Meet Our Instructors
Juan Felipe Herrera took his first Bikram class was in the Coconut Grove Studio in Miami, FL Summer 2010, claiming it is true what they say; you will never forget your first class. He’s never looked back after completing his first 30 Day Challenge. Felipe was certified in Bikram that next Spring.
Besides teaching and practicing yoga, Felipe loves art. He has been drawing and painting since he was young and plans to share his talent with the world on day. He believes art and yoga go hand to hand.
Favorite Pose? Least Favorite Pose? It is very hard to say which is my least or favorite posture. When you train your body, the body evolves as you get stronger and flexible, so maybe sometimes your strongest posture could become the most challenging and you least favorite your best.
Best advice for students: “When your love is not just a desire for the other, when your love is not only a need, when your love is a sharing, when your love is not that of a beggar but an emperor, when your love is not asking for something in return but is ready only to give – to give for the sheer joy of giving – then add meditation to it and the pure fragrance is released. That is compassion; compassion is the highest phenomenon” -OSHO
Iman was introduced to Bikram Yoga in Hamburg Germany in 2013. One year into the practice, she decided to join the Teacher Training in Khao Lak, Thailand. After training, she taught primarily around South East Asia.
After completing University in Germany, Iman moved to Miami with her husband Felipe and began teaching again. It was the students from all over the world that made Iman evolve as a teacher.
After a few months in Miami, Iman and Felipe decided to come to New Orleans to visit and teach at Bikram Yoga New Orleans. They quickly fell in love with the city, the culture, and the studio.
Best advice for students: No matter how long you practice – if its one day, one year, ten years – we always need to take it step by step. There is no skipping; there is no wondering, and there is no secret about each Asana. Yoga is a process, a lifestyle, a choice of life with ups and downs, back and forward movements, a constant healing process, a self-study and sometimes a roller coaster. YOGA GIVES YOU LIFE INSTEAD OF TAKING LIFE FROM YOU. For me YOGA is my life.
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
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
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
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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!”
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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 Orleansone 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