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...

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...

My Top Tips from 20 Years of Practicing Bikram Yoga

How fitting to write this today, on my anniversary of 20 years of starting yoga! Yep – August 11th, 1998, just a few short months after my mom passed away. I took a class on the advice of friends to help my grieving, and never looked back.    I instantly...

Yoga Immersion: My Experience Winning Nationals

“Yoga Immersion” is what I will call the four days spent on a journey to Madison, Wisconsin to participate in the USA Yoga 2018 National Championships. Once you enter into the Immersion, life’s priorities become: how you are getting to class, when and how...

Nourish JOY

I write this on Chris Canevaro’s 3 year anniversary of his passing.  It seems impossible that it has been this long already. Where did he go? The older I get, the more I ponder the death experience itself as that day looms closer. It’s not a dismal...