Life can be hard on a body. Sara found yoga when a lifetime of contact sports and weight lifting left her debilitated by back pain. After using yoga to rehabilitate her own body and mind, she dedicated herself to a life of helping others take back control of their health, wellness, and their lives. Sara’s classes blend physicality and meditation toward the same goals: healing, health, and self-awareness.
So many people suffer from anxiety every day. Jaylon was no exception. When he added yoga to his life, he found peace of mind and a calm he never knew was possible before. He works every day to help bring that same gift to others. He delivers mental clarity and calm in a package that’s easy to digest: through movement of the body.
As an only parent raising two young girls, Andie knew too well how easy it was to put taking care of herself on the back burner. After winning an intro month a Blaze at her daughter’s school’s spaghetti dinner, she was hooked immediately by how wonderful taking time for herself made her feel. She was instantly a better mom, worker, and friend: just add yoga. She walks into the studio every day to help every person walk out feeling their absolutely best. Join Andie in class for a powerful dose of positivity and inspiration.
Lana was drawn to yoga for the physical benefits, but quickly realized the practice was much deeper than just the body. She has used yoga as an anchor through the ebbs and flows of life. It is her life’s work to help others use yoga to navigate the highs and lows in their own lives. She leads each class with deep compassion and guides each of us to use the practice to meet our needs on any given day.
A chronically freezing person, the lure of the heat initially drew Nel to try Bikram Yoga. Hooked from her first class, she loved the challenging nature of the class. The undeniable physical and mental results keep her coming back. It was during her second pregnancy that she really experienced the amazing benefits of this yoga and realized she had to share! A huge fan of corny jokes, she loves sprinkling a little humor into this amazing 90-minute workout.
Nick is a smart-mouthed, old-soul yogi who survives on yoga and iced chai, believing in the power of “do whatever you want, all the time.” Bikram Yoga has brought Nick new strength and a fresh love for life. At the start of adulthood, Nick found themself overwhelmed and drowning in depression and alcoholism. The hot room offered them solace from their addiction, a safe space, and a place full of love. Nick is a strong believer in the power of Bikram Yoga and the way it can change lives. Their class is equal parts passionate and sweet.
Kristi took her first class in 2005. Suffering from a chronic hamstring injury, she had heard about the benefits of Bikram yoga. The hardest part was getting in the door. Since then she has never looked back. Initially drawn to the yoga for the physical benefits, she now practices for the mental and emotional benefits. It's not easy but it's the best 90 minutes of her day. An International Crossfit Champion, she calls the yoga her "secret sauce" and knows it is the antidote to her workouts in the gym.
In 2003, Jenn convinced herself to try hot yoga, despite her aversion to extreme heat and profuse sweating. After her first class, she felt energized, exhausted, drenched, and convinced that she had found her passion. Committing to a lifelong practice was the logical conclusion. Since then, Jenn has maintained a consistent practice, participated in yoga competitions and completed teacher training. Yoga has stayed by her side through adversity and prosperity, and has provided her with a place for mental, physical and emotional support. Come to Jenn’s class to sweat, stretch and “work it out” on the mat.
Libby discovered this amazing yoga for stress relief during grad school in 2010. Before yoga, Libby was plagued with low self-esteem and negative body image. Day in and day out, as she watched her sweaty self in the mirror, she began to fall in love with the amazing woman staring back at her. It is Libby’s passion to spread the message of self-love and respect to all of the students who walk into the hot room.
Sarah started practicing at BYP in 2005 because of the plentiful class schedule. There was no excuse not to fit one in several times a week. She immediately loved being wrung out by the effort of class and the deep relaxation afterward. Yoga soon became indispensable to managing the rigors of her professional life. As an instructor, she knows that every body—even an aging body—can become stronger and more flexible. Sarah has entered USA Yoga’s Regional and National Asana Championships since 2014 and won Gold in the Adult 50+ Regionals three times.
Looking for a way to overcome a life of limiting beliefs, Glen joined a group of friends for his first hot yoga class in 2016. The physicality of the practice and the sense of community kept him coming back. “You mean, I can be myself, and get love back in return?” Finding his Tribe, Glen enjoyed the physical, mental, and emotional focus of the classes that brought him a sense of self-awareness, understanding, and growth. Always ready for a hug or a high-five, Glen leads class with kindness and generosity of spirit.