STUDIO DIRECTOR, BIKRAM YOGA, POWER YOGA, INFERNO HOT PILATES
Kate was lucky to find Bikram Yoga during her first semester of college and is still best friends with the girl who brought her to class. She attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Fall 2011 in Los Angeles and the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises will always be her first love! Kate is certified in Baptiste Power Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates, Levels 1, 2 and 3.
Kate loves the variety of Bikram, Power and Hot Pilates and is proud to offer these three very different, yet complimentary classes in one amazing community. Over the years, she has practiced for health, exercise, meditation and alone time. Yoga and Pilates help Kate know herself better and introduce her to the most amazing people.
Before becoming a yoga teacher and opening YO BK, Kate taught Kindergarten in China and Thailand — she is continually amazed that her students here listen to her! Her other passions are hip-hop, cooking (usually Asian food), devouring novels and getting lost in her hometown of NYC.
"No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself." - Haruki Murakami, After the Quake
STUDIO MANAGER, INFERNO HOT PILATES
Lillith was introduced to Bikram Yoga by her loving and persistent mother, Kathy. It was with love and persistence, and sometimes persistence and then love that Lillith developed a Bikram practice. Fast forward to 6 years later and she's still spending a large portion of her week on her mat, at a YO BK where Lillith is thrilled to practice and teach Inferno Hot Pilates. The combination of HIIT Pilates and a hot yoga practice is incredibly beneficial and keeps you motivated. When she isn't on the mat, she is in normal clothing pursuing a career in acting, exploring the city and looking for new and exciting ways to be cheeky. Come practice and have fun!
BIKRAM YOGA, HOT VINYASA
Riji is happy to join the new and growing YO BK yoga family and to be part of the (r)evolution of yoga in Brooklyn. As a native Queens-NYC girl who grew up playing basketball in rival school gyms and asphalt courts in BK parks, it is meaningful to return to teach and practice yoga in blossoming Williamsburg. One of her favorite things about YO BK is the view of the bridge, always perfectly satiating to the heart, whether during a pinkish sunrise, bluish midday, ruddy reddish sunset, or pitch black night.
Riji has been teaching the Bikram Method since Fall of 2006, and she is honored to have been part of the staff for two Honolulu Teacher Trainings, learning under the precise guidance of phenomenal teaching legends, some gone, some here... She is also thankful to have studied under the compassionate masterful tutelage of Sri Dharm Mittra and has taught his style since completing his Teacher Training in 2010. Besides her work in studios around NY, Riji teaches private clients through a language that is always extending and expanding from and within her personal consciousness and connection: a nonstop flow and weaving of all of her studies, teachings and life exxperiences on and off the yoga mat. On her off the mat time, Riji is a model and creative spirit working in fashion and media in New York City.
"Eyes High Walk Light": transliterated daily quote from her beautiful and inspiring mother.
BIKRAM YOGA, YIN YOGA
Frank began practicing Bikram Yoga in January 2009. Out of shape and unhappy with his poor health, he was determined to turn his life around.
Frank felt a transformation after his first class. Bikram Yoga has allowed him to strengthen his body, increase flexibility, and improve balance; while also calming and focusing his mind. Four years later, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Bikram's Teacher Training in Spring of 2013.
In addition to teaching full-time, Frank works with “One posture at a Time” teaching yoga in treatment facilities for individuals in recovery from substance abuse. He is truly grateful to this yoga and believes in its healing abilities.
BIKRAM YOGA, POWER YOGA, INFERNO HOT PILATES
Natalie started practicing yoga a week before her 21st birthday in Burlington, VT. From the moment the sweat dropped onto her mat, she was hooked. Prior to that, she had struggled to find a physical activity that bettered her overall health. She could easily see herself heading down a toxic path. After that first encounter on January 18, 2006, everything changed. Natalie was determined to unlock the mysteries of her body and mind and lock her knee! Three years into her practice, Natalie realized she wanted to become a yoga teacher. It took almost three more years to make that dream a reality. Natalie completed her Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in November 2011. Her journey as a student and teacher had only begun. Yoga continues to inspire and challenge her in countless ways. Getting certified in Inferno Hot Pilates has brought her new challenges and new inspiration, in both teaching and practicing. Sharing the practice of yoga and Pilates with students is one of the greatest joys of her life. Natalie believes that through movement in yoga & Pilates we can heal our bodies, minds and spirits, experiencing a profound level of health and vitality. Her goal is to help people discover their potential one breath, one posture, one yoga class at a time. It's all about feeling good baby!
Camille is a recent transplant from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. She began practicing hot yoga in 2010 when a friend half-dragged her to a Bikram class. It was hot, hard, and humbling. It felt so good to go to bed the good kind of tired and wake up the good kind of sore. So the next day she went back, and the next, and 8 years later she can’t live without it.
She participated in a work-trade for free yoga at her local studio where she began to develop deeper relationships with her fellow students and teachers. The loving community that is the ‘yoga world’ inspired Camille to go to teacher training and in 2014 she became a certified Vinyasa teacher by Hot House Yoga in Richmond, VA. She has experience teaching both Barkan and Baptise methods.
In her time off the mat Camille works for a craft beer company that sells tasty heady brews. She is also a hoop dance instructor and an experienced vegetarian cook. Camille joined the work-study program here at YO BK when she moved to NYC and fell in love with the space, the teachers, and the students. She is so excited to teach ya’ll and can’t want to see you on your mat.
Stefani reluctantly went to a Power Yoga class with a friend in 2008 and has continued to show up daily on her mat since. It didn’t take her long to realize she wanted to do a teacher training to share with others the practice that allowed her to enjoy her own company, deepen relationships and experience the love and support of community.
In 2009, Stefani completed her first Power Yoga training in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Since then, she has studied with Baron Baptiste and Laughing Lotus. Stefani is continuously looking for ways to share her love of yoga. She is an ambassador for Africa Yoga Project.
Sara began her yoga journey in Manhattan in 2008. After her first Bikram class, she felt the best she had in years, floating home as if she was high on a drug. It must have been magic, cast during her very first camel pose. For the next few years, she found yoga to be a wonderful release from working long hours at advertising agencies in NYC and Boulder, CO. It was in early 2014 after a retreat in Costa Rica when she chose to fully reap the benefits of a regular practice. From this she experienced many positive changes in her life, and it wasn’t long before she left her corporate job and attended Bikram teacher training in Thailand, the fall of 2015. She has since completed a 10-day Vipassana meditation course in Jaipur, India and a 200-hr training combining the 8 limbs of Yoga with Chinese Medicine.
Sara is also certified as a Functional Medicine Health Coach and writes code to make websites. You can occasionally find her on an improv stage in New York. She is passionate about the healing capabilities of Yoga that branch out to every aspect of life, and she truly loves witnessing all types of beautiful humans showing up on their mat to work on themselves; in turn improving the quality of life for all of us on this planet.
BIKRAM YOGA, YIN YOGA
INFERNO HOT PILATES
Claude was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As a youngster he frequently played tag in the abandoned buildings in the neighborhood, including the space that is now YO BK! Claude is a former college basketball player who attended school in upstate New York. He moved back to Williamsburg and is currently teaching middle school physical education. He also coaches varsity basketball at his alma mater, Eastern District high school.
Claude got into Bikram yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates two years ago to gain strength and improve flexibility. During his journey he discovered how well his body responded to both modalities and wanted to further his knowledge, thus becoming an Inferno instructor. He is excited to be teaching at YO BK, as well as introducing this effective conditioning to his high school team and PE students. When Claude's not practicing or teaching you can find him on local basketball courts and dance floors.