Meet Susan . . .
Certified: Spring 2010 Las Vegas, NV
Originally from Chicago, I moved to the East Coast in the mid-90s. With a degree in Materials Management from Bloomfield College, I worked for 15 years for Pfizer.
I started practicing Bikram Yoga in March 2009 and was immediately hooked! Inspired by my discovery of Bikram Yoga, I immediately started and successfully completed a 30-Day Challenge. Suddenly, my life took on a whole new meaning. One year later, I decided to attend Teacher Training and graduated in June 2010. Practicing Bikram Yoga is one of the nicest and most rewarding things you'll ever do for yourself!
I continue to practice at least 3-4 days a week, and find that a consistent practice makes me a better teacher, and teaching makes me a better student. I am honored to be a part of the Bikram Yoga Cedar Knolls community.
Meet Stacie . . .
Started Teaching at BYCK: 2007
I have been practicing various styles of yoga since 1995 and have been teaching yoga since 2001. In 2002, I discovered Bikram Yoga while in Aspen and knew immediately that I wanted to teach it. I left my corporate job in the telecommunications industry in 2002, and in the spring of 2003, I became a certified Bikram Yoga instructor. I now teach full-time.
As a lover of outdoor activities like hiking, sailing and horseback riding and of sports like racquetball, scuba diving, and skiing, I quickly resonated with Bikram’s athletic style of yoga and its therapeutic benefits. I knew this was a style of yoga I could do well into old age and that it would extend my ability to enjoy the activities and sports that I love. In fact, since starting my practice of Bikram Yoga, I have not had any of the painful knee problems I used to continuously experience.
I am passionate about yoga and sharing with others its profound effect on mind, body and spirit. I emphasize the fundamentals of breath, body awareness, and emotional balance, as well as being present, quieting the mind, letting go of judgments and overcoming self-imposed limits. One of my most fulfilling moments as a teacher is when eager students come together in a synergistic fashion and discover something new about themselves.
Meet Marlyne . . .
Started Teaching at BYCK: 2013
I started practicing yoga in 2001, and loved that it made me feel more connected and engaged in my body and life. I developed a home practice, and soon thereafter took my first Bikram class in 2002. In the hustle of New York City life however, I didn't develop a regular Bikram practice until 2007 when I walked into Bikram Yoga Cedar Knolls. Since then, I've practiced at studios across multiple states, and completed two 30-day Challenges. I became a Certified Bikram Teacher in the Fall of 2013. I have also been a business and marketing consultant for over 12 years. I consider myself as much a student of yoga as a teacher of yoga. I believe yoga can take us all to the field that Rumi references in his poem, “Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I'll meet you there . . ."