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"A friend first introduced me to the Yoga and I knew from the first class that I would continue to practice this Yoga for the rest of my life. I went to the training because I knew that teachers practiced for free and the thought of learning from the source was undeniably intriguing. I truly had no intention of ever teaching. However, Craig was my Director of Teacher Training and he insisted that I teach at least one class to complete the circle of Teachers Training. I taught my first class and before I made it to the door from the podium, I knew I had found my calling, or better yet, my calling found me."

— Alison ~ Owner

"I took my first Bikram class in Arizona while visiting my friend. I was very physically active in college and was looking for something to keep me in shape post college. I took class and really enjoyed it. I returned home to Michigan and decided to keep practicing while I worked in corporate America. That fall I entered law school in Bloomington, Indiana and was distraught that there was not a Bikram studio there or in Indianapolis where I lived. Then one day, I decided to withdraw from school and applied for the Fall 2006 Teachers Training in Los Angeles. I left Indiana, life as I knew it, and never looked back."

— Esme' ~ Owner


"I arrived in Arizona in 2004 after finishing a tour with the Broadway show "Bring in the Noise Bring in the Funk". I did a few shows in a few years. I was part of the creative teams of some prime time TV dramas and several motion picture films. The tour concluded my 15 year career in film, TV and stage as a Wardrobe Supervisor.

I moved to Los Angeles for one final project, I settled in Palm Springs, I related to the Mid Century modern style of old Hollywood. By this time my sister Alison and husband Jeff were in AZ, shortly joined by my parents, I was turning 40 years old and having another shift in paradigm. I wanted to be closer to family.

I contracted a severe case of Valley Fever which was complicated by strokes and I was in and out of the hospital for months. With the good doctors, family, friends, and prayer, I have made a near full recovery.

I practiced yoga on the Lower Eastside of New York in the early 90's and danced with choreographer Mikki Williams of Charles Kelly Studio. Being in the yoga room takes me back to hours of rehearsals, creating, fixing, and learning. Alison and I were talking about my recovery and physical therapy and she suggested I restart my yoga practice after therapy. I was so full of bad toxins, medication, and bad habits it was total hell.

I am not the most disciplined yogi but I can't deny the results. I know that I will practice for the rest of my life, valley fever is chronic and bikram is my medicine.

I am honored to be a part of Bikram Yoga East Valley and to be able to return to work for the first time in nearly 10 years."

— Mikal ~ Front Desk Manager


Vanessa Kelly, Egoscue Posture Alignment Specialist and PMA Certified Pilates Instructor, is the owner of Function, a studio that teaches Pilates and the Egoscue method, within Bikram Yoga East Valley Gilbert, Arizona.

Vanessa first learned the Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI) method of Pilates in 2009. The mission of BASI Pilates is to create and maintain professional standards for the teaching of the Pilates Method, and to preserve and perpetuate the gift of Pilates by educating teachers of the highest standard. She began her Pilates career as an independent contractor in 2009 at Core Fit, a private Pilates studio in Las Vegas.

— Vanessa ~ PMA-CPT


Nim Stant is a dance artist from Thailand. She has been practicing Thai Classical Dance and Indian Dance for over 20 years. She also practices ballet and contemporary dance at Mesa Community College and has been choreographing dance for MCC Dance Company since 2011.

While in India in 2005, Nim found yoga and began studying for her own personal knowledge. She then decided to take another journey to become a yoga teacher. Nim attended 200 hours of teacher training at Inner Vision Yoga in Arizona. Nim is also a dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner. Recently she graduated in Ashtanga Intensive training from Kino MacGregor and Tim Feldmann co- founder of the Miami Life Center. Kino and Tim is directly authorized as an Ashtanga instructor by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Method.

Nim teaches as an act of deep sharing and love for what yoga develops in each individual; challenge, and inspire those to step into the center of their own being, and experience their inherent potential.

Along with teaching yoga and dance, Nim is also specialized and certified in Thai Yoga Massage.

— Nim ~ Ashtanga Instructor


"It's never too late, it's never too bad, and you are never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again."
— Bikram Choudhury
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