Nicole fell in love with Bikram Yoga back in 1996 when her sister introduced her to it after a back injury. She practiced for five years before becoming a teacher and then leaving her job in the entertainment industry to open Bikram Yoga Silverlake -- now Rise Hot Yoga -- in the summer of 2002.
Nicole is forever grateful to this yoga, which has completely changed her life. Her back has healed, she loves her job, and with the help of the yoga, she can keep up with her three very energetic kids. Nicole feels so lucky to have such a great place to practice this yoga and to share it with others.
Whitney grew up as a dancer. A close friend, fellow dancer and regular Bikram practitioner who rehabilitated a career-threatening injury, introduced her to Rise Hot Yoga.
Whitney fell in love with the practice from day one and has seen how regular practice can save broken bodies and minds time and time again. Yoga has balanced the strains dance and aerial have put on her own body and increased her self-awareness and security. She sharing her passion for the practice by teaching at her home studio in Atwater Village since 2010.
Bobby first entered the hot room in 2009 at Rise Hot Yoga. He didn't know what to expect and didn't even have a mat, towel or water! His first class whipped him, but he came back the very next day, and the next! After that, Bikram Yoga became "IT" for him.
He soon became a karma yogi, lapping up as many classes (and cleaning shifts) as he could. Driven by his love for the practice and desire to share his experience, he soon became an instructor. Since then, Bobby has taught at his home studio of Rise Hot Yoga - thriving and striving to practice daily and teach with all his heart. After surviving cancer at the age of 23, he is committed to practicing this yoga and sharing it with as many people as he can.
Tom took his first Bikram class in 2002 and was instantly addicted... at least once he recovered from that class. In nine short months, Bikram eliminated a painful case of arthritis in his hands, and within a year his cholesterol had dropped 90 points.
"I'm a firm believer in the health benefits of yoga. It is why I go. While I was raised in a western medical family, I've come to realize the genius of holistic, preventative exercise. The stretching, intense detoxification and cardiovascular workout give your body the fullest and most complete workout and cleansing imaginable. I can't imagine anyone who would not benefit from hot yoga."
David took his first yoga class looking for change. Ten years later he is continuing the journey. He is trained in both traditional hot yoga and vinyasa, and has most recently completed his 500 hour with Sri Dharma Mittra in NYC. David’s classes are focused and dynamic. While holding the space for both the beginner and advanced student, he hopes to create a space in which all students can feel personal growth and change within the room. Along with his 200- and 500- hour teacher training, David also completed his first Vipassana Meditation Course on the East Coast and loves weaving meditation techniques within the asanas. He is grateful to all of his teachers.
Brian took his first Bikram Yoga class at this very studio in 2004 on a challenge from a co-worker. He came back a few days later and never stopped. Because of his regular practice, he is able to stay calmer and more relaxed in stressful situations. No other type of exercise has this effect on how he reacts to pressure-filled environments. He’s thrilled to be able to share these amazing benefits at Rise Hot Yoga.
Valerie began her daily Bikram Yoga practice in 2007 in NYC. She needed something to counteract the intense physical theatre work she was doing, and the warm room was like a beacon during the brutal NY winters. From her first class, she knew this practice was going to become part of her life.
The physical benefits quickly became evident - relief from chronic back pain, digestive disease and insomnia, increased energy and focus and decreased anxiety. The practice was a perfect complement to her work on stage, strengthening mind-body connection, breath control and presence.
After moving to London to pursue further theatre studies, Valerie competed in the 2009 International Yoga Asana championships. She completed teacher training that same year.
Bree is a true believer in the healing power of movement. She found ballet at a young age and danced professionally until stopping due to multiple injuries. It was then that she found yoga. Bree hopes to offer the same freeing quality of movement as dance, but with additional attention to creating more space for this movement to occur. Through experience, Bree learned that the nature of all things is to change and shift and the same goes with our physical bodies. Bree is extremely grateful to all of her teachers and hopes that she can share the same kindness and knowledge to students as others have shared with her.
Allie grew up dancing, so when she found yoga nine years ago in NYC, she was blown away by the new approach to movement: not about the looks, all about the feels. Allie is dedicated to studying and practicing the art of staying engaged in the here and now. Her commitment to bringing ease and mobility, both physically and mentally, is why she teaches yoga.
Allie's classes focus on the breath and the clarity it brings to body and mind. She honors traditional asana, breathing, and sequencing. Remembering how to listen to what our bodies need is one of the wonderful fruits of yoga, and something she wants each of her students to take away from the practice.
Kirstin has been an athlete and artist all of her life. She looks for beauty and artistry in every connection and every moment, no matter how simple or seemingly ordinary. Yoga became another form of artistic self-expression and a vessel through which her mind, body and spirit found communication, healing, and synergy. Her classes focuses on finding a balance between physical strengthening and deep opening while being mindful, leaving you feeling grounded, strong, present, and at peace. Along with her 200-hour certification, she has previously held certifications as a personal trainer (NASM), Pilates, and Group Fitness Instructor. Join her for a powerful, dynamic and playful class!
Devan grew up dancing and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional dance career. But, after a number of painful injuries she decided to give dance a break. She began searching for another outlet to help heal her body and that's when she discovered yoga.
This form of movement gave her body, mind, and soul what it had been searching for all along. She received her 200-hour teacher training and 50-hour Ashtanga Rocket Training and hasn't stopped moving since. In Devan's classes you can expect to explore your body maneuvering on all planes, to better understand your body and to move to the tune of your own breath.
Karli McGuiness is a 4th generation yogi from a line of Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Bikram Yoga teachers. She followed in her family’s footsteps in 2010 when she took part in the National Asana Competition and attended Bikram’s Teacher Training. She has been teaching internationally ever since. Although she respects and loves all styles of yoga, Bikram, Vinyasa and Yin yoga have had the most profound positive impacts on her life, She feels privileged to share these styles with her students. Fascinated by the anatomical and biological benefits of yoga, Karli continues to research the latest scientific findings in order to enrich her teaching of the practice.
Melissa attended her first Bikram Yoga class in 2004 on the suggestion of a friend. She was looking to alleviate various stresses put on her body during her service in the Air Force, as a dancer, and a cocktail waitress in a Vegas casino. She attended teacher training in Spring 2009 and has taught in Vegas, NYC, and now in LA. She is grateful to share her love of this yoga. "As I teach I learn, as I learn I become a more proficient teacher. Namaste!"
After years of running and playing competitive sports, Lesley began her yoga journey in 2006 when she took her first Bikram Yoga class in Portland, Oregon. She quickly developed a regular practice and her body completely transformed. Her interest in furthering her practice eventually led her to Bali, where she also fell in love with ashtanga and vinyasa styles of yoga. From there, it was a very natural progression for her to become a teacher because of her love for the practice and desire to share it with others.
Her classes are both challenging and disciplined with a variety of options for all levels, allowing students to develop confidence in their own practice as they gain physical and mental strength and flexibility. She hopes to inspire students by leading dynamic sequences that link movement and breath, thereby building the foundations for a consistent and strong practice for years to come.
Kari is a vibrant, tenacious, and gregarious teacher. She has been teaching Bikram yoga since 2013, followed by a 200 hour at Loyola Marymount University and she is currently completing a 300 hour program that studies mantra, mudras and meditation in depth.
Ever the student, Kari is always searching and striving to learn more, so she can be the most effective teacher possible. Her style of teaching is mechanical and super anatomically driven. However, above all, she stands behind breath as the ultimate guide. It's always breath first, form second, and the two together will unlock the magic of your practice. Kari is extremely compassionate, she keeps it effortlessly real with humor, laughter and a little bit of Jersey. She has a deep understanding that in this human experience we're all in it together.