All of the teachers at Bikram Yoga Copenhagen are Bikram-certified instructors. Each completed the 9-week residential Bikram Teacher Training directed by Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram Yoga. In addition, each teacher has a dedicated personal yoga practice. Even though teachers give the same instruction, their unique personalities show through in each class. Students can expect something that resonates in a new way in every class. It’s advised that students vary their practice by experiencing different teachers and learning from their unique styles.
Meet the Teachers
Trine is the founder and CEO of Bikram Yoga Copenhagen. It is her passion and love for Bikram Yoga that brought it to Copenhagen in 2010. She graduated as a teacher in 2006 and has been teaching extensively around the world before opening the first Bikram Yoga studio in Denmark.
She has a fire that will ignite your integrity. With her guidance there is no choice but to strive for limitless potential; by seizing every moment and pushing every boundary. With precise instructions, strong command and warm heart she will make sure to make your 90 minutes worth your while.
In her free time Trine is the Vice President for the International Yoga Sports Federation, and she is the only qualified judge of yoga sport in Denmark. Trine is a professional and a perfectionist; she always strives to achieve the best. Her favorite quote is by Steve Jobs; “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”
Ida’s energy and enthusiasm is infectious, she’ll motivate you to make the most out of every movement and every breath. Take Ida’s class and allow her to spur your own passion.
Ida represented Denmark at the World Yoga Sport Championship in 2012. Her passions along side yoga include health and nutrition. If Ida isn’t in the studio she’s spending time with friends and family.
Sarah discovered Bikram Yoga in Paris in 2006 after suffering from years of severe spinal problems and back pain. To save her health, she took the advice from a friend to give Bikram a try. Within weeks, her back pain and spinal problems disappeared. Sarah’s love for this yoga practice and it’s incredible healing benefits took her out of the Corporate world of Advertising, to Teacher Training in Los Angeles in Spring 2011, and she hasn’t looked back.
Having been based in Paris for over 20 years, she began teaching at her home studio, both in English and in French. She has also had the opportunity to teach in studios around the world, including Miami, New York, London, Geneva, and Bordeaux.
Sarah now lives here and teaches at Bikram Yoga Copenhagen, and simply loves the power and strength the practice gives to students, both mentally and physically, whilst healing and restoring the body.
“Working at Bikram Yoga Copenhagen is like being part of a special family, and I feel the love every time I walk in through the door. It is a magical place that provides a sanctuary of peace, meditation and a sharing of this deep passion we all feel for the Bikram practice.”
Susanne’s gentleness and warmth will pull you in and soften you but her strength and the power of her voice will command your body to attention and excursion. Her humor will disarm you but don’t expect to get off lightly her class can hit you like a storm.
Susanne has been working as a tailor, but now she does garments for her own pleasure and lives in Sweden across the bridge. If Susanne is outside the studio you’ll find her cooking, catching up with friends here or abroad or enriching her life with travel.
Sue is Australian at heart but Denmark has been her home for more than 30 years now. Sue became a Bikram yoga teacher in 2013 and aims to bring equal parts hard work and compassion into the mix, when she guides students through the 90 minutes. Besides teaching Sue works as a family guidance counselor and she hopes to one day integrate yoga into her work with families in distress. “The journey to becoming a Bikram Yoga teacher has brought me immense healing on many levels. This, in turn, is my intention, as I continue to develop as a teacher and practitioner, to pass on the healing.” Sue says. Her personal mantra: Adventure before dementia.
After a first Bikram yoga class, where Almania was wearing sweatpants and a long sleeve shirt and had to leave the room, thinking she would never go back in, Almania decided to try Bikram yoga again in the fall of 2010. Mainly she was trying to find a way to keep warm, since the heat wasn’t working properly in her apartment. After her first two weeks at the studio, someone convinced her to take part of the 30 days challenge. Once she finished the 30 days, she decided to double it and make it a 60 days challenge. As Bikram says: “Give me 60 days and I’ll change your life”.
After six months of practice Almania decided to go to Teacher Training and attended the Spring TT in L.A. She has been happily practicing and traveling ever since and is grateful for the people she came across during this yoga journey.
Almania is happy to be able to teach at Bikram yoga Copenhagen. It’s a very welcoming and friendly environment, where people come together to share the same interests and passions. She loves that is feels like a family, you feel welcome from the very beginning…it makes you feel like you fit in, just like soy sauce on rice.
Hanna found Bikram Yoga when she was 26 years old in 2014, after practicing yoga at home using YouTube for a couple of years. She took her first Bikram Yoga class and was completely hooked. She thought that she would die, but came out on the other side of the class with a sensation of silence in her head and fulfillment physically. She came back every day and started doing doubles. She noticed the great effect that the yoga had on her body, mind and emotional self. For the first time she felt she found something that gave her focus and challenge. The class showed her the way to what Bikram calls self-realization.
Hanna continued to work other jobs but realized that she wanted to focus wholehearted on Bikram Yoga. She decided to go to the teacher training in Fall 2015. The Teacher Training was postponed due to a last minute change of location to Thailand, and coincidently it turned out that the training started exactly one year after Hanna took her first class. She loved the experience from start to finish, and she loves teaching at Bikram Yoga Copenhagen since it gives her nostalgic memories of how teacher training was – being around dedicated people that share the love for this yoga.
Hanna dreams of doing yoga all day all night and that yoga will be like eating sleeping and loving, a universal natural part of every human being’s life. Yoga is so much more than what we do on our mat during Bikram’s 90 minutes masterpiece, once you realize that, you will have the whole world to conquer.
In 2011, Marcus’ big sister (who is also a Bikram Yoga teacher) went to Australia. Originally she went there to work as an au pair, but instead ended up doing Bikram Yoga consecutively for a month. She was sold. When she came back she tried coaxing her family into coming to class. Marcus eventually joined her after he found out that the girl he had a crush on practiced Bikram Yoga. The girl eventually moved, and he was left with Bikram Yoga. He likes to think he got the better end of the deal.
Three years later, in the Fall of 2015, it was finally time for him to go to Teacher Training and become a teacher himself, this time in Khao Lak, Thailand. Since then he has been working as a teacher in Sweden, Denmark and Austria.
In the future Marcus is planning to continue travelling the world while teaching. Eventually he wishes to get a university degree (probably in engineering of some kind) and become an entrepreneur (unless something else exciting pops up along the way, of course!). Naturally, yoga will always take up a fair share of his time.
“Regarding Bikram Yoga Copenhagen, I really appreciate it for its efficiency. I also greatly enjoy spending time in an environment with so many people so dedicated to their craft – teachers and students alike! The people are all wonderful, and it’s probably rare to find a workplace so abundant with warmth and compassion.”
Karin did her first Bikram class in January 2008 at Bikram yoga Södermalm in Stockholm. At that time she suffered from injuries in her lower back, hips and ankles from many years of dancing. She was recommended to try Bikram yoga because of its healing benefits. It worked. In only a couple of weeks the lower back pain, coming from compressed disks, improved so much that the pain was no longer a problem. She didn´t know how or why it worked, it just did, and Karin was hooked.
During the years she’s been practicing Bikram Yoga and has seen over and over again the powerful benefits of this practice. Today she sees Bikram Yoga as her best tool in life to create balance in her mind and body.
In Fall 2014 Karin got certificated as a Bikram Yoga teacher at the Teachers Training in Thailand, and she is now teaching at Bikram Yoga Copenhagen alongside her full time studies at the design school in Copenhagen.
Bikram Yoga Copenhagen is a safe zone. A place to heal body and mind and to reload the batteries on a regular basis. It makes it a very special place.
In the Reception
Siska was introduced to Bikram in 2010 and absolutely loves it. Siska has a background in the music industry working with promotion, and for the last few years a background in the food industry. Siska is a vegetarian, and loves everything that has to do with natural healing of the mind & body. Her passion in life is music, travelling and being with her daughter Isra. You can always find Siska surrounded with her friends & family, hanging out at the beach or at a concert.
Jamie was born in London and has lived in Copenhagen since the age of 5. He took his first Bikram yoga class in 2011 and immediately started a regular practice. He quickly realized how the yoga helped in his daily life as a student with improved focus, better determination and always being able to stay grounded in tough and stressful situations. When Jamie is not at the studio, he enjoys film, theatre and music. He is planning to study theatre after returning from travelling through the US this summer.
Helene discovered and took her first Bikram Yoga class in October 2014. Ever since then she has been practicing on a regular basis. Helene has tried all sorts of different activity styles, but nothing has made her hooked like Bikram Yoga. Just like many others Helene knows what Bikram Yoga can do to a body with injuries. This yoga style helps her work with her injury by giving her control over her mind and body. When Helene first started at the studio she felt home because of the warmth from the teachers and receptionists and soon she joined the team to give other students the same experience.
Cathrine Højlund Finger
Cathrine moved to Copenhagen from Aarhus in 2015 to pursue her dream of becoming a midwife. One of her first new experiences was the practice of Bikram Yoga and she instantly felt that this was something life receiving for her mind and body. She loves that the time in the hot room is non-existent and how the mind can be controlled to be absolutely still. Bikram Yoga gives her a doorway to disappear from her everyday life for 90 minutes and re-energize and revitalize.
Yasmin Vieira da Silva
Yasmin is our brazilian babe, if the sun’s not shining, she’ll bring it to you with a smile. She really lives by the saying “singing your troubles away”. It is not too uncommon to find her singing or humming a tune at the reception. She is very bubbly and outgoing and also not at all a conservative person. Her first encounter with Bikram was a much random experience and she had never tried any kind of yoga before the hot room. But Bikram couldn’t have come at a better time in her life, where getting to know herself and tuning her body and mind was exactly what she needed. The hot room became her grounding place, her mind’s own private gym! Nowadays Bikram is not the only kind of Yoga she practices but also Acroyoga in addition to other kinds of workouts. Once wanted to be a diplomat but now her ever growing passion for food, nutrition and health made her change paths. As an aspiring nutritionist and yogi, she dreams to one day opening her own yoga retreat center in a paradisiac place in the world where the sun shines all year round.
Klara Lucia Thordsen
Klara began her practice of Bikram Yoga in February 2015 and has been practicing on a regular basis ever since. She studies to become an opera singer at the Royal Academy of Music and the yoga really helps her to improve her mental and physical strength during practices and performances. According to her the absolute best thing about Bikram Yoga is the energy and happiness you get after every class. The studio is full of that energy and therefore Klara saw it as a perfect workplace as well.