The gift of resetting and reconnecting

The gift of resetting and reconnecting

Pratyahara, one of the limbs of yoga, means withdrawal from the senses. As a mother with small children, I have renewed appreciation for how necessary and revitalizing it is to have the chance to withdraw, reset, and reconnect. Life right now is chaos – beautiful and...
Finding what’s contained within

Finding what’s contained within

“The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; only the sculptor’s hand can break the spell to free the figures.” – Michelangelo Look in the mirror. Concentrate. Meditate. These words are at the beginning of every Bikram Yoga...
Michele’s Insights: The Nature of Transformation

Michele’s Insights: The Nature of Transformation

“Transformation can come in many modalities, but few include the physical, like yoga,” states Craig Villani, teacher extraordinaire, at the beginning of our leadership intensive weekend with BYSJ teachers. This comment struck a chord with me. I’ve often wondered why...
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,...