The Teachers of HotYoga4You Rockville Centre, Long Island

Yolanda Nash

Yolanda

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Hot Yoga was the 1st real exercise I had ever done. I honestly thought I would never try it again. It was the hardest thing I had ever done physically and mentally in my life. For me, being still was hard. John encouraged me to try it again and so I did. I am so thankful because with this yoga, it has help me look inward and see my strengths and weakness and grow. I appreciate myself more and never felt so young and alive. This presence has inspired me to teach Bikram Yoga to others and help them as it has done for me. I attended the Spring 2002 teacher training. In August 2003, my husband, John and I opened up our 1st Bikram Yoga School. My life is filled with great joy doing what I love the most.
Janice Burke

Janice

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I started taking Hot Yoga about 5 years ago. When people ask me what I love about this yoga my response is always the same, EVERYTHING. I love how it makes me feel, physically, mentally & spiritually. I lost my job in Sept 07′ that’s when I decided to become a teacher. Everytime I practice I learn a little bit more and I improve a little bit more. This practice stays with me both in and out of class, and having the chance to share these bene fits with others is a great feeling.
Tomoko V.

Tomoko

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In the past, I had trouble sleeping and was drinking 2 to 4 cups of coffee just to make it through the day. I’ve always heard that yoga is great for all ages and body types. However, I’d pictured yoga as a bunch of super-fit people contorting their bodies into crazy, intimidating pretzel poses or just the opposite, where people are sitting and meditating with their eyes closed. After some research, I came across hot yoga. It seemed intense but I was intrigued. I nervously entered the ‘hot box.’ While in class I heard my teacher say, “come everyday even if you’re sad, happy, sick, busy, or stressed. This yoga will help you.” 90 minutes later I came out drenched, disoriented, unable to speak but felt so amazing! Realizing that the class was better than a cup of coffee, I became instantly hooked! After several classes, I felt as though I found a hidden secret that everybody in this world should experience. With that in mind, I enrolled in Hot Yoga Teacher Training and graduated in Fall of 2009. I am excited to be able to share this remarkable practice with all the yogis. See you soon!
Chris Morrison

Chris

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I took my first Hot Yoga class in December 2004 during my junior year of college. Between my course load and work schedule, my level of physical activity was virtually nonexistent. I found myself driving past a yoga studio everyday on my way to school and once winter break began, I decided to take my first class. I had no idea what Hot Yoga was and also no idea that it was going to be hot in the room. Immediately, I fell in love with the vigorous workout that Hot Yoga provides and noticed that I had more energy at school and work. I practiced consistently for the rest of my college career and then I was encouraged by John and Yolanda to attend teacher training. Initially, I thought the idea was crazy but eventually went to Los Angeles and completed hot yoga teacher training in the Fall of 2006. Yoga is a very important part of my life, but I am also a musician and I love the balance in my life that I recieve from the two. My level of physical activity has increased tremendously since starting yoga. I now like to spend time on the flying trapeze, rock climbing and I have even started running, something that I never thought would happen. I truly believe that yoga can really enhance anything you do or want to do in life. I look forward to seeing you in class!
Heatherly

Heatherly

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I started Hot Yoga after my competitive softball days were long gone. I was a college softball catcher with a love for high heels when I was not in cleats which equates to bad knees and aching back. I heard Bikram Yoga was a tough workout and my inner athlete wanted a new challenge. I thought yoga was for skinny, flexible people but I have to admit I was wrong. It is a perfect workout for the strong and curvy as well. I love that you can’t just muscle through a class like other workouts but you must be mentally fit to get you through too. You can’t just “phone it in” – you have to commit to having a great class. I am always on the run or on the fly and my Hot Yoga class is usually the only 90 minutes of my day that I get to fully focus on only myself. After my 2nd reconstructive knee surgery I asked at every physical therapy session when I could return to the hot yoga studio. My physical therapists laughed at me and said turn up the heat in the office and get on the stationary bike. Some people just don’t get it but to those people I say “don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it”.
David Ryan

David

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I never thought that I would ever try Yoga until I hurt my leg. My sister said that it might help my injury so I decided to try. That was back in 1995. If I didn’t practice Hot Yoga I’m pretty sure that I would be in a wheel chair today. I really like the challenge. I definitely feel like I’ve worked my body, mind and spirit after a Hot Yoga class.

As a teacher I get Hope and Inspiration from all students especially from students that are older and have more injuries than I do. After my last car accident when I felt like could couldn’t get better and was really depressed I remembered many students who had it way worse than me that worked hard and had a positive attitude. I thought that if they could do it then maybe I could too. Today I am still working through the injuries happily with others doing Bikram Yoga. I do it because I feel better and I am happier when I put deposits into myself. Helping others helps me help myself. I am truly grateful for my life because it didn’t have to turn out this good.
Melissa Porricelli

Melissa

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Melissa walked into her first BikramYoga class in 2002. At the time she has a very stressful job in the corporate world so she instantly fell in love with the balance it brought to her life and has maintained a daily practice ever since. Having played soccer for most of her life, Melissa has had 7 knee surgeries. Bikram Yoga has been the only thing that brought back a natural range of motion to her knee and has strengthened her knee and leg enough to do things she never thought possible again. Her doctors and physical therapists were amazed at the progress she made after starting the yoga. Since she first started practicing Melissa knew she wanted to teach and inspire others the way she had been inspired in her first class. It was not until 2008 that she finally was able to take a break from her job in the health care industry and go to teacher training. Now Melissa enjoys promoting a balance of good health to her students both in the classroom and back at her job in the healthcare industry.
Maria

Maria

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I started practicing Bikram yoga after years of training in other forms of yoga. Unbeknownst to me I was experiencing symptoms of anxiety and panic after retiring from the NYPD, losing my mother and going through menopause. With these difficulties I came to the realization, that the best treatment was yoga. In 2007, I first attempted Bikram yoga at the RVC studio with my son, expecting to panic and to never return. Fortunately, the challenge of the practice and it’s great rewards kept me coming back. To say this hot yoga changed my life would be an understatement. Training in 2010, and now teaching was yet another challenge and well worth the hard work. I’m happy to share this knowledge with others and hope they find their way through their own challenges in life.