2003 Champion

Lesli Lounsbury 2003 Gold Medal Winner

I started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2000. I was a gymnast at an early age, and then transitioned to a professional dancer at 14. When I started my career as a hairstylist, at age 24, I moved away from dance and refocused my energies towards Bikram yoga. I became a certified Bikram teacher in 2001. In 2003 I entered the Bishnu Charan Gosh Cup and was titled the 1st International Yoga Champion. Since it was the first year it was held, the women's and men's divisions were combined.

Since I became the Champion it gave me the opportunity to teach, demonstrate,coach and judge around the world in India, Japan, Australia, England and throughout the US. Winning the Gosh Cup changed my life because this Milwaukee girl, who had never been out of the country before, became a world traveler. I was privileged to meet inspirational people all over the world, and I had the opportunity to learn about other cultures. I was given the chance to work in Japan and India. I also visited London and Australia to demonstrate and judge Regional Competitions and International Championships.

I am currently teaching at Bikram Yoga College of India in San Diego, Ca. Us When people discover that I was the first Yoga Champion, it seems easier for me to inspire them to develop their yoga practice.