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.

  • Melissa (Certified Spring 2010)
  • Jason (Certified Fall 2009)
  • 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

A Bit About Jason


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:

My name is Melissa. I began practicing bikram yoga in June 2009. I stumbled into a studio that opened up across the street from where I lived-I had no clue what Bikram was and had never done any kind of yoga before. My first class I walked in with sweatpants and t-shirt, boy was I in for a surprise. I was hooked immediately after the first day, it was a challenge, and I loved it. At the time I was going through a slight depression.

I felt alone, lost and had no direction. Going to class gave me a reason to wake up, as soon as class was finished I would anticipate the next days class-so eager to be able to go deeper into the postures. Walking into a Bikram studio was/is like a breath of fresh air, literally, I lived in Las Vegas at the time and worked in the< toxic environment of the casino industry.

I was only 4 months into my practice when I decided I wanted to go to teacher training. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason. Teacher training was located in Las Vegas 2010, I could not think of any reason not to go.

During that year after graduating Teacher Training I mainly taught in Las Vegas, but took time to travel and teach as well such as, Vancouver B.C. , Florida, Alabama, and Hawaii. I was also visiting South Lake Tahoe, and realized that there were many Bikram studios located in the Sacramento area.

August 2011 I quit my full time job as a Blackjack dealer in Las Vegas and decided to relocate to where I could make Bikram yoga my career. It is my goal to motivate, encourage, inspire, and educate students.

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