Christiane took her first Bikram class with her sister in New York City shortly after September 11th, 2001. She fell in love…while fear and sadness overwhelmed the streets of New York – there was magic happening every day at Bikram Yoga. Christiane began a work/study position at Bikram Yoga NYC weeks after her very first class, and after her move to LA in 2005 worked at Headquarters directly with Bikram, Rajashree, and senior instructor Emmy Cleaves. Christiane completed Teacher Training in Spring 2011 in Los Angeles and then completed the pregnancy seminar with Rajashree in Fall 2011 at Kripalu. She also attended the advanced seminar with Bikram in Croatia in Spring 2012. Having trained to become a professional ballerina – Christiane had numerous chronic injuries, all of which she has healed through her daily practice of Bikram yoga. Prior to her life as a yoga teacher, Christiane was an actress, a singer-songwriter, and a producer. Christiane has had music featured on compilations around the world. Her debut album, Saltwater, garnered her a record deal with UK label Urban Angel for the UK + Europe and was licensed by several TV networks. She continues to enjoy playing live shows with her husband Joe Popperwell and on occasion her Grammy nominated cellist Dave Eggar. She has a BA from Duke University.