Instructors & Staff

All of Bikram Yoga Richardson’s instructors are certified by Bikram Choudhury at Bikram’s Yoga College of India. They are expertly trained and are here to help all students achieve their goals. Our warm and inviting staff is always on hand to make sure things are running smoothly.

YASSI MAIGE

Director and Certified Instructor since 2003

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

Baghdad, Iraq, but I grew up in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio. I've lived in the Dallas area all of my adult life.

How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?

I took my first class in April 2001. I was trying to cure my shoulder pain. I've since learned that the "shoulder pain" was the beginning of my arthritis. I have Psoriatic and Osteoarthritis. Bikram Yoga keeps my joints working. My Rheumatologist tells me I'm a poster girl for the good effects yoga has on arthritis.

Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?

Bikram Yoga improved my health and my life. I wanted to share. I wanted to create the community we have at BYR.

What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?

Spend time with my husband and family. Walk my dog. Read a book. A meal, a good time with friends. I enjoy the simple things.

What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?

Any backbend that we do. Backbending makes me feel amazing.

What advice would you give to any new student?

To stick with it. You need to be willing to try. You need to be willing to learn. You will get more out of it than you think. The yoga will improve almost every aspect of your life.

MISTY WARRINGTON

Certified Instructor since 2010

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

Northwest Arkansas

How long have you been praticing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?

I've been praticing since 2008. A friend invited me.

Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?

Bikram yoga allowed me to expand myself. I learned that boundaries and limits are self imposed. I am passionate about helping people with yoga. As an instructor I get to share this with others. The aspects of Bikram yoga that have had the greatest effect on me are discipline and determination.

What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?

I like to exercise, love the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?

Standing Bow Pulling Pose is my favorite posture in the Bikram series. When I first started praticing I had a hard time grabbing my foot behind me and now it has become my best posture. I have so much fun with the pose now!

What advice would you give to any new student?

Come back tomorrow and have fun!

SARAH STOUT

Certified Instructor since 2006

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Roscoe, Illinois, moved to central Wisconsin when I was 14, and went to college at the University of Minnesota.

How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?

My cousin Derek took me to my first Bikram class on December 23, 2004. Merry Christmas to me! I was out of shape, tired of the gym, and looking for a way to shake things up a bit.

Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?

I first got it in my head to become an instructor after sitting in on an all-day seminar with Bikram and Rajashree in San Antonio. The energy of a group of people so committed to their health and growth pulled me in, and I wanted to be more a part of that. Bikram Yoga as a whole has had a tremendous effect on my life. Just by fully committing to the practice, it pulled me out of a slew of destructive habits, and was really the jump start to a full shift to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle and attitude.

What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?

I stay busy! I am a certified B.E.S.T. practitioner (Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique), and work part time at Whole Foods. I travel quite a bit and enjoy the pleasures of the arts, food, friends and the finer things. My interests are ever-shifting and I am constantly learning something new.

What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?

I don't have a favorite pose; or if I do, it's constantly changing. They all have their appeal, and to me, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts!

What advice would you give to any new student?

Come as often as possible, try not to get frustrated, and remember to breathe. You're healing your body and life!

EUGENE SABALA

Certified Instructor since 2010

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Chicago and raised in NYC.

How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?

I've been practicing since 2006. A studio owner of one of the Bikram yoga studios prompted me to try it. In addition, I wanted to try something different.

Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?

I wanted to become a Bikram yoga instructor to share what I received. The whole series has had a great impact on my life.

What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?

I like to read and go to the movies.

What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?

My favorite posture is camel pose. I enjoy the deep back bend of the pose.

What advice would you give to any new student?

Breathe and be patient

TERRI PARKER

Certified Instructor since 2011

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

Born in Heidelberg Germany. Grew up in Dallas Texas

How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?

I've been practicing since 2009. A friend brought me in.

Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?

Became a teacher because I thought it would be fun and wanted to share my love for Bikram Yoga.

What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?

In my free time I like to hang out with my daughter Molly, ride bikes and walk my dog, Violet.

What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?

Standing Head to Knee Pose because it combines all the elements of yoga, which are strength, flexibility, and focus.

What advice would you give to any new student?

My advice for new students is to keep coming back.

JAMIE DAVIS

Certified Instructor since 2009

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in North Richland Hills, Texas

How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?

I've been practicing since 2008. I was teaching vinyasa and my brother told me about this really hot yoga class. It sounded challenging so I had to try it.

Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?

When I was 16, I was in a car with some boys who were racing. We hit a parked car at 50 mph. I was in the backseat and wasn't wearing my seatbelt. I flew forward and hit the front windshield. The wreck gave me scoliosis, degenerative c5/c6 disc, my atlas and axis regularly popped out of alignment, tilted hip, one leg longer than the other, sciatica, migraines, TMJ, pain shooting down my left arm into my fingers, no reflexes in my left arm; my whole skeletal system was jacked. I spent years in pain, having surgery, cortisone shots, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic visits; it was a full time job going to all the appointments. One day I decided, "What if I put as much energy into being healthy as I do into being sick?" That's when I finally found yoga. I continued my treatments and added yoga. I noticed that after a while I didn't need those other appointments. I lost 40 lbs and grew an inch! It wasn't just physical changes either; I noticed that my concentration was better. I realized that everything that I do or don't do in the yoga room is what I do or don't do in my real life. Yoga is a magnifying glass helping you see your habits and tendencies. Yoga transformed my life so dramatically that I wanted to share it with everyone.

What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?

I love being around the two most incredible human beings ever, my daughters. When I'm not with them, I like to study the bible, paint, write, create, and try to understand the secrets to Life.

What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?

I have always loved Standing Head to Knee. I love it when I feel rock solid in the posture and I give myself a winning smile as I pull my elbows down. I love the challenge of changing my perspective and still maintaining balance; now if I can just do that in real life.

What advice would you give to any new student?

Enjoy discovering yourself.

RACHEL KRUEGER

Certified Instructor since 2014

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

Although I am a native Texan, I went to high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I spent my summers here in Texas though and moved back when I was 20.

How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?

I started practicing Bikram in May of 2013. I’d wanted to try it for about a year, mostly out of curiosity, and came to BYR after purchasing a Groupon. I was hooked immediately!

Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?

This yoga shattered my expectations of fitness/exercise and completely changed my body image perception. I was the girl that got on the scale every single morning – those 3 numbers set the pace and mood for my day, every day. Then about 2 months into Bikram I just didn’t care anymore. Trust me when I say that this is nothing short of a miracle. I had not missed a day on the scale in YEARS! The numbers hadn’t changed but I had. My clothes fit better, my skin was healthier, my mind was clearer. I could look in the mirror and see someone who I thought was lovely. (Just typing this makes me weepy.) The woman looking back at me had joy in her eyes! I am excited to share the possibility of this ‘soul-healing’ with others. This yoga inspires deep compassion for the miraculous ‘self’ we’ve been given.

What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?

I love spending time with my family more than anything else I do. A perfect Friday night is the girls, my hubs and me piled up on our bed watching a movie, eating popcorn!

What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?

Gosh, I think my favorite changes week to week! Right now I’m really focusing my energy on learning to enjoy any back bend. I’m getting there.

What advice would you give to any new student?

Leave all your expectations for your ‘self’ and your class at the door. Enjoy your class and come back tomorrow!

HEATHER JANSEN

Certified Instructor since 2009

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Dallas and grew up in Ennis, TX.

How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?

I have been practicing since 2006. One of my best friends had been raving over the benefits for about six months but I thought I couldn't afford it long term. It took hitting a down wave in my life before I was desperate, determined and motivated enough to try it for a month. I ended up joining the studio's work/study program which allowed me to work for "free" yoga.

Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?

I became an instructor because within a month the practice made me feel better than 13 years of being depressed and trying different therapies, doctors, pills and workouts. Within three years, I was able to get off my thyroid medication that I had taken since I was 10 years old. I basically want to help others discover the benefits and realize how good they can really feel.

What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?

Anything that involves time with friends and loved ones. I love a new adventures of any sort.

What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?

Standing separate leg head to knee because it targets my thyroid the most.

What advice would you give to any new student?

Let go of the fear of whether or not you're going to make it through class. Making it through a class doesn't mean you have to do every posture. It mearly means, not leaving the room to get in the car and drive off. Develop a consistent practice and you will eventually acclimate to the conditions of your body, the class and the room.

BRIAN KEITH

Certified Instructor since 2011

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Carrollton, Texas and in 2000 I received my degree in Graphic Design from University of North Texas. I now live in Richardson, Texas with my wife Lisa and son Tyler.

How long have you been practicing Bikram Yoga and what prompted you to take your first Bikram Yoga class?

My wife Lisa introduced me to Bikram Yoga in November of 2005. She thought it would help alleviate the back pain I was experiencing.

Why did you become an instructor and what aspects of Bikram Yoga have had the greatest effect on you?

After competing in the Texas Yoga Asana Championship in 2007, I decided that I wanted to be a Bikram instructor. I feel so lucky to be able to help people heal themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually through the teaching of Bikram yoga. Practicing Bikram yoga has helped heal my body and develop confidence in myself.

What do you like to do when you are not in the yoga room?

I spend time with my wife, Lisa and son, Tyler. I'm also a creative director at a graphic design firm and I create for a wide variety of clients. I am most proud of the creative work done for the Bikram community. I've helped many studio owners launch their business and I continue to spread the word about the healing aspects of yoga through design and marketing campaigns.

What is your favorite pose in the Bikram series and why?

My favorite pose in the Bikram series is probably Full Locust. I like the way the pose makes me use my back strength to lift the whole body in the air; the intensity is very powerful. Then, just when you think you don't have any more you can surprise yourself by coming up higher at the last second before coming into the landing.

What advice would you give to any new student?

Listen carefully to the instructors words. If class gets challenging, try to calm your breathing.

Our Past Guest Teachers

JUAN MARTIN-BUSUTIL 11/12

Juan Martin-Busutil is from Paris originally but grew up in Barcelona in Spain. He worked with Bikram in LA from 2000-2008 and still does work for him at times such as the Advanced seminar. Juan has been competing regularly since Bikram organized the first Bishnu Gosh Cup in 2003, where the men and women competed together as there were few male competitors at that time. Juan Manuel Martin-Busutil is the 2005 & 2006 USA Yoga Gold Medal Winner and 2012 Winner of the International Yoga Asana Champions. As of 2012 Juan is based in Oxford in England and conducts seminars and teaches around the USA and most of Europe eg Sweden, Denmark (right), Spain, etc.

LYNN WHITLOW 3/12

Lynn Whitlow is the director of Bikram Yoga Petaluma – Lynn has been teaching all her adult life, serves as a judge for the international yoga championship, and has owned and operated 7 world renown yoga studios. Lynn was the founder of Funky Door Yoga – the world renown Bikram yoga studio with locations throughout the San Francisco Bay area. She is one of only a few people authorized by Bikram to teach seminars and workshops, and assisted Bikram with his teacher training. She is sought by teachers and students around the world and we are VERY LUCKY to have her teaching in Northern California! Lynn teaches regularly at her Petaluma studio when she is not traveling the globe doing yoga seminars.

IDA RIPLEY 8/11

Ida Ripley is a Bikram Yoga Instructor and a Raw Foodist / Natural Health Seeker who was raised in Victoria, BC Canada. She became certified to teach Bikram Yoga in June of 2003. Ida spent many years teaching in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, and Korea. Ida is the five time western Canadian Hatha Yoga Champion and 2009 second place International Hatha Yoga Champion. Ida resides in Victoria and travels to teach her master class. Ida brings energy and enthusiasm to her seminars.

COURTNEY MACE 10/09

A northern California native, Courtney Mace relocated to New York city in 2001, where she was first introduced to Bikram yoga. Though she practiced different styles of yoga, it was Bikram yoga that offered her the greatest opportunity for transformation and healing. 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 Bikram’s teacher training in 2006. Courtney currently teaches in NY at the very same studio she took her first class. She has competed in the Bishnu Charan Ghosh Championship three times, each year setting new goals for herself and working to refine her practice. As the 2009 National and International Champion, she hopes to inspire people to believe in their unlimited potential.

JOSEPH ENCINIA 10/09

Joseph grew up in Dallas, Texas and at a young age he suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, a heart attack and excessive weight gain. The physical challenges he faced as a child affected his mental and emotional health as a young adult. At the age of 19 Joseph discovered Bikram Yoga and within a year his life was transformed on all levels. By practicing yoga daily, he achieved vibrant health shedding pounds and medication. Joseph first competed in Texas in 2005 then after years of dedication he won 1st place in the 2009 National Yoga Asana Championship and placed 2nd internationally. Bikram yoga has given Joseph the gift of life. Now his mission in life is sharing the gift of yoga and inspiring others to be the best they can be. Joseph teaches yoga full time and enjoys traveling, studying philosophy and playing the classical guitar.

FRANCISCO MORALES 07/09, 02/11

Francisco excelled in the traditional sports in high school and in college. He always enjoyed the playful aspect of the sports but not the damage on the physical body. After graduating from the University of Miami, he went on to start conservation and cultural education projects in various cities in the United States in work with the National Audubon Society and the National Parks Conservation Assoc. After five years of working to break barriers of race and diversity in National Parks he was introduced to the practice of yoga by his mother. During this time he was able to work on keeping his mind and body liberated through the practice of Capoeira Angola under the teachings of Mestre Cobra Mansa. In the middle of one of his work related travels he was introduced to Bikram Yoga. This practice inspired him to leave his job and go to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training. Since graduating in 2003, he has been teaching Bikram Yoga. During the three years he lived in San Francisco, California. Francisco along with a couple of friends crafted an art he now calls Synergy. Synergy combines much of the healing arts that Francisco has been learning from. He beleives that as a society we have much to learn from one another and from ourselves and these arts give us the ability to do so. As Bikram says, the path from the mind to the heart is not too long but it is the most challenging and we need the help of community and healing arts to assist us on this path.

DENISE DENIGER 02/09

Denise fell down the yoga rabbit hole in 1996, attended Bikram teacher training in 1998 and gave birth to Bikram Yoga-Dallas in 2000. In 2003 she sold her studio and ran away and joined the circus in Boulder, CO, as an aerialist, tight-rope walker, contortionist and living statue. Of late she has been studying Tibetan Heart Yoga, which encompasses in-depth study of Sanskrit, yoga philosophy, asana and pranayama from ancient Indian and Tibetan texts.

ALISA MATTHEWS 08/08

Alisa was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. For 5-6 years she trained and performed with the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, Colorado Ballet, CB II, Arka Ballet, Hawaii Ballet Theatre, Hawaii State Ballet, Russian Ballet and San Jose Dance Theatre. A dance injury led Alisa to her first Bikram Yoga class in the summer of 2003. After her first Bikram Yoga class, Alisa was hooked and attended yoga class daily in addition to her ballet schedule. She danced her final performance with ARKA Ballet and made the decision to attend the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in the summer of 2004. Since graduation, she has been teaching as well as part of the work staff for Bikram's International Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.

Alisa has competed in the International Yoga Asana Championships 2005, 2006 (US Gold Medal), 2007 (US Gold Medal), and in 2008 she won both the US and the World Title. Alisa had never wanted to "compete" in these yoga championships, but decided to use it as a vehicle to share a part of her life with the rest of the world and hopes to inspire people of all ages to believe in themselves and go after the life that they dream of.

SITTIPONG RATTANAPONG (BALL) 08/08

Ball attended Bikram’s Teacher Training in the summer of 2004. He participated at the international level for 4 years in a row. On February 3rd, 2008, Ball was crowned International Yoga Asana Champion. Since October of 2004, Ball had taught in Thailand for 2 years then in Hong Kong for a brief period and in Korea until March of 2008 when the one year contract ended.

ESAK GARCIA 02/08, 07/12

Esak Garcia practices and teaches both Bikram Yoga and the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira. Of mixed race, his mother is Jewish and father Mexican, Esak was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He has also lived in New Haven, Conecticut (where he studied at Yale University) in São José Dos Campos and Salvador, Brazil (where he studied the art of Capoeira) and, more recently, he spent several years in California's Bay area. As a high school athlete, at the age of 17, Esak he bagan to practice Bikram yoga to condition himself to play baseball and American football. 11 years later, in February 2005, Esak won the groundbreaking International Yoga Asana Championship, The Bishnu Ghosh Cup.

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1330 W. Campbell Rd. #106
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 234-YOGA
info@bikramyogarichardson.com

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