My name is Cynthia Wehr and I opened Bikram Yoga Mountain View in 2011. I have been practicing yoga for over 20 years. I became a Bikram yoga teacher in 2003.
In 2007 I became the USA and World Yoga Champion which enabled to me to travel the world and teach at all different studios. I spent a lot of time teaching yoga in Tokyo, Japan where I spent a good time of my teenage years.
Besides running and teaching at the studio, I also mentor new teachers, lead yoga seminars and yoga retreats. I also teach the advanced 84 yoga sequence.
Bomitra Yoga is a beautiful space that heals, inspires and connects people from all walks of life. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to bring this yoga to you.
I first tried Bikram yoga in 2001, and fell in love with the feeling that comes from a hot, sweaty, 90-minutes of Bikram yoga. It was the perfect complement to a busy life working in high tech. After several years, I decided to leave office-life behind and become a Bikram yoga teacher. I was certified in LA in spring 2005, and have enjoyed sharing this practice with others ever since.
I was very excited to join forces with Cynthia in 2017 to transform the studio into Bomitra Yoga Mountain View.
I approach both teaching and practicing Bikram yoga much like I approach the rest of life - with a smile on my face, a sense of humor and a fascination with discovery.
Outside the yoga room, I love exploring the world with my family.
I graduated nursing school in 2009 and a few friends thought it would be a good time to try Bikram yoga for the first time. We did a 7 day challenge. It was hard, but something about the heat got me relaxed, rejuvenated, reenergized and hooked. Moving my body reminded me of my younger days in ballet class and it was the closest exercise that challenged both my strength and my flexibility at the same time. Working as a nurse in the cardiovascular ICU, and taking care of sick patients after heart surgery turned a lightbulb on... if only more people would do yoga, we could prevent most heart disease. I graduated Teacher Training Dec 2015 and have been grateful to guide the 26/2 sequence to every new and seasoned yogi. Remember your health is an investment and not an expense!
A Bay Area native with a background in High Tech/Software, community work and stints overseas, I love meeting and working with people! I added Bikram Yoga into my regimen initially to help stretch out from running. I quickly found that Bikram Yoga helps tremendously with de-stressing and de-toxing. I *always* feel good after a class! I'm now hooked on the focus and challenge of moving my body just 1/8th inch further in the postures and am an enthusiastic student!
I started teaching Hot Pilates classes in March 2018. I love helping and seeing people get stronger, and it's fun getting the beats together for playlists. My Bikram Yoga practice has improved from the Hot Pilates workouts and the exercise movements are very similar to both my gymnastics (one of my childhood sports) and running training.
I started coaching 8 years ago - helping implement and coach Cardio/5k Run programs at the St. Vincent de Paul Multi-Service Center - the Multi-Service Center provided health programs to all St. Vincent de Paul San Francisco locations -
and 5K/10K Run programs at the Siena Youth Center servicing Youth-Adults in Redwood City. I enjoy volunteering in the community as an Environmental & Sustainability Commissioner for the City of Fremont as well.
Grateful to be a part of the BYMV family, I hope to see you in the hot room soon!
Only a few short years ago I took my very first Bikram yoga class. Thankfully it was with a friend who had a little experience with Bikram yoga in the past. The best piece of advice she gave me was “just breathe”….
Oh yes, my first class was everything but relaxing like any other yoga is supposed to make you feel. But it was great, beyond great. After the first class I knew for sure I am coming back tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. It’s safe to say I was hooked. I was hooked with the heat and the intenseness, that was what kept me going back. As time went on, I started to feel and appreciate this practice more than I ever did. More and more it become my meditation, something that teaches me to love, to be patient and to be happy from inside out.
I never knew I would teach yoga or anything. But I went to Teacher Training Fall 2014. It was one of the best decisions I made in my life. And I was ever so excited to start my second life with teaching Bikram yoga. Until this day I am grateful for every opportunity on the podium. Yes, my wonderful students, I do see you suffer on the podium and I see you working hard. Unfortunately I can’t turn off the heat but I can promise you a better life and health through this yoga practice. So trust the process and simply breathe!
I am constantly amazed, inspired, empowered by what one can achieve with the mastery of the body and mind. I believe that yoga provides us with the tools that will help us access our innate wisdom and limitless potential. However, we should be willing to stand in the fire to discover our own brilliance. We each have the capacity to wake up to the truth of who we are, but first we have to embrace all parts of us, both the light and the shadow.
I am experienced and educated in bikram, vinyasa, yin, hot pilates and currently pursuing my certification in yoga therapy. As a teacher and lifelong student, i am always searching for the lesson in every circumstance, every person and everything. Besides yoga, my hobbies include climbing, dancing and travelling.
I had back pain for a long time, so I decided to try practicing yoga in 2012, hoped that can help relieving my back pain. I tried different kind of yoga, and I fell in love in Bikram Yoga, I practiced almost everyday. A few months later, I noticed that I don't have my back pain anymore. I was so surprised by Bikram yoga's super power, I want to share that power with other people, so I went to the teacher training 2015 fall. I made it, just like what Bikram said,"it is never too late, never too old, never too sick to start from scratch once again"!
I first discovered Bikram yoga in 2006. Initially I was looking for something calm my mind and ease my anxiety. It was not at all what I expected, but it was exactly what I needed. When I started, I was out of shape physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Gradually this yoga helped me heal. It wasn't easy and it didn't happen over night, but it did happen. I kept showing up on my mat and my life kept getting better. As I got to know myself, my true Self, there was a newfound feeling of connectedness and purpose.
I went to Bikram Teacher Training in the fall of 2007. In the following years, I’ve taught at various studios throughout the Bay Area. I feel blessed to be a part of this spirited community and to watch others heal and grow through this practice.
After years of punishing long distance running, I took up Bikram Yoga to stay fit and active in a more forgiving way. I loved the heat and intensity of Bikram, which is fundamental to any class. I went to Bikram Teacher Training in the Spring of 2010, and teach at Stanford University and various studios all over the SF Bay Area. I thrill at sharing my knowledge of the yoga with students and seeing the transformative power of the practice in others.
I first practiced Bikram Yoga for fitness reason in August 2013. After 6 months, I got an unexpected benefit: my allergic rhinitis was significant reduced. I don’t have to take medication daily no more. The heat helps a lot. For me, Bikram Yoga is a challenge. Each class has always been a personal struggle against myself. It’s never been easy but every second I stay in the class is worth it. It strengthens not only my body but also my mind. I decided to take it to the next level by taking the Teacher Training Spring 2015 in Thailand. I now enjoy teaching, practising and inspiring people everyday.
Teaching the physical practice of Yoga, Asana, I feel is part of why I am here, an expression of how I can contribute, and how I can start to help and encourage changes. For me, teaching is a stepping block to help others find their own Yoga practice, from within and without.
My intention is for students to dig deeper within their practice, at their own pace, acknowledging their own limitations and boundaries but without attachment and judgment. I believe we all have the capability to evolve and to grow in so many ways and forms. With practice we start to free ourselves from what we no longer need; to find space to expand our hearts and ideas to accept, to love, to live peacefully and harmonically. This must always come from within first, and that in itself is a continuous path of learning lessons. I feel that an Asana practice can be a tool to open such doors.
I teach from the heart with intuition. I use verbal cues to help bring awareness to the physical body and it’s safe, supportive alignment. I intertwine pranayama to allow students to feel more on the subtle layers of our being. I direct my energy into what I see, and feel is right for each class and for every individual. I continue with my education to gain knowledge and experience to tap deeper within my abilities, as a teacher, practitioner, and human being.
I had found my personal Asana practice in Hatha Yoga in 2004. In 2008 I was introduced to the original hot yoga practice, Bikram Yoga. It wasn't until 2013 that I embarked on my career as a yoga teacher. In Spring of 2013, I attended the certified Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, Ca. In Winter of 2017, I completed my RYT 200 through Yoga Tree San Francisco. I am currently working on my E-RYT 500 through the credentials that Yoga Tree San Francisco offers— this includes a 100 hour advance training in Therapeutic Yoga under the respected Yoga teacher and Physical Therapist Harvey Deutch. Through out my Yoga journey, I have had the privilege to work and learn from many other influential yoga teachers in the bay area— Darren Main, Brenna Geehan, Mark Morford, Pete Guinosso, Jill Abelson, Michele Vennard, and Cynthia Wehr, to name a few.
I believe there is no right or wrong, no better or less than- if we treat one another and ourselves with respect, compassion, and a sense of curiosity, then that is the right way.
I've been practicing Bikram yoga regularly since September 2005 and teaching full time since graduating from teacher training in 2010 (San Diego Fall 2010). I love the practice and I am amazed how even after all these years I still learn something new every day. I teach from my heart and do my best to provide clear, direct instruction every class. New students are always welcome to my class regardless of age, experience or level of fitness. When you practice on a consistent basis you will get better if you are willing to put in the effort. It's not easy, but it IS worth it.
I first tried Bikram yoga in the fall of 2007 in Claremont, CA.
I have always been a lifelong athlete, so the intensity of the series appealed to me. I quickly fell in love, and those first nine months helped me cope both with writing my undergraduate thesis and with grieving for my mother who had died (at the young age of 51) less than a year before.
In the many years since, I have learned so much from my practice (especially how much more I still have to learn!). First of all, I am more flexible than I ever would have dreamed possible. But more importantly, I learned to finally feel at home in my body, instead of disconnected and awkward; how to recognize stress and release it through conscious breathing; how to help my body heal from physical injuries. I have become more forgiving of myself, my body, and others.
This yoga also did wonders for helping me during pregnancy to stay healthy, and postpartum to help me get back in shape but also stay sane while exhausted. I highly recommend this practice to other parents of little ones, ESPECIALLY new moms!
I went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Spring 2012, and I’m ecstatic to be a teacher. I LOVE sharing the wonderful benefits of this yoga, and helping others—particularly those who are joining us later in life—finally find a path to health and wellness.
I am grateful to be a part of the BYMV family. Our teachers and our students are such bright, beautiful spirits!
I graduated from teacher training in Spring 2009, and I love teaching!
I have come to love Bikram yoga not only for the physical benefits, but also for the lessons applicable to the rest of life.
I love that we all come to class at different places in our practice and lives, but all with the same intention: with each posture to try the right way giving our best for that day.
I think in life that is what we can ask of ourselves wherever we are: set the intention to try our best for that time and then be aware of and grateful for our progression through the ebb and flow.
Bikram Instructor 2009, Yin & Restorative Therapy Instructor 2016, Hot Pilates 2018. Personal Trainer (ACSM) and Nutrition Counselor, 2005.
Mother of 3 Boys since 1988 and recent Grandmother of a little boy since June 2017.
Your Yoga friend - Forever
I went to my first Bikram class in 2001. It was love at first class. Over the years I have experienced the physical, spiritual and emotional benefits of the practice. I became a teacher in 2014 and have enjoyed introducing these benefits to students and watching their lives and bodies transform class by class. As I continue my yoga journey, I have added Classical and Hot Pilates teacher trainings to my tool box, as well as trainings with Rajashree Choudhury, Teri Almquist and Zeb Homison. I look forward to seeing you in the yoga room.
I discovered Bikram yoga in October of 2013. I did 11 classes during the 10 day intro. at BYMV and was hooked and confused. I grew up dancing (mostly ballet), and I crave the varied choreography of dance because it challenges my brain to connect with my body. I thought the routine of Bikram would bore me, especially since I had found 'yoga' boring in the past. But to my surprise, it was quite the opposite. I found it very satisfying, as it was challenging in a completely different way and I would feel SUPER after every class.
As a dedicated student at BYMV, I recently discovered Hot Pilates in 2017 and began to notice my body changing in a good way. I developed more strength and endurance and noticed significant improvement in my Bikram practice as a result. I did the Hot Pilates teacher training in January of 2018 and began teaching at Bomitra in April. I am absolutely loving it!
As a chiropractor of over 28 years, I am especially focused on good postural, spinal and joint alignment. I feel that a well balanced fitness program is critical for our bodies to maintain optimal health. I am so happy that BYMV has incorporated BIkram, Yin, and Hot Pilates to offer this well rounded program in one location. I recommend Bomitra to all my patients and many have and do take classes regularly. Likewise, I do see many students from Bomitra in my chiropractic practice. I love both communities so much and it makes me so happy to be helping people in both my chiropractic practice and Hot Pilates practice. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. My website is www.lindellchiropractic.com.
Kris Damico is a former fire fighter paramedic who began practicing Bikram yoga in 1998 to relieve stress, heal her body and stretch on a deeper level. Once she started she never stopped. She completed the 500 hour Bikram Yoga Training in June 2001 and has been teaching ever since. She has taught in many cities throughout the United States and makes her home in Cupertino, CA. Kris has a diverse yoga background having studied with many masters in the practice of Bikram, Vinyasa, Yin and Iyengar. Other certifications include Vinyasa Flow from White Lotus Foundation, Baptiste Power yoga and Yin Yoga. Kris continues to learn and grow through her own personal practice, keeping classes fresh and creative. She is a certified Nutritionist and loves to empower and inspire others to be at their best. When she’s not on her yoga mat, she’s out riding bikes or hiking in the forest.
I came to yoga in 2010 to improve my overall health; specifically stress management and weight loss. Not only did yoga help me meet these goals, but I also discovered a practice that I loved and felt passionate about! A year later I attended teacher training, inspired by the opportunity to help others attain their health and wellbeing. I fell in love with the art of yoga performance and proudly represented Maryland at USA Yoga Nationals in 2014, 2016, and in 2017 as the State Champion. I have been fortunate enough to share this message of empowerment with dozens of studios across the country where I have guest taught. Inspired by uniting our community in a fun, positive, and loving atmosphere I founded a yoga festival called The Great Yogi Campout, which just celebrated its inaugural year in Southern California. I’m honored to be a part of the Bomitra Yoga Mountain View family and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in the hot room!
I found Bikram Yoga in the fall of 2015 through a good friend, who brought me after I left my previous job, and had some time to kill. After suffering from ankle, knee, and hip injuries while pursuing a career in soccer, and then having those injuries lead to muscle atrophy and scoliosis, I was willing to try anything. I'd tried swimming, physical therapy, regimented gym workouts, but nothing could correct the internal imbalances. After completing my first 10-day trial, I knew Bikram Yoga would change my life forever. Before I knew it, I was on my way to teacher training, competing, and have been practicing everyday since.
I love teaching hot yoga, and bringing people everywhere a means to take care of themselves and grow as human beings. Every time we enter the room, we can learn something new about ourselves! In my opinion, in addition to the distinct physical benefits, the mental/psychological benefits are second to none. In addition to the traditional 26 and 2 series, I've started to dive deeper into the 84-series as well.
Outside of yoga, I love exploring in nature, reading, cooking, and music in all its forms. I like exploring the unknown, especially if it makes me uncomfortable. Even in the darkest times, I believe laughter is the best medicine. :-)
I started Bikram Yoga back in spring 2011 - I was the Chief Architect for one of HP's Cloud product lines and found that my productivity, happiness and health were being impacted by my work stress. I knew I needed to find something powerful that would work on my mind as well as my body and deliver tangible results. I attended one class - was completely exhausted - but happy - and I knew this was exactly what I needed in my life!
I graduated from the spring 2014 teacher training program in LA. My life has always had an element of teaching/mentoring in it - something that is humbling and rewarding, and having the opportunity to do this in the context of peoples health, wellbeing and let’s face it - life - is a huge privilege.
On Feb 9th 2015 I left HP to devote my time to being a full-time Bikram Yoga teacher.
Patricia became a certified Hot Pilates Instructor in January 2018. She brings a lot of passion, energy and movement to her classes. Don’t expect a typical class with her, be ready to sweat, dance and laugh a lot. She has been practicing yoga since 2003, plus she is a certified massage therapist that understands and incorporates the alignment of the muscles in the postures. She studied 200 RTY with Paul Dallagan at Centered Yoga in Koh Samui, Thailand. When teaching she hopes for her students to find balance mentally, physically, and spiritually providing them with a practice that they can embody in their daily lives off the mat.
In 2005, a tragedy decimated my family. Ever since, yoga has been helping me through the recovery process. I left the finance world, went to Teacher Training, taught yoga throughout the Bay Area as well as Brazil and Sweden. I later opened a studio where I taught Bikram, Ashtanga, and Yin yoga.
In addition to teaching yoga, I recently went back to school and studied Machine Learning at Stanford. I hope to get my first break in the Artificial Intelligence sector soon.
In the Spring of 2011, I was practicing Vinyasa yoga, and wanted to add another yoga style. One Saturday night, on the way to the movies, I passed a yoga studio and paused to check it out…
“Oh, Bikram . . . ” I said, disappointed. I had only heard negative things! Except, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. By Tuesday morning 10:00 am I was in my first class. By Saturday 4:00 pm, I had completed my first double. I LOVED IT! More than that, I instantly recognized Bikram Yoga as the key I had been looking for to physical, mental, emotional, spiritual health. The possibility, the reality of total health for everyone! I never looked back!
Graduated Fall 2013.
How did I get started with Bikram Yoga? I am a Japanese native who moved to California. After I moved, I missed visiting the hot baths and saunas that Japan is famous for, where I could relax and sweat for cleansing. A friend of mine told me there was a type of yoga practicing in a sauna. Really?! So I went. The class was intense, but relaxing and so much sweat. I saw immediately the potential benefits of Bikram yoga.
I decided to go to Teacher training in 2007 not so long after my first class, to explore Bikram yoga in greater depth. I never intended to become a teacher though. It was time to take a short leave from my career in high-tech, and believed the training was something crazy enough to change myself mentally and physically. I was right. I fell in love with teaching because I discovered a passion to share the love and knowledge I was given and give back to its wonderful community.
Practicing Bikram yoga in the mirrored room all these years has taught me a lot about myself. I realized those 90 minutes of the practice is like 90 years of life. It starts with building a foundation, overcoming the difficulties and finishing peacefully. How do I want to live my 90 years of life? How can I live more wisely? I believe the answers can be found in those 90 minutes.
When I teach, it’s my goal to make you feel safe, loved and receive 100% benefit from the effort you put in the class. Hope to see you soon! Namaste.
I was first introduced to Bikram yoga in 2005. I was skeptical when my roommate talked about sweating like hell in an airtight room. But the first class got me addicted. And it is hard to explain why and how until you try it in person. Just few months later I knew this yoga would company me for a long time. So I went to the teacher training in Summer 2007 -- the best decision and experience of my life.
Through teaching I learn more and more about human body. It helps a great deal as I am studying Traditional Chinese Medicine now to become an acupuncturist in the near future. It is amazing how yoga and ancient Chinese wisdom bridge to each other. The more I practice and teach, the more sense this yoga makes based on Chinese channel theories.
I love to discuss with my students about their injuries and health issues. Every time we talk I am cross-referencing my knowledge between these two fields and am surprised by how complicated yet simple our body functions – exactly like Bikram yoga, simple but never easy, and IT WORKS!