Bikram Yoga Bayside is a warm, inviting studio, full of natural light and a positive energy.
We’re located at 3/309-313 Warrigal Road Cheltenham.
We’re only a few minutes by car from Southland Shopping Centre, DFO Cheltenham or the beach… so you can easily go for a swim or walk before or after class!
In 2014 my dad took me to my first Bikram Yoga class. I immediately loved it and over the next 2 years it helped me achieve a clear mind, physical and mental flexibility and strength.
I am now passionate to share the freedom of a clear state of mind with every student, in a safe space where you can get undone and learn to fall in love with yourself.
I was introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2009 and fell in love with the challenge, the escape, the quiet time…all aspects of my life which had been lacking for many years prior.
My practice improved and I began to notice many positive changes in my physical and mental well being, including a refreshed attitude and approach to life.
2011 saw a change in career path for me and I headed off to Los Angeles to attended the 9 week Bikram Teacher Training…the best 9 weeks of my life!
Upon returning I taught my very first class at Bikram Yoga Bayside and as they say “The rest is history”. It had only taken me 45 years but I knew for the first time in my life what it was I wanted to do for a living and 6 years later I continue to teach Bikram Yoga full time.
To teach is not a job but a passion and is something I love sharing with students in and out of the hot room.
I have been practicing Bikram Yoga for 7 years; I fell in love with the practice immediately and wanted to become a teacher. With 2 young boys I had to set a long term goal and eventually completed TT in 2015.
I love what the yoga has done for me and my family; I love the physical, mental & emotional release I experience every time I am in the hot room. This is what I try and share every time I teach.
Just come to Australia as a young boy I suffered from tremendous stress and depression from having a new life in Australia .
This was so severe that I had to stay in mental hospital for treatments. I had all the drugs and therapy, but nothing worked. There were times I had the thought of committing suicide, until one day a nurse sat down with me and suggested that I should give Meditation a go.
‘It was up to me to do it… it was the easiest fix if I had a belief in myself and the hardest if I did not’ is what she said.
Through determination and strong belief, I eventually healed myself by learning mediation and yoga. All my yoga study was from USA (Bikram and Baron Baptiste Institute) and meditation from Dr Ian Gawler who used meditation to heal terminal cancers.
So that was how my yoga and Mediation began.
Yoga is a a form of moving mediation. It helps to bring the body in ideal state so the Body can heal itself.
Yoga is not just a physical exercise but it is away to bring mind , body and soul spirit coming together. I am most passionate about hot yoga as you sweat the body’s toxins and cleanse the soul.
I am blessed to see the change in the state of my students ‘s mind and well being after the class and how they feel about themselses.
There is a saying when you feel better about your self your will treat the others and the world better, and yoga can make this to happen… it is Magical.
It all started when I was 20 (now 24) during a time in my life where I was busy, confused, unstable and also not sure which form of exercise I would continue for my ‘outlet’.
I tried a few things like gym, bootcamp, cross fit, metafit, and I played netball. After continuing the search of challenging exercises, I stuck to only netball (because it was also a social activity with my girlfriends) then I was suggested Bikram Yoga!
I signed up at Lynbrook Bikram Yoga for the Intro pass for a month, made the most of it and LOVED it!
After the intro pass I was a very casual yogi, but kept coming back (note: I didn’t move onto a different exercise?) then after a little while the Studio owner at the time – Darren Crompton asked why I wasn’t committing, my answer was financially driven, and then he offered a Studio Angel position, where I would clean the studio twice a week in exchange for yoga. This was MASSIVE for me! Having such an opportunity how could I not make the most of it right?
At 20, I was this short tempered, impatient, frantic and busy girl, who tried really hard to get life in ‘order’ and was always pushing to do better – to do ‘more’. And then unconsciously, my life was in order, and I wasn’t busy, and I never had road rage anymore (haha).
Because that one day it dawned on me, it was this Bikram Yoga I’d been doing. I started to acknowledge the mental benefits, and experience the daily changes, and all I thought Bikram Yoga was, was my next exercise!?
See we think Bikram Yoga is hard right, and naturally we love a challenge so we keep coming and then this magic starts to happen inside us..
All my late teens I never enjoyed my moments, my milestones, my achievements and just my life, because I always thought I had to be better.
During yoga I realised it wasn’t my life that needed refreshing, it was me.
Whether you are introverted or extroverted about what Bikram Yoga does to us, it does it. And continues to do it, our yoga journey never ends.
My studio owner and close friend, Darren, then became my mentor, and sent me to Teacher Training with Craig Villani!! How privileged I was for this opportunity and experience.
I fall in love daily with Bikram Yoga – your Core 26&2 therapy with physical, mental, and magical healing and I summarize my experience with the only way I know how to give thanks – by giving it back.
My advice, join the Yoga Circle.
I went to my first Bikram class having never practiced any yoga before in my life. I had no idea what to expect all I knew was that it was hot and challenging. I was at a stage in my life where I was feeling very sad and unhappy I was looking for a new outlet, not to mention I could not even touch my toes so I thought I’d give yoga a go.
From my first class I was completely addicted. The mental and emotional focus in that room was unlike any thing I had experienced before, they say it’s like an open eye moving meditation and that exactly what I experienced. Your brain can be like a crazy wild child, thoughts spinning around, work, family, friends, stress the constant chatter of your internal world it can be tiring, the hot room let’s you free your mind, the focus is on you, your breath and your body … IT. WAS. AWESOME.
I knew within 3 months I knew I wanted to teach this amazing practice. Still being very new to yoga I wanted to build up my personal practice and knowledge of yoga before becoming a teacher so I practiced as often as possible for two years then finally headed off to teacher training in Thailand 2014.
Now 5 years since my first class I have a diploma in traditional Hatha yoga and a diploma in Bikram yoga, I’ve taught in different studios around Australia and even in some unusual places like Kenya!
Becoming a teacher has been the most rewarding experience, being able to share these healing qualities of the practice with others watching people transform, physically, mentally and emotionally is exactly why I get up on that podium. I love that class is always the same yet every day is different, it’s humbling, I consider myself a student first, then a teacher.
Practicing what I preach is important to me so that I can teach from my heart using my own experiences to help you get the most from your practice each and every class to help you become the best version of YOU!
I started to practice Bikram Yoga in the beginning of 2010 in Amsterdam. I was searching for more peace in my mind, body & life. I just changed from a “study & party” life, to a “working” life. It was a tough time. I didn’t know who I was, where I belonged, what made me happy. I still remember the feeling I had after the very first lesson: “ Wauw…..this is amazing! I feel so exhausted, sweaty and wet on the one hand, but on the other I feel satisfied, love and a strong calmness.”
I thought: “I really have to do this again soon!” So I went again after 2 weeks, and this time I experienced the same and I left the yoga studio with a big smile. From that time on I kept returning. In the beginning, I practiced once a week, that became twice after 6 months, then 3-4 times after 1,5 year, even 5 times after 2,5 years….. And after 3,5 years I did a 100-day challenge and I felt really great! When I practiced Bikram Yoga, the light inside of me started to glow again. Faintly at first, and slowly, slowly, slowly, it became stronger. I felt the power. I felt more alive. I gained feelings of self-worth, step-by-step. I began seeing my body as a temple, something precious I needed to take care of.
I went to Teacher Training in Spring 2015 and quitted my job with a Dutch Bank. After finishing the Training I started travelling and teaching Bikram Yoga in Asia and Australia. It was a real adventure, sometimes difficult & tough and sometimes easy & fun. I learned a lot about myself, meeting many students and teachers, teaching in different studio’s and visiting tropical countries. In 1,5 years I visited Thailand, Singapore, The Philippines, Indonesia & Australia and I have taught in 20 different studio’s. I was a travelling teacher… till I met a very special person about a year ago. My world stopped and suddenly I knew that faith had found me. I was teaching in a studio in NSW and there I met my now called ‘husband’. He was on a holiday by himself but lives in Mornington. To make a long story short, we got married and now live happily together in Mornington. So funny how life can just change if you are open to it. I really believe that Bikram Yoga has made me a more open and conscious person than before. I love practicing and if I could I would practice it every day.
As a teacher I like to teach a class the way I like to practice it. Full of energy, love, consistent, strong, calming and always ending with a satisfied & grateful feeling.
Looking forward to see you in the hot room!
I have worked in the Health & Fitness industry for over 25 years, mainly in the NYC area. I initially began to practice “Hot” Yoga to help improve my flexibility. I was immediately drawn to the strength, discipline and athleticism of Bikram Yoga. As my practice grew, so did my realization that the benefits of yoga were so much more than the physical; there was a deeper “inner” practice. Thankfully, I also discovered Yin Yoga and Meditation, the perfect complements to my very “Yang” lifestyle.
Yoga has shifted my Type A “goal-oriented” philosophy to one of greater acceptance and presence in my own body.
“Yoga has made me much more aware of the possibilities of the human body, as well as the resiliency of the human spirit. My yoga teaching has strengthened my practice and the two continue to work in tandem. I believe all people can benefit from a regular yoga practice; as a teacher I try to provide every individual the opportunity to discover their personal best ”
Yoga Instructor – New Teacher Comming
I began practicing Bikram yoga in 2007, and I graduated in Fall 2015 in Thailand. I have been teaching full time since then, in the north of Italy.
I won the second position at the Italian Yoga Championship in 2017 and 13th at the World Yoga Championship in 2016.
I am focused on developing my skills as a yoga instructor, practicing daily, and studying to expand my awareness of the body, mind and soul. In 2012 I had myKriya Yoga Initiation from Roy Eugene Davis (a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda). I am living this moment of my life enjoying as a teacher and as a student, always growing and learning on this beautiful path.
I am also graduated in Economics, cum Laude, at Ca’ Foscari University Of Venice.