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.
as a great way to loosen up after a hard day behind the desk. I wouldn’t say I was hooked after my first class, but its positive effects were apparent almost immediately and the mini-epiphanies I would have in class keep me coming back. I treated it as an experiment: What will happen if I go ten days in a row…30 days…what was that light at the end of this tunnel? I did not think much of teaching at first but a fairly mundane string of events in 2009 started me on the path to attending Teacher Training in Spring, 2011. I had quit my job and traveled a bit, and when it was time to resurface into the real world there were no jobs to be had. I had many great teachers over the years and felt I understood the mechanics of the postures and what you should be focused on while practicing so it was a pragmatic decision as much as it was a way of directing my enthusiasm for the yoga. I have learned that the postures will always be challenging no matter how “good” you get; there is always more to do and something else to work on. The more effort you put in the more rewarding the outcome–don’t give up, drink more water and try again tomorrow. Some days you “eat the mat” and some days you are a rock star—it doesn’t matter, you will learn something about yourself either way. The only “bad” yoga class is when you pull on the front door and it’s locked!
I have grown and changed and learned a lot through it all. The most useful tool I learned from this yoga is the power of grounding and being present. That alone has helped me grow in my practice and reshape my body. When I’m not in the hot room, I love to take pictures, ride my bike, dance, skateboard, I love going to fashion shows, I love eating raw chocolate, drinking tea, sometimes I like to just sit. Everyday is different, whatever kind of day it is, I like to stay hydrated.
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.
While living and working in NYC, I finally decided why not teach what I love? I graduated in Spring 2006 at the Bikram headquarters, and immediately began teaching full time in NYC and Brooklyn. It was the easiest and most natural transition from performing on a stage everyday to sharing my love and passion for this “sacred art”. Moving back home to the bay area, I began teaching at Bikram Yoga Seacliff to a wonderful community of people in the outer richmond area of SF.What has yoga done for me? It has opened the doors to my own Self-Realization. Centeredness, devotion, humility, compassion, are just a few of the qualities that have transcended into my daily life. Yoga does not begin when you walk into the studio doors, but begins when you wake up in the morning, take a deep breathe of your own prana or Life- Force and soldier on into this human life with awareness. Yoga has taught me how to Respect: respect family, friends, strangers, animals, plants, basically anything that breathes the same breathe I do.
My best advice for beginners: let go of anything negative, and turn it into a positive. Attitude is everything! Practice with faith, be receptive to new information, respect the teacher, respect the process, then only will you begin to witness that yoga brings light into dark places!!
I became fascinated with the science of mind/body connection from that point forward. After only 2 weeks of diligent practice I noticed so many changes in my body, mind and energy and I was hooked for life. I enjoy yoga for many reasons. Physically it keeps me healthy, strong, flexible and aligned. Mentally, I feel more clear, focused and in tune with what’s important in life and well-being. Emotionally, it keeps me centered and balanced in a way that I never experienced before.
The yoga practice has given me meaning and purpose to life in a way that benefits self and others around me. Through the practice of yoga I’ve been able to peel away the layers that are not my true nature and live in a way that is more aligned with my true purpose. Yoga has healed me from the pain of the past and for this I’m forever grateful.
I decided to teach because after I felt the benefits I had a burning desire to share it with others.
I love working with people and bodies and I’m fascinated by the mind/body science of the eastern disciplines. I believe that now more than ever, we as a species need to connect to something inside of us. With so much going on in the world around us I’ve learned the only way to live a balanced, healthy life is to take care of ourselves first and in doing so we can take care of others and the planet on a larger scale. This, I believe, is the essence of the practice.
I am also trained as a Holistic Health Counselor from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and have over 500 hours of yoga training in other yoga disciplines.
After ND, I moved to San Antonio where I started my acrobatic career as a performer. I worked in the VIVA and AZUL shows at Sea World San Antonio doing springboard diving, high diving, Russian swing, bungee, and trapeze alongside beluga whales and pacific white-sided dolphins. I also competed in the women’s premier cliff diving competition in Las Chiapas, Mexico from 20 meters high! In September 2012, I married my college sweetheart and moved to San Francisco because of it’s beautiful landscape, active lifestyle, and energetic atmosphere – I’m really happy to be here!
All of the high diving and acrobatics used to cause severe back pain and spinal compression, but when I began practicing Bikram yoga, the deep stretching and heat allowed my spine to decompress and my back pain disappeared! The hot room is the place where I can challenge myself on so many levels while simultaneously attaining complete peace. Emotionally, yoga has truly taught me to “breathe.” Sometimes it might seem like the world is falling apart, but with the proper mindset, things do pan out the way they are supposed to. Yoga has allowed me realize that without hardships, struggles, and challenges we would never realize our true strength within.
Notwithstanding the great feeling we get every time we finish a class, practicing Bikram yoga helps us to understand how great we truly are and build the self-trust and assurance we need to live with a happy, smiling face! Bikram yoga can certainly be challenging, but don’t be intimidated! It is not something to be learned and mastered in a day, a month, or even a year…it is an amazing practice that will challenge us for a lifetime! My best advice is to enjoy yourself every day – and I think practicing Bikram helps accomplish this.
I slept better, my skin cleared up, the benefits I receive from practicing are endless. I knew from the beginning of my yoga journey I wanted to teach. I attended the fall 2011 Bikram Teacher Training in Los Angeles. I have a background in Holistic Health from San Francisco State University, combined with Bikram Yoga I hope to help lead others to their optimal health.
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
Currently living & teaching in San Francisco, Sahar was first introduced to yoga while she was studying Anthropology and Biology as an undergrad at University of California Santa Cruz. At the time, Sahar was suffering from several endocrine imbalances that traditional western medicine was unable to successfully treat and through yoga she has found much relief. Sahar strongly believes in a diligent yoga practice and proper nutrition for the best physical, mental and spiritual health. Besides yoga, Sahar is passionate about animal rights, natural medicine, vegetarian cooking, and spending time with her husband & dog.”May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts and actions of our own lives contribute in some way to the happiness and that freedom for all.”
-Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
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
Caroline is from Brazil and she has been living in the Bay Area for 11 years. She took her first Bikram Yoga class in 2004 and fell in love with the complete workout that Bikram Yoga provides. She became a teacher in 2008, in Mexico. After that she has dedicated her knowledge to students at Seacliff and Daly City.
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 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.
In the morning, I would wake up and stretch for 20-minutes just so I could straighten my legs and go to work. So, at 23. I started experimenting with any kind of yoga — willing to try anything to get some relief. Ultimately I found Bikram in March 2006 and went 10 times in 10 days. I knew I would never need back surgery. That kind of empowering feeling kept me coming back to Bikram 3-4 days a week for the ensuing six years while I wrote for papers on both coasts and later started my own international education magazine called Cafe Abroad InPRINT. I went to Bikram Teacher Training in Fall 2010 in San Diego and, since training, I have taught at more than 10 studios and practiced all over the country and around the world. In fall 2011, I completed my second bicycle tour – a 2,000-mile bike-riding and yoga-teaching adventure down America’s West Coast, which I documented for Adventure Cycling Magazine. Six years into my practice I’m still learning “what this yoga is all about.” I am thoughtful , sincere and committed to sharing Bikram Yoga with others.Bikram Yoga: “Change your mind, change your body, change your life.”
Funny enough I started down the Bikram path while visiting San Francisco when I took my first batch of classes in the city during the summer of 2008.I spent only one year as strictly a student before going to the Vegas Teaching Training in fall 2009. Initially my motivation for teaching yoga was nothing more than another means of income and getting better at my practice. After attending the TT I found so much more appreciation and respect for teaching through the vast amount of eager “teachers to be” I encountered and became life long friends with from around the world. There was so much love and enthusiasm it was contagious. Very quickly after first starting to teach I realized how much of a blessing it is to have such a meaningful and potent impact on someone else’s life in this way. When YOU can independently heal physical and emotional pain YOU begin to understand why yoga is life. In yoga asana the physical posture may be the subject but it is not the object… YOU through your body and persistence of mind are the object to overcome by balancing psychological critique and acceptance through determination and understanding.