Marla found yoga after a diagnosis of PTSD and Eating Disorder NOS. She immediately felt relief from chronic depression and self loathing and began to save her own life. She is dedicated to helping all students on their journey to health and happiness with this yoga prescription. She is happy to make you laugh and smile while you sweat it all out.
Hailing from St. Albans, Denise found yoga in 2002. She soon opened a studio in her home town which she operated for 7 years. Denise ran her business through all of the ups and downs in her life; an engagement in Paris, wedding on Mt. Philo, 3 child births, the loss of her parents, managing 2nd jobs and moving. After selling her studio, QCBY is thrilled to welcome Denise. Her knowledge, humor and great understanding of yoga and life will have you at Pranyama.
Jessica began Bikram Yoga in December of 2001 as another way to "get in shape." Little did she know, this yoga would be the foundation for becoming the best person version of herself beyond the amazing physical benefits it provided. She credits the yoga for introducing her to the unconditionally loving and supportive yoga community, who has been there with her for all the laughter, tears, joy and pain, of the last 14 years.
Yes, like the after dinner meal. Heidi came to us from Massachusetts to study nursing. A dedicated yogi and a lover of nature, she has taught across the country and in Europe. Raised with her twin and younger brother, a survivor of a life changing TBI, by a single mom, Heidi brings genuineness, compassion and perseverance to her classes. She will lead you through class with her steady understanding and if you listen carefully, you'll hear a little Mass accent.
After taking her first class in 2001, Thembie was hooked on the immediate benefits. Hailing from Swaziland and forging her way as a single mother in Vermont, Thembie used this yoga to relieve stress, relax her body from her career as a masseuse, make close friends, and disguise her age! If you're lucky, you'll hear this respected elder sing at the end of class in her native tongue, Swazihili.
Facing many adversities, Jess walked in to her first Bikram Yoga class in 2008 and felt immediately assisted with clearing her head and organizing her thoughts. She was able to prioritize her goals and reconnect with her family. Jess was restored to her happy self and became a teacher to give back to her supportive community.
After a childhood filled with allergies and a bout of severe pneumonia, Alex's doctor prescribed Bikram Yoga. Since she couldn't breathe, she couldn't run, so she took the prescription and it changed her life. Helping her make it through college, the yoga became her way of life. Alex does everything with 100% dedication and compassion. If you look closely you'll see a tiny key by her knee cap. Yes, lock your knee.
A Clinical Social Worker and single mom of 2, Debra found this yoga method in 2001. She is a ‘helper’ by trade and as a Trauma Informed therapist, she was drawn to becoming an instructor in order to share this incredible therapeutic modality, proven to reduce anxiety and depression, something she has been helping people deal with for over 30 years. Debra's authentic care and concern is part of her recipe for an encouraging class.
A stand-up comic, writer and nanny extraordinaire, Autumn "Autsie" Spencer found yoga when her mom entered hospice care. Having lost her father tragically, too Autsie found healing, love and most importantly, family. Autumn's intelligence and sense of humor are a recipe for an inspirational and motivating class. She'll have you cheering with your abs burning in IHP and reminding yourself how much you are loved at QCY during yoga.
Queen City is lucky to have Zoe, the owner of Bikram Yoga Stowe, on the weekly schedule. A lifelong Vermonter with a teaching stint in NYC, the yoga has allowed Zoe to continue her love of running without injury. Her accuracy coupled with her calmness make her weekly appearance a class you can't miss! Visit her at Bikram Yoga Stowe. Zoe is 37 weeks pregnant in this picture. See her again after maternity leave.
A ballerina for most of her life, Mary found Bikram yoga in 2001. Not only did the yoga help her heal her curled up ballerina toes, she has used it for over a decade to rehab from hip surgery, knee surgery, and pregnancy. Mary's Physical Therapy and Ballet Instructor professions make her classes informative and fun.