I started my practice in 1992 at Bikram Yoga College of India, the first Bikram studio in the United States, and fell in love with the practice. I attended Teacher’s Training in Spring 2008.
In 2017 I had the opportunity to live at the Gosh Yoga College in Calcutta, and taught the therapeutic side of the lineage. Living at the school and learning from Muktamala Mitra, granddaughter of Bikram’s guru, Bishu Gosh, gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation of the lineage and of the Bikram practice. It’s an honor to teach this style of yoga.
Bikram Yoga addresses everyone’s clinical features from “inside out bones to skin fingertips to your toes” using therapeutic asanas and two breathing techniques. These asanas can be used as healing modalities, which gives you a deeper understanding of how the practice affects your body physically, mentally and spiritually.
The asanas are designed to balance the energy of the human body maintaining health, longevity, youth and vitality throughout your life.
Every time you practice it’s like putting money into a bank: you collect interest with each class and you will begin to see and hear your true best self, learning and understanding your own inner wisdom and trusting the voice of your true self. What are you waiting for? Come take class.
Before I found yoga, as an artist, my mind was always full of ideas, looking for inspiration. After my first Bikram class, I knew I found an active way to meditate ~ holding still in balance, not only physically but more importantly my mind. In 2012, I began to share the Bikram teachings and practices with you, my friends. In time, through stillness, the benefits of my journey inward have led me to study Yin Yoga and Chakra Meditation with Paul Grilley.
From the study of our physical body, to getting in touch with our universe within, we are able to recognize the importance to quiet your mind and dive deep into your inner Self. Be awakened to your own truth and align that truth to your daily life, you’d transform into living a conscious life. With sincerity, I am here to serve those in need of finding peace.
Yoga is more than connecting the body and mind, Bikram Yoga is also an open-eyed meditation. It’s about creating and sharing energy with the people around us.
In Fall 2016 I attended Bikram’s Teacher Training and taught in Thailand immediately after training was finished.
Since then, I have been teaching wherever I have traveled: Australia, Philippines, Hong Kong, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and here in California – Being Yoga, 2018.
With proper set-up and alignment, magic happens in each posture! I found clarity, headache-free and blood pressure is back to normal.
See you all @ the hot room!
I first discovered Bikram yoga in 2006. Initially I was looking for something calm my mind and ease my anxiety. It was not at all what I expected, but it was exactly what I needed. When I started, I was out of shape physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Gradually this yoga helped me heal mind, body, and soul. I kept showing up on my mat and I got to know myself. There was a feeling of connectedness and purpose that I hadn’t known before. I’ve now been teaching this yoga for over a decade, and it continues to amaze me how powerful and transformative this practice is and how much I love sharing it with others.
Yoga is about unification, or connection, and as a certified yoga instructor who has studied under master teachers of various yogic traditions for 15 years, I try to weave a tapestry of instruction so that students can find a thread—a connection—between their personal goals and each class dialogue. Drawing from these multiple traditions, I try to create a friendly, warm environment where every student feels safe exploring and expanding his or her own range of physical and emotional capabilities. It is my intention to gently motivate students to move past their fears and self-doubts and discover their untapped potential, on and off the mat. And, it is my hope that students leave my class feeling healthier, stronger, more confident and more connected in body, mind and spirit.
My yoga journey began in 2000 when I stepped into my first Bikram class. Early on in my journey I discovered the practice brought me a feeling of peaceful exhaustion, an amazing feeling I’d lost over the years. Along the way I developed a calmness and awareness which always evaded me. As my practice deepened, I knew I wanted to share the amazing benefits with others. That day finally came, and in 2013 I graduated from Bikram’s Teacher Training in Los Angeles, Ca. Along with my background in bodybuilding & fitness, I’m also certified in Restorative and Vinyasa Yoga.
With my guidance and encouragement, students will learn to get in and out of the postures correctly; they’ll learn to trust themselves, push further, test new waters; they’ll leave class in a yoga bliss.
“Within each one of us exists a warrior and a yogi. A Warrior, who will push through and overcome, who is determined, who will achieve; and A Yogi, who is the most tenderhearted and compassionate being.” Kelli Russell
My journey started more than 25 years ago, the journey of yoga! The results I receive from a routine practice are always beneficial for mind, body and spirit. My teaching or instructional practice started 15 years ago. I do not own what happens in the yoga room, it is a gift that I so humbly receive. My appreciation and gratitude never ceases.
I never tire of watching students (beautiful people) come and do their practice. They inspire me and teach me to teach them. The energy is pure and amazing. Yes, we work the body, but the mind is being disciplined, and there is the beauty and strength of yoga! A lifestyle medicine, helps keep you even. And it is never too late to build the mind and body that you want. You are not stuck with the one you have. Come to Being Yoga and find these benefits for yourself! See you there! Blessings! Diana.
Edwina, aka Eddie, has been practicing and studying Yoga for 15+ years. She lives her dharma teaching the art of yoga in the hopes that her students reconnect with their true Self and feel good about their WHOLE BEING! Edwina encourages her students to have fun in their yoga exploration, to embrace practical mindfulness and to embody a deep sense of fluidity in their practice while they shift beyond their perceived limitations and mental blocks.
Edwina’s varied skill set include : Vinyasa, Bakti, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin, Pre+Post Natal Yoga, and Advanced Levels. E-RYT Yoga Tree Alumni.
“See the world as yourself. Have faith in the way things are. Love the world as your self; Then you can care for all things.” Lao Tzo
What to expect from Erin’s class…results. joking 😉
You will be guided through Erin’s class with kindness and heart while not realizing you are working harder than you thought you could. She likes it hot but will definitely cool you down with a sweet song at the end.
Jessica started her yoga practice at Being Yoga in December 2008. While practicing yoga, she found community and gained the courage to meet herself where she was at on the mat (through the good and the bad). The lessons she learned on her mat, thanks to the sage teachers and the support of other yogis, is what she carries with her when she’s off the mat. Outside of yoga, Jessica is an educator and Career Coach, where she combines lessons from the yoga practice when working with clients and vice versa (www.jessamoment.com).
She completed her RYT 500 at Yoga Garden SF and teaches Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Post and Prenatal Yoga. In her class, she encourages the importance of self-care so that students are able to meet themselves where they are on and off the mat. She believes that it is from there, where one can begin to work with compassion and healing hearts.
My yoga journey started in 1999 to relieve back pain. Yoga worked immediately, I can now manage tweaks in my back with the stretching of yoga. When I retired in 2001 I did more yoga and went on bicycling vacations. When I hurt my knee and couldn’t ride every day I started going on yoga vacations. On one of the yoga trips to Tulum Mexico, with other students from Being Yoga, watching the sunset, I said if Paula can be a yoga teacher so can I. Four of us said we were going to teacher training. One year later on the annual studio retreat to Tulum, I was a certified Bikram Yoga teacher (Fall 2004). Yoga would eventually heal my knee and now I”m able to ride every day and go on bicycling vacations. Becoming a teacher lead me toward being more passionate about embracing life’s experiences. Yoga and teaching is a part of who I am.
Julie’s interest in yoga developed as she realized that yoga is not only tremendously beneficial for the body, but has healing and calming effects on the mind as well. Her desire to explore the traditional and spiritual aspects of yoga sent her to Nashik, India where she lived and trained in the ashram Yoga Vidya Dham. She has been teaching and continuing her studies throughout the SF Bay Area since 2009 and returned to India in 2013 to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram.
With her background as a registered nurse, Julie has exceptional knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. She combines her studies of Hatha, Restorative and Yin yoga into a gentle yet powerful practice, emphasizing the therapeutic and meditative aspects of yoga. Her intention is to guide students through an experience that leaves them with a deeper sense of well-being, presence and joy, and with a stronger connection to themselves and the world around them.
Julie’s other interests include dance, travel and writing. She is a professional Polynesian dancer, flight attendant and a budding blogger! In addition to teaching yoga, she’d like to be of service by sharing some of the life tools that she’s found most helpful in the form of writing, audio meditations and (eventually) yoga videos. www.rainbowsarecircles.com
Kristine Damico is a former firefighter paramedic who began practicing yoga in 1998 to relieve stress and stretch on a deeper level. Once she started she never stopped. She finished a 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training at the White Lotus Foundation in 2000 and went on to do their Advanced Teacher Training; in 2001 she completed the 500 hour Bikram Yoga Teacher Training and has been teaching ever since. She has taught in many cities throughout the United States and makes her home in Santa Cruz, CA. Kris has a diverse yoga background having studied in the practice of Bikram, Vinyasa, Yin and Iyengar. She has additional training with Baptiste Power Yoga, Jivamukti and the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco. She has attended many workshops and retreats and continues to learn and grow her personal practice keeping classes fresh and creative. She is a Certified Nutritionist and loves to empower others with knowledge to be at their best. When she’s not on her yoga mat, she’s out riding mountain bikes or hiking in the forest.
Lisa is a California native and fell in love with yoga in 2004. After practicing for several years, she decided to become a yoga teacher while living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Lisa believes yoga is more than a set of postures; it is healing practice which allows for a deep connection with our higher selves. Lisa draws on her own spiritual journey and passion for yoga to create rich and dynamic classes. She enjoys empowering her students to test the limits of their minds and bodies. Her classes are upbeat, joyful and nourishing aimed to open the body and soothe the soul.
Bikram Choudary said “you are never too old, never too sick, and it’s never too late…”
I began my yoga journey ten years ago at age 58 (never too old), I practiced through cancer treatments, (never too sick) and became a yoga teacher 5 years ago, (never too late).
I am trained in and teach multiple styles of hatha yoga, vinyasa, flow, yin, restorative, and Bikram’s 26 poses. My students range in age from 4 to 99 years; kindergarten to those in assisted living. I teach and enjoy working with trained experts and students new to yoga.
Yoga is more to me than exercise. It is a way of life that brings body, mind and spirit together. It is my passion. I try to bring a fresh energy to every class and share that with everyone there. In return, I draw energy from the students.
“No one starts out excellent. Allow yourself to be a beginner.” Start now!
Manny is a dedicated yoga practitioner, teacher and student. She started her yoga practice in 2004 and since then got certified to teach several styles of yoga including Bikram, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Hatha, etc. Aspiring to help people lead healthier and happier lives, she teaches with compassion and prioritizes her students’ safety and well-being. Manny naturally teaches with high energy to push you beyond your comfort zone but also offers modifications so that the asanas are accessible to practitioners of all levels. She sneaks in gentle reminders to be present in the moment and nuggets of encouragement to get you through class and feeling great about yourself.
Marialena is a certified Bikram Yoga teacher since 2004. Alongside teaching yoga, she is also a psychotherapist. She views both psychotherapy and yoga as avenues to help people come into their truest form. Her classes incorporate wisdom from both on and off the mat.
Mary practiced Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years, and a knee injury during this martial art practice brought her to discover the healing power of Yoga. Since this transition, Mary has been practicing and teaching Yoga in the Bay Area. Mary completed her training and certification with Bikram Choudhury in 2001. In addition to Bikram, she enjoys studying other Yoga styles. She teaches Yin, Flow, Bikram, and private classes weekly. Mary meditates daily and brings this experience into her teaching through the powerful vehicle known as “stillness.”
Melissa Redd is a Certified Life Coach and 500 E-RYT Vinyasa Yoga teacher with an emphasis in Ashtanga, Yoga Nidra and Energy Healing. Melissa first found the practice of yoga to heal her many physical injuries due to years of high impact aerobics & triathlon training. She then discovered the deeper mental and emotional healing power of yoga post a divorce.
Melissa inspires mind, body, spirit wellness and healing at her Health Retreats in Half Moon Bay, Mexico, and Hawaii. You can find more about her at www.pureluxuryretreats.com.
I have practiced yoga since 1988 when I took my first Yoga class at San Jose State University. Since then I have explored many different styles of yoga. I have benefited not only from improved general health in the body, but also the calming and centering of the mind.
I began to think about ways in which yoga can affect a positive change in the world. I decided to begin giving back through participation in Yoga for Hope which is a charity event raising money for cancer and AIDS research.
I decided to go further and deepen my practice in 2014 with a 200hr teacher training with Wanderlust that explored a well rounded and complete look at yoga. I was amazed with how learning so much about yoga philosophy and meditation just made me want to learn more. I continued my studies earning certification in the Hot 26 in October of 2015, and completed my 500-hour advanced yoga teacher training with the Avana school in April of 2017. I continue to study yoga, advancing my teaching toolbox to include Yin in 2018.
I am interested in sharing with the community the connection between breath, mind, and body which brings health and peace of mind.
I continue to keep yoga a dynamic influence in my life by studying Sanskrit, luminous soul and advanced asana training. I love to learn from other teachers and explore all that yoga has to offer us.
Off the mat, I am a wife, mother of three girls, full-time RRT, and student of life.
Nadia Sheibani started practicing yoga 7 years ago. Her journey began with hot yoga (Bikram yoga) when a friend took her to a free Bikram class. The heat was not bearable at first but being a fixed believer of “if there is a will, there is a way” she continued and still does. Nadia discovered other yoga disciplines later and heat and the 26 postures were the foundation of a broader yoga practice and learning. Nadia earned her RYT200 hour certificate with Yoga Source, Los Gatos and started teaching at Being Yoga in 2012.
Nadia is a firm believer that yoga is for everyone regardless of age, body structure or disability, it can be tailored to you and for you. Her teaching is based on foundation, alignment and logic with some fun. All age groups are welcome in her class.
Nadia is registered with Yoga Source, Los Gatos for the 500-hour certificate and continues to teach and learn as the journey of yoga never ends.
I found my passion for yoga around 2000 after taking my first yoga class. I walked out of it with a profound sense that I had just encountered a turning point in my life. And indeed I had. Almost immediately, my yoga practice gave me a sense of belonging, an interconnectedness with other beings and the environment, which in turn began enriching my life with health, compassion and peace.
In late 2007 I left my corporate job and took a teacher training program and began teaching yoga since then. In 2011, through the suggestion of a friend, I tried Astanga Yoga and have found it more than what I wanted or hoped for. The simple, precise and disciplined practices in these traditional, lineage methods have changed my outlook on the yoga practice, so that I have stopped seeking any other forms of yoga and devoted myself to this ancient practice. I want to share with my students my increased love and passion of this practice through my Bikram, power, ashtanga vinyasa flow that I currently teach at various studios in the bay area.
Susan is psychotherapist, yoga instructor and mindfulness meditation teacher. Her introduction to yoga began at Being Yoga, with a Bikram class in 2000. Today she is a RYT 200-hour yoga instructor, with certification in therapeutic restorative yoga and Hot 26 series. As a therapist in private practice, Susan recognized the value of integrating her experience of yoga and meditation in her therapeutic work. This led to her first teacher training in Therapeutic Yoga. An offer to teach a class revealed a passion for teaching. Susan actively creates a safe space for students to be where they are and experience whatever arises in the moment. No matter where you are on the path, her classes will guide you through with careful and continual instruction, helping you deepen your practice and achieve your personal goals.
My first Bikram class was at Being Yoga in 2008 and I knew nothing about Bikram yoga or any other yoga before. Bikram yoga helps me to fight stress, stay young, think with more clarity, feel more energy, and stay healthy. It has become my physical therapy and a permanent part of my life. I completed multiple trainings: Hot Yoga Teacher Training, Advanced Vinyasa training in Bali, and Inferno Hot Pilates training, Hands of Adjustments and Yoga Philosophy training. I love to teach and feel compassion for every single person in each class and I want to treat students with kindness and care.
My Favorite Quotes are: “Forget the past. Remember the lesson.” & “Live your life and ignore the negativity. Don’t let anyone steal your happiness”.