I was born during the onset of the 1975 liberation struggle of which is currently Zimbabwe. I lived with my family in the Svosve village until our independence in 1980. We then moved to the village community of Macheke where …
We are thrilled to have Madonna representing our Bikram Yoga Community as she has transformed herself with consistent and determined practice over the past four months. In 2010, Madonna and her husband were in an automobile accident resulting in extensive …
The first time Chris practiced Bikram yoga was in Laguna Beach, over 14 years ago. Although he wasn’t able to continue the practice, he felt the benefits and knew there was something in it for him later on in his …
We are excited to announce that Bonnie Simon, one of our long standing students has been selected as July 2015 Bikram Yoga Temecula Student of the Month. Bonnie, age 67, has been both a student and teacher of yoga. Over …
I was born during the onset of the 1975 liberation struggle of which is currently Zimbabwe. I lived with my family in the Svosve village until our independence in 1980. We then moved to the village community of Macheke where I enjoyed a simple, yet nourishing childhood.
Then, on May 26,1995 – with one bag and a courageous heart, I left my homeland and flew to the USA in pursuit of a higher education. Against enormous odds, I earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a MS in Software Engineering, and a PhD in Sustainability Education. I’m grateful for the privilege to grow as a scholar and for the opportunity to do meaningful work.
Indeed, I have travelled far; yet it’s my deep-seated compassion for others and an optimistic belief in my own capacity to be an agent of change that’s enabled me to create the Macheke Sustainability Project (a non-profit initiative seeking to empower the people of my village to turn from a life of abject poverty).
Bikram Yoga found me about 6 months ago and my immediate goal was simple; become more flexible. However, I quickly realized with each practice, I discovered something new opened inside of me. I became deeply engaged in Bikram Yoga because here was a practice challenging me to be fully present and fully focused. My posture, my balance, my emotions, my breathing.
As a fervent yogini, I’m inspired to contribute more to my self-development. I currently live in Winchester and when not working, studying or researching I enjoy laughter with friends, travel to sunshine places, work on my book projects and practice yoga.
I love Bikram Yoga Temecula. It’s become a nurturing haven for me to recharge, make new friends and, most importantly grow. Each instructor, in their own way imparts something to my self development; be it creativity, compassion or a challenge. My lower back pain has subsided, I feel more alert and I’m losing the excess weight. My initial goal was to become more flexible – and I am still working on that with my smiling happy face ☺
We are thrilled to have Madonna representing our Bikram Yoga Community as she has transformed herself with consistent and determined practice over the past four months.
In 2010, Madonna and her husband were in an automobile accident resulting in extensive damage and reconstructive surgery to her right arm. After months of physical therapy, Madonna 28, found herself spiraling into feelings of depression, insecurity, mood swings with no foreseeable end. “I had to somehow find my way back to good mental and physical health and be free of chronic pain.”
After discovering Bikram Yoga Temecula, Madonna committed to a practice of six times per week and is targeting a goal of 100 practices before she and her husband depart to Fort Lewis, Washington in October. “With my consistent practice I’ve lost weight, my legs are more toned, I can handle the ups and downs of life far easier now and, best of all I’m off medication!” she exclaimed.
Madonna felt she had struggled to finish things in her life, yet has found practicing Bikram Yoga has provided an avenue of strength, both physically and emotionally. “I’ve never told myself I can’t do it. With family support and Bikram Yoga I seem to be gaining a special endurance and inner power I had never experienced.” So much so that Madonna’s ultimate goal to heal herself and serve others by becoming a Bikram Yoga instructor herself. “I want to help others overcome their struggles and problems and be free.”
Keep up the great work, Madonna! You inspire us all!
The first time Chris practiced Bikram yoga was in Laguna Beach, over 14 years ago. Although he wasn’t able to continue the practice, he felt the benefits and knew there was something in it for him later on in his life.
Chris, now 46, pursued a football scholarship through Oregon University, yet due to a knee injury he transferred to University of Oregon to study Search and Rescue, S.C.U.B.A. while surfing the summers and skiing the winters. Always being active and outdoors, Chris had continued to keep trim and fit.
Later, married with three children and a business career, his life began the inevitable change as did his body. Like many of us, Chris seemed to have lost a part of himself in pursuit of things outside of himself. Last November, his wife Julia found out about Bikram Yoga Temecula and purchased an Intro Month for Chris.
Within his first 60 days of practice, Chris lost over 28 lbs.
“I no longer eat too much. Maybe 1.5 meals a day. I don’t have a short fuse with my family and business associates like I used to. I can easily control the frustrations of life.” Practicing three to four times per week he continues to avoid knee surgery, feels better, sleeps better, is more self confident, and much lighter on his feet feeling 110%. “In fact, I’ve become obsessed with practicing yoga!” says Chris.
After practicing 8 months now, Chris entertains the possibility of becoming a Bikram Yoga teacher in the not-too-distant future. We’re glad to have Chris and his family as well as a part of our community. Keep going, Chris!
We are excited to announce that Bonnie Simon, one of our long standing students has been selected as July 2015 Bikram Yoga Temecula Student of the Month. Bonnie, age 67, has been both a student and teacher of yoga. Over 15 years ago, she began her yoga journey taking classes at a local community college on hardwood floors. Several years after, she traveled to India and took a teacher training with the Himalayan Institute, and later another training in Anusara Yoga.
For over 47 years, Bonnie has worked for the airlines. “As an attendant, I need patience and compassion. Therefore, practicing yoga over the years has provided me a constant opportunity to be more centered and grounded. Also, lifting and storing luggage had brought on a chronic hip, neck, and psoas pain actually causing an eight percent disability. I needed to find a way to curb or eliminate the unending pain.”
“My first Bikram Yoga experiences were in Oceanside and I was intrigued.” My work routed me through Amsterdam and I practiced there as well. Couldn’t understand the dialogue too well. One set in English and another in Dutch!”
Here is what Bonnie says about why she turned to Bikram Yoga. “When I finish a practice I’m pain free. In my earlier practice of yoga I was pushing far too hard to get it right. Now I simply listen and let go… making a game of it. Not looking this way or that way. Just focus on myself for the 90 minutes.”
We are pleased to announce to our yoga community that Brenda Rockstroh has been selected as Bikram Yoga Temecula May 2015 Student of the Month. Brenda came to BYT the first night we opened our doors in December 2012 suffering from deep lower back pain and a herniated disc. Since then, she has practiced a total of 266 times and over 400 hours in the hot room!
When we asked Brenda, 48, what how Bikram Yoga has helped her she told us that “Bikram Yoga has helped control my lower back and sciatica pain, along with strengthening my entire body. The breathing methods that are taught in the classroom help me in my daily life. Not only have they allowed me to be a calmer person with better mental focus and clarity but also helped in my transition off of prescription pain medication. I find that when I attend class regularly I feel happier and I have less stress. Everyone has personal goals for attending Bikram Yoga but I believe the group also provides a team atmosphere. We practice in silence but we are all sharing our energy, enthusiasm and supporting each other through group movement. What started out as a hobby has turned into a lifetime commitment to Bikram Yoga.”
Since her return from herniated disc surgery, Brenda completed the Spring 2015 Challenge and intends to continue her practice and recovery without fail. “I don’t see any end in sight!” she said.
Way to go, Brenda!
“For the larger part of my life, I had always worked so hard to take care of the needs of my husband, my children, my friends. I constantly gave all of my energy and time to others, yet never took the time for myself and found I was not only losing them, but myself in the process. I needed to be me… put me first. Somehow I had to find the first step to learn to live in the spirit.”
We are pleased and happy to announce that Silvia Echavarria has been selected as April 2015 Bikram Yoga Temecula Student of the Month. Silvia, age 42 and a mother of three children, works full time, and still has time to target her practice 2-3 times per week and be a key part of our Work Exchange program. Silvia has also completed two Bikram Yoga Temecula challenges; a 30 day and a Holiday Challenge both within one year AND completed three classes in one day during the 2014 Holiday Challenge!
“Back in February 2014 I was reading “El Poder de Escuchar” by Ismael Cala. In his book he recommended Bikram Yoga as a way to begin a path of change. I put the book down, googled Bikram Yoga, found BYT, and immediately attended my first class that same day.”
With her consistent practice, Silvia is undergoing a total transformation in her personal and family life. “My friendships, and relationships are no longer the same. I now only want to spend my time with those I love and who love me. When I look in the mirror I now love what I see. Bikram Yoga has given me the courage and the strength to become what I want to become. My life has changed. Food, diet, relationships, even my breathing has changed.” I just love it.”
We’re very happy to have Silvia as a continuing member of our yoga community. Keep going, Silvia!
We’re happy to announce that Bradley Anderson has been selected as Bikram Yoga Temecula’s Student of the Month for March 2015. His strong focus and determination made him a likely candidate. Bradley’s enthusiasm and energetic personality can be both inspiring and contagious for those around him. He has a commitment to a steady and consistent practice of 4-5 times per week which has brought about in him a tremendous change.
“Practicing at Bikram Yoga Temecula for the past six months has transformed my life. Changed it. Completely. Inside out. My shoulder, the one that was operated on, is opening up like never before and the chronic pain I’ve had for years isn’t as strong as it was. I sleep deeper, my anxiety level has plummeted and I feel more relaxed and stronger inside than I have in many, many years. I feel a huge sense of being grounded and without any of those nagging fears. ”
After making the decision to sell his construction business he had managed for over 20 years and see his children grown and on their own, Bradley, 60, felt it was time for a long awaited move for himself in a completely different direction. An avid surfer (both internationally and local) Bradley has always been active and has taken good care of himself. In the past the gym had always provided enough exercise with the free weights and machines, yet something deeper, something more satisfying was needed.
“I’d heard about yoga and had seen people practicing it in the gym, yet never took to it. It wasn’t for me at the time.” Then, sometime back in October 2014 Bradley came across an opportunity to try Bikram yoga and he hasn’t looked back since the first pranayama.
“I’m going to keep up my steady practice and I’m pretty excited to see where my path goes.” Bradley tends to practice in the mornings so when you see him take a moment and congratulate him for the work he’s done and being selected as Student of the Month. Way to go, Bradley!
A hearty congratulations to Kasha Fadaie for being selected as BYT January’s Student of the Month!
Kasha, 40 years old and a father of two, has been practicing at Bikram Yoga Temecula with an unwavering dedication of four to five times per week over the past two years. When Kasha walked in the studio for the first time on the evening of January 19th, 2013 he knew there was something powerful, yet calming about the practice. “Practicing Bikram Yoga Kasha said, afforded me a vision. I can see exactly where I want to go and how I can get there.” And Kasha has come a long way over these past two years.
Earlier in his life, Kasha’s physical stamina was low. He didn’t have much perseverance. However, after practicing Bikram Yoga with a steady clip an enormous reserve of staying power and vitality was discovered inside of him. “I had heard that Bikram Yoga increases fortitude and determination, yet being the pragmatic guy that I am, I needed evidence… tangible results.”
Kasha was invited on an 18 mile bicycle ride with a younger, 25 year old friend and much to his surprise Kasha was not only able to keep up with his younger friend the entire ride, he had none of the familiar aches and pains the following few days that most experienced riders might feel. “The pranayama and the asanas have opened my lungs and blood vessels to the point I can now take in a significantly more amount of oxygen than before. I just don’t get tired any more like I used to.”
With his continued practice of Bikram Yoga, Kasha has also found a sense of peace, an and an acceptance in life. “I feel as though the power to decide and choose what I want for my life is mine. No one else’s. The discipline and focus the practice requires enables me to control my mind, thereby controlling my destiny.”
As a final comment, Kasha shares: “Most importantly, my practice of Bikram Yoga permits my mind and body to break down all barriers and all limitations. It simply shatters them!’
“I hadn’t ridden my road bike in over seven years, which I really love to do and my husband and I rode 50 miles through Valley Center, Rice Canyon, Rainbow this past summer in 100 degree weather and I tell you he was gassed. I mean gassed to the max. Me? It was though I hadn’t skipped a beat. It’s the Bikram and the pranayama. That’s it.”
Bikram Yoga Temecula’s November’s Student of the Month goes to Abby Joseph, who has been practicing at Bikram Yoga Temecula consistently since opening day in December 2012. Abby, who has four children, seven grandchildren, and works full time as a social worker continues to find the time to practice in the hot room 4-5 times per week. “I have a Type A personality and have found I can better manage my daily stress and I’m far more calm, both inside and out when I practice.” Abby, age 47, continues to surf and paddle board at her favorite spots in Carlsbad and Oceanside and has no plans to slow down or stop.
Abby finds the Bikram practice safe, predictable, and is never bored with it. She remarked with a smile, “I’m always working on my postures to get them a little better each time because I’ve learned ‘How you do anything is how you do everything’.” Each day I want to get my practice a little better and better which will help my surfing and paddle boarding get a little better and better.”
Congratulations to Abby!
“There’s really no completion with my Bikram Yoga. I’m always working my postures – tweaking them here, pushing a bit there. The way I see it, I have a lifetime to get them all right.”
We’re pleased to announced that Bikram Yoga Temecula has chosen Evelyn Murphy, age 65- going on 25, as our first candidate for BYT Student of the Month. Evelyn has been practicing at Bikram Yoga Temecula since the second day we opened, December 18th 2012, and has logged a total of, get this, 313 times totaling 470 hours in our hot room! You may recognize Evelyn by her friendly demeanor throughout the studio, or determination to make even the smallest of corrections to improve her practice.
A practicing Bikram yogini for the past 17 years, she doesn’t plan to stop anytime in the near future. Originally from Boston, Evelyn was introduced to Bikram Yoga by one of her daughters and after experiencing her first 90 minutes she felt she may have found a way to extend her lifelong passion of competitive horseback riding. Evelyn has found that the discipline, tenacity, and strength required in the Bikram hot room aids greatly improving the skills required for her local and regional competitions. Between her equestrian competitions, full time work, and managing her avocado orchard, she still finds time to practice yoga 4-5 times per week.
Congratulations to Evelyn!