Marla found yoga after a diagnosis of PTSD and Eating Disorder NOS. She immediately felt relief from chronic depression and self loathing and began to save her own life. She is dedicated to helping all students on their journey to health and happiness with this yoga prescription. She is happy to make you laugh and smile while you sweat it all out.
Jessica began Bikram Yoga in December of 2001 as another way to "get in shape." Little did she know, this yoga would be the foundation for becoming the best person version of herself beyond the amazing physical benefits it provided. She credits the yoga for introducing her to the unconditionally loving and supportive yoga community, who has been there with her for all the laughter, tears, joy and pain, of the last 14 years.
Julie “Jules” came to Bikram Yoga in 2002 suffering from chronic back pain, migraines, anxiety and depression. She was affected instantly by the therapy of the yoga and headed to training. Jules uses her yoga to parent, support those in recovery, and maintain her health. Her soothing demeanor and voice make class a calming experience.
A former dedicated gym rat, Mark was forever changed after entering his first Bikram yoga class. He was impressed by the many different bodies, ages and abilities in the room. It was something he'd never seen. Mark loves to hear the on-going life changing stories of students. His wit and consistency are a stepping stone to his teaching.
Like many of us, Kara fled to class in 2005 in hopes to heal her severe back pain. She was so inspired by her healing she went on to become a Bikram Yoga teacher. Discovering how people find a way to work through their personal pain, Kara was drawn to study Clinical Mental Health and took a position at a local substance-abuse detox facility. We are excited to welcome Kara as our Substance Abuse professional in the Sober Yogis Program. Click here to join Sober Yogis.
After cancer took her husband's life, Stacy found her way as a single mother through Bikram Yoga. She forged through the darkest places and came out as survivor and teacher. Stacy's loving personality, positive attitude and lovely Texan accent make the 90 minutes a sweaty joy!
Facing many adversities, Jess walked in to her first Bikram Yoga class in 2008 and felt immediately assisted with clearing her head and organizing her thoughts. She was able to prioritize her goals and reconnect with her family. Jess was restored to her happy self and became a teacher to give back to her supportive community.
After a childhood filled with allergies and a bout of severe pneumonia, Alex's doctor prescribed Bikram Yoga. Since she couldn't breathe, she couldn't run, so she took the prescription and it changed her life. Helping her make it through college, the yoga became her way of life. Alex does everything with 100% dedication and compassion. If you look closely you'll see a tiny key by her knee cap. Yes, lock your knee.
Kristi came to yoga to heal her hamstring from years of running. During her 11 years of practice, she not only healed her hamstring, but began competing in the Cross Fit Games. She attributes her body's health and success to her regular practice. We don't call her Lunny Bunny for nothing, her positive attitude and steady smile will help motivate you.
Queen City is lucky to have Zoe, the owner of Bikram Yoga Stowe, on the weekly schedule. A lifelong Vermonter with a teaching stint in NYC, the yoga has allowed Zoe to continue her love of running without injury. Her accuracy coupled with her calmness make her weekly appearance a class you can't miss! Visit her at Bikram Yoga Stowe. Zoe is 37 weeks pregnant in this picture. See her again after maternity leave.
A ballerina for most of her life, Mary found Bikram yoga in 2001. Not only did the yoga help her heal her curled up ballerina toes, she has used it for over a decade to rehab from hip surgery, knee surgery, and pregnancy. Mary's Physical Therapy and Ballet Instructor professions make her classes informative and fun.
After taking her first class in 2001, Thembie was hooked on the immediate benefits. Hailing from Swaziland and forging her way as a single mother in Vermont, Thembie used this yoga to relieve stress, relax her body from her career as a masseuse, make close friends, and disguise her age! If you're lucky, you'll hear this respected elder sing at the end of class in her native tongue, Swazihili. Thembie is taking a teaching sabbatical in New Zealand, catch her in 2018.