Meet Our Bikram Yoga Certified Teachers
Jon is the owner of BYDB and has been a Certified Bikram Teacher since 2004. I love to see people change in their bodies, their health and their overall happiness. I love to have fun when I teach and make people laugh. The yoga is always a challenge for me, but I know that going through this experience with my practice everyday and coming out on the other side is what allows me to grow and feel amazing. Struggle harder and Don't Give Up!
I was born and grew up in Philadelphia. I have always loved sports. I was very active growing up and played baseball all the way up through the collegiate level.
After college, I began working in the legal industry and stopped paying as much attention to my health as I had in the past. By the end of 2010, I knew that I needed to make some changes and to take better care of myself. I decided that I would give yoga a try.
Initially, I began practicing other styles of yoga. I found out pretty quickly that yoga involved a lot more than stretching, incense, and chanting. Somebody in one of my classes suggested that I try Bikram Yoga. All I knew about Bikram Yoga at the time was that it was the "hot" yoga. Never one to back down from a challenge, I attended my first class at 6:00 a.m. with Jon. I sweated more than I thought was humanly possible that morning. Very quickly I started to see the benefits that the teachers talked about during class becoming realities in my life. As a lifelong asthma sufferer, I had used inhalers for more than twenty years to regulate my breathing. After only nine months of consistent practice I was able to discontinue using my inhalers completely. I also lost about thirty pounds my first year of practicing.
After about a year, and with a lot of encouragement from Lauren and Jon, and many of the other students at the studio, I went to Los Angeles and attended Teacher Training in the fall of 2012.
I believe strongly that this yoga can have tremendous benefits for anyone willing to practice consistently, and I am so grateful to be a part of the awesome community at the studio!
I was introduced to Bikram Yoga by my brothers. I took my first class in 2006, and immediately knew I wanted to be a teacher. I went to Hawaii for teacher training, and graduated in November 2007. I taught at my home school in Fort Myers, and in Naples, Fl. I moved to Delray Beach in 2008, and have been teaching at BYDB since September of that year.
Teaching has been more rewarding than I ever could have imagined. Watching people transform their lives never gets old. The personal benefits of my own yoga practice, and the positive affects Bikram has had on my life are endless. I'm lucky to have a family of yogis. Both of my brothers practice, my Mom took her first Bikram Yoga class at age 69, and my Father completed a 180 day challenge when he was 75!
I am forever grateful for Bikram Yoga. It has changed my body, health, attitude, and my outlook!
Teaching Bikram Yoga gives me the ability to help change peoples lives and I can watch my students blossom and learn to love and respect their bodies as I did and still do. I honestly can not imagine my life with out this practice. It has helped me in the most tremendous ways. The benefits from Bikram Yoga are endless and I have found a new respect for myself. I can say without reservation that participating in Bikram Yoga has been the most important decision I’ve ever made to nurture my mind,body and life.
David started practicing Bikram yoga in Boca Raton, FL in 1996. He attended teacher training in 2002 and ever since his devotion as a teacher has brought humility, compassion and patience to serve his students through their struggles and accomplishments. He truly believes in the miraculous medical benefits of the series after healing himself from a deformed (kyphotic) spine. When not teaching or practicing; David is a full time pastry chef, an aficionado flamenco dancer and an amateur saltwater aquarist.
Cole began practicing yoga on June 1, 2010, in New York City at Bikram Yoga Harlem. After just that one class, he noticed such a profound difference in his energy, mood and physical body that he was clear about the desire to practice regularly for the rest of his life. Cole attended the FALL 2011 Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles and began teaching at several studios on Long Island, NY after completing certification. Recently, Cole moved to Ocean Ridge with his partner Vincent Grucci, and has been teaching around South Florida ever since. In January 2014, Cole suffered a meniscus tear and a torn ACL which required surgery. The procedure and the rehab left Cole with a renewed respect for practicing mindfulness and a commitment to patience, which he now brings into both his practice and his teaching.
My Bikram yoga journey started at BYDB in December '2003 and what I thought would be a once a week workout along with the gym and other styles of yoga turned out to be life changing. I saw weight drop off, self confidence rise and mentally I was much more focused. After seeing how beneficial this practice was in my life I wanted to be able to share this amazing practice with others...and prove to myself that I could get through the 9 week teacher training! I attended teacher training in the spring of '09 in Palm Desert CA. Training was physically and even more so mentally one of the most challenging things I have ever done - and I am so grateful for it! Teaching and continued practice has given my a foundation for my life and I try to take what we practice in the hot room into my life: compassion, discipline, humility, patience and honesty. I am so glad to be back at BYDB and look forward to seeing you all in the hot room!
Marsha started practicing yoga over 40 years ago and received her first certification in 2000, as a Bikram instructor. She has traveled extensively to teach at studios within the U.S., Israel, and Costa Rica. Marsha continues her education in yoga by attending and participating in various yoga practices, classes and workshops.
In July 2010, she attended another yoga teacher training with Ana Forrest. Marsha uses the spiritual peace and internal insight she has gained through her personal pursuit of yoga to guide her instruction.
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