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Michele’s Insights

Michele’s Insights – Lessons Learned

Michele’s Insights – Lessons Learned

“Bikram Yoga is a gas station,” Bikram Choudhury declared in one of his lectures at the Teacher Training in Acapulco. He was on a mission to help us understand the vast ‘horsepower’ within all of us, of which (according to him) we use a mere 3%. While the number is...

Eighteenth Anniversary Insights – Michele Vennard

Eighteenth Anniversary Insights – Michele Vennard

Eighteen years ago, I was lucky enough to open the doors of a small space that would be the beginning of Bikram Yoga San Jose – in the back of a run-down shopping center next to a popular dive bar. After my mom passed away in 1998, I knew life would be different...

Hallowed Ground – Michele’s Insights

Hallowed Ground – Michele’s Insights

Thank you, 2020, for bringing out what lay hidden. Time has profoundly shown us not to take it all for granted. The daily news of people dying has forced us to shake off the entitlements that prevent any sense of real presence in life, our authentic and meaningful...

Story of Yogi

Story of a Yogi – Juni Sanoyca

Story of a Yogi – Juni Sanoyca

How did I first discover Bikram yoga? Full-body aches. Numbness in my right hand. Sharp, shooting pains. I was turning 40, and I could feel my body giving up on me like an old car. After looking at my MRI scan, my doctor told me I had an “80-year-old spine.” I was...

Story of a Yogi – Bernice Buntaran

Story of a Yogi – Bernice Buntaran

I have known about Bikram Yoga San Jose for a while. In 2005 I went to visit Michele’s first yoga studio to inquire about the practice. Several years later, I checked out her second studio not once but twice. More years passed, and I found three friends who practiced...

Story of a Yogi – Kim Jackman

Story of a Yogi – Kim Jackman

I was introduced to Bikram Yoga 22 years ago by my sister-in-law in Encino after my son was born. Living in the South, she knew that heat didn’t bother me. In fact, I loved the heat and humidity. While visiting family, she said, “I’m taking you to a Bikram yoga...

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Bikram Yoga

Planting Seeds with Bikram Yoga Folsom

Planting Seeds with Bikram Yoga Folsom

“It’s like starting out on the 90th floor,” says Ryan Martinez, owner of Bikram Yoga Folsom. I’ve known Ryan for a long time as a teacher at BYSJ, but his true itch was to travel. He did the bulk of it in Chile, rock climbing and wilderness guiding, with his gal,...

My Top Tips from 20 Years of Practicing Bikram Yoga

My Top Tips from 20 Years of Practicing Bikram Yoga

How fitting to write this today, on my anniversary of 20 years of starting yoga! Yep – August 11th, 1998, just a few short months after my mom passed away. I took a class on the advice of friends to help my grieving, and never looked back.  I instantly knew that...

Yoga Immersion: My Experience Winning Nationals

Yoga Immersion: My Experience Winning Nationals

"Yoga Immersion" is what I will call the four days spent on a journey to Madison, Wisconsin to participate in the USA Yoga 2018 National Championships. Once you enter into the Immersion, life’s priorities become: how you are getting to class, when and how are you...

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Newsletters

The Flexibility to Adapt

Thank you to so many of you that reached out to see how I was doing with both my sister leaving and my ankle dilemma. My ankle is so much better, and the last two days I was able to take really long walks. It was glorious and another reminder to appreciate the joy of...

What we need now more than ever – self-awareness

It so embarrassing to say this, but my first day back at running, I rolled my ankle (within a quarter mile of starting, no less). Oddly, I managed to “save” the ankle I rolled, and I was so pleased with myself. Only later could I feel a strain in my other ankle – the...

Breathe. Prevent. Be Present.

Breathe. Prevent. Be Present.

In 2006, I started having bad abdominal pains and drove myself to Stanford ER. I was there most of the day, waiting for test results and routinely talking to a very smart (and very busy) Stanford doctor. She took a liking to my yoga life after discovering that this...

Postures

Head to Knee with Stretching Pose

Head to Knee with Stretching Pose

Janushirasana with Paschimottanasana Helps balance blood sugar levels Improves kidney function Improves digestion, simulates thymus and immune system Improves the flexibility of sciatic nerves, ankles, and hip joints Strengthens and firms abdomen and arms Increases...

Rabbit Pose

Rabbit Pose

Sasangasana Maximum stretch of spine allowing nervous system to receive proper nutrition Maintains mobility and elasticity of spine Cures insomnia, depression, cold, sinus, tonsillitis, laryngitis, allergies, brain fatigue, and glandular effects Balances hormones...

Camel Pose

Camel Pose

Ustrasana Compresses kidneys and adrenal glands, helps reduce excess stress hormones Sends fresh blood to the kidneys Eliminates toxins from the body Stretches abdominal organs and cures constipation Stretches the throat, thyroid gland and parathyroid Stimulates the...

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