Meet the Staff

ANGELA MARTINEZ, Owner and Director

I was first introduced to Bikram Yoga in September 2010. A friend of mine encouraged me to accompany her to the class. I was reluctant to try it. I was nervous about how hot the class could be, and also because I had never tried any type of yoga before. Halfway through class I thought to myself, that this is crazy, when will it end! It was only how great I felt the next day that made me think "I have to get back into the hot room." More...

The more I practiced, the more my passion for yoga grew. For 20 years I have been a stay at home mom, taking care of my four children, my home, but the more I got into yoga the more I felt like I had finally found something just for me! In the Spring of 2013, I decide to venture off to Los Angeles for the nine week teacher training course, to become an instructor. I feel that yoga has truly changed my life, for that I feel blessed, and hope to show others what yoga can do for them.

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MICHAEL MORRIS, Staff Instructor

Mike was a full-time singer-songwriter when he took his first Bikram Yoga class in August of 2008. “I had done an on-air interview at a local radio station, and left the station with a 30-day certificate to Bikram Yoga Portsmouth. It took me about three months to use it, and I walked into that first class wearing those baggy mountain bike shorts with all the pockets and pads on them. More...

Those shorts weighed about twenty pounds after that first class. I was hooked from the start, but it still took me a few months to get a proper pair of shorts.

I had been living with significant pain in my lower back, neck and shoulders. Having attributed it to getting older, and the end result of years of lugging gear, I was surprised to find that Bikram Yoga was healing my body. It takes patience, and a commitment to practice consistently, but it works.

After about a year of regular practice, Mike was leaving the studio in Concord when he heard the words, “You should go to the training.” I thought I was too old, not strong enough… but I really wanted to do it. I was just afraid to try something new.

Mike completed his training on December 6, 2009, and taught his first class the next day. “Bikram Yoga is like a series of hard-fought miracles: accepting yourself, healing yourself and, ultimately, opening yourself up to the world around you. One day at a time, one posture at a time, one breath at a time. Close

MINDY FABIANO, Staff Instructor

"Mindy, don't turn out your legs." "Mindy, relax your feet, no pointed toes" Bikram teachers say they can spot a dancer from a mile away, and Mindy was certainly no exception! She began her Bikram Yoga journey six years ago when a fellow dancer from her Royal Caribbean cast suggested she take classes to keep in shape between contracts. Mindy started dancing at the age of four, and from then on, it was all dance, all the time! More...

She competed at the national level, winning numerous awards, scholarships, and even a spot on the World Dance Team. It seemed only natural that she start performing professionally. However, years of dance and two ankle injuries were starting to take a toll on her body. The cast mate promised that along with a great workout, Bikram yoga could heal her body and actually make it stronger to prevent future injuries.

Mindy started practicing in Nashua where she instantly fell in love with the yoga and made plans to one day go to the Teacher Training and become a certified instructor. Those plans took much longer than expected! Six years later, she's finally made it!!! She will tell you the benefits of Bikram Yoga are endless. Keeping one's body healthy, strong, and free from injury. The yoga has also helped her to find a healthier body image after struggling with the sometimes unhealthy lengths dancers will go to, to stay thin, as called for by industry's standards.

The body is such a wonderful and beautiful instrument. One that must be diligently cared for and maintained. Bikram says his yoga is like the fountain of youth, and Mindy hopes it will keep her dancing and practicing yoga for the rest of her life. Close


Jeni Ogilvy, Staff Instructor

Jeni took her first Bikram Yoga class in November 2010 at the insistence of her daughter, Ashley, who was currently at Bikram Yoga Teacher Training.  After not exercising for nearly a decade, besides putting on weight, she was suffering from numerous ailments, severe back pain, headaches, acid reflux, and plantar fasciitis. After practicing for only a month, all of her ailments were gone, and over the next two months, she shed 30 pounds. She was hooked More...

In 2011, she completed a 365 day challenge, and then made the decision to become a teacher, which she completed in the fall of 2012 in LA. What Jeni loves most about Bikram Yoga is that anyone can do it, not matter how old, sick, or broken they are. She loves bringing her enthusiasm for the yoga to every class she teaches. When not teaching, Jeni enjoys practicing Bikram Yoga with her husband, Mike, as well as her three daughters.Close

STEPHANIE TALTY, Client Services

In 2009, I herniated a disc in my lower back due to playing sports my whole life and not properly strengthening my back. I also struggled with some minor anxiety, especially when it came to the heat. I read about Bikram Yoga and some testimonials about other individuals who had the same back issue as I did and also about people who had suffered some anxiety. My doctor had always told me to give yoga a try. I go to the gym almost every day and felt like yoga was not a challenge for me. After pondering with the idea, I said, what do I have to lose? And that’s when my journey began! More...

In September of 2010, I decided to try my first Bikram Yoga class. By myself, in the 105 degree heat which sometimes gave me anxiety, with an iffy back. I remember walking in the studio and being happily greeted by Jessica, who was my first instructor. I gave her a quick overview about my issues and she told me, “Just breathe and sit when you need to but try to stay in the room!” I thought to myself, “What?!” Well long story short, I did every single posture and battled the heat. As I drove home I was so proud of myself for accomplishing something I never thought I would have done! I instantly became hooked.

To this day, I have had no lower back pain or issues, and my anxiety is completely gone. This yoga is challenging for my mind, body and soul.

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GRACE TUNG, Staff Instructor

Having just moved to San Francisco for a new job in 1998, Grace was just looking one day for something to do. She wasn't looking to change her life or find fulfillment, but that's exactly what happened when she had the good fortune to find a Bikram Yoga class at Global Yoga, owned by renowned Senior Bikram Yoga teacher Mary Jarvis. She was hooked, and her life immediately took a new direction. Grace practiced whenever she could, and after nearly 20 years as a healthcare executive, she left the traditional corporate healthcare world to become a certified Bikram Yoga teacher in 2003. More...

She wasn't necessarily athletically inclined, but was an avocational dancer. The Bikram series replicated for her all that she loved about dance: the mindful movement of her body in a deliberately choreographed manner. But it gave her an opportunity to do it with a quiet mind … not outwardly expressive like dance, but inwardly calming like meditation.

Grace teaches with compassion. She loves teaching Bikram Yoga because she loves practicing Bikram Yoga.

"We all have a *something*… bad knees, back pain, arthritis, excess weight, inflexibility, diabetes, heart disease, and/or stressful jobs, just to name a few. Just come for your first class. We all start somewhere. Don't force yourself into a posture, and never allow yourself to feel suffering or self-criticism. Instead, practice with patience and consistency. Your body will open up when it is ready. This practice is life-changing, microscopically and infinitesimally! I want to expose as many people to this method of yoga so that they too can experience its euphoric physical and mental health benefits. Everyone can practice this series. I've taught students with cerebral palsy, rods in their spines and artificial knees, hips and shoulders.

My students often tell me that I’m great at motivating them. In fact, with all their hard work and dedication, it is they who motivate me, and for that I am always grateful."

Grace opened and operated Bikram Yoga Cedar Knolls (NJ) in 2007, but sold it and moved back to her hometown of Manchester in 2015 to care for an aging parent. She is delighted to be back! Close

KARA BARBARA, Staff Instructor

My first Bikram Yoga class was not pleasant.  I had always been active with dancing and running and thought yoga would be a walk in the park.  Quickly, I discovered I was wrong as I entered the hot room in sweats.  Even more quickly, I realized the damage I had done to my joints and my body over the years.More...

I left my first class and promised myself to never go back.  To my surprise, shortly after class I started to feel pretty good, then great, then the next day, amazing!  Sure enough, my curiosity brought me back immediately and I've been hooked every since.  I've worked through and healed damaged joints and muscles and continue to feel recharged, reenergized, and balanced with a consistent practice.

In 2011 I became a teacher and sharing this lifelong practice is a wonderful and rewarding experience! Close