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
Erik tells it like it is, you come to his class knowing that you’ll be pushed. He demands that you always struggle a little bit harder to discover a potential you didn’t know you had.
Erik represented Sweden in World Yoga Sport Championship 2011, 2013 and 2014 as the Swedish Yoga Champion. In 2014 Erik won a bronze medal in the World Championship. In his free time Erik is a drummer for a metal band and lives across the bridge in Malmö.
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.
From my very first Bikram yoga class in 2006, it was love at first sight. I loved the heat, the practice, and the total relaxation afterwards. I began to seek Bikram yoga classes whenever I travelled.
By 2010, I decided to commit to a regular practice. For many years, it was purely about the postures themselves — the stretch, the challenge and the feeling of peace. Then one day, about four years ago, I began to think about how great it would be to be a teacher. From then on, my practice changed. I began to think more about the meditative aspects rather than the postures, which taught me more about patience and tenacity and perhaps prepared me for even greater and unexpected challenges. In 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. All throughout my treatment, from surgery to chemo, I continued my practice. Perhaps it was because this yoga has been such a cornerstone in my life, it became the one constant from the ups and downs of treatment and its uncertainty.
When I lost my job, I knew then that the universe granted me that wish I had four years ago. I attended Bikram teacher training in the Spring of 2017. It was hard. It was surreal. It was everything I imagined it would be. It also gave me tools to see myself and face my demons in ways I never thought I could. I left a warrior.
Today, I see my practice so differently from that very first day on the mat. It gives me reason to feel alive, to connect with my breath, and to be grateful for every day I can practice my yoga. It is said that one should be careful for what one wishes – you never know how that wish comes back to you.
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.
When you come to Mabel’s class you will always leave with a smile on your face. Her energetic and joyful voice is contagious. From the first moment you are welcomed by her in the reception, you are touched by her positive attitude!
Mabel is originally from Canada and call Denmark home now. She took her first Bikram class in the spring of 2008 while living in London, England. After the first class she was hooked, she was suffering from a frozen shoulder and chronic back issues from a car accident about 10 years prior. Following that first class, she was amazed at how much more mobility she had, she knew she wanted more of this crazy hot room stuff and signed up for a 30 day challenge. Persistence and perseverance got her through it and that’s how she’d still describe her journey now. After moving countries and having a child, she went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand and became a Certified Bikram Yoga teacher in Spring 2015, and she has enjoyed teaching in Canada and Denmark ever since.
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. Yasmin finished her teachers training in Spring 2016.
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.
Catherine Dedios Reyes
Cathy is our angel in the studio, she keeps our place always looking impeccable. She started working at Bikram Yoga Copenhagen in 2011 as a cleaning lady and house fairy. She recently started working in the reception as well.
Cathy is originally from the Philippines, and after many years of curiously watching people walk in and out of the 40 degrees hot room, she finally tried a Bikram Yoga class in December 2016, and it felt so good. Cathy is very happy to be part of family at Bikram Yoga Copenhagen, because of the friendly atmosphere and the nice people she works with.
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.
Mathilde is our little smiley and joyful receptionist. You will find Mathilde behind our reception desk, and you will most likely also meet her in the hot room, because she has taken Bikram Yoga to her heart, and practices daily. On december 22. 2017, she took her class number 1.000 classes. She started her Bikram journey in February 2016, when she needed to make a change in life. The practice helped her to get back to her studies, and to “get a tight grip” on her life. Mathilde is a true proof that Bikram gave her 60 days and changed her life. You will for sure meet this little piece of sunshine in the hot room – and do not hesitate to ask her a question about how she manage to take a Bikram class every day. She is always up for a nice chat, and we love having her as part of our Bikram Yoga Copenhagen team.
The 30 day challenge kicked off right after Silvana came to our studio in Spring 2017. She instantly gained respect for the empowering and healing benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga on a regular basis, and decided to place her practice on top of her priority list. She calls Bikram Yoga her inner gym, and uses the 90 minutes in the hot room to turn the attention inwards, and build a strong foundation for growth and happiness in her everyday life.
Karla Roberta Bechmann Hübbe
In 2013 Karla took her first bikram yoga class at Bikram CPH with her mother. They were both instantly hooked on Bikram yoga, and has been practising ever since. It has now become a weekly mother-daughter activity and a way to see each other when they are otherwise very busy. Karla is an architecture student and her practice helps her to maintain focus and energy through the stressfull and long days. The time in the hot room is a break from the everyday life and when you are done with the 90 minutes everything always seems a little easier.