Teachers

Marta Hodgdon

Marta Hodgdon

Marta is the founder of the first Bikram Yoga school in Poland. She started to practice yoga soon after spine injury at the age of 16. That injury forced her to give up her judo training which was her passion. For a long time afterward, she looked for a physical activity as intense as judo but safe for her spine. At the age of 16 she started hatha and other forms of yoga, but none proved to be as engaging as Bikram.

Marta first heard of Bikram Yoga in 2004 when she was living in Dubai. She happened upon a documentary about Bikram Choudhury and his method. A week later she found out she lived above a Bikram Yoga studio. Living in Tokyo prior to that she had to start a spine physiotherapy and stop practicing Ashtanga Yoga, her spine got so much worse. She went to her first Bikram Yoga class primarily for weight management. She didn’t believe that anything could improve her spine despite the claims made by Bikram. Bikram Yoga swept her off of her feet- it turned out to be exactly that intense form of physical workout which she had been missing since having to give up judo. Half a year later, she had not only lost about 10 kilograms but her spine problems were a thing of the past.

Her regular Bikram Yoga practice began in 2004 in Club Stretch Bikram Yoga and Pilates school in Dubai. Her main teacher was Brian Ward. In 2011 for almost a year Marta prepared for her Teacher Training taking private classes with Brian. His comprehensive knowledge of Classic Pilates and Bikram Yoga and thorough approach to correct body alignment in each asana helped Marta in developing her own practice and later in her work as a Bikram Yoga teacher. Marta has also practiced with other great Bikram Yoga teachers in certified studios in Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Burlington Vermont and Portland Maine. In 2012 she completed her training in LA under Bikram Choudhury’s guidance. After receiving her Bikram Yoga College of India Ceritificate she taught for a year in Club Stretch in Dubai. In June 2013 she returned to Poland to open a Bikram Yoga school in Warsaw.

Aleksandra Kowalska

Aleksandra Kowalska

Aleksandra Kowalska started her Bikram Yoga adventure accidentally in Brussels in 2006, where she worked in the British Chamber of Commerce. After only a few sessions of Bikram Yoga she knew that she was in the right place! She left every class lighter, relaxed and full of energy, exactly what she needed at that time of her life. Yoga began to fill more and more of her free time until finally, she quit her office job and started intense preparation for her Teacher Training. She completed training in Hawaii in 2007 under the guidance of Bikram Choudhury. Since then she has taught Bikram Yoga in Brussels (at Bikram Yoga Brussels, European Committee and European Parliament), in Antwerp, Frankfurt and finally also in here in Warsaw.

Years of work in the Brussels studio with Sameer Khan and Feroze Khan allowed her to deepen her understanding of yoga and her practice. Ola has taken part in many Bikram Yoga workshops and seminars, both beginner and advanced. She has lead posture clinics and special workshops with more detailed explanations of the 26 asanas in Bikram. Ola also has experience working with women from early pregnancy through to birthing (including her own pregnancy). This has shown her how important it is to be in good shape during pregnancy and how much regular Bikram Yoga practice can help.

Ola is very happy that after Brussels, Antwerp and Frankfurt she can now teach in Warsaw!

Misha

Misha

Misha‛s yoga life began in 2006 when the first Bikram Yoga studio opened in the Czech Republic. She took her first lesson partly out of curiosity and partly from long-term health problems (problems with the lumbar and cervical spine, injured shoulder). Positive results were almost immediate and she became completely captivated. Bikram Yoga increased her flexibility and released her stiff joints and improved her attitude and posture. Misha also credits Bikram Yoga with giving her better hair, nails and skin.

After her first class, she felt a powerful change in herself and on the spot became determined to become a teacher under the guidance of Bikram Choudhury. She achieved this after nearly two years of intensive training. In 2008 she completed her Teacher Training uder the guidance of Bikram Choudhury in Acapulco in Mexico. Since that time, Misha has actively engaged in further education, gaining experience and physical and mental development. She participated in seminars with most renonwed Bikram Yoga teachers: Jim Kallett, Craig Villiani, Ky Ha, and Rajashree Choudhury. She has special interest and experience working with sports injuries and movement disabilities.

Misha travels frequently and enjoys teaching Bikram wherever she can. She loves immersing herself in the local culture. She is a visiting teacher in Antwerp, Milano, Ceskie Budeojovice, Prague and now Warsaw. Misha considers yoga as a method to help relieve the stress of the daily grind and keep the body fit. For her, Yoga is a vital part of the journey toward inner peace and openness to self and others.