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Michele’s Insights

Start from scratch once again

Start from scratch once again

Never too late, never too old, never too bad to do yoga and start from scratch once again. Two years ago today On March 16, 2020, like all of us in Santa Clara County, BYSJ closed our facility due to Covid-19. Our management team and staff quickly showed up with other...

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...

20 years of teaching Bikram Yoga – transformation through repetition

20 years of teaching Bikram Yoga – transformation through repetition

I recall my first class with Bikram. It was iconic – many of us that went to Bikram’s teacher training know that famous first Monday night. We’re suited up for the class in a vast ballroom, hot as hell, awaiting his arrival onto a 10-foot tall podium. Here comes my...

Story of Yogi

Story of a Yogi – Eric Klinefelter

Story of a Yogi – Eric Klinefelter

​How did you first discover Bikram Yoga? I dabbled with other types of yoga in college, but when I moved to San Francisco over ten years ago, I wandered into a Bikram studio. I was extremely dizzy in my first class and about to pass out. I tried to get up and leave...

Story of a Yogi – Paige Muret’s yoga journey

Story of a Yogi – Paige Muret’s yoga journey

​My yoga journey is not unlike any of yours. I started Bikram Yoga almost nine years ago. I am the mother of three amazing children, and this year I am happy to say that I’ve been married for 25 years to the finest human being I know. Our life is full of ups and downs...

Story of a Yogi – Donna Gardner

Story of a Yogi – Donna Gardner

How did you first discover Bikram Yoga? I was looking for ways to relieve overwhelming stress when I noticed a Bikram Yoga studio on my way home from work. I didn’t know much about yoga and nothing about Bikram Yoga. I decided to give it a try. In one of my first...

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The matter of motivation

The matter of motivation

Many of us at BYSJ are in the midst of the 60 Day Challenge, myself included. I've been off and on in my yoga practice since Covid came along over two years ago, and the Challenge has been a great way to restart and stick with it. We know how rewarding a persistent...

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...

A lesson in freedom

A lesson in freedom

I’m Michael, BYSJ’s marketing manager, jumping into the 60 Day Challenge with many of you. It’s the Fourth of July, and I went to a Bikram Yoga class in Monterey, where I live. Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸 My yoga neighbor just a couple of feet away gave me a lesson...

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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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