Teachers

 

Karen Drost

 

Owner/Director of Bikram Yoga West Palm Beach

Former Owner/Director of Bikram Yoga Royal Palm Beach, New Haven, Mira Mesa, Buffalo, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale)

 

Certifications:

 

*Bikram Yoga College Of India, 2001, Los Angeles

*Registered Critical ICU Nurse

*Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Posture Clinic Facilitator, Lecturer, and  Medical    

  Clinic Director

*Certified Yoga Coach and Judge

*Faculty Member: Raja Yoga Academy

*pyroPILATES

*Yin Yoga

Years Practicing: 37 (Bikram - 19)

Most Challenging Pose: Awkward Pose - 2nd part

Favorite Pose: Triangle Pose

Spirit Animal: Dolphin

Salty or Sweet: Salt ADDICT!

Favorite Vacation Spot: Caribbean Islands

Night Owl or Early Bird: Both equally the same

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): I'm living my dream!

 

Joyce Levy

Certifications:

 

*Bikram Yoga College Of India, Fall 2007, Hawaii

*Hatha Yoga

*Restorative Yoga

*MSW

Years Practicing: 36 (Bikram 18)

Most Challenging Pose: Awkward Pose

Favorite Pose: Half Tortoise Pose

Spirit Animal: Labrador Retriever

Salty or Sweet: Salty

Favorite Vacation Spot: Grand Canyon

Night Owl or Early Bird: Both...wait...what's considered early?

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Comedic actress

Missy Jones

Certifications: 

*Bikram Yoga College Of India, Fall 2008, Acapulco

*Creator of the pyroPILATES method

*Co-creator of Bikram PLUS 

*Pilates (mat and apparatus)

*Xtend Barre

*500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher

*Yin Yoga

*Indoor Cycling

*TRX Suspension Method

*MEd

*Faculty Member: Raja Yoga Academy

*Licensed Skydiver USPA

Years Practicing: 12

Most Challenging Pose: Rabbit Pose

Favorite Pose: Hands to Feet Pose

Spirit Animal: Ruth Bader Ginsburg riding a unicorn

Salty or Sweet: Sweet

Favorite Vacation Spot: Maui

Night Owl or Early Bird: Early Bird. Catch me after 6PM and I'm in jammies!

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Writer and performer on SNL

 

Christine Stevens

Certifications:

 

*Pilates

*pyroPILATES

*200 RYT Sivananda

*200 RYT Vinyasa

*Xtend Barre

Years Practicing: 17 (Bikram - 11)

Most Challenging Pose: Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee

Favorite Pose: Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Spirit Animal: Tiger

Salty or Sweet: Salty

Favorite Vacation Spot: Costa Rica

Night Owl or Early Bird: Early Bird

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Laying in a hammock watching palm trees sway while listening to the ocean. 

 

Erica Predmest

Certifications:

 

*Bikram Yoga College of India, Fall 2012

*Graduate of Institute for Integrative Nutrition

*Plant based chef certified

*Indoor Cycling

*Certified Laser Technician

Years Practicing: 7

Most Challenging Pose: Toe Stand

Favorite Pose: Standing Head to Knee 

Spirit Animal: Butterfly

Salty or Sweet: Def sweet tooth here!

Favorite Vacation Spot: Bali, hands down!

Night Owl or Early Bird: I'm a night owl for sure...Can't get up before 7:30am

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Travel blogger

 

Charlotte Gill

Certifications:

 

*Bikram Yoga College of India

Years Practicing: 13

Most Challenging Pose: Tree Pose

Favorite Pose: Triangle

Spirit Animal: Hare

Salty or Sweet: Sweet...and chocolatey!

Favorite Vacation Spot: Any remote and mountainous wilderness area

Night Owl or Early Bird: Early Bird, usually. But I can rally for some live, funky music!

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Program Officer or Grants Manager at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Katy Short

Certifications: 

*pyroPILATES, Spring 2017

Years Practicing: 8

Most Challenging Pose: Savasana

Favorite Pose: Standing Bow

Spirit Animal: Dolphin

Salty or Sweet: Sweet

Favorite Vacation Spot: Any tropical island!

Night Owl or Early Bird: Early bird

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Dancing on a cruise ship!

 

Cole J. Uhrig

Certifications: 

*Bikram's Yoga College of India, Fall 2011, Los Angeles

*Yin Yoga

*Anusara Yoga

*Children's Yoga

Years Practicing: 8

Most Challenging Pose: Handstand

Favorite Pose: Sleeping Yogi

Spirit Animal: Peacock

Salty or Sweet: Salty

Favorite Vacation Spot: India

Night Owl or Early Bird: Night owl

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Swami

 

Emily Mourgides

Certifications:

 

*Bikram Yoga College Of India, Fall 2011, Los Angeles

Years Practicing: 8

Most Challenging Pose: Standing Head to Knee

Favorite Pose: Standing Head to Knee and Rabbit Pose

Spirit Animal: Horse

Salty or Sweet: Salty

Favorite Vacation Spot: Sonoma Valley, CA

Night Owl or Early Bird: Night Owl

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Balanced Career Woman / Super Mom

 

Erica Elliot, M.T.

Certifications: 

*pyroPILATES, Spring 2017

*Mudra Meditation - Level 1

*CPA, 1994

*Certified Finacial Planner, 2002

Years Practicing: 11

Most Challenging Pose: Camel

Favorite Pose: Savasana

Spirit Animal: Fox and Leopard

Salty or Sweet: Sweet...Chocolate!

Favorite Vacation Spot: Traveling the entire world on the 7 seas!

Night Owl or Early Bird: Night Owl all the way!  I'll catch you early birds on the                                            way out the door!

Dream Job: When I'm helping others, I'm healing myself.

 

Linda Hewins

Certifications: 

*Bikram Yoga College of India, Spring 2005, Los Angeles

*pyroPILATES, Fall 2018

*Owner UpsidedownL HOT Shop

Years Practicing: 15

Most Challenging Pose: 3rd part of Locust Pose

Favorite Pose: Spine Twist

Spirit Animal: Manatee

Salty or Sweet: FRENCH FRIES!!!!!

Dream Job: I'm doing it!!!

Night Owl or Early Bird: Either, I guess. Depends on what's happening. Usually an early bird, though.

 

Charlee Nolan

Certifications: 

*200 hour ERYT

*50 Hour Advanced Vinyasa/Intermediate Bikram

*50 Hour Advanced Vinyasa/Arm Balancing

*pyroPILATES 2016

*Co-creator of Bikram PLUS

Years Practicing: 11

Most Challenging Pose: Rabbit Pose

Favorite Pose: Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Spirit Animal: Mermaid!

Salty or Sweet: Salty

Favorite Vacation Spot: Nosara, Costa Rica

Dream Job: Bookstore/Cafe Owner

 

Charlot DeMarie

Certifications:

 

*Raja Yoga Academy, Spring 2017

*Spin

*Mudra Yoga

*Pilates

Years Practicing: 8

Most Challenging Pose: Standing Head to Knee - Can I get an Amen???

Favorite Pose: Rabbit Pose

Spirit Animal: Butterfly

Salty or Sweet: Salty

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere there's water and it's warm

Night Owl or Early Bird: Night owl

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Talk show host

 

Brenda Gallagher

Certifications:

 

*Bikram Yoga College of India, Spring 2008

*Yoga Sculpt

*pyroPILATES, Spring 2018

*Team Member: The Dialogue Works 

 

Years Practicing: 12

Most Challenging Pose: Standing Head to Knee Pose

Favorite Pose: Triangle Pose and Camel Pose

Spirit Animal: Eagle

Salty or Sweet: Both! Dark chocolate / French Fries

Favorite Vacation Spot: Italy

Night Owl or Early Bird: Early bird - I love watching the sun rise!

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): I'm living it! Explorer / blogger of exotic places

 

Eva Spencer

Certifications:

 

*Shivananda Yoga 200 Hours, 2008

*Pilates Mat, 2012

*pyroPILATES 2016

*Fitness Nutrition Certification 2017

*Licensed Massage Therapist, 2007

 

Years Practicing: 13

Most Challenging Pose: Full Locust

Favorite Pose: Standing Head to Knee Pose

Spirit Animal: Cats

Salty or Sweet: Salty definitely - love pickles!

Favorite Vacation Spot: Bali and Bulgaria

Night Owl or Early Bird: Early bird for sure

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): I would love to travel and do my YouTube workout videos around the world!

 

Griffin Barna

Certifications:

 

*Raja Yoga Academy 500 RYT, Spring 2017

 

Years Practicing: 8

Most Challenging Pose: Half Locust Pose

Favorite Pose: Triangle Pose

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves

 

Claire Lawson

Certifications:

 

*pyroPILATES, May 2016

*Co-Founder Upper90Elite Soccer Training LLC, June 2017

*Certified Personal Trainer, May 2019 (Expert Rating)

*Certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, May 2019 (Expert Rating)

 

Years Practicing: 4

Most Challenging Pose: Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Favorite Pose: Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Spirit Animal: Giraffe 

Salty or Sweet: A little bit of salt then a little bit of sweet

Favorite Vacation Spot: Lake Como or Barcelona

Night Owl or Early Bird: Depends on the day and if I got my mid-day siesta!

Dream Job (besides yoga teacher): Head coach for the US Women's National Team

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