Bikram Yoga

Bikram Yoga

A 90 minute, 26 posture series practised in a heated room with high humidity. This is beginners’ yoga but is suitable for advanced practitioners alike.

It focuses on healing the body, cultivating strength, flexibility and balance and serves as an excellent complement to Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow yoga.

Bikram Teachers

Sally Flanagan

Sally studied Dramatic Art at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and went on to discover Bikram Yoga when she was travelling in the United States in 1998. She received her Bikram Yoga Teacher Training certification in Los Angeles, CA, July of 1999 where she studied under Bikram. She was the 1st person from Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the Bikram yoga teacher training.

She founded Bikram Yoga Jozi in June of 2003 with then business partner Louise Boraine. In 2006, Sally became the sole owner of Bikram Yoga Jozi. Over the past 5 years, Sally has inspired 14 men & woman to attend the training. Johannesburg now hosts 3 Bikram Yoga studios: Bikram yoga Jozi, Fourways and Randburg.

While living in Los Angeles, CA, Sally trained in various other yoga disciplines namely Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, Tri-Yoga and power yoga. She has attended classes and workshops with Shiva Rae, Brian Kest, Seann Corn, Ana Forrest, Kali Ray, Gurmukh among others. Sally practices Transcendental & other forms of Meditation.

Sally Flanagan

Nazreen Omar

Nazreen Omar
Nazreen Omar

Nazreen Omar initially embarked on a YogaKids Teacher Training program in the USA from 2005. She took three years to complete this elite training program for yoga for children. She began her stint as a kids yoga teacher in  August 2005 and taught yoga to young children, teenagers and children with special needs. As the only South African to be fully certified and recognised internationally on this program she also trains school teachers, yoga teachers and other professionals working with children the YogaKids program.

In light of her yoga path, she further trained with Sally Flanagan owner of Yoga Experience in Illovo, Johannesburg in 2010. The Go Hot yoga training program gave Nazreen her breakthrough into the world of teaching yoga to adults.

In April 2011 she set off to the USA to train with Bikram Choudhary at his Yoga College of India in Los Angeles. After the intensive nine weeks, Nazreen returned to South Africa as a certified Bikram yoga teacher. She currently joins a strong, passionate and dedicated team of other Bikram yoga teaches at Yoga Experience in Illovo and at the Yoga Republic in Randburg.

Neil Joss

In 2006, Neil tried out yoga with a friend. In his first class, he sweated, went to hell and back and afterwards was glowing with happiness. He was hooked. He fulfilled his dream by going to the Bikram Yoga Teacher training in Waikiki, Hawaii where not only did he train with Bikram but he also swam in the ocean where many of his surfing heroes swam. His Yoga journey has led him to train with world-renowned teachers Sean Corn, Ana Forrest, Shiva Rae, Gurmukh, Michael Gannon, John Schumaker and the Jivamukti duo. ” But no one compares to Bikram.

He is an inspiration par excellence” Says Neil Neil practices all styles of yoga but Bikram is his language. He loves the fact that Bikram yoga is free from new age pretences and is a practice that is all about working hard to heal oneself. Neil is an artist (painting and drawing) and a holistic health counsellor. He assists people in finding their own healing through nutritional guidance and connecting with their real selves.

Tamara Hancock
 graduated from Bikram’s Teacher Training in Hawaii, November 2007. She has been teaching since December ’07 at Bikram Yoga Jozi and since Feb ’08 at Bikram Yoga on Republic. She has attended Ashtanga workshops with Michael Gannon (’06, ’07), Iyengar workshops with John Schumacher (’07), and a Kundalini workshop with Gurmukh (’08).

Neil Joss
Neil Joss

Patrycja Mochocka

Patrycja Mochocka
Patrycja Mochocka

My yoga journey started in 2007 with a hot-as-hell Bikram Yoga class right here in Jozi. Since then, Yoga has been a way to ground, heal and express myself. In 2009, I attended a Vinyasa Yoga Teachers Training and a Yoga Experience YTT in 2010 ever since then I have been sharing what I know to the best of my ability. As we grow as people and yogis there are different things which become important in our practice, it’s a constant flow of evolution.

Yoga has been my path to self-discovery and acceptance. The practice and amazing people I met in classes supported me in recovery from an eating disorder, depression as well as all the fun and light times. My yoga teachers were there to love me until I learned to love myself and that’s the space I like to hold for my students. A space of safety, freedom of expression and love. I hope to meet you on your mat soon.

Marinus Muller

To me, Yoga is learning to use the body more skillfully.  Over time what was difficult becomes easy, what was awkward becomes familiar, so I keep working with more and more difficult and crazy postures.  The point is not these postures though, I’m looking for a very specific response from my body; Discomfort.  The Body/Mind can feel uncomfortable for many reasons:

– Maybe I’m working really hard and so gaining Strength and Endurance.
– Maybe a stretch is really intense, so I’m working into deep layers of tension.
– Maybe a posture is difficult or scary, so it brings up fear and limiting-beliefs I hold onto (I can’t do this, I’m not strong enough, I’m not flexible enough, etc)
In “sitting” with the discomfort I often find stored long-term tension and emotions that no longer serve me and, at times, I am able to release and move beyond them.

 

I used to think of my body as a tool, something which I use as I want, now I think of it more in terms of a domestic animal that I have a relationship with. This relationship can be healthy or discordant. Some days my body is beautifully open and strong, other days it feels tight and week. I’ve had to learn compassion to allow my body its seasons.  I believe strong, vigorous exercise helps to release daily tension, burning off excess “flight/fright” chemicals in the body, so in my classes, I like to juxtapose strong, intense work with deep, relaxing release.

Marinus Muller
Marinus Muller

Anni Cohen

Anni Cohen
Anni Cohen

I started my yoga journey in 2000 and joined my first teacher training with the YYI in 2001. I have been practising Bikram yoga since 2003 and qualified as a teacher in LA in 2006.

Yoga, unlike running or anything else that I’ve done, provides a space in which I become centred and still; sometimes my practice is fluid and graceful and I love the ease and at other times it is hard and all I can do is breathe, but there is never space for a debate or a shopping list. It is the same when I teach.

I feel like I am only still at the beginning of my journey and I’m learning every day.

Eliza Roza

Hot Yoga transformed my life on a whole other quantum level! From the inside out, as they say, bones to skin.

I started my yoga journey in 2006 and with each year of practice, my muscles got stronger, my mind clearer and my heart more open. Teaching this style of yoga was my natural next step and I can’t wait to see as many of you in class as possible.

You can find more information about me at www.YogaPlus.co.za.

Namasté,

Eliza

Eliza Roza

Catherine Fourie

Catherine Fourie
  • A yoga practitioner since 1995
  • Discovered Bikram Yoga via his book Bikram’s Beginning Hatha Yoga
  • First official class in January 2007
  • Bikram Yoga Teacher training at Bikram’s Yoga College of India in Los Angeles, California in June 2011

 

This yoga has been a vital support for my life, I cling to the knowledge that

“It does not matter how good you are, it matters how hard you try.” Bikram

Mich Mulder

I essentially do not know life without yoga. I found myself in my first yoga class aged 6 and ever since then it has been an integral part of my life. Following the natural ebb and flow of life, there were periods where I felt myself more immersed in my practice than ever and times where my time on my mat was more sparse and spread out.

Every time finding myself back on my mat when life willed me there most.

I went on to practice Bikram at age 9 and a half and found Jivamukti, Vinyasa and Forrest yoga in my early teenage years. When it was time to go on and study something so I could forge my path forward, it seemed more apt than ever that I go study yoga. A process which only brought me even closer to myself, that expanded my growth and awareness exponentially. I started off with my 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training, then went on to Yin only to find myself at my Bikram Teacher Training- which had been a dream of mine since I was 12!

Yoga carried me through most of my greatest hardships, it cultivated a beautiful intimate relationship with myself where I have become truly comfortable facing myself and holding myself in love and tenderness. It has created a deep awareness of how I operate within my external experience of the world and also of my internal reactions to those.

Yoga has taught me so much and continues to do so every day that I am alive. It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received and wish only to be the conduit that shares this beautiful gift with the world.

See you on your mats!

Namaste

Mich Mulder

Nadia Celeste

Nadia Celeste
Nadia Celeste

Former ballet dancer with the Royal Ballet, her love affair with yoga started about 12 years ago.

It was Bikram Yoga that offered her the greatest opportunity for transformation, it quickly became her passion because of its physical intensity, as well as its ability to heal and strengthen. This dynamic series of postures brought health and balance to her life.

Inspired to share this platform for healing and self-discovery with others, she graduated from Sally Flanagan-Gutjahr’s Yoga Intense, Hot Yoga Teacher Training in June 2018.

Using her experiences and dedication to ballet, creative dance and yoga, she brings passion, intuition and authenticity to her yoga teaching.

She believes in order to be a responsible teacher, she must continue to be a humble student – always learning, growing and sharing her knowledge of this practice from countless numbers of teachers who have come before her.

Nadia is married and a mother of three children, together with her family, she enjoys cooking vegan food, travelling, hiking and meeting new people.

” Yoga has been such a gift to me, and I feel so lucky that I can help other people find it, I can’t express how truly grateful I am “

Haylee Hohenstein

I have been a teacher for most of my life. I began as a psychology major and ended up qualifying as a senior primary teacher. The school that I taught at the time paid for me to do my honours in educational psychology.

After teaching for nearly 9 years I got married and stayed home to be a full-time mother. But motherhood, with all its wonderful blessings, also came with its challenges.

I suffered from postpartum depression and severe insomnia. Yoga was introduced to me by my sister and so began my long journey –  with my mat as my centre amongst the chaos that took over my head.

Nearly 5 years later and I am still learning more and more about my body and connecting on so many different levels to my spiritual being. I am honoured and privileged to be part of a team that guides others on the path to enlightenment, spiritual growth and inner peace.

Namaste

Haylee Hohenstein