Before discovering Bikram Yoga Martin spent 14 years as a Fire Fighter. He was also a keen sportsman and was a self-confessed gym junkie! Due to the intense sports activities over a number of years Martin suffered serious knee injuries, which lead to arthritis in his knees and ongoing problems with his back and hips until one day is he was persuaded to try a Bikram class.
Back in those days Martin had very little flexibility and was unable to do many of the postures, which frustrated him, but he loved the complete body work out. He says that it was one of the hardest, most challenging things he had ever done in his life! After 5 weeks of regular practice he noticed his knees were pain free and the discomfort in his back and hips had eased. More than that something was happening internally. Through a regular Bikram practice he is a much calmer, happier person.
Martin and his wife Katie met in the hot room and work as a great team.
Martin is one of the most popular teachers and its easy to see why. He teachers with humour and lightness whilst giving students an authentic 'dialogue' class every time.
Martin also managers the yoga studio and he is available for students and teaches 7 days a week.
Take Martin's class and be prepared to you laugh out loud, sweat and cry!
Katie has been fortunate enough to have taught in some of the biggest studios in London, California and Sydney.
In 2007 Katie met Martin. Together they shared a dream to create a Bikram Yoga Studio which was full of love and to inspire people to improve their health and happiness. In 2012 Bikram Yoga Northern Beaches was opened.
Katie loves 'holding space' for deep healing and transformation. In addition to teaching Bikram yoga, managing the studio (with Martin) Katie teaches Yin Yoga and runs Yoga Retreats in Bali.
“Whatever your age, injury or prior yoga experience (if any at all), this yoga will benefit your mind and body in ways you never imagined possible”. Katie
Known for her compassion and gentle teaching style, she also has has a no-nonsense approach to life and believes that anything is possible with passion, clear intention and love.
Katie has an amazing ability to connect with students whilst encouraging them to keep on sweating and smiling!
Dave then went on to spend hundreds of dollars trying to find the “cure” for his back issues – visiting doctors, physios, chiropractors - once, twice a week for years. An x-ray finally revealed that he had less than 4% of the disc left between L4 and L5 and he was informed that the human body doesn’t have the mechanisms to heal that sort of degeneration. In addition to the back problems, Dave’s depression plagued him for most of his life.
With nothing to lose he tried Bikram Yoga. Dave says, “Everything in the class killed me, it was agony during and after the class and the next day it didn’t feel much better. I was dubious that this was going to fix me, but was reassured by my teacher who said that I should keep going. So I did.”
18 months later the pain, and the depression, was entirely gone. That was over 10 years ago and Dave has now been National Yoga Asana Champion twice and runner up twice. 10 years ago he couldn’t sit in a car for 10 minutes, now he can sit on a plane for 18 hours flying to LA to compete in the Yoga Competitions!
Dave is now an amazing senior teacher at Bikram Yoga Northern Beaches whom is respected by his fellow teachers and students.
He teaches a strong class, he will encourage you to have faith in the process and work through the pain, just as he did. Dave tells his students if you don’t want to suffer in your life, practice yoga. 90 minutes a day = 90 years of pain-free happy life!
Barabara has practising Bikram yoga daily since 2006. She completed her teacher training in Spring of 2007 and taught in Singapore for two years before returning to Australia, where she spent six months teaching at a newly opened Bikram studio in Noosa.
Now she has returned back to Sydney where she first started and where she feels she belongs the most. "I am thrilled to teach alongside so many amazing teachers here. Teaching is my daily passion and I'm blessed to be able to share something I love with others around me".
Within 3 Months she noticed a major improvement in her whole well being and she was hooked for life.
She moved with her husband to Australia in 2007 and continued on her Yoga Journey in Brisbane. Always eager to learn, Jacqueline decided to go to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2008. Since graduating from TT she traveled all over the world to teach at some amazing Studios and spread the Yoga Love. She had the chance to meet many inspiring Senior Teachers, Coaches, and some amazing Yogi's!
After 2 years of traveling , in 2010 she decided to open her own Bikram Yoga Studio in Australia's Capital, Canberra. Here she was able to create Canberra's first ever Bikram Yoga Community. Over a period of 4 years she has lovingly created a welcoming Yoga Community in Canberra, always making sure to keep growing herself as well by attending as many workshops and seminars in Australia and around the world as possible.
After 4 years she decided to sell the Studio to focus more on family life. Her home base is now in Sydney on the Northern Beaches. Jacqueline is very excited to be able to help students reach a new level of confidence, to see them grow into the best person they can possibly be: themselves. She teaches a powerful class and likes to pay attention to detail.
"Two camels a day keeps the Chiropractor away!"
Greg began his journey with Bikram Yoga almost by default in 2009. A dear friend had completed teacher training and he supported her need to practice teaching by putting his body on the line, taking private classes at 4:30 in the morning before work, and was surprised to find that he enjoyed the physical challenge of the practice.
A few years later, at the lowest emotional point in his life, Bikram Yoga literally saved his life. By committing to his practice he regained structure and meaning in his life, and he happily attests to how his body began responding and repairing itself through regular practice. Even more astonishingly, one morning he forgot to take the chronic medication for stomach ulcers and reflux that he’d relied on for nearly 30 years, and has not needed to take it since.
He’d sustained numerous injuries as a competitive athlete, from playing Rugby into his twenties, and those sustained during the four years he served actively as a combat soldier. He smiles wryly as he recounts the ‘indecent’ number of fractures, dislocations, torn muscles and ligaments, and surgeries including a complete lumbar disk replacement, which he’d unlikely use as an excuse not to ‘try the right way’
He recalls that when he started his Bikram Yoga practice, he needed help putting socks on and only owned slip-on shoes as tying shoe-laces was mission impossible – this of course is a thing of the past.
Passionate about and driven to share the life-changing benefits he experienced from practicing Bikram Yoga, Greg qualified as a teacher in 2013. He is an energetic and compassionate teacher, with an ever growing knowledge of the healing properties of Bikram Yoga; emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and physically.
Bikram Yoga is something that has always provided a sound body and mind for Jessica and she loves that as a teacher she can share those same benefits with her students.
"Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, but as it applies to the other." T. Krishnamacharya
In 2007 Mariki immigrated to Australia via Roma in the Queensland outback where she worked as a clinical psychologist for 2 years in the rural areas. As there were no Bikram Studios for hundreds of kilometres, Mariki practiced Bikram Yoga on her own with Bikram's CD in a little heated room with a big mirror, joined by her cat, Bagheera. This prepared her for Bikram teacher training in 2009.
Mariki taught her first class in Brisbane, and soon after moved to Sydney where she has been teaching at several studios for the past 5 years. Absolutely loving it, her passion and belief in Bikram yoga is ever growing. Mariki teaches a joyful yet disciplined class and focuses awareness towards transcending limitations and pushing the edge.
Her own battle with breast cancer prompted her to follow her dreams and move to Australia in 2003.
Heather admits to being a heat junkie but had never heard of Bikram yoga before trying her 1st class in 2005 - her practise was sporadic initially until participating in her 1st 30 day challenge. Then she became hooked!!
Reasonably fit, she was well aware of the changes to her body with regular practice - but the changes to her psychological health continue to amaze her!
Heather decided to go to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2014 and she truly believes Bikram yoga makes us bullet proof.
Heather says "forget what you can't do- it's what you CAN do that counts!"
Alison completed her Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 and she has a range of experience from her time as a gymnast, gymnastics’ coach, karate student and fitness/aerobics instructor that enriches her understanding of human physiology.
And not only that, Alison is also the founder of the DETOX a yoga mat purifying spray that we sell at the Studio!
Come take her class and let Alison guide you though 90 minutes of HOT Yoga and let her help you discover the benefits of "Locking the Knee"!