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."
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.
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!
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.