A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Pamela Heard is a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor, a third-level Reiki Master, and a professional dancer/choreographer. A college professor for more than thirty years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature concentrated in creative writing, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from The University of Michigan. She is the Artistic Director of Pamela Lydon and Dancers, a contemporary pick-up company.
Motivated by the joy of both moving and watching others in motion, Ms. Heard is dedicated to teaching an uplifting, supportive, energetic class, whether in the Bikram hot room or in the dance studio. Each of her disciplines, yoga, dance, and reiki, is informed by the other two, with the result being a rich tapestry of information and awareness of the mind-body connection.
Above all, she feels that the strenuous work in the Bikram Yoga and Dance classrooms should be fun and rewarding for everyone involved. What better motivation is there for hard work than a smiling face?
I moved to Las Vegas a few years ago and one of the main criteria that I had in finding a home was that it was close to a gym. You could say I was a gym rat, spending at least a couple of hours a day at the gym several days a week. I went for about a year and half until it got mundane and predictable. Then one day my brother suggested I try Bikram Yoga. He has been practicing it for over 8 years and wanted to share the benefits with me. I researched it, like I do with most things unfamiliar before making any comments. I was a little weary when I found out that it was hot, humid and 90 min long! I kept looking at the information from a studio's website for about 3 weeks until I decided that it was just time to take a leap and try it.
I did precisely what they recommended, hydrate and eat a few hours before class. I did not have any expectations whatsoever....I followed the students in front of me, listened to the dialogue, etc. I did make it through the entire class. I came home with mixed feelings, tired but somehow energized. I sat on my couch and the next thing I knew I had dozed off! I have never felt this way before from any activity. I came back the next day and the next, and like they say the rest is history 5 years later...I wanted to attend Teacher Training 6 months into my practice so that I may share all the tremendous things this has done to my life with everyone I knew. But after some thought, I decided to wait a few years until I was able to experience more of how it was affecting me: physically, emotionally, personal and professional relationships, disposition on life, and much more to mention.
Spring 2012 Teacher Training and there I was. I am so blessed to be able to have this amazing gift in my life.
After I walked into my 1st Bikram class in 2010, I have been dedicated to the practice. I found that my gym routine was two dimensional. It had become a way to fit the social perception of what beauty and strength should be. I have a “six pack”, now what!? Lack of fulfillment. Through the daily practice of Bikram’s 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, I have rid my body of chronic pain and it has allowed me to handle stress more efficiently.
Beyond that, there is self-realization and study. Looking at myself in the mirror for 90 minutes, especially while practicing asana, allowed for a deeper exploration of self. I examine my way of being; asana’s are a vehicle to experiment in being me. Who I am choosing to be? What triggers me, motivates me or what angers me? Being truly honest with myself, self-truth. All while trying to “LOCK my KNEE”! After time, everyday life becomes a method of self exploration, inquiry and self-study, 24 hour moving meditation.
Teaching has taught me compassion and patience. It’s a true honor to be part of the experience, to observe the growth of our students. The hardest part is making it to the studio, everything else is just practice, enjoy the journey.
July 2011 at Bikram Yoga Westside is where my journey began. I had just gone through my 3rd and 4th knee operations and was still suffering from chronic knee pain. The 6 years of service in the United States Navy had taken a toll on my body and mind. I was prescribed a steady diet of pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications in addition to the knee surgeries. Wanting a change in the quality of my life, I took the advice of my orthopedic knee surgeon and starting practicing Bikram yoga. I was immediately addicted despite my struggles; my knees cracked and popped, my legs shook, my heart raced, and I constantly fell out of postures. Day after day I practiced and felt changes happening, first in my body and then in brain. My legs regained strength, my knees stopped hurting, and I was better able to manage my stress. I graduated from the spring 2013 teacher training session in Los Angeles, CA after I applied for and was awarded a VA/Military scholarship. Two years after my journey began I am able to share this amazing healing practice with others.
At the beginning of 2010, despite of my fear of my heights, I started rock climbing. As an overweight person at the time, I was enthralled to have found a new physical activity that I actually enjoyed and that helped me get over my fear of heights. Climbing helped me let go of ego and fear in my life and be more present in the moment, thus exercising my "mind-over-matter" philosophy. Naturally, I was always sore, tight, and achey after climbing all the time. A lot of my climber friends suggested that I try yoga, so I would seldom do Ashtanga and various Vinyasa classes.
My climbing/yogi friends brought up Bikram Yoga one night and that they were interested in trying it. I quickly remembered my first class I took, but immediately dismissed it from my mind since I knew I was capable of yoga and felt like I was in shape. So I decided to give it another go. After failed attempts at trying to make it to my technically 2nd Bikram class (my 1st was in the Summer of 2008, my lifestyle at the time wasn't very accommodating to my overall health) with my friends, I decided to just go by myself on November 2, 2010 to take a Bikram Yoga class. Wow. It blew my mind how out of shape I actually was and that anyone could do the whole standing series without sitting down! I was so humbled, yet determined. The ego-free and "now" mindset environment (the studio, teachers, and students inclusive) encouraged me to practice 6 days a week. It was 2 months into my practice and 30lbs shed that I decided I wanted to become a yoga teacher. After completing my first 60 Day Challenge in 45 days, I decided to go to the Spring Teacher Training 2011 at the LAX Radisson Hotel and graduated as part of the largest Teacher Training in Bikram Yoga history!
As a Social Work and Physical Therapy Major, becoming a teacher helped me fulfill my dreams of providing REAL "self-help" and physical therapy by sharing this wonderful gift of Yoga with others, without leaving ANYONE (no matter what age/shape/size/color you are) behind. It changed my life so much in so little time, and it still continues to do so as I grow simultaneously as a student and as a teacher. Why wouldn't I want to share it with the world? :)
I went to my first Bikram class at the urging of my mentor and boss, G. I was teaching vinyasa yoga at the time and G encouraged me to try it. The class itself was “interesting” I thought, but when I got home that night I was sick and had a paralyzing migraine. I swore I would never go back again. Those Bikram people must be nuts! I thought. The next day G called and asked when I would be attending class again. When I told him never he would not have it, and dragged me back into class. Once again, the class itself was “fine” but when I got home I threw up and had another migraine headache. I concluded that this yoga just wasn’t for me. And then the phone rang…it was G…and I went back to class.
The third time something clicked. I set up in the back of the room and committed to spend less time judging the teacher, the other students, and my own thighs in the mirror. I breathed through my nose. I took breaks when my body needed to despite what my ego had to say about it. That night when I went home I feel drained and emptied but I didn’t get sick. I drank a big glass of water before bed because I knew I wanted to go back the next day. Six months later, in the spring of 2007, I attended teacher training. Some say that just showing up to class is the hardest part, but I know from experience that is just not the case. It is easy to show up, but it is so hard to SHOW UP. It is HARD to not wipe the sweat stinging your eyes. It is HARD to sit up and go for that second set of camel. It is HARD to focus with some sweaty stranger’s feet mere inches from your face. But it is so WORTHWHILE.
Being that Bikram yoga has changed my life in so many ways it is difficult to express in just a short essay. Maybe it is the determination you must have to give 100% effort each and every class. Or it is the act of looking at yourself in the mirror for 90 minutes while trying to achieve greatness in every posture. What I know for certain is that Bikram has changed my mind, body and soul. Like most women, I was plagued with the obsession of my body image consequently yo-yo dieting and destroying myself. After spending 10 years studying and working in Western medicine I discovered yoga. I spent most of my young adult life trying to become a physician, with the goal of helping save lives. I also worked in Public Health as a biological scientist thinking I was going to contribute to helping people live healthier. As a result my personal wellness and health suffered, constantly stressed on prescription meds, I compulsively dieted and ruined my body with crazy work-out regimes. Since starting yoga a few years ago I have changed the way I see myself, not only physically but also emotionally. The practice has taught me self-acceptance, self-forgiveness, self-compassion, self-respect and above all self-worth---none of these things can be given to a patient through a prescription. Knowing how to take care of yourself so you can love others is a life-changing experience above any physical benefit I gained. Learning how to forgive myself for not being perfect was a battle I finally overcame and still work on every day. Yoga has changed my life and continues to do so every day. I have a new relationship with how I see health and fitness and how it applies to our communities.
As a Bikram teacher I have a deeper understanding of the holistic approach to wellness, health and fitness---things that unfortunately today’s Western medicine cannot convey. My goal is to continue to share the wonderful benefits yoga has given me to all students I meet.
Born and raised in a small island called Guam, Marie moved to Las Vegas in August 1999. Graduated May 2005 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Architecture.
Marie has a background knowledge in the fields of hospitality, resort, entertainment design and retail design. These include master planning, theming, architectural design, and interior design of mixed-use projects comprised of hotels, casinos, entertainment complexes, convention facilities, spas, retail, and high-end hotel/condominium towers.
Marie was introduced to Bikram Yoga by her best friend Stacey Paliombay in April 2005 while simultaneously training at the gym. After a knee injury, Marie took class for the first time and found passion in the practice and been going since. Bikram Yoga has helped her regain strength and endurance.
Marie then decided after 4 years of practicing to go to Teacher Training. Graduated in Spring 2009, Marie has developed love and passion for the yoga and hopes to share this practice to everyone who wants to better themselves and live a healthy, longer life in their journey to self discovery.
Michelle has been a Bikram yoga enthusiast for over a decade. She was introduced to Bikram yoga by her ballroom dance coach/TV personality, Mary Murphy (So You Think You Can Dance).
She studied at Jim & Emma Kallett's studio in San Diego and was motivated by Jim to get certified. She was certified in the Fall of 2001. The training was post 9/11 and had a major impact on Mochi; she vowed to be of positive and peaceful service to her community.
On the 2nd day of the 9 week teacher training in LA, Mochi got a call from Disney's, The Lion King, offering her a job to dance and sing on tour with the Tony award winning musical. This opportunity allowed newly certified Mochi to teach Bikram yoga all over the country.
After performing with The Lion King on Broadway for 3 years, she decided to move to Las Vegas to perform in the new company at Mandalay Bay. Mochi thankfully was introduced to a whole new yoga community in Las Vegas. Practicing yoga has profoundly kept her life on a consciously balanced path and has enabled her to stay in tip top shape for her performances. Mochi feels very lucky to be able to share her joy and knowledge of the practice with others.
Currently you can see Mochi strutting her stuff onstage at the Encore Theater (Wynn Hotel) performing in Twyla Tharp's "Sinatra, Dance with Me".
My journey with Bikram Yoga started 4 years ago when I was 30lbs overweight and had been battling high blood pressure. I very quickly became addicted to the the way I started feeling after my first Bikram class.
After my first year doing Bikram yoga, I went to Los Angeles to take class with the man himself. After an almost 2 hour class, the most fun I had ever had, I was honored to meet Bikram Choudhury and knew after that meeting that I wanted to do this yoga for the rest of my life.
I graduated in Fall of 2009 from Bikram YogaTeacher Training and have been teaching ever since. I love teaching, I love watching new students, I love helping students in anyway I can and learning from students.
My daughter Tia has been practicing since she was 9 and I hope she becomes a second generation teacher following in my footsteps. The goal I have set for myself at this point is to be invited back to Teacher Training to teach on the podium and complete the circle in my Bikram Yoga Journey.
I look forward to meeting and practicing with everyone! see you in the Torture Chamber!
I began my practice in 2008. I struggled to do more than half the postures and to this day I still struggle with a few postures. Practicing 5 times per week Bikram yoga helped heal my chronic low back pain of 10 years.
I gave up my job as a Lactation Counselor another passion of mine to become a Bikram yoga teacher. I graduated from Teacher Training in Spring 2010.
I am so blessed, honored, and passionate to be able to teach. I enjoy seeing my students improve, grow, and heal their bodies and minds. See you where it's HOT!Aloha and Namaste
My journey to my encounter with Bikrams begins right here in Las Vegas. I was newly 21, experiencing life as a growing girl should. Tripping on hardships and life lessons along the way. Ones journey to self discovery usually is a hard one. I would say that my thirst in this life has initially been about getting free, and then realizing that my freedom is not independent of everybody else. I am arriving at a circle where one works on oneself as a gift to other people so that one doesn't create more suffering. As humans, it is just part of the process of growing. I feel I was blessed enough to learn from my faults.I realized when I tried Bikrams for the first time, that being an instructor and enlightening others was my natures path in life. I want to help people as I work on myself and I work on myself to help people.
That 90 minutes in the hot room is the closest to euphoria I have ever been. Meditation is imperative on the road to being content within yourself. When the mind is stabilized and cleared is when the transformation-type experiences take place. Humanity must realize we are one. We are all connected. Mankind is right now in a critical period of transition. We fundamentally need to create a sustainable civilization. A "shift" in consciousness that starts to recognize were all in this together, we're all part of the same mold. With practicing Bikrams I've discovered people of all ages, races, physical stature, can allow this collective consciousness to happen. You can feel the unity of the energy and work as one. Which if humanity is to survive we must learn to do. It teaches you more than you can imagine. It is all about YOU in there. Love begins within us. I just want to share this with every walking being on the planet.
That said, I feel so blessed to have landed this great job amongst great souls at West-Side studio. I get to practice every day and have a great support system helping me prepare for training in April. The instructors all bring something different, and are all such inspirations to me.
I honor each and every one of you who are practicing with us. I look forward to practicing next to all of you and sharing our energy!! I look forward to guiding you through your meditation. Thank you all for loving yourself enough to struggle.We are all friends, we are one -- we are just a little bit of a different shape.
A Chicago Native, National and World Frisbee Champion-Turned-Dancer. Working for over two decades with world famous choreographers, musicians, singers, and directors, his performing and choreography have taken him all over the world. But the years of physical wear and tear, ACL knee reconstruction, and finally, a serious neck injury forced Frank to give up the performing he loved so much. At this point in his life, even though it was extremely painful and his neck injury had worsened, Frank was a 'weekend warrior' trying to stay physically active, only with the aid of prescription pain relievers. Just when he thought neck surgery was inevitable, Frank discovered Bikram Yoga. With his first class, he instantly fell in love with it! He felt immediate relief from his pain that had plagued him for years and he wanted to share it with others by becoming an instructor.
Frank completed the Bikram Yoga training in 2007. As an instructor, Frank inspires the students and makes his class a challenging and enjoyable experience. He brings high energy and compassion to each class with his ability to identify with the needs and physical challenges of each student.
Time & Time again: Here's your pain medication, Let's schedule back surgery or go find something to do! I finally Did! I was turned on to Bikram Yoga in "2006" due to lower back pain and sciatic nerve issues. Due to nerve and tissue damage from years of contact sports my legs were basically dead. I took my beaten body to chiropractor, Dr. Chris Paulbick, who told me I needed to stretch.
Heeding his advice, I walked into a Bikram Yoga studio in Las Vegas in the middle of a 30-day challenge (30 classes in 30 days). Within a week I was doing a 60-day challenge! My body began to heal and the pain began to subside.
Yoga took my mind and my body to places I had never been before: balance, discipline, focus, determination, strength, flexibility, meditation and peace of mind. I really became sold on Bikram when I learned that every muscle, tendon, joint, internal organ, & body system down to the cellular level gets worked in the 90 minute, open-eyed, moving meditation. I soon gave up many of my other physical activities for Bikram Yoga.
With the understanding, encouragement, support, and sacrifices of my family, I was able to attend teacher training "Fall of 2007." It then became apparent that I needed to share the message of the multiple benefits I had received from all I gained through the struggle - the peace, the advancement, the breath, the battle, the victory, the union – Bikram Yoga truly became my life’s passion.
I enthusiastically welcome you to Bikram Yoga and I look forward to witnessing your struggle, advancement, strength, self realization and ultimate transformation. The divine spirit in me acknowledges and connects with the divine spirit in you. Let no one steal your peace.
Ken Krynski is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has been resident of Las Vegas since 1995. Ken received a civil engineering degree from The Virginia Military Institute prior to entering the Marine Corps as a commissioned officer and obtaining the rank of Major. Other than the military, and prior to Bikram yoga, Ken has spent most of his professional life in construction and real estate development.
Ken begin practicing Bikram Yoga 3 years ago after being introduced to the benefits of Bikram by a personal trainer who was working with Ken to increase his flexibility and elevate joint pain and weakness resulting from a lifetime of contact sports and hard physical exercise. Ken struggled with the yoga initially but after realizing the physical benefits of his practice he knew that Bikram Yoga would forever be part of his life. He maintains a balanced health and exercise regime of yoga, running and weight training.
Ken attended teacher training here in Las Vegas in Spring of 2010. He has traveled extensively practicing and teaching yoga in more that 30 studios. Ken hopes to own his own studio someday and enjoys teaching in Las Vegas and is dedicated to ever increasing both his personal practice and his teaching ability.
I began my Bikram journey in November of 2006 at the Bikram Yoga studio then on Tropicana in Las Vegas. My best friend Dray invited me to take class many times, but I was already doing regular yoga once a week. Finally, I showed up one evening to a packed class and my mind was blown from the first breath of deep breathing, with everybody moving together.
It was the hardest thing I ever did, but I finished the class. After that first class I went home and could not move a muscle, but I did come back the next 3 days in a row and after that I never looked back. The class had exactly what I was looking for, the struggle, challenge and good instructors to lead the class.
Early in 2007 I decided to go to teacher training. I needed a physical, my doctor said I looked good and signed me off but wanted to do a full check up with blood samples since we hadn’t seen each other in a while. When the nurse called me the next day with the news that my kidneys were failing and I needed to go to the hospital immediately, they were amazed that my kidneys were only functioning at 7 percent. They were also amazed I could still perform at work as full time ironworker, practice karate, yoga everyday and raise two young kids.
I still say without the hot room and Bikram yoga removing toxins out of my body, I would not be here. I started dialysis in 2008 and continued with the yoga until I dislodged a couple of catheters and had to stop.
January 2009 I received a kidney transplant from my dear sister who was a perfect match, my body healed fast and I was back in the hot room 6 weeks later. The power of positivity brought Bikram and teacher training to Las Vegas that same year in the fall and I was able to attend and become a certified teacher in 2010.
It is my honor to teach this yoga and share in your experience. You can do it!
I have been a Certified Medical Assistant for 9 years and currently work at the Nevada Cancer Institute.
I took my first Bikram yoga class at Village Yoga in Santa Cruz California May 2008. Less then a year and a half later I went to teacher training in Las Vegas, NV to study with Bikram. This yoga practice has helped me to navigate my busy mind and develop inner growth and transformation.
Medically, I’ve had Hypothyriodism since 2000 with the same prescription for 6 years until 6 months of practicing this yoga, my daily Synthroid dose has been reduced 3 times!
I am so honored and greatful to be a student and teacher here at Bikram Yoga Westside. I wish you all happiness and health
SONG MAN DANCE MAN (1-man show) LA & Off-Broadway (nominee: Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award, Outstanding Actor in a Musical/Outstanding Musical [writer]), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Cosmo Brown)-Ogunquit Playhouse (nominee: IRNE Award Best Supporting Actor)
Broadway: CABARET (Emcee).
Other Off Broadway: GEORGE M. COHAN TONIGHT! (George M - Drama Desk Award nominee, Best Solo Performance, 2006 Drama League Honoree, Connecticut Critics’ Circle Award, Outstanding Actor in a Musical), HAVE A HEART, THE GEORGE M. COHAN REVUE (George) – Bistro Award Best Performer in a Revue.
National Tour and Regional: SOPHISTICATED LADIES (Gateway Playhouse), HALF A SIXPENCE (Arthur Kipps)-Goodspeed Opera House. THE WORLD GOES ROUND, (Man #1), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Frank ‘n’ Furter), CABARET (National Tour)(Emcee)–nominee National Broadway Theatre Award Best Actor in a Musical, A CHORUS LINE (Paul).
West End and UK National Tours: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, with Petula Clarke (Rolf), A CHORUS LINE (Paul), DAMES AT SEA (Lucky), SHE LOVES ME (Bus Boy), Y (Revue), SOPHISTICATED LADIES, CAVALCADE (Joey), WHOOP-DEE-DOO! (Revue), DEFINITELY DORIS (Revue), CATS (Skimbleshanks, then Mistofolees, then Skimbleshanks again...), ON YOUR TOES, BLITZ! (Georgie).
Feature Film includes: ANNA BALLERINA, MAIL ORDER WIFE, SURVIVING PICASSO, CHISH ‘N’ FIPS.
Television includes: THE BILL, INMATES, OUT ON THURSDAY. Cabaret and concert appearances with Ruthie Henshall, Michael Ball, Bonnie Langford, Stephen Brinberg, Chita Rivera, as well as his own shows, COMES LOVE… and SKIDOO!
Albums Jon appears on include THE JOHNNY MERCER JAMBOREE, SKIDOO!, GEORGE M. COHAN TONIGHT!
I decided to go to my first yoga class after a friend told me that it was the hottest and most challenging workout they have ever done. I never did yoga before in my life, but for some reason I felt compelled to go that very day. It was called Bikram yoga. Little did I know that this so-called “workout” I was about to casually throw myself into would end up changing my life. After my first class I was hooked. I practiced every day for 2 years before I made the decision to become a teacher. I honestly felt that it was a sin to keep this wonderful thing all for myself. I had to share it and felt inspired to pass on this amazing gift I had received. It was my duty. I graduated from Bikram Yoga’s teacher training in the spring of 2001. Since then, I have been teaching not only in my hometown in New York City, but all over the United States and now here in fabulous Las Vegas.
Don’t ever give up, don’t ever lose hope and don’t quit 5 seconds before the miracle.
I will never forget my first Bikram yoga class. I sat down for more than half of the postures, I was screaming at myself in my head wondering why I came in the first place, and I didn't return for three months. I came back after a friend asked me to go, and I've been coming back since. What made the difference for me? During class, I was so intrigued by the health benefits being talked about and I wanted to learn more. After practicing for a few months consecutively, I stopped again for nine months due to my pregnancy, which I wouldn't have done if I knew what I know now. I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl and after about two months, I started practicing again. This is when my journey really began. This yoga has centered my life, unlike anything else. I felt my body change, but more importantly, my mind and spirit change. I see life with a more open mind, and the little things just don't matter as much anymore. After attending UNLV, one year from graduating with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education, I decided to drop everything and go to teacher training. I was terrified, making this decision, but I am so thankful I did. With the huge support of my husband and family, we moved to L.A. for two months until I graduated in Spring 2012.
This opportunity to teach here at BYWS, is such an honor. We truly have the best students and staff, all who work so hard in the hot room, creating such a beautiful and positive environment. This yoga is priceless, and the benefits are endless. I wish to extend my journey by learning as much as possible about Bikram Yoga; it has only begun. I can't wait to share with all of you as this journey continues.
"We not only do this yoga for ourselves, but we do it for the ones we love."
-Each and every practice is dedicated to someone I love in my life- especially my little girl, Berlin Emilia. Although you are still so young, you've changed my world completely and have made me the happiest I have ever been. Mommy loves you and I hope I make you proud.
I came to practicing Bikram yoga in 2004. My first class blew my mind and I was hooked from the very beginning — nothing has made me feel as great as this yoga and that's what keeps me coming back.
There have been so many positive changes in my life since practicing this Bikram yoga and I desire nothing more but to share these benefits with others with a nurturing spirit. I became Bikram certified in June of 2009 to provide this opportunity for anyone who is ready to step up to the challenge. Bikram Yoga is a serious workout for the body and the mind. Our jobs and various responsibilities test the limits of our health and peace of mind.
It is critical that we are conscious about taking good care of ourselves, and in effect we're better able to take care of others and the world around us. I feel honored and extremely lucky to be helping those willing to pursue a life of wellness.