Meet Our Instructors
In 2010 Benito started doing Sun Salutation postures routinely, as he made his way through the country on a walk-about, eventually arriving in the magnificent city of New Orleans. He says, “I mean this city took my heart whole and gave me the push I needed to leave everything I thought I loved behind and make my way back to Rhode Island.”
Flash forward to 2013, Benito took his first Bikram class in January which aided him in not only staying focused but also passionate about completing coursework in order to graduate with a dual degree from the University of Rhode Island. Benito got hit by a car while riding his bicycle in September 2013, leaving him with a broken shoulder, an emergency surgery on his right orbital floor, and going stir crazy from being forced to rest post-accident. Bikram Yoga was his savior, it kept him feeling ALIVE! The healing came fast [and so did the settlement!], both allowing him to obtain a Bikram Teacher certificate in Los Angeles Spring 2014. Moving back to Rhode Island was unfulfilling, which lead him to a job teaching in State College, PA. Later, he was proposed with a teaching position in New Orleans. The city was calling him back to indulge in its powerful magic, again pushing him to leave behind who he thought he was and really accept who it is he is.
Favorite posture: Backbending pose.
Least favorite posture: Rabbit pose, ugh.
Best advice for students: “Once, Lucas Miles (teacher) told me, ‘Keep on trucking brother,’ But, you know, minus the brother.”
Mike grew up in Borneo, Malaysia. He was living with his grandparents in his young age. He rode his bike to school every day when he was in high school. Unfortunately, he fell from his bike one day and his lower back got injured. This injury bothered him for six years until he started doing Bikram yoga in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Bikram yoga helped him to heal his lower back. His teacher at the time, Jakob Schanzer, told Mike that he should become a yoga teacher to help other people.
Since attending teacher training, he has been here teaching Bikram yoga all over the United States from New York City to Montana, Dallas, and Kansas City. Most recently, Mike lived in NYC for five years, but after growing tired of cold weather and crazy city life, he decided to move somewhere warmer and friendlier. Now, he is here in New Orleans, enjoying the seafood, people, the festivals, and of course teaching at Bikram Yoga New Orleans!
Favorite posture: Triangle pose
Best advice for students: “If you can see the positive sides of everything, you’ll be able to live a much richer life than others.” by Celestine Chua
Carolyn took her first Bikram class in 2002 at Bikram Yoga Seacliff in San Francisco. She hated it and didn’t go back for a year. She decided to try it one more time. She realized nothing else made her feel as good as this yoga so she started to make it a regular routine. On a whim, in the Spring of 2009, she decided to go to Bikram training. Best decision of her life. It forced her out of ehr shy shell and connected her to a healthy community. She found that yoga killed about a million birds with one stone. Transformative for the mind, body and soul.
Carolyn has a BA in Creative Writing. She is a massage therapist, doula and has studied Ayruvedic medicine and panchakarma techniques for over ten years. She is currently working towards becoming an RN.
Favorite Pose: Hallf Moon
Least Favorite Post: Salabhasana
Best advice for students: “We are all just walking each other home.” -Ram Dass
A friend introduced Lauren to Bikram yoga in 1993 one day after work. As a native Houstonian, she thought she could deal with the heat until she tried Awkward Pose.
“I remember looking around the room and wondering how I was going to make it through the rest of the class. All I could do was stare at myself in the mirror, and somehow I began to relax and surrender to the teacher’s instructions. To me, that’s the beauty of yoga – that sweet spot where you choose to surrender your spirit so that the mind and body can become one.”
In 2013, Lauren traveled to Los Angeles to complete Bikram yoga teacher training, and moved to New Orleans one month later. She enjoys being a yoga instructor, a jazz enthusiast, and a discoverer of new experiences in the wonderful Crescent City.
Favorite posture: Camel
Least favorite posture: Standing head to knee
Advice to students & favorite quote: “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” — B.K.S. Iyengar
Kara FeringaKara first discovered Bikram yoga in Manhattan Beach, CA in 1996. Being a Louisiana native, living in California, she missed the beauty of a good sweat! Needless to say, she was hooked. In 2002, she returned to Louisiana where there was no Bikram yoga, and it was then also that she realized it was more than just the sweating she missed. The 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises are KEY! Fortunately, in 2005, New Orleans was graced with Yoga 108 where Kara was able to return to the Bikram yoga practice. She attended and graduated Bikram yoga teacher training in 2009. Kara’s hobbies include teaching yoga and spin classes, practicing yoga, playing tennis, and running.
Favorite posture: Standing bow pulling
Favorite quote: “It’s never too late, it’s never too bad, you’re never too old, you’re never to sick to start from scratch once again, to be born once again.” | Bikram Choudhury
Best advice for new students: “BREATHE & have fun!”
Sarah discovered Bikram yoga in the summer of 2009 and was hooked instantly. She experience teacher training in San Diego in 2010 and has been teaching ever since. She enjoyed teaching as much as she enjoys taking class. To her, it’s exhilirating to guide students through their Bikram yoga journey.
Favorite Posture: Savasana
Least Favorite Posture: Full Locust Post
Best Student Advice: Be patient with it
Mark discovered Bikram yoga in 2009 and immediately fell in love. In 2011 he graduated from Bikram’s Yoga College of India and began teaching in Brooklyn. After teaching in several cities he’s happy to call New Orleans home. “I love this city and the amazing people in it. I consider it a privilege to practice this powerful yoga and share it with others.”