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...
Michele’s Insights – Starting from scratch on our journey together

Michele’s Insights – 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...
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...
Eighteenth Anniversary Insights – Michele Vennard

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...