It is important for your safety that anyone teaching the Bikram Hot Yoga Method be trained properly.
There are, unfortunately, people who claim to be teachers and have not had the proper training. This can result in injury.
All teachers at Bikram Yoga Byron Bay have undergone intensive training in U.S.A with Bikram Choudhury before becoming certified and are re-certified every 3 years.
Jen MacLachlan, started practising Bikram in 2005, teaching training in 2008 in Acapulco. Straight after training I taught for Darlinghurst Bikram in Sydney for 3 years before opening Bikram Yoga Inner West in 2011. Two daughters who keep Cleave and I very busy, Ishana who is 2, and Samara, just a newbie.
Movement has always been my thing, from a degree in Contemporary Dance from the Uk in 1996, and many styles of yoga over the years. So looking forward to getting more of my own practise back at Bikram Yoga Byron Bay ( so busy with babies! ) and getting to know you all.
Cleave Williams, American, does some acting (The Sapphires ha ha) and started practising Bikram in 2008, co-owns and co-manages with Jen at Bikram Yoga Inner West but only recently did his teacher training in Thailand in 2013. Cleave loves to teach and practise, he is dynamic, strong and commanding and a big personality!
It was early 2004, a random but fateful moment of clarity that I searched the yellow pages for a Bikram yoga studio. I experienced my first class in Brookvale Sydney …. Two words: intense and long! Afterward, I felt an empowering sense of achievement, clarity & strength which kept me going back for more and more …. I remember the genuine support, compassion & encouragement I received from the teachers and it was all life changing.
I love to practice Bikram Yoga … it’s almost always challenging and therefore incredibly rewarding. I realise the more I discover, the more there is to discover… layer after layer. I’ll always be an inspired student because no two classes are ever the same.
I went to training years later in September 2010 and I’ve been teaching full-time at several studio’s in Melbourne, Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Bali and Sydney. Everywhere I arrive, I am home ☺
Bikram Yoga is an incredible tool that brings all the systems of the body & mind into balance. The mental focus it requires gave me a healthy channel for my energy, which had otherwise lead to unhealthy patterns. It has become my foundation, allowing me to experience life from a higher perspective- I see & think clearer, I make better decisions and it has taught me to rise above the ‘drama’ of life and live more from my heart.
We all strive for the same things… to be happy & healthy. Yoga is universal and has an incredible way of simplifying life and bringing us all to the same space of truth- no matter what our circumstance.
I love my job, I teach from my heart and and I’m incredibly humbled and grateful for the path I’m on… See you in class! ☺
The practice of yoga and the teaching of it has brought me closer to this powerful and exciting realization. Yoga nurtures, pulls, challenges and encourages me to be all I can be.
From a young age I had a hunger to nurture myself with things that made me feel well, mentally, emotionally and then later physically. I am and was always a sensitive being to my surroundings, so spending my 20’s and early 30’s in a big city, working huge hours non-stop, late night gigs and fitting in a run or some form of exercise became hectic for me…..
Then, in 2006 I finally got coaxed into trying my first yoga class. It wasn’t just any yoga, it was a 90 minute heated class in which I was challenged in so many incredible ways and on all levels of being, I was brought back to my most raw and clear state.
I felt a deep sense of peace and achievement after class, it had unraveled my previous state of anxiety and I knew I had found something that worked deeply for me. I practiced 6 days a week for a long time, I felt the best I had ever felt and looked it.
I was lucky enough to spend a night dining with Bikram and senior teachers at the beginning of my yoga practice. My home studio owner invited myself and a dear friend, (who went on to get a scholarship from Bikram during the course of that evening), to hang over hot chocolates and chat with Bikram about yoga and western medicine.
At the end of that night, I felt a huge knowing that at some point I wanted to dedicate myself to sharing this healing and activating system of yoga with as many people as I could.
Five years later I did, attending Bikram Yoga TT in L.A , having THE TIME OF MY LIFE, being ripped apart and being built again.
Teaching is something I embody with the full spectrum of my heart. I am always learning and open to the beautiful lessons that arrive through sharing in such an energetic and reflective space.
With equal doses of energy, humour, discipline and compassion, I look forward to meeting you in the hotroom!
Needless to say, after experiencing the healing power of Hath Yoga firsthand, I felt a strong responsibility to share this self empowering knowledge with others in the same kind of pain I had convinced myself to be normal not so long ago. Everyday was a constant reminder of where I had come from and how many people were suffering just as unnecessarily as I had been. All this gradually increasing my conviction and belief in the technique leading to certification as a Bikram Yoga instructor in 2007.
Looking back now, I find it very humbling how simply and efficiently this yoga practice pulled my body and mind back into alignment and in so doing, thankfully my life. Some would say miraculously so, yet the science behind Hatha Yoga is simple and easily understandable. I encourage all inquiring people I meet these days to experience Bikram Yoga first hand as I did years ago; to listen, learn, struggle and ultimately live the happy pain free life, offered so freely to all, yet received by so very few.