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Bikram Yoga


This class is taught by:

Mateo Fresquez

Mateo’s first Bikram yoga class was here in San Luis Obispo, October 2008. He had admired yoga “theoretically” for many years from a safe distance. It wasn’t until a good friend with a regular practice helped him get up the nerve to come to a class. He wasn’t sold on it in the beginning. “It was Hard! But I have to confess that it made me feel good in the days following.” That, along with the fact that everyone at the studio (especially the staff) was so incredibly warm and supportive, kept Mateo coming back to class. “I love Bikram Yoga because it is hard and it feels so great knowing that I just pushed myself to my very limits. And realizing those limits are hardly limits anymore, but markers in my path to growth. Something to carry into other parts of my life! ” Mateo graduated teacher training in the fall of 2011, in Los Angeles. He loves teaching Bikram Yoga because it’s a way to inspire people to inspire themselves… and that’s awesome. Outside of the yoga studio Mateo enjoys surfing, hiking, kayaking, playing music, singing, writing and anything that inspires the creative spirit. “As someone who has grown up with a certain amount of physical limitations and challenges (I have a mild case of Cerebral Palsy) I can say that Bikram Yoga has taught me that the biggest challenge that will ever be asked of you is to Make Up Your Mind. Go for it!!!”
 Message to you the student: “Concentrate, Meditate and Breathe. When trying to get your body into the postures it’s easy to forget to keep a focused, controlled breath. Your breath is your base. Once you control your breathing all you can do is advance in your practice.” 

Maggi Waikel

Maggi began her Bikram yoga practice here, in San Luis Obispo, in August of 2005. A friend of hers talked her into it; after much hesitation she finally said YES. Maggi immediately fell in love with the yoga. “I loved that all sorts of people were in the room practicing together, it gave me hope that I could do it too.” With encouraging teachers she witnessed her body transforming in incredible ways. “I love Bikram yoga because it remains constant while my whole being continues to grow, change, and improve with practice. It allows me to strive towards my maximum potential, my full range.”
Maggi went to teacher training in Los Angeles, CA, spring 2011. She loves teaching Bikram yoga because it’s so fun to share this yoga with others. “…to share my love and belief in this yoga with them, with all the hopes that they just keep coming back and allow themselves time to grow, to open, to fall in love with it.”
Message to you the student: “Practice, practice, practice. Believe this yoga can work for you because I know it can.”
Outside of the yoga studio Maggi loves the beach, hanging out with friends, wandering around, just enjoying. She also loves movies and reads a lot.

Inette Linstead

I attended several Native American sweat lodges several years ago. A friend in one of them suggested I try Bikram yoga in March 2006. I was hooked!

I love that it is physically challenging. I also liked that this yoga helped me to breathe in a meditative and rhythmic way – helping me to stay internally calm, even when experiencing intensity externally. When I practice Bikram yoga, I no longer have “monkey mind,” no inner dialogue. It brings me right into the moment. I love the heat. Practicing yoga makes me happy.

Bikram yoga has taught me humility, acceptance, and surrender. I have worked as a licensed nurse for twenty-two years. Three years ago I decided to attend nine weeks of teacher training, taking two 90-minute classes a day, as well as classroom instruction. “I gained a deeper understanding of the postures and the practice,” I enjoy teaching yoga, too. “I get so much from practicing Bikram yoga, I love sharing my passion for it with students, and see them grow in mental focus, physical strength, and flexibility.” My message to students: “Comparison is the thief of joy; I would suggest not to compare your practice to anyone else's but your own. Show up on your mat and keep trying.”

Carly Frederick

Carly attended and graduated teacher training in the fall of 2011.  She is a Fresno native who previously pursued a professional ballet career in Seattle, Nashville and Portland. After retiring from her ballet career, she settled in Portland and studied horticulture, becoming involved in farms and nurseries. In 2006, Carly returned to Fresno to be closer to her family and discovered Bikram yoga. After practicing for four years at Blue Moon she was inspired and encouraged to become an instructor. Carly also teaches ballet and performs with Shirley Winter's Ballet School. When Carly is not at the studio she enjoys surfing, hiking and sunshine.

Dick Winn

I was introduced to yoga in 2009. Not long after I began practicing yoga I worked with one of the last direct disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda. Two years later I first practiced yoga in heat.

I discovered vitality I had not experienced in some time -- through coordinating breathing with my postures. My mind became more calm. What was most powerful for me was the impact of rhythmic breathing during postures for the entire ninety minutes of class. With my diligent practice I have found inner peace, and healthy lifestyle changes.

I practice almost daily, and through teaching hope to pass along the many benefits of yoga in heat, including the motivation to live a more balanced, peaceful life from the inside out. It is my hope that students will experience a calm presence and joy in a spontaneous and natural way. "When teaching, I like to focus on calm breathing, which in turn helps students reconnect with the power of stillness, and to just be."

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Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Oct 19 6:00 am - 7:30 am with Mateo Fresquez
  • Thu Oct 19 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Melissa Alwood
  • Fri Oct 20 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Melissa Alwood
  • Sat Oct 21 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Maggi Waikel
  • Sun Oct 22 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Mateo Fresquez
  • Mon Oct 23 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Inette Linstead
  • Tue Oct 24 6:00 am - 7:30 am with Inette Linstead
  • Tue Oct 24 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Mateo Fresquez
  • Wed Oct 25 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Carly Frederick
  • Thu Oct 26 6:00 am - 7:30 am with Mateo Fresquez
  • Thu Oct 26 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Corlese Todd
  • Fri Oct 27 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Inette Linstead
  • Sat Oct 28 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Melissa Alwood
  • Sun Oct 29 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Melissa Alwood
  • Mon Oct 30 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Dick Winn
  • Tue Oct 31 6:00 am - 7:30 am with Certified Instructor
  • Tue Oct 31 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Certified Instructor
  • Wed Nov 01 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Certified Instructor
  • Thu Nov 02 6:00 am - 7:30 am with Certified Instructor
  • Thu Nov 02 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm with Certified Instructor