Bikram Hot Yoga Daly City Instructors
All instructors at Bikram Hot Yoga Daly City 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.
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.
I ended up moving to Marina Del Rey for a job, but was lucky enough to keep with my practice at BY Hermosa Beach. It was Spring 2013, when one of my best friends “decided” it was time for me to become a certified teacher. I attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in LA of Spring 2013. I’ve been teaching full time since. I knew I wanted to become a teacher when I was becoming more serious in my practice; when I realized that my practice, the yoga, was such a huge part of me, my life, and I knew it would, and could, open a lot of doors within my own self and my life, and that was exciting! These past 6 years have been an incredible journey; it’s a journey I want keep exploring, growing, and evolving in. Now, as a teacher for almost 2 solid years, I can share my love and growth of the practice, and I hope to help guide others in opening their own doors.
Even after taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle and incorporating exercise into my daily routine, my body was still deteriorating. I started experiencing severe neck and back pain caused by a herniated disc located in my cervical spine. Having taken pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscle relaxants to no avail, I agreed to my doctor’s suggestion of having steroid injection into the damaged disc. Unfortunately, the failed procedure left me bedridden with a constant onslaught of excruciating headaches for a week. The doctor presented me with the option of living with the herniated disc or undergoing a surgical procedure. With memory of the failed injection still fresh, surgery was not an option. I started taking yoga lessons and fell in love with the satisfying feeling of pushing myself further than other exercising activities and how much better I feel after each class. I also noticed my neck and back pain subsiding after my yoga sessions. As I progressed further, my constant companion of neck and back pain appear less and less frequent. After ten years of practicing Yoga, I’m now relatively pain free. Yoga has been my primary form of exercise and I love the way it strengthens and shapes my body. I believe in the healing benefits of yoga and that daily practice can heal anybody of any physical and emotional suffering as I experienced it first-hand. After enduring 500 hours of rigorous curriculum, I received my Bikram certification to be a yoga instructor in Spring 2010. This credential allows me to pursue my dream of sharing my passion and enthusiasm of the practice with others. I want to inspire people to develop their dedicated practice and benefit from the powerful physical wellness of yoga including a stronger, toned and more flexible body as well as the mental wellness of having an improved state of mind which encourages relaxation, self-acceptance and awareness. This has been an incredible and life changing journey for me. I hope to see you there on this journey to a way of life that is full of energy, medicine free and pain free.
I knew I needed to find something powerful that would work on my mind as well as my body and deliver tangible results. I attended one class – was completely exhausted – but happy – and I knew this was exactly what I needed in my life!
I graduated from the spring 2014 teacher training program in LA. My life has always had an element of teaching/mentoring in it – something that is humbling and rewarding, and having the opportunity to do this in the context of peoples health, wellbeing and lets face it – life – is a huge privilege.
On Feb 9th 2015 I left HP to devote my time to being a full-time Bikram Yoga teacher.
“Oh, Bikram . . . ” I said, disappointed. I had only heard negative things! Except, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. By Tuesday morning 10:00 am I was in my first class. By Saturday 4:00 pm, I had completed my first double. I LOVED IT! More than that, I instantly recognized Bikram Yoga as the key I had been looking for to physical, mental, emotional, spiritual health. The possibility, the reality of total health for everyone! I never looked back! Graduated Fall 2013.
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
and could feel my respiratory system getting stronger. Within 3 years the asthma was gone and I no longer needed an inhaler to breathe. My Kaiser Doctor was amazed. By year 4 we rescued a dog named Diesel! This yoga has changed my life (and my families) in so many ways.
When I started practicing I was a busy executive, leading a large team for a multi-billion dollar corporation and traveling often. In 2013 I traded in my business suit for yoga attire. I wanted to share this powerful yoga with others.
Over time, it’s become clear that what really matters has very little to do with monetary success. The ability to find stillness, to be at peace, and truly connect with others are a few of the gifts that lead to a rich, meaningful life.