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Jeanne’s journey to Bikram Yoga began with a deep realization that if she were to save her life she would need to change it, entirely. An actor and musician, she arrived in NYC in search of fame and fortune but instead found drugs and alcohol. Penniless and homeless, she finally checked herself into a long-term residential rehab facility where she lived for 19 months to detox all substances. But when she re-entered society, the physical damage done to her body from intravenous drug use along with her inability to be still and comfortable in her own skin was taking its toll. She didn’t know how she was ever going to stay clean and that was when she was introduced to Bikram Yoga. Yoga would turn out to be the missing ingredient to her recovery. She realized that if yoga had been brought to her while she was inpatient, her detox and stay there would have been that much easier. And so today, that is her mission; to bring yoga to all treatment centers throughout NYC to teach others – just like herself – that no matter how bad it gets, it’s never too late to start from the scratch, one posture at a time.

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