TEACHERS

It was just another Tuesday in June 2003 when my friend John Sikorjak (thank you, John) suggested I join him for a Bikram Yoga class. I said sure, why not, how hard could it be to do yoga? My first class- I was a train wreck. Not supposed to leave the room – I left the room. Water? Spent most of the time pouring it on my head. Standing Head to Knee – could not reach my foot. Fixed Firm – no, don't think so. Triangle Pose – fugetaboutit. Thanks to a patient and loving certified Bikram Yoga teacher, somehow I made it through the class.
I went home, poured myself into bed, and thanked God for allowing me to survive. I woke up the next morning and it was like a miracle – my knees felt better than they had since high school. My back felt better. And, I felt 3 inches taller. So, I went back...and went back...and went back. Seven years later and 35 pounds lighter, I realized I needed to share this wonderful yoga as much as I possibly could. So, I trekked off to San Diego in the Fall 2010 and immersed myself in Bikram's rigorous nine-week Teacher Training. I came back from that and I was fortunate to be mentored by Jane Kartsch, the owner of Bikram Yoga Yorktown Heights and Bikram Yoga Bronx.
Now I look forward to meeting you and sharing this life changing yoga as we sweat and stretch and transform our bodies, minds, and spirits.

I started Bikram Yoga in 2008. My parents had been practicing for a few years and finally got me to come take a class, and I hated it. I was a gymnast and a cheerleader so I assumed it was going to be easy, it was not. I continued to go when I was forced to and as much as I didn't want to go, I always felt great after. Whenever I was stressed or having a bad day I would go take a class and had a place where I didn't have to think about anything else. My dad went to teacher training in 2010 and we all thought he was crazy. Then after many years of contemplating, I finally went to teacher training in Fall of 2015 in Thailand! It has definitely been a journey and I now look forward to helping others with their journey.
Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher.
I have been practicing Bikram Yoga regularly since 2010. I started at Bikram Yoga Park Slope and watched my whole life change within those studio walls. I decided to quit my job as a fashion designer and attend the Fall 2013 Teacher Training and I never looked back. I teach in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Westchester, which is also where I live with my family.
Julia didn't know how to balance before she started yoga. She was introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2007 by a friend when she ran half marathons. Even though she started with Vinyasa and practices other types of yoga, the Bikram Yoga hot room allows for the most stretching. Immediately she felt yoga's other benefits: meditation, cardio, strength building, stress reduction, and most importantly, balance. This practice is part of her lifestyle and she went to teacher training in L.A. in the fall of 2012. She is interested in sharing Bikram yoga with you at the Scarsdale studio!
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