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Bikram - Beginning Series

This class is taught by:

Jessie Rodriguez

I was introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2006 by a colleague after a plantar fascia injury. She conveyed her personal BY experience to me, and mentioned that I wouldn’t be able to take a class more than once a week. After recuperating from plantar fasciitis from years of running, I was up for the challenge. During my intro week I made it to class no less than three times. Soon thereafter, I purchased my first of many unlimited monthly package and only took off on Sundays. Needless to say, I was hooked. A few months later I attended the 2007 Bikram Yoga Teacher Spring Training in Hawaii and became a certified BY teacher. Today I enjoy practicing as often as I can, including visiting different studios while traveling for work or on vacation.

Susan Heuckroth

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.

Marlyne Pierce

Meet Marlyne . . .

Certified: 2013
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 . . ."

Stacie Ramsey

Meet Stacie . . .

Certified: 2003
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.

Bikram Yoga is a demanding series of 26 specific postures and 2 breathing exercises suitable for all ages and levels of ability. The series is designed to work the entire body in 90 minutes. The specific sequence of postures works synergistically and cumulatively, each posture preparing the body for the next. This helps undo some of the damage from sedentary lifestyles, high-impact activities such as running and aerobics and the normal deterioration that comes with age, helping return the body to a more balanced state of health.

With a regular practice, you will experience some of these many benefits:

• Increase in strength and muscle tone
• Increase in flexibility of the spine and whole body
• Increase in endurance
• Increase in energy and vitality
• Improved quality of breathing
• Better circulation
• Healthier joints
• Stronger immune system
• Weight loss or weight gain by helping to regulate your metabolic rate
• Reduced blood pressure
• Better posture
• Better balance (in your BODY and in your BRAIN)
• Reduction in stress
• Improved concentration and focus
• Reduction in the symptoms of many chronic diseases

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Jun 27 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Jessie Rodriguez
  • Tue Jun 27 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Susan Heuckroth
  • Tue Jun 27 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Denise Cohen
  • Wed Jun 28 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Denise Cohen
  • Wed Jun 28 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Susan Heuckroth
  • Wed Jun 28 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Susan Heuckroth
  • Thu Jun 29 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Jessie Rodriguez
  • Thu Jun 29 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Susan Heuckroth
  • Thu Jun 29 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm with Denise Cohen
  • Fri Jun 30 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Jessie Rodriguez
  • Fri Jun 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Susan Heuckroth
  • Fri Jun 30 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Angelo Delli Santi
  • Sat Jul 01 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Marlyne Pierce
  • Sat Jul 01 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Susan Heuckroth
  • Sat Jul 01 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Angelo Delli Santi
  • Sun Jul 02 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Susan Heuckroth
  • Sun Jul 02 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Susan Heuckroth
  • Sun Jul 02 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Denise Cohen
  • Mon Jul 03 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Susan Heuckroth
  • Tue Jul 04 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Stacie Ramsey