Scott was introduced to Bikram yoga in the summer of 2007 and enjoyed it from the start.
Always into fitness Scott worked out on a regular basis and was an avid runner. Eventually, he began to see the healing powers of Bikram yoga since his practice increased to almost everyday. In the Fall of 2009 Scott completed the highly rigorous Bikram Yoga Teacher Training program in Las Vegas. Bikram yoga has improved his strength, balance, flexibility, and focus. It also relieved his back and knee pain. Scott is so grateful to be able to teach this yoga and is always eager to learn more each day! He hopes to see you in the studio soon!
Tandy is a Montana native who found herself loving life here in Virginia. Her life has been enhanced by the magic of Bikram yoga for six years and she has been teaching for four of those. For Tandy, the only thing more rewarding than the practice itself, is helping others along their path to healing. When she is not in the hot room she moonlights as a critical care nurse.
Christina started practicing Bikram yoga while stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Navy. Once she tried practicing on land, she found that her balance wasn't so bad after all. After her stint in the service, Christina attended Bikram's Fall 2005 teacher training in Los Angeles. She continues to learn new things every day, and is grateful to have the opportunity to facilitate others in their discovery of yoga and the practice of "healthy spine, happy life!
"Jayna Athas recently completed her Fall 2010 training in San Diego,
Whether in politics or athletics, she has always been active and
enjoys giving 100% of her strength to meet personal
goals. When she stepped into her first class 3 years ago, she
immediately felt at home in the Bikram community. After finishing her
graduate studies last
year in the townships of South Africa, she learned to integrate her
love for people while maintaining her Bikram yoga routine. Jayna soon
realized the only way to continue her passion for health and well-being was by
sharing it with others. After years of being actively involved on
Capitol Hill, Jayna looks forward to helping those in our community
inward during stressful times. Her other passions are marathons,
triathlons, and travel. She looks forward to meeting each and
everyone of her students if she has not done so already. Please feel free to
say hello and you will be sure to get a friendly reply"
Ping Chu began studying yoga in 2005. She graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2006. Within the first couple of months of practicing Bikram Yoga, her lower back pain of over 20 years magically disappeared. The following several more months, her asthma of twenty years was also cured. Ping enjoys sharing her experiences and guiding others on their own journey of yoga. His approach is warm and clear with an appreciation of the uniqueness between individuals.She also studied with senior yoga teachers in the alignment based style of Iyengar and Anusara Yoga.
Laura Harty is native to northern Virginia, Laura became addicted to Bikram yoga in 2006. After observing the healing power in her own body, mind, and spirit, she became a teacher in June 2008. She is continuously inspired by watching the healing that occurs in the hot room. Laura is currently in the process of becoming a social worker for a holistic approach to supporting others in finding their own path.
Lukas was introduced to Bikram Yoga in Chicago in 1999 and graduated from Bikram teacher training program 2001. Lukas enjoys the Bikram method of Hatha Yoga for beginner and advanced students alike. He has practiced in Dallas, Chicago, New York, Paris, Roma, Amsterdam, and Bikram world headquarters in Los Angelos.
Sywann attended her first Bikram yoga class in November 2005 in which a love affair began. Prior to the new found love she lived her life in what author Mary Beth Jones calls the Sprinkler Phenomenon of Management. The grass immediately surrounding the sprinkler head is brown while all the energy and drive goes to the outer reaches of the yard. The grass closest to the source is water is left dry. When you focus all your energy on things outside yourself you are doomed for a a mental, spiritual, and/or physical breakdown. The healing that came from her yoga practice inspired her to want to share this gift with others. She attended teacher training in Hawaii in 2007. Sywann feels there is no greater calling than serving in love.
After studying various movement styles (including yoga in its various forms since 1992), Reggie Meneses began practicing Bikram Yoga while residing in New York City in 2000. He quickly discovered that the 26 posture Bikram Yoga series took him to deeper sensations of relaxation and self-realization than anything else he had practiced in the past. His chronic back pain subsided and eventually disappeared altogether within weeks of continued practice. He also lost unneeded pounds and significantly lowered his blood pressure.
His students represent a wide diversity of people: celebrities, doctors, lawyers, executives, swimsuit and runway models, actors, dancers, singers, and homemakers. Basically, anyone who can breathe. Reggie has taught Bikram Yoga classes in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. He is also one of the founders of the award-winning Bikram Yoga studio in Cockeysville, Maryland where he taught over 1500 invigorating classes and served as Managing Director there for over three and a half years from 2002 to 2005.
Reggie was the 2004 Mens Mid-Atlantic Regional Yoga Champion and represented the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC area at the Bishnu Ghosh Cup World Yoga Championship in 2005 in Los Angeles. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Loyola University Maryland, a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) in Theatre from Towson University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Reggie is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). The certification, awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), signifies that Reggie possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field. He also has a certificate in Human Resource Management from George Mason University and is also an active member of the National and Northern Virginia Chapters of the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Reggie earned his Bikram Yoga Teacher Certification in June of 2001. When teaching his Bikram Yoga classes, Reggie uses his theatre skills often. One of his New York City students remarked, "Reggies instruction is positive yet firm, encouraging and focused. A great motivator and really knows how to get the best out of you.” He is available by appointment for private and group instruction. Please contact the studio for rates.
Reggie resides in the Reston area with his partner, Dave, and their rambunctious black pug, Lord Mugsley von Snuggles.
In 2006 a running friend encouraged James to try Bikram Yoga for the first time. At that time James had been practicing Anusara Yoga for 7 years, was a competitive runner, a triathlete and a distance running coach. The first couple Bikram classes did not win James over. However, after a knee injury and subsequent knee surgery brought his running and racing to a halt, James realized that the quickest way to regain full range of motion in the knee was to get back into the hot Bikram studio. Since then, James has found that the benefits of a daily practice of Bikram Yoga have transformed his life for the better in countless ways. He discontinued practicing other forms of yoga, gave up running and, in the Spring of this year, even retired from his job as an Air Traffic Controller in order to attend the Spring 2010 Bikram Yoga Teacher Training course in Las Vegas. James passion for Bikram Yoga continues to grow. As a Bikram Yoga Instructor James is most appreciative for, and humbled by, the opportunity to share his passion and hopefully, infect others with his enthusism for Bikram Yoga.
Elaine first began practicing Bikram Yoga in June 2005 and was completely shocked after her first class. After years of competitive sports, gymnastics, soccer, rugby, her body was in desperate need of healing, balanced by an intense workout to maintain her muscle and energy level. She did not believe that a yoga class could provide what she was looking for. Not only did she find the intense workout that she craved, her spine issues and other injuries, from 20 years of competitive sports began to heal. She was absolutely amazed. In the midst of the physical healing, she began to realize the mental, emotional, spiritual changes within herself. She began her yoga journey seeking physical balance and she continues the journey receiving physical, emotional and spiritual balance.It is absolutely the most powerful means of healing that she has ever come across and now she wants to share it with the world.
Karla graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in fall 2006. When not taking or teaching yoga, she works as a massage therapist in Centreville, Virgina. What Karla loves best about Bikram yoga is the personal transformation that comes from a regular practice. If the yoga has done something positive for you, tell her- she would love to hear about it!
Ron has been practicing Bikram yoga since 2004 when he was invited by a colleague to try this fun and challenging yoga class. His first class left him exhausted and yearning more. Ron completed his teachers training in the Fall of 2008 in beautiful Acapulco, Mexico. When traveling, he seeks out the local Bikram studio, so do not be surprised if you see him practicing in a studio in another part of the country or the world.
Stephanie has studied various forms of yoga for 8 years including the Iyengar method, Bikram, and Vinyasa.
She graduated Bikram Teacher Training in Acapulco, Mexico in the Fall of 2008 and sees it as an honor to teach Bikrams method. Despite experience she still considers herself a beginner. Stephanie is always seeking to expand through self-inquiry, practice and meditation. She looks forward to creating a comfortable environment where students and teacher can learn more about themselves without judgment or expectation.
Jamie Treuting Rissman
Jamie is a New Orleans native who moved to Chicago in 2005 after
Hurricane Katrina. After tearing 3 inches of her quadricep tendon, she
found the Bikram Yoga to be crucial for her healing and recovery.
After two years in Chicago, she moved to Arlington, Virginia and
immediately found the nearest Bikram Yoga studios. 5 months later, she
realized her practice had turned into her life passion to be a Bikram Yoga
Instructor.Jamie completed her Bikram Yoga training in Acapulco, Mexico, and has
been a certified instructor since June of 2008.
Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Megan recently moved to the DC area from New York City, and is happy to be practicing and teaching with a new bunch of yogis. She attended Bikram Teacher Training in 2007. When she isn't in the hot room, Megan enjoys cooking, photography, football and reading. "Hope to see you soon!"
Kendall attended her first Bikram class (taught by Tandy!) in the fall of 2007. She fell in love with the hot, sweaty yoga immediately. Ever since completing a 30-day challenge in the fall of 2009, Kendall has practiced a minimum of six times a week and seen infinite rewards, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Kendall considers her first time stepping on the mat in a Bikram studio to be the best decision she ever made. The second best decision was taking a sabbatical from her role as an IT project manager and making the trip to LA for the 9-week Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in the spring of 2011. She sees her role as a Bikram teacher to be one of service and looks forward to sharing her passion for the practice with each and every student. Please say hello when you see Kendall's "happy smiling face" around the studio. She'd love to hear about your journey and help however she can.
Jackie De Oliveira
Jackie discovered Bikram Yoga in fall 2006 and fled the real world in spring 2007 to attend teacher training in Hawaii. As yoga means unity, so being a Bikram instructor is the perfect union of the seemingly disparate experiences that make up her life. Using her experience as a former Army sergeant, long-time physical fitness enthusiast, devoted mother of two beautiful girls, and English lit major wannabe, she strives to teach a disciplined and physically demanding class tempered with a kindness and necessary sense of humor, with a small measure of poetry mixed in. It is her goal that every student in her class with leave healthier, happier, and better able to manage the stress that seems to come with living in Northern Virginia. Jackie feels exponentially blessed that her husband Mark, also a Bikram teacher, shares her passion for this amazing yoga.