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I started doing Bikram Yoga because a friend told me about how much you would sweat during class. That’s really what got my attention. I was doing running and biking; but I couldn’t sweat at all. Because of this, I decided to try Bikram Yoga. If it did work as my friend told me, I would have a new hobby, and if it didn’t, I lost nothing. Needless to say I now not only sweat but have also found a true passion of mine.
I used to constantly get sick. Now with the help of yoga, I am one of the healthiest, craziest people ever. Before becoming a teacher, I did yoga for seven years. My first two years I took things easy. I did class about three times a week. As my strength grew, I pushed myself even harder and began to take class seven times a week. Now, after completing training, I do class seven to ten times a week. While my friends and family think I am crazy for doing yoga so often, I know it is where I belong. Yoga keeps me happy; therefore my husband and children are happy (only because I am nice now).
I reluctantly walked in to my first Bikram Yoga class in 2008 after a friend suggested I go. I had suffered 15 years of chronic back pain and I was ready to try anything. After my first class, I was hooked! It took a lot of hard work but after six months of consistent practice, my back pain was gone—and it has never returned. The healing certainly didn’t stop there.
In 2012 I went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. I have been teaching full time since then; first in Bend, Oregon, and now with B3yond Yoga in San Diego. In 2017 I completed the Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher Training and love experiencing the way Yoga and Pilates compliment each other.
In 2015 I underwent a massive pelvic reconstruction surgery (Peri-acetabular Osteotomy.) They cut my hip socket apart and rebuilt me a new one. Needless to say this was a very serious recovery. I knew yoga was what I needed to get me from the wheelchair to moving freely. I did my postures in a chair until I was able to stand on my own two feet. I attribute my rapid and successful recovery to a dedicated yoga practice. My experience is a testament in using yoga to facilitate recovery.
Witnessing those extraordinary “ah-ha” moments keeps me intrigued and eager for more. I am humbled by this gift of yoga and love to learn and share to further connect with others.
I look forward to seeing you in class!
Rusty went to his first yoga class in November 2014 after a close friend suggested it as a tool to repair the mind and body. With the first inhale of pranayama, he knew he was in the right place. He attended the 105F/Siddhi School in the Fall of 2017 to promote health and wellness. Outside of his yoga practice, he dances and programs computers.
I started practicing Bikram yoga in 2011. My friend took me “to stretch” when I was a runner. I instantly loved it. I had carpal tunnel and back pain from being a hair stylist for many years. Anxiety and substance dependency had brought me to recovery. The physical meditation fit perfectly with my recovery. After only a couple of weeks I felt a huge difference physically, emotionally and spiritually. Yoga became a part of my everyday life right away.
In March 2018 I had an opportunity to go to Costa Rica for teacher training so I did! My training was through 105F/Siddhi a studio out of Chicago. I learned so much from their love, hard work, and discipline. I am always eager to learn more. Being on this new path as a yoga teacher has opened my heart and my world to many new life experiences and lessons. I look forward to sharing, learning and growing with all of you!
I began my yoga practice at the age of 15. I learned a few postures from watching yoga on PBS in the late 1970s. It was about 10 years later that I took it more seriously after many years of back pain due to arthritis. And then finally 10 more years passed when I finally found Bikram’s Yoga. The Bikram’s Yoga has made a tremendous difference in my life. Mainly, the stiffness, pain and inflammation from arthritis in my ribs and hips have almost vanished! After the first 10 Bikram Yoga classes I was interested in attending teacher training, mostly to challenge myself. After attending the Fall 2005 Teacher Training, I decided to teach. Along with my full-time job as a Meeting & Incentive Planner, I teach twice a week and practice yoga regularly.
I’m originally from Bangladesh and have lived in San Diego for most of my life. I’m currently trying to motivate my very large family to attend a Bikram Yoga class. Maybe some day you’ll see them all in class!
Not being a California native, I came here from a place where the people are warm but the winters are cold! People there like to say “I’ll try anything once… twice if I like it!” and if it’s good for you, “why not?” That’s exactly how I ended up here! I tried San Diego once on a February getaway and was warmed by the spacious Pacific shoreline, friendly weather, and diversity. After finishing up college studies of Public Relations and Marketing, I found myself trying it twice. With the exception of a hiking adventure stop in the Colorado Rockies, I rolled out here – cross country – in a VW bug. Interestingly enough, it’s the similar story with Bikram yoga! Before trying a Bikram yoga class my thoughts on yoga were ‘Hmm…. Definitely not worth my time!’ Throw in the word ‘hot’ and….’okay– NOW I’m curious!’. After my first class, I was convinced it was not just good for me, but Fantastic! My inner vitality was percolating from head to toe. For me, no other form of exercise had been this rewarding, which definitely made it ‘worth my time’. January 1st, 2010 I committed to a daily practice. Two months later, I was modestly thinking about teaching. By fall 2011, it all came together and now I can share the energy which has a positive ripple effect outside the hot room for everyone! So, if you love life and it’s good for you, ‘Try anything once… twice if you like it!’… Namaste! ~Monica
I was born and raised in former Czechoslovakia. I’m schooled in culinary arts, hotel management and marketing. After completing my degrees I decided to go to see the “world”. I came to the US as a chef and was enjoying it a lot and getting ready to open my own restaurant. At the same time I was doing some modeling which required lots of time in the gym. Being and chef and being a model is not the best combination. One personal trainer told me, that I need to stretch more. She told me about Bikram Yoga. In my first Bikram Yoga class I almost died, but that night I knew that THIS IS IT, and I was hooked.
I practiced a lot, I spent less and less time in the gym. People started asking me what I do different, because whatever it is, it works well. I had a hard time explaining how and why it works, so not even a year later in spring 2009 I decided to go to Teachers Training in Palm Desert. I spent 9 weeks there, the best time of my life. When I came back to Vermont, where I was still a chef, I realized that people in my restaurant loved me for about 90 min, while they were enjoying my food and having fun, but then when they left feeling stuffed and guilty, they kind of hated me for while. In yoga, people hate me for 90 min, when I’m telling them to do weird stuff with their bodies, but then they love me forever. And cooking people is much more fun! So a couple of months later I quit my job and became a traveling yoga teacher. I was traveling and teaching for about 4 months and my last “stop” was in San Diego. I planned to stay for few weeks, but somehow I’ve been here more than year. I guess I found what I was looking for, I’m home 😉
I’m loving my new life. It’s awesome to be able to share with people all that I’ve learned from Bikram and to see how their lives change. I still have a lot to learn and I’m willing to do so step by step, one breath at the time. I hope to see you all in hot room soon, NAMASTE 😉
Hello, my name is Maho and I have been attending B3yond Yoga since 2009. When I first began my search for a yoga practice, I was simply looking for a routine that could fit my lifestyle. My first class at this studio was discouraging because I did not think I could handle the heat and could barely figure out how to properly breathe. However, I kept coming and after a week of being persistent, I started feeling great after every class. The more I practiced the more I noticed my body changing, such as an increase in my flexibility. I also noticed that I was not getting sick nearly as often. As I continued my practice, I began thinking about becoming a Bikram Yoga Teacher and in 2019 I had the opportunity to go to the Raja Academy Teacher Training in Victoria, Canada, where I obtained my license to teach. I have begun teaching at B3yond Yoga and I am excited to continue teaching to help people heal and connect with themselves. Namaste!
Dawn has been practicing yoga since 2006 and from the first day she stepped on the mat, she fell in love with the mind, body, and spirit connection. Working in the high stress corporate career, the yoga room provided her the ability to disconnect from the outside world allowing her to turn inward and practicing self-study (svadhyaya) by removing all distractions.
As her practice progressed, she started realizing and witnessing the many benefits yoga brings and wanted to share her passion with others and became a yoga instructor. She is RYT500 certified and holds additional certifications in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yoga for Lower Back Pain and Yoga for Cancer, Cardiac and life threatening diseases. She is currently a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and studying to become a Yoga Therapist while balancing her corporate career, teaching, and studies.
In her classes, she creates a non-judgmental environment while encouraging students to disconnect from the outside world practicing self-love and self-care. You will often find in her classes she will weave in inspirational quotes and poems and uses aromatherapy (i.e. diffusers & sprays).
I went to my first yoga class in 2001 at a Bikram studio in San Diego. In the beginning it was all about the physical aspect. But quickly I realized that yoga is so much more than the physical practice. It’s also a practice for mind and the spirit.
Over the years I explored various styles of yoga and yoga philosophy; learning as much as I could from attending classes, taking workshops and self-study. In 2017 I took a 200-hour teacher training with an emphasis on Hatha and Vinyasa. At the time, my intent was to deepen my practice, not to teach. But throughout the training we had to practice teach and I discovered that I loved sharing yoga as much as practicing yoga. Since that training I continue to practice, teach, and learn. I have also trained in Yin, Nidra and Reiki.
Yoga has taught me to always be a student. I believe that though yoga we can learn a lot about ourselves and how we show up in the world; and it reminds us that we are all connected, separateness is the illusion.
Whether you are coming for the physical aspect, a spiritual connection or some laughs and community – I look forward to sharing time with you on your mat.
I bought myself an introductory Bikram yoga package for Valentine’s day in 2009, and I have been practicing the beginner’s series at least three times per week ever since. In the summer of 2008 there was a well-worn, taped together copy of Bikram’s 1978 edition of his red book outside a bookstore. I brought it home and read it cover to cover, intrigued. Six months later, living in a new town, I mentioned wanting to practice yoga to two separate people. They both pointed me to the local Bikram studio, and, recognizing the name from my book, I felt it was a sign. Yoga is an essential part of my mental clarity, health, and ongoing program of sobriety. Yoga makes the world a smaller place. I can find yogis in a hot room in so many parts of the world (if I am not too busy in my travels to take a couple of hours for myself).
I told myself that when I finally learned how to leave the mental drama off my mat, and I felt I could practice in the hot room with integrity and grace, I would be ready to teach. This process took many years. In 2018 I went to 105F Teacher Training. I now teach the Original 26/2 series. I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the B3yond Yoga Community in this way. It is a magical place. In January, I will revisit my teachers, Kathy Durham and Gianna Purcell, in Humboldt County for Gianna’s Maha Yoga 200-hour training. Yoga has brought so many gifts to my life. YOU are one of them. “May all beings be happy!”