Bikram Hot Yoga Seacliff Instructors
All instructors at Bikram Hot Yoga Seacliff have been certified by Bikram Choudhury after graduating from his intensive Teacher Training Programs. All instructors at Bikram Hot Yoga Seacliff are required to Re-Certify every 3 years, and to maintain the integrity of Bikram’s Hatha Yoga system and teaching methods. We encourage our teachers to continue their study, practice, and development as teachers by returning to the Source, attending Bikram’s seminars, classes, re-visiting the Teacher Trainings, and most importantly — maintaining their own Yoga practice.
I knew then as I know now, that sharing this wonderful gift with others would bring great joy as well as benefit to my own life. Ana grew up in Colombia. She later moved to Miami for a few years and then on to NYC where stress and the demands of life started to take their toll on her. The first symptoms of stress and health issues started to appear in the constant state of anxiety she felt and she knew that there was something she needed to do to change that. Just as she began her journey for change, she was introduced by a friend to the amazing world of Bikram Yoga! In July 2009, she began for the very first time to take control of her stress and began her journey on the road of Bikram yoga. Practicing three to four times a week and feeling the benefits of the practice she decided to maximize those benefits by going deeper into the meditation and asanas… That single decision has changed her life forever! In Fall 2010 Ana entered into Bikram yoga instructor training and this experience has been the best experience of her life. Still growing and exploring her self, Ana is keeping the door open for continued learning.Ana, now a resident of San Francisco with her two gorgeous daughters, engages in a range of things that all stem from her training and what she has learned from Bikram himself and other senior Bikram instructors over the years. Ana is a passionate and caring instructor that is devoted to your development. She will give her heart, soul and lots of smiles as she shares in your development and growth in Bikram Yoga.
She began practicing Bikram Yoga in 2004 while completing her undergraduate studies in Chicago and has grown in more ways imaginable throughout her 11 years of practice–more strength, more flexibility, increased strength, mental clarity and overall health. Alyssa has practiced the Bikram series in many cities throughout the USA, while also practicing in London, Barcelona, Paris, and Bogota. She completed her Bikram Teacher Training in Fall 2013. Her dream is to open the 1st Bikram Yoga Studio in Ecuador before 2020.
Is there room in this boat for all of us? I sat down and waited for class to start. The lights went on and the teacher stepped in. As the instructions began I followed along the best I could.
Slowly drowning and slightly seasick, I struggled to stay afloat. My raft had sprung a leak. I was up to my ankles in sweat. I think I was starting to sink. I glanced around and marveled at the other students as diverse as the fish in the sea: everyone swimming together. There were yogis long and slippery like eels, spiky like starfish, sleek and blubbery like sea lions, students like octopi with limbs in all directions. There were even mermaids and mackerel, but nothing as frightening as the microphoned Megalodon on the podium biting at every limb gone awry.
Half way through, I was on my back staring at the ceiling, fluorescent lights like the sun. I believe I lost consciousness. When I finally came to I was floating blissfully in dead body pose. The lights were dimmed, I felt a light breeze, and though I was waterlogged and slightly burnt I survived and floated home. I set sail again the very next day. It’s been over a decade since that maiden voyage, and though I occasionally get blown off course, I will never again be lost at sea.
I graduated from Teacher Training in 2005. When it’s not sink or swim in the yoga room, I’m at the beach with my dog, lost in a book, exploring parts unknown, sleeping under stars, dancing on the playa, nesting at home and riding the waves of life. My advice to new students is to relax and go with the flow. Like a fish on a hook, the more you squirm, the harder it gets.
This yoga has healed my body from trauma and over-abuse due to sports, car accidents, and multiple surgeries. It has made me physically stronger, more agile, and created balance in my body inside and out. On another level it has allowed me to be a more patient, calm, focused, and understanding person. Going deeper- it has allowed me to identify and have more clarity in who I am as a person and to allow myself to be more of that person- it is a matter of learning how to be true to self. There is more that is going on besides the 26 postures in a heated room. Through the practice of Bikram Yoga, lives are transformed- physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. What I love about being an instructor is that I get to partake and be witness to the transformations taking place in others.
The key to this yoga is to do it regularly; there is a process that the body undergoes to receive the benefits. If you are new to Bikram Yoga- my encouragement for you is to “stick with it”, do as many classes as you can each week… You’ll feel incredible for doing so.“The darkest place in the world is underneath the lamp” -Bikram Choudhury
I enjoy the creativity and variety it offers me but I also love having the opportunity to share my love of yoga. I followed a girlfriend to a yoga class in 2005 with the hope that it would help my knees and lower back. I thought Bikram was a crazy idea. It’s so hot. I still remember how much I sweated in my first class, I thought I might pass out, but after those first few classes I felt so much better. I have found that Bikram yoga helps me to be more calm, grounded, and present. It has also definitely helped my body the most and I rarely have any of those old pains.
When my wife got pregnant I was far too busy and had to take a couple years away from yoga. Once my daughter was sleeping through the night I started going to Bikram classes again with the intention of becoming a teacher. I had the new focus that being a father can bring. I graduated teacher training in 2012 and I’m enjoying sharing my love of Bikram yoga with others.
With consistent practice I began to recognize even more benefits like improving my thinking, focus, and concentration outside the hot room, positive thinking about myself, and helping to deal with stresses and emotions.
Bikram yoga is special to me- the hot room is a safe place without judgment, without worry, to just be with yourself. Being able to completely give yourself uninterrupted time to build yourself up, and to reflect & meditate internally. Every class is a surprise with different challenges, different struggles, new accomplishments and discoveries. My love for the yoga made me decide to pursue teaching to help lead others in their personal practice and hopefully feel the amazing benefits as well.
Outside the hot room I am a Registered Nurse, tea enthusiast, I enjoy live performances, arts & crafts, experiencing different cultures, and learning new things.
At the fall 2010 Teacher Training in San Diego, she was selected to be a part of the graduation demo team, and she aspires to participate in competitive yoga events in the future.
I love to teach Bikram yoga and feel that as co-director of Seacliff and Daly City, that the yoga community creates a life of it’s own. The students themselves, teachers; and first and foremost Bikram Choudary and his Guru Bishnu Gosh, can bask in the joy and recognition for all the amazing healing that takes place from Bikram yoga inside and out of the studio. I appreciate the opportunity to share the path to healing, and the realization of self with you all. With Love, Shelley
I noticed during class, some of the floor postures were similar to the physical therapy exercises I was told to do years prior for back pain caused by scoliosis of the spine. During my practice, I lost 40 pounds and all the back pain was eliminated. I feel that this yoga has influenced me to make better lifestyle choices that result in a more peaceful state of mind.
In Spring 2012, I attended Teacher Training. I had the time of my life. I made new friends and most importantly, I gained the valuable self confidence I had been lacking all of my life. Since then, I traveled to Brussels, Belgium to teach this healing yoga and moved from the Sacramento area where I was born and raised to the East Bay area in 2013 to teach full-time. I am enjoying the new surroundings and new experiences here.
I will be a lifelong student of this yoga. Bikram yoga has been there for me through many losses, triumphs and travels, always delivering me safely through life’s ups and downs. I have been inspired by many teachers throughout my practice and I don’t know where I would be without their encouragement. This yoga has changed my life and I am grateful.
It is my intention to be a part of the healing, loving process that transforms bodies, minds and hearts. To encourage and inspire others to find their way through this life, to have fun, enjoy each moment life has to offer, accept ourselves just as we are and remember it’s about the journey not the destination.