GREG WHITE- Greg is the owner of Bikram Yoga Rancho Cucamonga. Greg attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Spring 2009 in Palm Desert.
“I can still remember my first class and how hot it was. I just couldn’t understand how so many people were moving so effortlessly in that heat. After class I felt like a new person, had a new energy, and knew my life would be changed forever. It was at that time in my life I made a promise that I would somehow figure out a way that I could share this gift with as many people as I could reach”. I hope Bikram Yoga has the same positive influence in your life that it has had on mine.
VANESSA GOMEZ- Vanessa is our hometown girl, born in Upland and raised in Rancho Cucamonga. Vanessa started practicing Bikram Yoga in June 2011 and attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles in Spring 2013.
“I knew I loved and would continue Bikram Yoga after I saw how my practice was affecting me physically, mentally, and emotionally. After experiencing some difficult life changing events, I realized that I could inspire people through yoga and decided it was the right time in my life for a career change and become a yoga teacher. My goal is to make sure my students exceed their goals without hurting themselves”.
ALEX ORNELAS- Alex started teaching yoga July 2009 after practicing for 3 ½ years. She knew she wanted to teach yoga after her first year of practicing because she was so inspired by the teachers, how they motivated people to love themselves and wanted to be up there, teaching as well. Alex has found that Yoga helps you become one with yourself as the practice centers your concentration on the breath to move you through the class. The postures are a tool to help you move into stillness and once you can find peace in a difficult posture the pose can yield a great benefit. Yoga helps you find balance, strength and flexibility as well as quiets the mind. Many people find it is very helpful in relieving stress. Alex enjoys the feeling she gets after completing the class and enjoys the pure serenity and stillness. While she practices yoga she feels balanced, strong and confident. Alex practices all types of yoga, but Bikram Yoga will always be her favorite. The hot room allows for safer stretching and the heat causes profuse sweating which aids in removal of toxins from the body. Alex has been certified by the Bikram Yoga College of India in the spring session 2009, Palm Desert. This intense boot camp style teacher training included twice a day, 90minute classes in the hot room along with lectures on anatomy.
SHARON COLALONGO- Sharon has been practicing Bikram yoga since 2001 when she accidentally stumbled into her first yoga class in West Seattle. Sharon attended training in Las Vegas and received her certification in 2009.
“Discovering the practice was an eye opening experience and over time has given me a clearer understanding of my mind and body. Practicing on a regular basis helps me balance the daily stresses we all experience with work and at home. It is also a vital part of my natural coping mechanism during physically demanding times like pregnancy and labor. Bikram yoga has become my reset button, enabling me to clear my thoughts and give more of myself when I leave the hot room. It has been a true pleasures helping others navigate their own personal yoga experience”.
YU CHIU- Upon retirement, Yu Chiu picked up her first yoga mat and fell in love with the new found energy and calmness of her daily yoga sessions. Yu embraced the physical and mental challenge of yoga with the same focus, optimism and fortitude she used to battle breast cancer. As yoga cleared her mind and rejuvenated her body, Yu felt a greater calling to teach and spread the benefits of yoga so others would have the same opportunity to transform their lives. In June 2009, Yu became a certified Bikram instructor and has been sharing her positivity, determination and passion every day since then. She is deeply committed towards practicing, learning and teaching yoga.
CANDICE DICKERSON- Candice was certified in 2006.
“I originally was attracted to Bikram because I heard that it could possibly heal my back pain. I had been experiencing extreme lower back pain for years and nothing had helped. Bikram strengthens the spine from top to bottom, making space for each vertebrae, cartilage, and disk. There is a lot of back bending involved as well as core strength. You wouldn’t think that the best thing you can do for a weak spine is to bend backwards, but it is!! I cannot imagine my life without Bikram Yoga’s intangible health benefits. Also, practicing during my pregnancy is the best thing I could have done for myself and my baby.”
JOSH JONES- “I found Bikram yoga after spending three months in bed on painkillers going through physical therapy. Nothing the doctors prescribed helped my sciatica. The only thing that provided any real relief was the basic yoga postures I was taught in physical therapy. After moving down to Orange County I found a Bikram studio a few blocks from the house. Bikram Yoga is the real deal, not some cheap knockoff. After my first seven days the foot drop in my right leg had gone away. After my first thirty days I wasn’t having any sciatica pain anymore. It helped me so much in my first six months that I decided to go to teacher training so I could help show that yoga is for everybody, every day. All you have do is show up for your ninety minutes, try your absolute hardest, but just do what you can”.MONICA HERNANDEZ