I woke up, I had no pain in my back. It was miraculous. I absolutely hated the heat and I couldn't breathe, but my back didn't hurt, so I kept going. I knew it was good for me, even if I couldn't stand it. The pain in my back came back to a small degree, but then worked itself out completely within six months.
In the spring of 2003 (after four years of practice), I went through Bikram yoga teacher training. A year later, I purchased Bikram Yoga, La Canada.
Throughout my first pregnancy, I maintained a regular Bikram Yoga practice of 5 days/week. Previously, I had been told by more than one physician that with my back problems, I would be bedridden for the last trimester of my pregnancy. That never happened. In fact, I took my last yoga class at 4pm on Thursday and gave birth to my first child on Friday morning, with less than 8 hours of labor and no pain medications. I maintained a regular practice through my second pregnancy as well.
Rose Malmberg, studio owner
I have been teaching in one capacity or another for 20 years, since the Fall of 1998.
Fall 1998-Spring 2002 – Biology Teacher, Pasadena Unified
Fall 1998-Spring 2001 – Caltech Pre College Science Initiative –Curriculum Designer
Fall 2002-Spring 2003 – Math and Science Teacher at Odyssey Charter School
Fall 2003-Spring 2004 – Science Teacher at Dana Middle School, Arcadia Unified
Spring 2003 – Present – Yoga teacher of Bikram Method Yoga at numerous studios in So Cal
May 2004 to June 2017 –Owner of Bikram Yoga La Canada,
June 2017 to Present – Owner of Hot Yoga and More
BA in History from University of California, Irvine 1993
Preliminary Teaching Credential, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Teaching English as a foreign language, UCI extension program
CERTIFICATES AND TRAININGS
• Bikram Yoga Certificate in Spring 2003
• Inferno Hot Pilates with Gaubriella Walters in Ventura February 2017
• Pyro Pilates with Missy Jones in La Canada June 2018
Hosted three Regional Yoga Competition at Lanterman Auditorium for USA Yoga – 2007, 2008 and 2011 which required marketing and sponsorships, detailed timelines and agendas, connecting with ALL yoga studios in Southern California with invitations and posters, managing volunteers and procuring the site
Visiting Instructor – Bikram’s Yoga College of India from Fall 2003- 2015
Backstage Manager and Assistant for multiple International, National and Regional Competitions for USAYoga from 2007-2014
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