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...
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...
Michele’s speech, 17th anniversary, January 18th, 2020

Michele’s speech, 17th anniversary, January 18th, 2020

Making good wine comes from vines that have been distressed. In France, the vintners purposely walk around and throw gravel at the grapevines that are thriving. They push the gravel into the soil, giving that vine a chance to toil, to become exquisite with grapes that...
16 Years of BYSJ – Michele’s Anniversary Message

16 Years of BYSJ – Michele’s Anniversary Message

Congratulations BYSJ! You’ve turned 16 – sweet 16: Two studios and yet one growing thriving community upholding this powerful tradition that is Bikram Yoga. Over this year, winning regionals, nationals and recently internationals, the power of who we are as a...