Bikram Yoga Teacher Training, 2014
B.S. Exercise Science, Towson University
What started as “just something to do” during a summer home from college has become a way of life for Krystyna. She quickly developed a regular practice after her first class, and was surprised to find that Bikram Method yoga provided just the healing she needed for a knee injury, multiple surgeries, and a body worn down by intensive athletic training.
As a teacher, Krystyna is inspired by seeing the progress students can have very quickly in the practice, particularly the “a-ha” moments in the body suddenly changes.
A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Yvonne first took yoga classes at her gym. Intrigued by the heat and regimen of the Bikram Method practice, Yvonne knew after one class that she had found the right challenge for her. Like many of her students, she entered the classroom with the intention of working out to burn calories and build strength and flexibility, and was surprised by the mental clarity and empowerment that she gained through this type of yoga.
Yvonne believes in the great satisfaction that comes with hard work, and enjoys motivating students to experience the sense of accomplishment, empowerment, and overall wellbeing that comes from maintaining a challenging practice.
Referred to yoga by her acupuncturist during a time of uncertainty and change, Maria took her first class with Debbie in 2006. She fell in love with the practice after the first class and for the next few years practiced consistently, regularly completing challenges while finding real peace in the hot room.
After college, Maria attended Bikram’s teacher training, and for the past five years has traveled and taught in Peru, Chile, Thailand, and Malaysia, as well as in the Baltimore / Washington area.
Maria credits the yoga with bringing clarity and focus to her life, and connecting her with a worldwide community of yoga practitioners. She believes in yoga as a lifestyle that contributes to total health – mind, body, spirit – and loves sharing her passion for the practice with her students.
Level II Reiki
Lauren’s yoga practice started slowly – curiosity in college took her to her first yoga class, but it was nearly fifteen years before she developed a regular practice. Curiosity again inspired her to undertake a teacher training at a flow studio in order to learn more about the practice.
That same curiosity led her to a Bikram class after completing her teacher training, just to see what the fuss was about! Although skeptical of the claims of the Bikram Method, she was surprised to find that the straightforward physicality of the practice quickly and powerfully manifested changes in her body, mind, and overall health.
Lauren teaches Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Slow Flow, Hot Vinyasa, and the 26&2 series at Baltimore Hot Yoga and Wellness.
Daily anxiety and panic attacks in his senior year of college led Steven to seek a better way of living. He began practicing yoga and meditation, and dedicated himself to learning yoga philosophy through the ancient texts. In 2012, he completed his 200 hour teacher training in the Baptiste style at Seva Power Yoga in West Chester, PA.
Concurrent with his yoga studies and teaching, Steven studied Vipassana Meditation while on residential meditation retreats throughout the United States. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Yoga Therapy program at the Maryland University of Integrative Health, and will receive his degree as well his credentials to be an e-RYT 500 in 2016.
Steven teaches weekly yoga and meditation classes in Philadelphia, PA, and is a regular guest teacher at Baltimore Hot Yoga and Wellness.
The journey to being a fitness instructor was a unexpected one for Yon. For most of her life, she avoided anything remotely athletic: gym classes, team sports, and even watching a leisurely three hours of Orioles baseball! Though an avid yoga enthusiast and longtime practitioner, she did not connect the meditative body movement of yoga with athleticism.
In 2016, she found herself in an Inferno Hot Pilates teacher training course with her own teacher. There she discovered the transformational magic and power of Hot Pilates. Yon brings a healthy portion of creativity in her sequencing, a generous dose of cheerleading, and a dash of playfulness to a fun and rigorous, class experience – and don’t be surprised at bonus rounds!
Bret was called to the mat after her very first yoga class in 2008. When knee and back problems ended her running routine, yoga became her focus. As a teacher, Bret hopes to inspire others to realize the transformation she experiences both on and off the mat.
Bret believes the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of yoga practice can combine to transform your practice and your life. She teaches every class with a focus on each of her student’s personal journey. When not on her mat, Bret enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking and spending time with family and friends.
Akasha Yoga Yin Certificate, 2016
After twelve years of faithful yoga practice, Niamh set off for teacher training in 2015 with Sterling Hot Yoga Works. Inspired by the therapeutic aspects of the practice, Niamh deepened her practice and training with further certification in Yin Yoga by Akasha Yoga. Niamh loves to share the healing benefits of yoga that she’s received!
Joanna came to her first Bikram Yoga class in 2011 with complaints of severe back pain from participating in high impact sports. After finding relief through hot yoga, she found Hot Pilates. Hot Pilates blended her love of the hot room and her love of cross training during her days as a rower/coxswain, all without the stress of high impact injuries.
Joanna inspires students to love the challenge, accept what their bodies are capable of today, and look forward to stronger days to come!
AAAI/ISMA Certification, 2016
Levi began practicing yoga as a way to relieve stress and focus on being more mindful. His journey – exploring the body’s capabilities, opportunities, and wisdom – has brought joy, love, and insight to his personal life and to the lives of others. Levi encourages you to be creative on your mat and create your own practice one pose at a time.
In addition to his teacher trainings and certifications, Levi also trained with Ricky Tran (TX).
After 30 years as a critical care nurse, Cyndi decided to turn her love of yoga into a career. When she first began her practice in 2013, every class was a challenge. Soon, those challenges turned into a healthy practice. Now, she is honored to share her joy and love of yoga with the community.
“I find that everyone gets something different from practicing yoga. I promise you that it will change your life if you let it!”
Soul Body Barre, 2017
Gladys took her first Bikram yoga class in August 2011 as a favor for a friend from ballet class who was raving about it. Passionate about ballet for many years, Gladys experimented with different styles of yoga as a compliment, but didn’t find a practice she loved.
After a few classes of Bikram hot yoga, that changed. Over three years, she built a consistent practice. With a greater interest in learning all aspects of yoga, she explored yoga anatomy classes and posture clinics. Then, with the encouragement of her teacher and mentor, she decided to attend the Sterling Hot Yoga Works Teacher Training during summer 2016.
“This practice has giving me the opportunity to see the changes in my total health, mind and body. I am never bored with yoga and I feel stronger, flexible, and at peace with myself. I love sharing the passion for this challenging practice and when I see the students working hard and reaching their goals, I feel inspired in continuing to help them achieve their balance in life.”