MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
I found Bikram yoga back in 2008 and it has been with me ever since. I am passionate about the yoga for what it has given me on my mat, as well as what it has done for me when I step off the mat and navigate through my path of life. Strength, patience, forgiveness, clarity, stillness and most of all compassion. It hasn't always given me what I wanted, or expected, but it has always given me what I needed at that time. I have been teaching the yoga since 2009 and am so thankful for my wonderful students. They have been my biggest teachers! Everyday I am grateful for the 90 minutes in the hot room, although it's not always easy to make time for, it is without question time best spent. Namaste!
Mira has been studying yoga, meditation and spirituality since youth. Her teaching style is expressive of the depth of her knowledge and lifelong experience through these practices. Mira is known for her focused, yet humorous and interactive class. ...
I was introduced to my first Bikram Yoga class in 2002. I was an injured athlete with a torn hamstring and Bikram Yoga allowed me to heal my body and to become one of the top hurdlers in track and field for California. I graduated teacher training fall 2010 in my hometown, San Diego! Bikram Yoga has been a big part of my life ...
Not being a California native, I came here from a place where the people are warm but the winters are cold! People there like to say "I'll try anything once... twice if I like it!" and if it's good for you, "why not?" That's exactly how I ended up here! I tried San Diego once on a February getaway and was warmed by the spacious Pacific shoreline, friendly weather, and diversity. ...
I took my first Bikram Yoga class in 1996. My second class wasn't until 1999, and it has been with me ever since. After retiring from a 32 year teaching career, I went to teacher training in the Fall of 2013. I am passionate about the yoga, both for what it gives me in the hot room and in my daily life. I know that Bikram Yoga will be with me for the rest of my life. The best things in life make you sweaty. Namaste!
I was born and raised in former Czechoslovakia. I'm schooled in culinary arts, hotel management and marketing. After completing my degrees I decided to go to see the "world". I came to the US as a chef and was enjoying it a lot and getting ready to open my own restaurant. At the same time I was doing some modeling which required lots of time in the gym. Being and chef and being a model is not the best combination. One personal trainer told me, that I need to stretch more. She told me about Bikram Yoga. In my first Bikram Yoga class I almost died, but that night I knew that THIS IS IT, and I was hooked.
I practiced a lot, I spent less and less time in the gym. People started asking me what I do different, because whatever it is, it works well. I had a hard time explaining how and why it works, so not even a year later in spring 2009 I decided to go to Teachers Training in Palm Desert. I spent 9 weeks there, the best time of my life. When I came back to Vermont, where I was still a chef, I realized that people in my restaurant loved me for about 90 min, while they were enjoying my food and having fun, but then when they left feeling stuffed and guilty, they kind of hated me for while. In yoga, people hate me for 90 min, when I'm telling them to do weird stuff with their bodies, but then they love me forever. And cooking people is much more fun! So a couple of months later I quit my job and became a traveling yoga teacher. I was traveling and teaching for about 4 months and my last "stop" was in San Diego. I planned to stay for few weeks, but somehow I've been here more than year. I guess I found what I was looking for, I'm home ;)
I'm loving my new life. It's awesome to be able to share with people all that I've learned from Bikram and to see how their lives change. I still have a lot to learn and I'm willing to do so step by step, one breath at the time. I hope to see you all in hot room soon, NAMASTE ;-)
Karma Yoga is a discipline of action. What makes a Karma Yogi is the experience of union, as part of the Spiritual path to self-realization. I suppose, even before my birth, I’ve been devoted to a life of Karma Yoga, but it was a near death experience that empowered me during my life-long realization.
When I was two, my parents moved to San Diego with nothing in hopes of creating a life of “something.” They brought into being two happy and healthy young girls, a small but successful business and a lesson of unconditional love that strengths my journey each and every day.
In 2002, I nearly died after suffering a traumatic brain injury when I crashed into bikes during a rally in Mexico. I immediately lost consciousness and was transferred back to the United States with a coma, But when I woke up, I was told my legs would never support me again. It was with the help of my parents that I began to speak, make my way into a wheelchair and, despite that I was told I could never walk again, relearned how to do so with the help of chiropractic medicine, acupuncture therapy and, most importantly, Bikram yoga. It’s what revitalized my body and re-instilled confidence in my mind.
Today, I strongly believe that yoga allowed me to complete my lifelong goals. I hiked the entire 500 miles of Camino de Santiago in the northern part of Spain, and as I practiced yoga to aid the aches and pains of my own journey, those around me asked me to engage in yoga with them—they asked me to help them, guide them. It was then that I realized teaching yoga was my passion. And this is what gave me the control I needed back in my life.
After my trek across Spain and earning my degree in Spanish, I began formally practicing Bikram yoga. In the Fall of 2009, I completed training, and since then, I’ve taught thousands of classes to tens of thousands of students. Yet still, to this day, I continue to see miracles in motion.
From the seventy-year-old woman who approaches me after class to thank me for helping her look over her shoulder while driving, to the husband and father whose relationship vastly improved with his family after practicing yoga, to my friend whose life was prolonged with the help of yoga… I’ve grown to learn that people do not change yoga. Rather, yoga changes people, even beyond just the physical.
If someone you love whose body, mind or heart is broken, pack them a pair of shorts, water bottle and towel. Tell them you’re taking them to brunch, with one quick stop to my classes on Friday mornings. They may despise you at first but will thank you later for challenging their mind, body and soul. A practice of precision and intensity for 30 consecutive days gives one a new mind. In 60 days, it provides a new body. And in 90 days, a new life.
I will be waiting here for you, devoted and ready to serve my Karma Yoga as we both strive toward self-realization in mind, body and spirit.
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9375 Mira Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92126