Loving the Bristol location. Instructors and members are so welcoming and encouraging. There is plenty of parking, which is well lit at night. The studio is clean and well maintained. There is filtered water available in the lobby, as well as lots of retail items to purchase if you forgot or need anything.
I took my first Bikram yoga class in 2004, during a summer break
from college. I had practiced ballet since I was little and had
dabbled in many different yoga styles, but I had never experienced
anything like Bikram yoga! As a bendy ballerina, I was usually
bored in yoga, but Bikram was a real challenge and I loved it! I
had never felt such powerful results from a “beginner’ yoga
At the time, I was working on an engineering degree at MIT and
(for some reason) trying to maintain a dance career on the side, so
I did not have a whole lot of spare time. I was a very sporadic
yoga student for my first several years – I’d sneak in a few
classes when I had a week off, and then disappear for months. When
I finally graduated, quit ballet, and made yoga a priority, I saw a
huge difference in my life. I got stronger and more flexible, which
I appreciated, but I also felt much calmer and happier. I had
always been a very type-A, competitive person – which does help
when you’re running a business! – but yoga has taught me how to
relax and find peace with myself.
In 2010, midway through graduate school, I realized that I would
never be happy as an engineer working in a lab. I wrapped up my
degree, went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training, and never looked
back. I taught full-time at studios all over the country before
making a home in Rhode Island. I opened our Bristol studio as “East
Bay Bikram Yoga” in August 2014, and I
am thrilled to expand the business to
Providence in June 2017 so that we can reach even more people.
I’m honored to come into the studio every day and share this
practice that I love with a group of amazing people. Yoga has
transformed my life in a way that I never imagined, and I hope that
the same will be true for you!