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.
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 ”
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!
My name is Mike, I’m originally from Ontario, Canada, but have been traveling and teaching Bikram yoga in Australia over the past few years. Bikram yoga has been a huge part of my life for several years and I love being able to share its countless and incredible benefits with others. As an instructor, I aim to build a positive and encouraging atmosphere where practitioners can feel welcome to recharge, relax, heal, strengthen, or simply enjoy their time in the hot room.
I started practicing Bikram yoga in 2010 and it changed my life. Since then I couldn’t imagine my life with out it. It keeps me balanced, happy and healthy. I started teaching in 2012. It’s such a joy to guide people along in their journey of this amazing yoga.
Andrea is a focused & determined Bikram Yoga teacher and pole dance instructor. When she first started Bikram Yoga in 2008, she thought she might die from the heat! But enticed by the mental challenge, she persisted – gradually discovering the benefits of injury rehabilitation, improved hydration, and the best sleeps of her life. In April 2015, Andrea and her husband, Steve, travelled to Thailand for teacher training in hopes of furthering their knowledge and encouraging others to find their healthiest & happiest selves. With a focus on specificity in the postures and a sympathetic approach, Andrea’s goal is to guide others through the lifelong journey of Bikram Yoga, giving her students a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment!