Our Teachers

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)
Matt (Certified Fall 2009)
Bryan M (Certified Spring 2012)
Krisi (Certified Fall 2011)
Michael (Certified Fall 2009)
Alice (Certified Fall 2006)
Amber (Certified Spring 2009)
Laurie (Certified Spring 2014)
Anna (Certified Fall 2004)
Karen Chapmen
Tracy Loveland
Brian A

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.

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 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.

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 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!