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...
Strive to live the ordinary life in an extraordinary way

Strive to live the ordinary life in an extraordinary way

Strive to live the ordinary life in an extraordinary way. – Ralph Blum Every time I left my mom, I knew it was another goodbye: a goodbye to her voice; a goodbye to hearing her say my name; a goodbye to her knowing who I was; a goodbye to her sweet hands; a goodbye to...
Lessons Learned

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

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...
Sorrows and the Search for Peace

Sorrows and the Search for Peace

The Weeping Buddha There’s a Buddha statue that sits on my desk all curled up in a ball with his head sunk between his legs, hands covering his face sitting in sadness. I was given this statue years ago as it was said that this Buddha cries for the sorrows of the...