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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...

Starting from scratch on our journey together

Starting from scratch on our journey together

It’s a joy to be back at the studio as a practitioner, teacher, and owner after so many months of seeing only a few people. I’m bubbling with glee to be in the yoga room with so many practitioners under one roof. Once masks became optional (if fully vaccinated), I bet...

Story of Yogi

Story of a Yogi – Tere Zacher

Story of a Yogi – Tere Zacher

How did you first discover Bikram yoga? I have always loved the idea of yoga since I was little. It sounded like something mystical and spiritual. When I was a professional swimmer, I started going to Kundalini Yoga, and I liked how it helped me be still. When I moved...

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...

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Bikram Yoga

Becoming World Yoga Champion

Becoming World Yoga Champion

The Day of the World Yoga Championships Here it is Sunday morning and we are up and out to take class and get ready for the big day. Both BYSJ teacher, Lee Dickensen, and Bay Area teacher, Gina Middleton, are in the top 10 of their division from yesterday’s successful...

Story of a Yogi Special: Michael Krauss

Story of a Yogi Special: Michael Krauss

How did you first discover Bikram yoga? A friend suggested trying it back in 1999/2000 at a studio in Mountain View. I liked it but then had a teacher roughly adjust my knee in toe stand which caused some damage and I turned my back on Bikram. Then in 2004 I moved...

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,...

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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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