“Practicing Yoga is a privilege.
And with this privilege comes a duty to be kind, to share a smile,
and to offer the yoga from the mat into the rest of your life.”

We have a great team of passionate and dedicated teachers here at Bikram Original Hot Yoga Perth

 

Each teacher has completed an intensive training program and immersed himself or herself in growing not only their own yoga practice but their teaching knowledge to help you further your practice.

At our studio we pride ourselves on establishing strong mentoring programs and dedication to learning. We have strived to create a safe and friendly community for all and our teachers are a part of this amazing environment.

Hello my name is Gillian (Gill, Gilly) and I'm your certified Bikram Yoga teacher. I graduated November 2014 in Thailand and since then I have enjoyed teaching in Perth, Melbourne, Launceston, Jakarta, Copenhagen and Oslo.

My journey into Bikram Yoga started in January 2011. I had been suffering with the pain of chronic compounding RSI in my right arm for over two years, which had forced me to leave my career as an environmental scientist. A merry-go-round of specialists and drugs did little for the pain, and the doctors had nothing else to offer- I would have to live with it, but I knew I couldn't go on like this indefinitely. Attempts to return to sports and other styles of yoga made it worse, so my general health had also suffered. I was miserable, but was dragged along to a Bikram class by a friend who knew she liked yoga and wanted company to try this ‘crazy hot one’.

To be honest, that first class is a blur. I was so hot, so thirsty, I felt sick, I could barely move. How did those people move like that? I couldn’t do anything – not even put my hands together over my head. And yet, the class did something. Despite hating the heat, it was like an injury heat pack on my whole body, which provided a small level of relief. And best of all, it did not increase my pain. Over time, little by little, I gradually saw improvements.
The day I got my palms together, elbows locked and arms touching with my ears for Half-moon I was so happy – it was something that seemed impossible when I first started- but here I was, now doing it!! Best of all, as I gained more movement, my pain slowly began to decrease.
I also found if I stopped going to class, the pain would creep back up to become unbearable. So I just kept going, just kept trying.

Today I usually have only 5-10% of my original pain levels, it has really amazed my doctor. It has also enabled me to regain almost full range of motion and build balance, flexibility, strength,focus and determination. It calms my mind and has done wonders for my mental health.
My personal journey, and those of others I have met, convinced me that this particular yoga was something extra special, something that heals people from the inside out. I have seen many people transformed by this yoga, which is ultimately what inspired me to become a teacher.

Initially it gave me such joy that I may be able to live a normal life again, but it has gone beyond that to finding something I truly love – teaching and sharing this amazing and truly healing yoga with others. No matter what you are struggling with, just come in and get on your mat, it could change your life.

I look forward to seeing you in the hot room!

Gillian Tomkinson

Teacher

I heard about Bikram Yoga through a friend who suggested that I try the yoga knowing that I would like the heat.  I used to always stay back at the gym after my workout to sit in the sauna for almost an hour each time. I started my practice in November 2010. My 1st class was hard, 2nd class was even harder and it’s still hard even to this day. Every class is challenging because I find new things to work and this motivates me to keep going. I started practicing 4 times a week and shortly after I was practicing daily, which was a bit of a shock. I had always exercised regularly but this time there was something really different about it – for the first time in my life, I didn’t have to force myself to go workout. I loved the sweat and my practice.  The main inspiration behind going back into the room daily was the postures themselves, which just kept giving me new breakthroughs.

I had no flexibility and practicing the postures was challenging.  However, once done the right way, I was motivated by how beautiful each pose was in its own way.  So I practiced and practiced until it became my life even to the point it was all I talked about, read about and even researched on through all mediums of media. The transformation has definitely been more mental, emotional and spiritual even though the reason I started was just to get fit and more flexible.  I felt the changes in myself: inner peace, mental strength and calmness I never knew I had.

I attended the Spring 2012 Teacher training in Los Angeles, USA with the strong support of my family and teachers from my home studio.  I embarked on a life changing experience, which for sure has been one of the best experiences of my life. It was truly an honour to get trained directly under the supervision of Bikram Choudhury.

Bikram Choudhury says: “if you can find peace in a Hot Yoga class you can find peace in every stage and place of life” and I believe this with all my heart. This practice is pure meditation; it is where I feel the closest to myself.

I have now embarked on a new path to help others with their journey to find health, happiness and peace through the Hot Yoga practice and as a result continue to evolve myself.

Smile and change the world!

Bahar Rahmani

Teacher

I started practising the Bikram yoga back in 1997. Little did I know how far it would take me. At the time my passion was Chinese Dragon Boat racing – a very intense sport that entails a 14 metre canoe with 20 paddlers sitting two abreast racing over 200m, 500m and 1000m. My whole world revolved around making a Dragon boat go fast. I did my first class and I could see immediately that the practice of yoga would aid my paddling so I started practising every day.

I went to teacher training in the summer of 1999. From there I came back and was co-owner of the Harbord school in Sydney, Australia. At the time it was the only school in Australia. In 2002 I went my own way and opened the tremendously successful Bikram yoga Darlinghurst.

For the last 20 years I have been exposed to every facet of the Bikram world. From day to day school activities to competing in the yoga competitions both in Australia and Internationally. I have taught all around Australia and Internationally. I have assisted at teacher training.

I am straight down the line Bikram. I believe in the series being delivered as Bikram has decreed. Change nothing, don’t add anything.The class is, and only ever will be, 90 minutes in duration. Combined with carpet mirrors and heat, the package is completed with the use of the Bikram dialogue.

For 10 years I delivered what I called ‘Dazzie’ dialogue. Although close to the proper dialogue I realised it was missing large components of the series. Upon making a decision to get back on the dialogue I invested 3 years to learn the dialogue from scratch. From then on my teaching took a whole new direction. Classes became easier to teach. I found was able to give more to the students

I love everything about Bikram Yoga, from the practice to the people. I know I will have a positive effect on you as a teacher or on you and your school. Give me a shout and lets talk about yoga.

Darren Ma

Teacher

Dayna Leong

Teacher

Hi, my name is Genevieve. I’m excited about visiting Perth and being part of your yoga journey and teaching at my friends Binny and Nick's studio.

Bikram yoga has been part of my life for over 10 years.

When I started Bikram Yoga my body hurt and I wanted to feel pain free. I was well into my 40s, yoga was hard for me but even after the first class I felt a sense of pride at having done something good for myself. The benefits continued, stress relief, feeling more at home in my body and developing my mental ability to focus on what I wanted in life. I am so proud to see my students break boundaries not just in yoga but in their lives.

This yoga is for everyone, you're not required to be a cross between Buddha and a Cirque du Soleil acrobat, it's for regular people who want to grow, heal and get close to their best selves!

See you at the studio soon.

Genevieve Foreman

Visiting Teacher