Teachers

We’re grateful to have an incredible team of dedicated, passionate teachers. Every teacher has completed intensive training and immersed themselves in their own yoga practice and expanding their teaching knowledge to aid yours. Our teachers bring over 20 years of combined knowledge and experience to the table.

We pride ourselves on strong mentorship and our continued dedication to learning and nurturing a welcoming, safe, and friendly environment. We couldn’t be more grateful to our students and teachers for being part of our Bikram yoga family.

Meet Our Teachers

Binny

Binny Liu

Teacher

I became a Bikram Yoga teacher in the Spring of 2011. There are certain events which happen in our lives that shape our future in major, life changing directions, and going to LA for 9 weeks with 428 other yogis was one of those moments. Not only was I practicing something incredible that saved my life; I was then able to share this healing therapy with others.

Prior to starting Bikram in 2010 I had never exercised in my life. At the age of 14, I was diagnosed with Compartment Syndrome, which turned my life upside down. Simply put, the fascia does not stretch, so blood and oxygen flowing to the muscles and nerves get cut off – which leads to constant acute pain. I had operations on both arms, but this didn’t resolve the problem. I also developed Fibromyalgia, which is constant chronic pain. I also had chronic fatigue and over time I became withdrawn and felt depressed.
I do think most people take their health for granted; you truly do not appreciate how much you have until you lose it. Then in 2010, I came across Bikram Yoga.

It was a total game changer. I hated my first class, I began to sweat: from my shins and palms, I couldn’t breathe, I could barely get through the postures, and I swore I would never go back. Yet as I got home I felt a serenity and calmness, and, just so I could prove it was a fluke, I went back for a second class… I haven’t looked back since.

When I attended the Spring Teacher Training 2011 in LA, I was fortunate enough to be part of the demonstration team for the graduation ceremony. It was one of the most amazing times of my life and it has been a life changing experience.

Even though I suffer from my conditions now, it is much more manageable, and I can function and move normally– I can lead a normal life without any medication. Mentally I’m in such a better place too, it’s given me the confidence and belief that I can do anything. To me the yoga provides a moving meditation to bring mental clarity and strength, emotional release, physical awareness and it supports the whole system in healing.

After training I moved to Dallas to teach full time. During that time I have visited and taught in Miami, LA, Houston and Mexico. In 2013 I went back to the US and had the privilege of being on staff at the Spring 2013 training and watching a new generation of teachers graduate. My daughter Estell is also a mini yogini and it just proves this Yoga is for all ages!

Being a teacher enables me to share with others the healing and balancing aspects of yoga. Being healthy is not a destination; it is a way of life. In my own life I am more fulfilled physically, mentally, and emotionally. I have found that the benefits of Bikram yoga are truly amazing, and I am grateful to be able to teach and share this with others. Whether I’m practicing or I’m teaching, I’m often reminded that “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

Nick

Nicolas Smith

Teacher

My start with Bikram Yoga came when I attended my mother’s graduation for her own Teacher Training in the spring of 2013. I took two classes from Bikram himself, and he inspired me to want to teach. I was a highly trained athlete in both track and soccer, with the former having me win various state and regional championships in southern Mexico, and the latter seeing me attend and play soccer at the University of San Francisco. 

I’ve had various injuries over the years, and the yoga has helped me cure them and help me become not only stronger, but more flexible as well.

In the fall of 2013 I decided to attended the Teacher Training in Los Angeles and went through the rigorous 9 week course of 2 classes a day, anatomy, and lectures on yoga. It was an experience like no other before. At the end of training I was selected for the demonstration team for the graduation ceremony and I felt honored for having been selected.

Having spent my younger years in intensive athletic training I took full advantage of a daily double class practice during training and the results showed. By the time I finished training I could perform every posture to a much greater degree than when I started training, and I owe that to a positive mental attitude about class. Class was never too hot, never too cold, postures were never too long or never too short, they were all as hot or as long as they needed to be and that mental aspect has helped me to this day keep a steady and strong practice.

Shortly after graduating I began training for competition. I competed in the regional and national USA Yoga competitions of 2014, taking 1st in Northern California and 12th in the national competition. I could not have done it without the help of a strict practice schedule and the help and mentoring of experienced senior teachers including Emmy Cleaves, Bikram’s most senior teacher. Her guidance and very strict teaching helped me learn a tremendous amount of the therapeutic benefits of the practice, as well as the importance of alignment within the practice.

I worked on staff for the Teacher Training in 2014, both in the spring in LA and in the fall in Thailand. I also met Binny when she came and visited in the fall training where my brother also graduated and became a teacher. I have taught at a few studios in California including Bikram Yoga World Headquarters, and have also taught in Thailand and Japan.

I am excited to share the mental and physical benefits from a disciplined practice within the studio, and look forward to having students from different walks of like enjoy the benefits of the 26+2.

Shelley Davies

Shelley Davies

Teacher

My first class was at Bikram Yoga Richmond in January 2007. A friend and I decided to try it for a bit of fun, and all I remember in that first class was feeling very light-headed, wondering how the people in the front row managed to stand up for the entire 90 minutes, and thinking that it wasn’t really much fun at all!
My friend dragged me back for classes 2, 3 and 4 in that first week, and even though I was flat on my mat for most of the 90 minutes, by the end of the 10 day trial I was hooked. To be honest, I wasn’t sure why I was drawn to it, just that something felt different and I sensed the need to keep coming back. I took up a regular practice immediately and the magic started – first physically and then mentally.

The knee pain that I had suffered for so long after years of competitive squash started to disappear, and I no longer needed the impending operation.

The symptoms of my genetic heart condition became less and less.

I felt so fit and strong, that a game of squash or a long run seemed like a warm up.

For the first time in years, I was able to fall into a heavy sleep each night.

The anxiety that came with having a high-stress job in finance seemed to disappear as I found the ability to breathe through any stressful situation.

I had always wanted to share my passion for this yoga with as many people as I could. In 2017 I travelled to Florida to complete 500 hours of teacher training with the Raja Yoga Academy. I am now learning from the best of the best with Nick and Binny, and I am honoured to be a part of their yoga family and to help facilitate healing to everyone who visits OHYP.

All these years later and I still find each class just as challenging and rewarding. The beauty of Bikram Yoga is in the repetition of the postures, which makes it the perfect benchmark to gauge where your body and mind are at. Though it’s not always what you WANT, the yoga shows you exactly what you NEED, both physically and mentally.

I can’t wait to share the journey with you in the hot room!
Bahar

Bahar Rahmani

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!

Yoga Teacher

Genevieve Freshwater

Travelling 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.