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Teacher Feature: Donna Rubin

Donna stumbled upon Bikram Yoga by accident while visiting her sister in Florida. The only yoga studio in the area was a Bikram inspired studio. After 3 days she was hooked when she realized that her body felt better, more flexible, and more in shape than after anything other form of yoga or exercise she did. After practicing regularly she realized that the physical and emotional benefits were something that needed to be shared and that set in motion a career transition from performer to yoga teacher to studio owner.

Inspiration – these words helped inspire real change in my life.

Do the best you can for today.

As long as you try 100 percent the right way you get 100 percent of the benefits.

This really helped me not be so hard on myself and gave me the space to be open to change.

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Teacher Feature: Debbie Ginsburg

On a freezing winter day, Debbie accidentally walked into a Bikram NYC studio. She was looking for a wellness center located on the same city block, but—by fluke or fate—she ended up in the hot room. Debbie describes the benefits of her early yoga practice as “almost like magic”. As her practice deepened, it became a passion. Debbie traveled to Thailand for Teaching Training in Fall 2014. She is also a licensed Social Worker—and feels empathy and compassion to be essential when up on the podium.

Debbie’s inspiration:

At Teacher Training, I heard this great quote – “The darkest place in the world is under the brightest lamp.”  Bikram yoga is an incredibly honest practice – 90 minutes in the hot room.  Alone on your mat.  No distractions—no music, candles, Buddha statues. Not even any variation in the posture sequence!  It’s just you and your reflection—and, I think, that’s part of what makes the yoga so challenging.  But also so rich!  It’s a real opportunity to learn about yourself.  As your practice develops, you’ll notice changes in the way you think about yourself and treat the people around you.  I showed up to my first class with self-esteem that was seriously lacking. It took a couple years before I finally began to accept and appreciate myself.  It’s a tough journey–but stay the course.  This yoga really can change your life!

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Teacher Feature: Chrystine Cooper

Practicing Bikram Yoga since the summer of 2000 and teaching since December 2005, Chrystine is a devoted Bikram Yogini. She grew up out west in the Reno/Tahoe area of Nevada and moved to The Big Apple in September of 1986. Bikram Yoga has taught her the tremendous importance of the mind-body connection in overall health and well being and she feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to help guide people through their practice.

We asked Chrystine to put together some of her inspirations for this teacher feature, and goodness did she deliver! The following content is directly from Chrystine…


We all have various things that inspire us throughout our lives and in addition to my yoga practice here are a few things that are giving me hope and good cheer these days.

Some of my favorite quotes

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor worry about the future, but to live to the present moment wisely and Earnestly.

– buddha

Of all the various delusions, the sense of discrimination between oneself and others is the worst form, as it creates nothing but unpleasantness for both sides.

– dalai lama

Some of my regular web connections

Listening to

Unwind from your week with me at 7pm the last friday of every month for bikram yoga with music in the background!

Current reading list

Some of my favorite places

Lake Tahoe Nevada shore
Lake Michigan north western shore
Great lawn central park
Lincoln center – this photo is from the peace lantern lighting on 21 sept 2015

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