Brooke Sterling - Director, BYP

Brooke Sterling has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 1992. She was certified as a Bikram Instructor in the fall of 2000.

As a child Brooke was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) and was quite sick. Today she is doing well and attributes that mainly to yoga. One of her main goals is to be part of the effort to increase the awareness of the healing powers of yoga. Brooke wants people to understand that yoga is for everybody. It doesn't matter if you're old, young, fat or thin, sick or not. It will help you feel better, either a little or a lot."

Cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems, can be debilitating. It especially congests the lungs and reduces lung function, and it also affects digestion and makes it hard to get the full nutritional and caloric value from food. Brooke discovered yoga when she was 18 - it was one of the most profound experiences of her life. She knew on a guttural level that yoga was going to be "enormously useful to me on every level, from cellular and glandular, to helping me learn to focus" and that it was to play a key role in the day-to-day management of CF. "I honestly think that's why I'm alive. I don't take medicine unless I'm very sick and need to be hospitalized and then I'm very open to it, but the way I manage this on a daily basis is very much through yoga and attitude." She practices yoga five times a week and teaches three classes at the studio.

The impetus for opening BYP was to offer people a tool to feel physically better. Yoga effects everything including your energy level and it helps you think in lucid way. Yoga strengthens you and improves bone density. It improves every single thing, either a little or a lot.

Brooke has been featured in the Phoenix New Times. Read full article here.