HOT YOGA SOUTH STAFF/TEACHERS
For CJ, yoga has been a life-saver, bringing balance to her life. CJ's neck and shoulders, which were damaged in a car accident, became pain-free through regular practice. Importantly, she has learnt to focus and be satisfied with what she can give mentally and physically on a class-by-class basis every day, just as long as she's doing her best. CJ has extremely high standards and tries optimally in all aspects of her life, always committing to going that extra mile if that's what's needed. She truly believes that people of all ages can and should practice yoga, especially those from eight to nine years up. Life for young people is quite fast these days and more than anything they need to be in touch with their inner selves and know their limitations to build their self-confidence.
CJ's ultimate goal as a teacher, coupled with her natural ability to read the body and quickly assess misalignments and potential weaknesses, is to train some yoga champions of the future. CJ teaches a dynamic class, leaving your whole body worked hard. This leaves you energised and refreshed. In her dual role as a studio owner in Brighton and Balham, CJ hopes to enthuse all the students at her studios with her wealth of experience gained from observing how yoga really does heal, change the way we think and behave, but most of all, change the way we interact with people in our lives. 'Self love, self preservation and a will to succeed, starts with you.'
Sam attended her first Bikram yoga class in April 2006 and immediately loved it- the challenge, the heat, the discipline, the energy and the 26 postures. 'I knew that I had found something very special and that I wanted to teach Bikram yoga one day.'
Sam loves that through her regular yoga practice, the lower back pain that she had suffered for several years has disappeared and she generally feels very healthy, particularly straight after class. Sam completed the Bikram yoga teacher training in September 2011, then in November 2014 she trained to teach aerial yoga. 'I am truly grateful and honoured to be able to teach this yoga and help others get the benefits from their practice,' says Sam.
Marta started her Bikram journey in 2009 when one of her friends suggested Bikram and it was love at first class. In 2013 she gave up her career in finance to attend the Bikram yoga teacher training. Besides Bikram yoga she is a certified teacher in Kundalini Yoga and Kids Yoga and her next goal is to specialise in teaching kids with special needs. After graduating she taught in the US, Australia and in Indonesia. She loves sharing her passion for yoga wherever she goes. Teaching in so many different studios, and to such a diversity of students from different cultures, is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences.
Marta's classes are full of energy and passion she transmits to the students and she emphasizes the importance of breathing, alignment and having fun. She believes yoga is not about the poses but about controlling the mind through the breathing. She encourages the students to push themselves through their mental barriers so that they can develop their true potential without all the self-imposed mind limitations.
Tammy was a dedicated gym bunny her whole life and didn’t think anything would tear her away from her kettlebell and spinning sessions until a couple of friends suggested Bikram yoga. Tammy went every day of her intro offer and was amazed at the immediate and drastic effects the yoga had – especially on her insomnia. She signed up as an annual member right away and has practiced almost every day since, culminating in attending teacher training in 2012.
Through this practice, Tammy has found strength and flexibility she didn't even know she had. This has led her to explore other yoga disciplines as well which have further enhanced her Bikram experience. As a teacher, Tammy loves seeing the smiling happy faces leaving the hot room and realising that the powerful and energising benefits she herself has gotten from the practice are being felt by her students too.