A native Houstonian, Wayne has always been an athlete. He was a long distance runner for 8 years throughout middle school, high school, and college. After an injury to his knee during his freshman year in college, he switched his career to dance and trained with several Professional Dance Companies here in Houston and in Chicago. However, after a career ending injury in dance, his path would lead him eventually into the Bikram Hot Yoga community. It was there in his first Bikram Yoga class in 2005 that Wayne would begin his journey into the world of Yoga Poses, Flexibility, Strength, Balance, Breathing Technique, and lots of letting go of the ego.
June 2011, Wayne graduated from Bikram Yoga College of India, as a Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher. Wayne took his first class in the 84 Yoga Posture Advance Series in September 2014, which led him to start training for the 2014-2015 Texas Regional Yoga Asana Championship in November 2014. His performance and score earned him a spot to participate in the May 2015 USA National Yoga Asana Championship in Binghamton, NY. "The last six months of advance yoga training has elevated my personal yoga practice and career as a Bikram Yoga Teacher." "I teach with much more enthusiasm, passion, purpose, focus, and confidence since training and competing." "Students of Bikram Yoga love the additional posture tips and suggestions that I pass their way. They are craving information that will help improve their Bikram postures and practice."
Ana Allen first stepped into a Bikram Yoga studio in the fall of 2007. In spite of her skepticism, and disbelief of the benefits of yoga, she followed her sister’s advice and signed up for a 60 day challenge right from the start. It was love at first sweat! She went on to complete several more 60 day challenges and found the perfect way to get rid of every day stress. Her love for the practice and desire to help others lead her to become Bikram yoga teacher certified in the spring of 2013. It was in training that she completed a 100 class challenge that accessed her inner strengths. She believes that everyone should strive to find the balance between their mind and their body. Her mantra has always been, anything is possible. Born in Honduras and raised in Houston Texas, Ana was adopted and always worked hard to succeed in life. She is thankful for an amazing family that has encouraged her and believed in her. Blessed with a unique past, Ana has become the person that she is today. Besides teaching yogis in the hot room, she also teaches young sixth graders reading and writing. She is the world’s truest optimist and tries to pass on the calm and peaceful spirit to others in her class. Her motto in the hot room is simple, always try your best! Your best is different than your neighbor’s best so focus on you and only you. Clear your mind, breathe, and have fun! It’s only Yoga!
Cindy started practicing yoga in 1987 at a community center in Fort Lauderdale. She found Bikram yoga in 1994, and fell in love with the consistency and added heat. In 2000, she was certified with Bikram Choudhury, who taught every day and let most of the posture clinics during training. Raj (his spouse) spoke on chakras and the ethereal body. Doctors came in to teach anatomy and physiology during the training, and Cindy was one of 100 trainees during the 12 week period. She is also trained in Ashtanga yoga, Sivananda, Kripalu courses, and Thai Yoga Massage. Cindy has taught in a women’s prison, after school programs, and other yoga clinics. She inspires and promotes body awareness, spiritual truth, and strength and discipline.
Marina Shioura has been a Bikram Yoga Instructor since spring 2005. Inspired by her mother to help others for the good of all, Marina graduated with a Bachelors in Nursing in 1992 from Loyola University of Chicago.
Learning about Bhakti Yoga ( practice of devotion to attain grace.) in grade school among the Hare Krishnas in southern California set forth the love of learning about the many and varied facets and mysteries of yoga. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda while read in high school further inspired her spirit, as did volunteering in India and seeing where this ancient practice evolved.
In the early nineties Marina was fortunate to have had the opportunities to practice different yoga styles with some of the premier teachers of the time and still are today in Los Angeles, CA. including Manouso Manos, Senior B.K.S. Iyengar Teacher, Gurmurk Kaur Khalsa of Golden Bridge Yoga & teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, and Bryan Kest founder of Power Yoga in Santa Monica. It was at this time a friend invited her to practice a Bikram Yoga class for her very first time, and as they say the rest is history. The health benefits derived from the 26 asana Bikram Yoga series are practical and attainable, the repetition of the series allows one to master the posture, become more confident and enjoy the effects of a balanced hormonal system not to mention the many other wonderful benefits.
A passionate believer in the mind body connection and the power of the body to heal itself, Marina strives to develop the talents and potential of her students by teaching the Bikram Yoga series. It is immensely rewarding to assist others to be healthy and at peace, more energized and vital at any age.
Lynn Ferguson has been practicing yoga for 12 years & has been teaching for 11 years. She has her BS in Physical Education & has been teaching Ballroom Dance for 36 years, 17 of them competing professionally. This combination has given her better knowledge of the body motion & mechanics for Bikram Yoga. Don’t miss it!
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I'm from Ayr, Ontario, Canada. On a weight loss mission, I decided to try yoga in the next town. Years of practicing there led me to hatha yoga training. After teaching for years, I wanted to practice something different. I tried a Bikram class in Kitchener. I loved that I was sweating in class right from the start!! Everyone at the studio was great and I loved regularly attending so I decided I wanted to teach it too. I took training November 2012. It was tough but I did it and was awarded the Flower Petal Blooming award. I’ve had experience helping people with head injuries and I
have seen how yoga calms minds, stretches and strengthens bodies, and gives a whole clean feeling. I love seeing people walking on air and feeling super after class. I know yoga makes me feel great so I hope my teaching can help others feel as great as me if not better!
Tanja Martin graduated from Bikram Yoga College of India, as a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor December 2015.
Born and raised in Germany, Tanja did not start her regular yoga practice until 2011 in Las Vegas. Playing competitive tennis at the time trying to "just"get some stretching in, she stumbled into a Bikram Yoga Class and has loved it ever since. Quickly she gave up tennis altogether to dedicate all of her recreational time exclusively to Bikram Yoga.
Tanja moved to Houston December 2014. There she found BYWH and with it a new job opportunity that turned a passion into a new career. To further share her enthusiasm for the Bikram Series with everyone at the studio, Tanja attended Teacher Training 2015 in Thailand.
With her husband's encouragements and support Tanja has been a full time Bikram Yoga Teacher ever since.
Bikram Yoga is both an invigorating physical and a unique mental workout designed for beginners of all fitness levels.
"If it doesn't CHALLENGE you, it doesn't CHANGE you " (Fred Devito).
Janet was born in Germany and used to work as a speech pathologist in Germany and Switzerland before moving to Houston in 2010. Here, she fell in love with gardening with no garden job too big and nothing too heavy to lift. Soon she started to develop an unbearable lower back and hip pain. Bikram Yoga, amongst several other types of yoga she tried, was the only one that seemed to work to alleviate her
Towards the end of 2015 Bikram Yoga Westheimer was looking for a part time front desk person and Janet took this great opportunity to support the
studio as well as deepening her regular practice. Bikram Yoga has not only had great physical benefits for Janet, she has learned so much about life and herself, it has made her a better person.
"Happiness does not depend on what you have or what you are. It solely relies on what you think" -Buddha-