Instructor Bios

At Bikram Yoga Folsom, we have 7 regular instructors.

  • Karen (owner)
  • Katie
  • Bryan
  • Jeremy
  • Shannon
  • Krista
  • Melissa
     

Each instructor 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.

A Bit About Katie:

My whole life I struggled with weight problems. I was always active, played tons of sports, including soccer in high school and rugby in college at Chico State. However, I never felt comfortable with how I looked unless I was on some kind of strict diet.

In April of 2007, I was on a trip with some girlfriends in San Diego. They mentioned they were going to try hot yoga the following week. I had never done any yoga before, but I jumped on board and tried it with them. I was unsure about it at first, but my husband urged me to keep going.

Before I knew it, my eating habits were becoming healthier on their own and I had completely switched over to drinking only water. After a few weeks of doing the same 26 postures over and over again, I noticed increased strength, my will power to get through all the postures without sitting out had increased, the teacher even occasionally saying good Katie. I knew I had finally found what worked for me.

By Spring of 2008, I was off to Acapulco, Mexico for teacher training. In 2009 I became pregnant with my first child, and continued practicing Bikram yoga. I gained nearly 40 pounds during my pregnancy, and thanks to my committed yoga practice, I have lost 60 pounds post baby. I feel better than ever.

I look forward to competing for the first time this coming January (2011) in the Northern California Yoga Competition. Im forever grateful because Bikram yoga has changed my life in the most amazing ways.

First Yoga Competition in Stockton, CA, January 15th!

A Bit About Shannon

Growing up as an army brat I became accustomed to moving around, it seemed as though every AugustI 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, Vacouver 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