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Linda Gojenola – Story of a Yogi

Linda Gojenola – Story of a Yogi

How did you first discover Bikram yoga? A friend told me about it in late 2007. It sounded like an intense workout, so I decided to give it a try. I took my first class (taught by Michele) in January of 2008.What have you gained from your yoga...

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Michele’s Insights

Vitality is your birthright – tenth annual International Day of Yoga

Vitality is your birthright – tenth annual International Day of Yoga

What is vitality anyway? The word itself sounds lively and attractive.  According to the Cambridge dictionary, it simply means energy and strength. Hmm. Okay, but it’s a bit boring, wouldn’t you say, given the animation you feel in just saying the word itself –...

21st Anniversary – Message from Michele

21st Anniversary – Message from Michele

The morning of December 14 was one of the most brutal mornings of my life – it just pained me to no end having to tell the 5:30 am class that long-time member Michael O’Connor passed away. I felt compelled to share with that class the truth, and that class to know...

Michele’s Anniversary Speeches

21st Anniversary – Message from Michele

21st Anniversary – Message from Michele

The morning of December 14 was one of the most brutal mornings of my life – it just pained me to no end having to tell the 5:30 am class that long-time member Michael O’Connor passed away. I felt compelled to share with that class the truth, and that class to know...

Creating community for 20 years

Creating community for 20 years

BYSJ owner and founder Michele Vennard shares her memories and insights on the evolution of BYSJ at the 20th anniversary celebration on January 21, 2023. Bikram Yoga San Jose is this beautiful container of people with so much diversity among us. We believe in this...

BYSJ’s 19th Anniversary

BYSJ’s 19th Anniversary

On this 19th anniversary, it seems like only a short time ago that I walked into the space of the original studio in 2003 – empty, cold, yet filled with a spirit of what would come. I didn’t know initially that this would be the place. Walking out, concerned, I...

Story of Yogi

Linda Gojenola – Story of a Yogi

Linda Gojenola – Story of a Yogi

How did you first discover Bikram yoga? A friend told me about it in late 2007. It sounded like an intense workout, so I decided to give it a try. I took my first class (taught by Michele) in January of 2008.What have you gained from your yoga practice? I’ve learned...

Ravi Tadwalkar – Story of a Yogi

Ravi Tadwalkar – Story of a Yogi

How did you first discover Bikram yoga? Singing has always been my passion and hobby since my late mother (a semi-classical singer/teacher in Bombay, India) taught me just before her death in Sept 2020. Two years of a nasty divorce took its toll on my mind and body. I...

Story of a Yogi – Tami Chau

Story of a Yogi – Tami Chau

“I want to skip Camel pose” is my initial instinct in every yoga class. For the first week, I avoided it altogether. However, my lower back started to ache, so I decided to give Camel pose a try. To my surprise, my back pain lessened, and I came to realize that each...

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BYSJ Posture Talk – Pranayama – Standing Deep Breathing

BYSJ Posture Talk – Pranayama – Standing Deep Breathing

Our BYSJ Posture Talks are in-depth discussions and demos that detail each Bikram Yoga posture's form and intention. Let's kick it off with Pranayama – Standing Deep Breathing! Michele Vennard and Matt and Sarah Newman explore the importance and purpose of this...

International Day of Yoga – Michele’s Insights

International Day of Yoga – Michele’s Insights

Yoga for every body, every day, everywhere, evermore Sustaining a Yoga Practice, No Matter What, is an abrupt way of saying, “The most important thing in your life is your life.” You get one life, so take care of it, no matter what.This International Day of Yoga, rise...

Community Resources

One week in – a letter from Michele

One week in – a letter from Michele

It’s been just over a week since we closed and already it seems so long ago. The last few weeks prior to closing were so hard, navigating the fear and discerning what’s real in this unprecedented global event. Maintaining a yoga practice IN the midst of uncertainty is THE responsibility I adhere to most, and not just with this virus, in any occasion.

Car Accident, 4:30 pm, Tues, Nov 16th, 2010

Car Accident, 4:30 pm, Tues, Nov 16th, 2010

The reason I didn’t pull any muscles and could hang upside down for 15 minutes in comfort was because of Bikram Yoga. The reason I am alive is because of the grace of God.I was driving north on I 280. It was a clear, cool, sunny day. I just got into the far right lane...

Right Brain versus Left Brain

Right Brain versus Left Brain

This is a fascinating talk by a brain scientist, Jill, who had a stroke and came out the other side with the knowledge that we are all connected and that half our brain works this way naturally while the other half differentiates ourselves as separate beings. It takes...

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Time for More

Time for More

This week was a turning point for me. Maybe for you, too. After learning that we were going to be sheltering in place for at least another month, I had to take a deep breath and a nice long walk. I had to soak in the idea that BYSJ will most likely be a part of Phase...

Breath and the Nervous System

Breath and the Nervous System

Bikram Yoga Teacher, Misha Soltis, recently led us in our daily 10 am PDT live-stream Pranayama breathing on Facebook. She reminded me, and all of us, how great it is to have this one constant in our lives: our breath. With so much uncertainty, we often remind...

Compassion from the Contrasts

Compassion from the Contrasts

Years ago, I recall Gary Vaynerchuk, a bold, self-proclaimed compassionate leading entrepreneur of this digital age, discussing the “me too” stories coming out as women started to un-silence themselves about the sexual abuse they had experienced. His takeaway was...

Postures

BYSJ Posture Talk – Pranayama – Standing Deep Breathing

BYSJ Posture Talk – Pranayama – Standing Deep Breathing

Our BYSJ Posture Talks are in-depth discussions and demos that detail each Bikram Yoga posture's form and intention. Let's kick it off with Pranayama – Standing Deep Breathing! Michele Vennard and Matt and Sarah Newman explore the importance and purpose of this...

Equal and opposite force

Equal and opposite force

Who would have thought Newton’s 3rd Law has anything to do with yoga, Bikram Yoga? And, yet, it does. You can count on every posture relying on this law of motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Once you begin to understand it, you’ll have...

Legs as a foundation for life

Legs as a foundation for life

We wake up every morning, step out of bed, and our legs carry us throughout our day without any thought. And they do it just fine. We walk around, we stand still, and we bend our knees to get in and out of chairs and up and down stairs. But do we want just fine, or do...