Bikram Yoga Classes that Make You Sweat

A Guide to Bikram Yoga Classes and Gear for Monterey

Author: Eva Horton

Meet Our Bikram Yoga Instructors

Here you will have the opportunity to meet our family of yoga instructors at Bikramyogamonterey.

This information is very useful when it comes to scheduling appointments depending on your level of yoga experience. For example, Lara is our go-to instructor for beginners and pregnant women looking for a light yoga session.

Lara Carey

I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of western New York near Rochester. I moved to Boulder in 2002, when I started Bikram Yoga. I was 23 years old. 

At first, I lived near another Bikram yoga studio in Boulder, which is no longer in business. When I moved to North Boulder and heard that there was a Bikram studio nearby, I was delighted.

I took my first class and was hooked. I loved the view of the mountains from the studio, the way it’s tucked back off the beaten track, and the vibe in general.

I was certified as an instructor in November 2010 in San Diego, California. In teacher training, at the end of class when all 400 of us were lying in savasana, Bikram would occasionally sing. If you get the CD, you can hear his voice. Imagine listening to that after class with four hundred other people. It was awesome.

My practice of Bikram yoga keeps me in tune with myself and also in tune with my physical body. Being in tune helps me make sound decisions in life and in health—both big decisions and the small daily ones.

This clarity has made my life more meaningful and fulfilling. I became an instructor because of my desire to be a part of facilitating this amazing process for others.

Erin DaCosta

I’m originally from Connecticut but came to Boulder from New York City where I lived for nine years. I started practicing Bikram in Manhattan in December 2008 at the age of 29. I came to Boulder to pursue my Ph.D in Diplomatic History at CU and have been fortunate enough to mentor with Radha and teach as much as my academic schedule will allow!

My first interaction with Bikram was when I saw him speak in Manhattan and waited in the long line to have him sign my copy of his book. But that paled in comparison to my second interaction: getting up in front of the 430 Bikram yoga teacher trainees, visiting teachers, training staff, and Bikram himself to deliver the Half Moon pose dialogue. He smiled and said “very good, next!” which is precisely what you want to hear from him—no commentary, no criticism.

I started thinking about attending training about six months into my practice but wasn’t sure how I could make it happen financially and logistically. I finally made the decision to attend the 2011 spring Teacher Training  in L.A. and will never regret it. I cashed in my savings and investments, quit my job, and left my husband for nine of the best weeks of my life.

If you don’t see your yoga instructor here, you can find their bios in one of our other Meet the Instructors articles.

Benefits of Bikram Yoga

The postures in the series work synergistically and cumulatively to align and balance the body. Bikram yoga builds energy, stamina, and finesse.

Postures gently stretch, squeeze and massage the internal organs, flushing out the cardiovascular system, and stimulating the endocrine and nervous systems. Out of balance hormones and enzymes get released or inhibited as necessary. (The body is self-regulating and self-adjusting. It knows what and how much it needs.)

Heart Benefits of Bikram Yoga

Cholesterol in the blood gets regulated, and also gets blasted out of the arteries and veins; oxygen and nutrients are supplied to parts of the body that have been in “cold storage”; toxins are eliminated; the central nervous system is both energized and soothed.

The lymphatic nervous system is also flushed out and the immune system is boosted. Sexual vitality and fertility are improved.

The internal organs and endocrine glands are brought back into balance and peak efficiency. The body’s nerve channels and energy meridians are reopened and strengthened.

Lung capacity is expanded, leading to greater vitality. Bones are strengthened. The joints are opened and lubricated. The muscles are strengthened, toned, and made more flexible.

Deep stretching helps pregnant women lose weight by reorganizing cells’ lipids and proteins, so that calories can be more effectively burned. This reorganization on the cellular level helps the body to operate at peak efficiency, which also leads to greater energy.

Visit our boutique

Choose from the peninsula’s best selection of yoga lifestyle clothing – Lulu-lemon, Prana, Shakti, Breathe, Karma, Belisama, and more. We carry sizes XS through XL. Or choose a new mat, yoga bag, or Yogi-toes. 

The Boutique is open 7 days a week 30 minutes before and after each class, or by appointment. See our class schedule here

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