our teachers

As a Certified Bikram Yoga Studio, all of our teachers have either graduated the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training (BYTT) or an equivalent teacher training run by former Bikram Yoga HQ Faculty members.

 

Every BYTT certified teacher, spends nine weeks immersed in an in-depth study of Bikram Yoga with Yoga Masters Bikram and Rajashree Choudhury and their staff of senior teachers.

 

The BYTT course, leading to a certificate of completion, introduces the teachers to the basic knowledge needed to begin teaching this powerful healing yoga.

 

The BYTT course covers asana, anatomy, therapeutic applications and health benefits of Yoga, nutrition, philosophy of Yoga, Bikram's Posture Clinic, and the Bikram Yoga dialogue.

Through dedicated practice and study of the 26 postures, the teachers worked to expand their knowledge of the Bikram Method and prepared themselves to teach the series.

 

jon kinsman

 

I am the owner of Bikram Yoga Delray Beach and I became a Certified Bikram Teacher in March of 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. 

Unfortunately I have experienced a few serious injuries over the years - but with the help of Bikram yoga, I managed to rehabilitate my body back to full health. Without the yoga, I would have taken a lot longer to mend.

Struggle harder and Don't Give Up!

jill bayne

 

Jill is a certified yoga instructor, qualified to teach students of every level. Her approach is to share the depth and strength of inward exploration and awareness. Her style of teaching emphasizes creating a safe, supportive environment in which students can explore, be challenged, and find their own inner voice. She wants students to emerge from her classes feeling relaxed, open and alive! Jill has taught yoga since 2008 in yoga studios in and around New York City, Boston, Colorado, California, and Florida.

david salcedo

 

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 ulhrig

 

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.

silvia garcia

 

 

Silvia is a Certified Bikram Instructor since 1995 and received her Training Certificate for Advance Class in 1997.

She has been practicing yoga for 53 years. She started in Argentina studying Shivananda and Iyengar yoga styles. She started practicing Bikram yoga style in 1988. She also is a Certified Teacher of Chair Yoga and Ying Yoga. She teaches private and group classes. She helps patients to recover through yoga movements at Physical Therapy Medical Center at Boca Raton office.

She guides beginners and advanced students through the learning process of building the asanas with steadiness of a strong foundation and good alignment; reaching the fulfillment of the postures through the total awareness of breath and fluidity of movement. She is a strong believer that planting the seeds of yoga’s principles in kids of young ages will lead to the improvement of future generations.

 

“A healthy mind, a healthy spine and a strong digestive fire are the most powerful healing human sources”

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hilary crows

 

 

My Bikram yoga journey started at Bikram Yoga Delray Beach 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 me 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 Bikram Yoga Delray Beach and look forward to seeing you all in the hot room!

 

nina granatir

 

Nina began her Bikram practice in 1999 and it was love at first sweat.  She went on to attend Bikram Teacher Training in 2005 and has been teaching ever since.  Nina opened up a yoga studio in Seattle in 2011, which she still runs from afar while living with her husband and 3 dogs in Delray Beach.  She was so happy to find BYDB when she moved to South FL in spring of 2017 and immediately felt the sense of community from the amazing students, instructors and owner, Jon.  She is humbled to be on the podium leading classes and sweating alongside her fellow yogis at BYDB.

 

trish abeloff

 

Awareness is the beginning of change.

Practice makes Habit. 

 

It had been my habit to ride the diet and exercise roller-coaster most of my life. Cognitively, I understood that we walk around in an amazing healing machine, yet I was desperately inconsistent and regularly involved in destructive self-sabotaging behaviors and felt extremely hopeless. I had terrible back and neck pain from a severe car accident and a sedentary lifestyle and was carrying around an extra 50 lbs.

The day I walked into my first Bikram class was a huge wake-up call.  A new awareness. It wasn’t pretty, but by the time class ended, I knew it was what I needed to heal my broken body. I committed first to a month, then to a year and haven’t looked back.  I went to Teacher Training in 2014 in Thailand.

 

In the first half of my life… I was an aerospace engineer and worked at NASA, and later a massage therapist and entrepreneur while raising my 3 children, and studied various aspects of holistic health for over 20 years. 

 

I love Biomechanics and absolutely marvel at the profound simplicity and power of the Bikram 26&2 series to assist the body to balance and heal itself. There’s nothing like it. We walk into the room, literally as a different person each day… and whether it’s the physical, mental, emotional, social or some other aspect of our life that’s out of balance, the yoga helps to facilitate healing… practicing breath, creating strength, balance, flexibility…   Every day I’m profoundly grateful for the opportunity to share my love of this practice with you and hopefully hold a space for you to see your beautiful Self clearly in the mirror.

 

Practice makes Habit. Practice one breath at a time. Love.

ron gintner

 

I began my Bikram Yoga practice the day after Thanksgiving in 1989. What I learned from the first day is never, ever eat a turkey sandwich before class.  I was seeing stars by Standing Head to Knee and I was looking at my reflection in the toilet bowl by Triangle.  I thought I was going to die.   It took about three weeks before trying again.  Without the sandwich I made it through the class.  I wanted to do this because I was having chronic back pain and knee problems. Once I got the hang of it I loved it.  Bikram Yoga was just right for me.  Even though I struggled through each class I kept at it.  My instructor called me the “concrete man” for quite a while.  Talk about stiff.   Over the years I have become much more flexible. 

After 12 years of practice I found a time in my life when I could get away from my business for nine weeks and I went to teacher training in the fall of 2001. I began my teaching career in Washington DC, and then in Massachusetts.   In my early days I taught all over South Florida.  In 2007 I purchased the Bikram Yoga studio in Boca Raton.  I ran that studio for the ten years. I planned on retiring at the end of last year but I became very restless after the studio was closed for a few months.  I still love to practice and teach Bikram Yoga.  I’m very happy to be on the staff here at Bikram Yoga Delray.

I hope to get know all you soon!

Namaste,

Ron  

charlee nolan

 

My first (yoga) love is practicing and teaching the Bikram / 26&2 series. I am endlessly fascinated with the Ghosh lineage and how it continues to evolve, and I attend trainings, retreats, workshops and classes that focus on this lineage at any and every opportunity. I count as my influencers the second generation of the Bikram lineage: Mary Jarvis and her students including: Zeb Homison, Gianna Purcell, Esak Garcia, Joseph Encinia, Pachi Shanaberger and Jared McCann. These are the teachers I admire; they inspire me to continue to approach my practice with a beginners eyes and a curious heart. 

I have more than 500 hours of teacher trainings and workshops from various styles of yoga including the Bikram 26/2 sequence, the Intermediate sequence, Vinyasa and Iyengar. In addition to staying current with various teaching styles, I have a growing passion for anatomy. Several years back an injury in my hip forced me to take a huge step back from my physical practice, and really investigate the movement habits that had contributed to that injury. It was a turning point for me, and since then I have studied anatomy and biomechanics so that I might keep my practice - as well as the practice of my students - safe and therapeutic. I have learned the hard way that yoga is not at all about the physical manifestation of any given asana, but about a lifelong practice that stills the mind and brings peace to the heart.

FOCUS, CONCENTRATE, MEDITATE

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