Our Staff

Jameliah Penifield
BikramStaffDirector & Yoga Teacher

 

I began my Bikram Yoga journey in Jan 2004. It was my first class I took. Then something special happened – walked out of the room in awe and highly inquisitive and have not stopped. From that day, I began charting the course to attend the next possible training (Fall 2004). It became a goal to attend training and to bring Bikram Yoga into Loudoun County so that I could help create an opening for more people to practice this amazing discipline. I can remember from day one, wanting to learn every possible thing about this practice and the benefits that it can provide so I could share it. Having a history if hurdles, track and field, kick boxing and dance over the year had taken quite a toll on my body and I loved the feeling of healing that I encounter practicing Bikram Yoga. It is truly for everyone and everybody; even those of us at the beautiful ripe ages 50 and over can and excel at this practice. Each day is just another step to the journey whether teaching or taking it is always giving, always rewarding, always feels right. It is my passion-hobbies and my life!


 

 

Lyndsey S.
Yoga TeacherBikramStaff3

 

I first started Bikram Yoga here at BYA about 3 years ago in 2011. I was 16 years old and working the front desk at the studio when I took my first class. At that point I had been doing ballet intensely for about 10 years, so the transition into yoga felt completely natural and I immediately fell in love with the practice. The yoga was challenging and had a lot of similar aspects to ballet, but it made me feel more confident and strong than ballet ever did. It made me appreciate my body and all of the things it could do for me…not to mention that after every class I felt awesome! After a few months of regular practice, Jameliah mentioned to me the idea of going to teacher training some day. Initially I thought to myself, “No way! There’s no way I could handle training.”

But the longer I continued to practice my yoga, the more I felt like teaching was the path for me. I wanted to help people find the peace and self-acceptance that Bikram Yoga had helped me find in myself. So after graduating high school in 2013, while all of my friends went on to regular colleges and universities, I went to Los Angeles to attend Bikram’s Yoga College of India Teacher Training! It was the best decision I could have made, hands down. I love teaching, I love yoga, and I love the yoga community that surrounds me. I honestly couldn’t imagine a job I’d rather have…how many people get to say that?

Aside from yoga, I love being in nature, drinking coffee, reading, traveling, hiking, long boarding, SCUBA diving, making art, music festivals and thrift shopping!

 


Yanina Manolova
Yoga Teacher                                                  YaninaManolova

I took my first Bikram Yoga class in May of 2007, taught by Holli Elliott at Bikram Yoga Falls Church, VA. Bikram Yoga has become my best friend, savior and light in challenging times. It has been teaching me how “to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations” and to take care of my body, mind and soul- one class at a time, one step at a time. In the Fall of 2011, I attended and completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, CA. I wanted to contribute and become a part of the teachers, introducing the Bikram Yoga’s inside-out healing and bringing uplifting light to the life of others.

I am a native of Bulgaria and in 2000 I moved to the United States, where later on I earned MA in visual journalism at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. For the past 6 years (since 2008) I have been documenting the issues of recovery from substance abuse and domestic violence among Appalachian women and the consequences on their children.

I believe the change of the world begins with our own Individual change. Bikram Yoga would be your tough but loving, supporting and loyal friend on your road to transformation. All you need to do is to keep on doing it and “Trust in the process”.

 


Fiorella Sanchez
Yoga Teacherfi

 

I was born and raised in Lima, Peru. Came to the United States when I was 10 years old and lived in Virginia and Maryland. I moved to Baltimore and graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. I found Bikram Yoga while I was still a college student and it helped me deal with a lot of the college stress. I was a regular student right away and constantly craved being on the mat. I started noticing positive changes in my body and mind. From the beginning I always knew I had to become a teacher. I went to Teacher Training in Los Angeles in the fall of 2011, and it was the greatest and hardest thing I ever had done for myself. During training, I learned the Bikram Yoga practice from a new perspective, and it gave me not only a better understanding of the postures and my own body, but of the intense discipline required to be successful in the hot room, and even in life. I love seeing my students figure out how to apply the Bikram Yoga postures in their individual bodies. I appreciate when they start making small changes and realize what they are capable of, both physically and mentally. I love the yoga as a healing practice and have been a witness of what it can do for people. As a student I hope to inspire others and help them realize that they can do anything and improve their bodies. I have competed on a regional and national level and every time afterwards I get so excited to share my knowledge with my students. I am so grateful for all the yogis that have crossed my path and look forward to many more years of learning and change with this beautiful practice.


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