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TEACHERS

 

We are particularly proud of our team of teachers. All our Bikram teachers have undergone an extensive 9-week training program with the man himself, Bikram Choudhury. Our teachers are there for you. Their knowledge, experience and passion will guide you, inspire you and challenge you.

 

My story of this yoga began in 2005 when I was referred to it by a good friend of mine. My first class was a torture.. It was so hot and I LOVED IT! The minute the class began with the first breathing, I immediately felt I was ‘home’. I struggled to breathe properly and almost fainted during the class as I was very determined to keep up with everyone else especially the amazing front row practitioners! Even though I couldn’t do ¾ of the class, I felt amazing afterwards and kept going back for more torture. Each time I went into the hot room, I was able to just let go and enjoy the learning in class. I didn’t know what learning I was getting at first, but after a few more sessions I realise what it was – learning to breathe and listen to my body, and to enjoy my yoga journey. ‘It’s never about the destination but always about the journey’.
I am passionate about this yoga. When anyone asks me, I won’t lie I will tell you it’s hard, it’s hot, and I love it. I love the healing benefits of every posture. I love that this is 90 minutes and it is 26 postures, and that it is the same, every, single, time. I love that only YOU can change your body, you do all the hard work to benefit. Only by repetition does your body improve and start healing. Anything you learn in life, you learn and practice again and again and again, you get better, you don’t get worse. I love how this yoga changed my life; I was a corporate accountant for 8 years before giving it up and to committing myself fully into teaching and spreading the wonderful benefits of this healing yoga.
During my 8 years as a teacher and studio owner, I have seen so many positive changes to students and practitioners all over the world. Bikram Yoga is not about being the fittest or the most flexible in the room. Bikram Yoga teaches you something else, something similar to life... It is never easy, always hard… the struggle in the hot room. In fact, the biggest challenge in coming to the hot room is not the heat; it is setting the intention to come to class and following through with it. By keeping a daily practice, I have also discovered the secret of Bikram Yoga; I wake up every day feeling so energized and ready for anything that comes my way!
My studio in Werribee opened in November 2009 and Yarraville in 2012. We have met many students who have benefitted from the yoga i.e depression, weight loss, arthritis, rheumatism, bad knee/ankle/hip, you name it we have seen it all! It does not matter who you are, what matters most is you practise yoga with an open heart, and an open mind. No judgement. Have compassion for yourself. My instructors and I are here to help you in your yoga journey. We hope to welcome you to our hot room soon. Namaste.

Birthplace
Singapore
 
First Bikram yoga class
Bikram Yoga Richmond Studio in Melbourne, 2005

Favourite Bikram Yoga Pose
Standing head to knee
 
Most Challenging Bikram Yoga Pose
Cobra pose
 
Biggest challenge on the mat
Stop my fingers from moving/twitching
 
Biggest challenge off the mat
To slow down! I have too much energy after class! 

 

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JOANNE MCGRADY

I remember the very first time I did a Bikram yoga class….. it was in Jersey (Channel Islands) 2003. I woke up the following morning and remember that I hardly could move, my muscles were so tight and I recall thinking that I had experienced the hardest workout of my life – every part of me hurt, even to breathe, all of my muscles between my ribs were sore. I later learnt that this was normal and the feeling normal, just the intercostals muscles being stretched, as they had never been stretched that much before. Although I have always worked out in a variety of ways and have loved the challenge of trying new sports, I felt differently after my first Bikram yoga experience, very differently!

Something in me wanted to go back and do another class….. I felt great within myself!!

After coming to Melbourne a year later I found Bikram yoga again and began practising – I just loved it!! I started only doing 1 class per week, this grew into 2, then 3 and before I knew it I found myself wanting to become a teacher and teach other people this amazing, healing, powerful yoga, not only physically but mentally also.

I was managing a swim school at the time but after 4 more years of doing this and loving the job, I knew that my passion lay in yoga so I saved up and took a huge leap of faith, enrolled onto the Spring 2010 teacher training course in Las Vegas, left my full time job with the vision that when I came home to Australia, I would be coming back as a Bikram yoga teacher… WOW!!! My dream…

I remember been told from my teachers that the Teacher Training Course was the most difficult thing they have ever done – physically, emotionally and mentally so I tried to prepare myself but in all honesty no amount of preparation could be done for the nine weeks ahead. It truly was one of the most difficult things I have done in all aspects but it taught me so much about myself. I have gained a new sense of respect for myself and others, patience and a much deeper love for myself any every other person in my life. I cannot thank Bikram enough for teaching me these things.

The way I look at it is like this – if I am able to teach and help heal a person then that’s great! But teaching and doing something that I love, and being given the opportunity to see and feel the results in my students from practicing this therapy in an absolute blessing, and I am so thankful that I am able to do that!!
Just remember – “It’s never too late, it’s never too bad, and you’re never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again. ” Bikram Choudhury

I look forward to practicing with you and teaching you….. see you soon.

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