Teacher Bios

At Bikram Yoga Folsom, we have 11 regular teachers;  All teachers completed a rigorous 9 week training and are current Bikram Yoga Certified Teachers.

  • Jason (Certified Fall 2009)
  • Melissa (Certified Spring 2010)
  • Matt (Certified Fall 2009)
  • Elle (Certified Spring 2007)
  • Bryan (Certified Spring 2012)
  • Shannon (Certified Spring 2010)
  • Krisi (Certified Fall 2011)
  • Michael (Certified Fall 2009)
  • Alice (Certified Fall 2006)
  • Amber (Certified Spring 2009)
  • Laurie (Certified Spring 2014)
  • Anna (Certified Fall 2004)

Each Teacher has their unique story to tell. One thing that holds true ~ each instructor with challenges of their own, were introduced to Bikram Yoga, never knowing that one day they too would be teaching and encouraging others to join and find their strengths as well.

Tracy (owner) with Jason (manager) accepting the Best of Folsom award for Best Yoga Studio! July 31, 2014

 

It only seemed right to feature Jason and I in the same month. We met 20 years ago in college, and about 7 years ago he took me to my first Bikram Class. It was a small studio in Las Vegas. From that point, I continued my practice as often as I could. When I moved back to Folsom in 2007, there was only one yoga studio on Sutter Street. To get in my Bikram practice, I went over to Bikram Yoga Granite Bay. Then in 2009, Karen opened this beautiful studio. I signed up. My practice was sporadic as with many people I talk to. Raising kids and working full time left me limited time to practice. Those busy days pass as children get older, and now I have a few more hours in the week to practice.

Yoga has been the constant for me. No matter how busy, chaotic, or stressful life gets, I know I have yoga to go to. That 90 minutes away from the noise and busy life has helped ground me, and helped me deal with my life on a different level. I am more patient and it shows with my family, friends and my jobs. It also helps physically with the tension in my neck, shoulders and back. My favorite posture is standing bow, because it shows strength and determination. My least favorite is Standing Head to Knee, because I still cannot do this one even after 7 years, but one day I will. In addition to yoga, I work full- time as an outside sales rep for K&K Construction Supply. We sell construction materials to contractors. Also, I am involved in our sports community, my son plays peewee football and recreation baseball. I am so grateful for the wonderfully supportive teachers we have here. They have really helped me to improve my practice. Also, for my friend, Jason, who was able to relocate from Las Vegas and run the studio, as it allows me to continue to juggle all these items. The students are all so supportive and encouraging. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this community. Thank You!

A Bit About Jason


My journey begins about 7 years ago.  I spent the last 15 years of my life running an average of 20 miles a week. I loved to run.  I looked forward to it everyday. Unfortunately, that 15th year took its toll on my knees and body.  I could not even squat down to get a pot from the lower cabinet without searing pain shooting through my knees.  I didn't know what to do.  I randomly met someone who happened to be a Bikram Yoga teacher.  She told me about the amazing health benefits.  Me being macho, I kind of laughed at the idea of doing yoga.  A bet was made, so right before New Years 2008 I tried my first class.  I will admit that I was a bit nervous, so I brought my brother along.  We both were shocked after the 90 minutes.  My body felt like the Tin Man before class, and it felt like I was oiled up after.  I was hooked!  My brother and I went 2 weeks straight before I had to go back to work on the road.  I did find myself cranking the heater in my hotel room and doing the DVD! Lol...  My journey didn't end there.  In 2009 I opened a Bikram Yoga studio in Las Vegas, got certified in the intense 9 week Bikram Yoga training, and in 2010 I was lucky enough to teach a couple classes in India.  Due to a legal battle with my partner, unfortunately the yoga studio closed in 2013.  Also in 2013 I was in a bad car accident that tore my right knee.  The Orthopedist informed me that not only did I have a tear, but I also have severe degenerative arthritis, as well as no cartilage left in both knees.  In November of 2013 I had to have arthroscopic knee surgery to remove the torn and detached meniscus.  Even after all that, I still wanted to be a part of Bikram Yoga.  I traveled months at a time to San Clemente, CA and Binghampton, NY to help jumpstart, assist in management, teach, and practice consistently at both of my friend's new studios.  In April 2014 my long time friend, Tracy Loveland, purchased Bikram Yoga Folsom.  She asked me to come out and manage the studio for her.  It was an offer I didn't want to pass on.  Since coming here, not only has my body transformed, but I have enjoyed everyday I am at the studio teaching, taking, and running it.  I also met someone and I am looking to make this my permanent community.

I don't really have a favorite posture.  If I had to narrow it down...  Standing Bow- I am going to one day lock it out.  Triangle- It's so powerful and challenging.  Fixed Firm- It makes my knees feel so good!  I love and struggle through all 26. See you there!

A Bit About Shannon

Growing up as an army brat I became accustomed to moving around, it seemed as though every August I would go back to school but it would always be a new school, in a new town or sometimes a new country. I feel so privileged to have gotten to see and experience the world at such a young age.

When I moved away for college I found myself repeating the same pattern of moving, I moved 3 times in one year. Moving around from place to place felt like my life had returned to normal, but I still felt stressed out all of the time and I had a tremendous amount of anxious energy.

Thinking yoga could help redirect that energy I googled it. Bikram Yoga Oceanside popped up on the screen and that's how I found Bikram Yoga.

When I showed up for class I had NO idea what I was getting myself into… It was HOT, I was sweating like crazy, and I LOVED it! I knew right away that this was something that I wanted to incorporate into my daily life.

Becoming a Bikram Yoga teacher was always in the back of my mind but it wasn't until my mother and my best friend passed away in 2008 that I decided to attend Teacher Training.

Losing my mom and then my best friend was a traumatic experience and without all the support of the Bikram Yoga instructors I don't think I could have overcome that loss.

Becoming a Bikram Yoga Teacher and seeing all the healing and joy that it brings to life is why I love teaching.

Namaste,

Shannon

A Bit About Melissa:

I began practicing Bikram yoga in 2009.  Conveniently a Bikram yoga studio opened up across the street from where I lived.  I had no clue what or who Bikram was, and had no previous yoga experience.  I fell in love with the practice from day one. I loved the challenge it gave me, encouraging me to come back everyday to see how I had improved.  I was working as a Blackjack dealer in the toxic casino environment of Las Vegas at the time. I remember getting out of work anticipating my Bikram yoga class so that I could feel fully cleansed from all the stresses and toxins I had encountered throughout my day.

I decided to go to teacher training in 2010.  It seemed as though the opportunity had approached me.  Conveniently, at the time, teacher training was located in Las Vegas.  I could not think of any reason not to go. During the year after graduating Teacher training, I mainly taught in Las Vegas but took time to travel and teach.  I’ve taught in Vancouver B.C., Florida, Alabama, and Hawaii.  I was often traveling to South Lake Tahoe, and I realized there were many Bikram studios in the Sacramento area.

I quit my full time job as a Blackjack dealer in Las Vegas and decided to follow my heart and curiosity.  I relocated to where I could teach yoga full time.  And so here I am residing in Northern California, doing what I love and loving what I do.

Follow your passion and if you are not sure what that is, follow your curiosity.

Youve got to find what you love and that is as true for work as it is for lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what what you do. If you havent found it yet, keep looking and dont settle. As with all matters of the heart, youll know when youve found it.

Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Adress, 2005

A bit about Matt

I started Bikram yoga because of a repetitive strain injury due to computer use. I was, at one time, in 24 hours of pain and not only questioning my ability to function in my career but questioning my ability to function on a day to day basis. I remember one morning it was really bad; it was extremely painful to cut a banana... with a sharp knife, and it took me 5 minutes to put my shoes and socks on. When I found bikram yoga I knew right away that I had found the thing, no weights, no props, just me... and the heat of course. I couldn't wait to be 5 years into the practice.That was at the beginning of 2004. In the fall of 2009 I went to teacher training and then competed in the yoga asana championships for 3 years. This was an amazing experience but a lot of work. Now I try to find more balance between the effort of class and the therapy of class

A bit about Elle

I practiced Bikram yoga for the first time in the summer of 2006 and instantly knew I wanted to teach! I graduated from a 9-week intensive Teacher Training program in Oahu in the spring of 2007. I recently attained a Yin yoga certification as well. My health and wellness are huge priorities in my life. These priorities have led me on a holistic healing path, including certifications in massage, yoga, meditation, and hypnotherapy. It is my goal to motivate, encourage, inspire, and educate students. I believe yoga and meditation are wonderful tools for self-discovery, love, acceptance, understanding, awareness, and transformation.

For the past 14 years, I have been dedicated to my healing path, which has enabled me to physically transform, mentally focus, and spiritually evolve. Teaching yoga has opened the door to many traveling opportunities. I have had the privilege of teaching in Europe: Riga, Latvia; Prague, Czech Republic; and Frankfurt, Germany. I have also taught in Vancouver, British Columbia as well as several cities throughout the western United States. The greatest adventure of my life (so far) has been the peaceful pilgrimage I embarked upon in the summer of 2011 when I walked from San Diego, CA to Vancouver, B.C. Over the course of 86 days, I walked nearly 1,500 miles, visiting 38 yoga studios along the way.


In Gratitude,

Elle Angel

A bit about Michael

My name is Michael Kinsey, I have been practicing Bikram Yoga for nine years.  I completed the rigorous  nine week teacher training in the fall of 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I took my first Bikram class in 2002 after reading and interview with Bill McCauley in the News and Review.  I had never heard of "hot Yoga", so my curiosity was piqued.  About two weeks after I read the article a friend of mine stopped by looking for something to do, so I suggested hot Yoga.  We both tried it and immediately fell in love with the practice.  I was hooked after one class.                               
I was able to practice steadily for three years.  Then I had to take a break.  My schedule wouldn't allow me to make to class.  After a three year break I knew I had to get back to Yoga.  I was able to practice everyday for two years.  Once I got started I couldn't stop.  The Yoga helped me so much.
Then I had a chance phone call with Jim Kallet.  We hadn't been in contact for several years and we were catching up on where our lives were now.  The subject of Bikram Yoga came up.  He suggested that I register for the upcoming teacher training.  I thought about it for a couple of weeks and realized this would be my only chance if I wanted to go.  So, I made the commitment mind, body, and soul.  Best decision I ever made.
At this point I don't really have favorite or least favorite poses.  I do have poses that challenge me more than others and it is not always the same poses. 
Camel can be very challenging for me because I never know what I am going to get out this pose.  Sometimes it is a very emotional pose and sometimes it is a deep opening in a good way.  but, I never know until I am in the pose.
Half-moon and hands-to-feet poses are good because they are very centering poses for me and my  body is starting to warm up and loosen up.  It knows that the practice has started and the Yoga journey has just started.
Bikram told us, "Yoga is everything".  When I heard this I thought he was being dramatic.  Now, I understand his statement a little better.  No matter what one is doing it is Yoga-hobbies, work, relationships, everything.  So in a sense now all I do is Yoga.  Thank you Bikram.

See you in the Yoga room!

A bit about Krisi

A bit about Alice

A bit about Laurie

A bit about Anna

A bit about Amber