Ganesha Hot Yoga St. Pete:

jennyAt Ganesha Hot Yoga St. Pete, our specialty is hot yoga. We offer BIKRAM HOT YOGA, the “original” hot yoga. This class is a system of 26 hatha yoga postures specifically designed for beginning students, it systematically helps restore health to every muscle in the body while providing tremendous detox and weight loss benefits. We also offer POWER YIN to those students wishing to deepen their yoga practice, rehabilitate joints and compliment their current athletic program, as well as POWER FLOW AND POWER BLEND, which target the troubling areas of the abs, hips and thighs. Read about the differences here. All of our teachers are certified Bikram Method instructors or registered with the Yoga Alliance.

Our room is over 1,000 square feet, is well lit with glass doors at entry and state of the art sound equipment. We also offer private change rooms for men and women, SHOWER AVAILABLE to rinse off before your next destination, and cubbies for your belongings. A yoga mat, towel and bottle of water are required for each class. We have all of these items available for your convenience at the front desk. New students please visit our New Students page for information on what to expect and how to prepare for your first class.

History:

ABOUT OUR STAFF:

 

Sarah FurtadoSarah Dawn Furtado, Co-Founder/Director. Always an artist, Sarah was born and raised in Plymouth Massachusetts in an extremely supportive family. Pursuing her passion, she attended MassArt in Boston studying fine art and art education. After graduating in 1999, her journey brought her to San Francisco to study her Masters at the Academy of Art. Right after earning her degree, Sarah discovered Bikram Yoga.

After taking her first class, she was forever hooked on the natural high and over all feeling of well-being each sweaty class brought. It was the perfect blend of a hard workout and a headspace where some of her biggest solutions to life’s struggles were reached, just having the practice to search herself and work on that lack of self-realization Bikram speaks of overcoming.

Sarah attended training at the Bikram Yoga College of India in Los Angeles in 2004, and has been practicing and teaching ever since. Being lucky enough to have studied under and taught for Mary Jarvis for many years in California, she tries to bring a more loving and personal approach to each class, and loves incorporating music into the series. Sarah is also a certified Yin Yoga instructor and has completed her 200hr Hatha Vinyasa Yoga and Ayurveda therapy certifications (RYT 200).

Lori Givens, Co-Founder

Lori Givens most noteworthy yoga event is her double feature in two issues of Oprah Magazine in 2010. She is the founder of the Bikram Yoga studio in Memphis, TN, where she grew a simple idea of owning her own yoga studio from dream, to her business plan, to an empty storefront, to a profitable and viable business, completely and totally on her own. Prior to that, Ms. Givens studied and taught yoga mostly in New York City, where she lived for 5 years, practicing not only Bikram Yoga under many qualified instructors, but also studying with Dharma Mittra, the creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures and director of the Dharma Yoga Center.

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Valerie Mantzoros – Certified Bikram Instructor

Valerie discovered Bikram Hot Yoga in 2004 when she was suffering from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. The yoga eased her pain so much and changed the trajectory of her life so drastically that she will be forever grateful for this practice. Eager to share and give back some of what the yoga had given her, Valerie went to teacher training in the fall of 2005.

Valerie has enjoyed teaching Bikram Yoga in New York City, South Africa, Thailand, California, South Carolina, St. Augustine, Florida and now St. Petersburg! Valerie loves to eat, bake and cook. Outside of the yoga studio you will most likely find her in the kitchen experimenting with new healthy vegan and gluten free recipes. Feel free to check out some of her recipes and tips at www.valeriemantzoros.com.

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Molly Bernas – Certified Yoga Instructor

Molly, certified and RYT since 2011, began practicing hot yoga in 2008 and fell in love with the way it made her feel. From stress relief to the physical challenge and mental focus that is required, hot yoga is like nothing she’d ever experienced. “I became a teacher to share this unique experience with others.”

Molly has lived in Florida since the age of 5. She is a full time Physical Therapist Assistant and has a deep love and passion for helping others. The knowledge she has gained as a professional in Physical Therapy and Anatomy has been extremely beneficial in teaching yoga – her classes bring an element of expertise that allows her to communicate effectively with students of all levels, especially those recovering from an injury.

Outside of yoga, you’ll find Molly at the beach, spending time with family and friends or listening to live music at Rubys Elixir downtown.

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Jaysen Gonzalez – Certified Yoga Instructor

Jaysen, originally from the Bronx, has lived in St. Petersburg for over 4 years and has been teaching yoga since 2012 (RYT 200). His passion for teaching yoga comes from the desire to share the beauty of yoga with as many people as possible. His favorite poses are inversions because of how mentally and physically challenging they are.

Why the heat? Hot yoga gives an additional challenge and makes the body feel more open. Off the mat, Jaysen is an Interventional Radiologic Technologist at Tampa General, which takes up the majority of his time. When not at work or yoga, you’ll find him playing basketball or relaxing on Pass-a Grille beach.

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Cindy Toda – Certified Bikram Instructor

Cindy was born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone, so it was inevitably “love at first class” with the heat and humidity of Bikram Yoga. “It was extremely difficult, but I knew it was exactly what I needed to get out of my funk.”

Having spent 10+ years in the rat-race as a computer programmer, Cindy needed a change. During a break between assignments a good friend dragged her to her first Bikram class, and there the light went on. This was the way to get back to center.

Cindy began her yoga practice in Jacksonville, Florida and continued in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from teacher training Spring of 2005 in Los Angeles, California and has taught at many studios around the world; most recently in San Luis Obispo, California. “It’s amazing to witness the transformation – body and mind – when a student maintains a regular practice.”

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Chris Anderson – Certified Yoga Instructor

Chris, 200 RYT, attended his first yoga class in 2010 to help recover from sports-related injuries. After months of Bikram practice healed his muscle strains the ‘hot yoga bug’ took hold, causing him to practice sometimes as much as 6 days a week. Chris is a firm believer that our skin, muscles, and mind are healthiest when we “sweat it out” every day… and hot yoga is the safest way to achieve that! 

His Hot Power Flow class features upbeat music to boost the intensity. Outside of yoga, Chris works as a software engineer in the glass industry, paints, runs 5K races, travels, and line dances.

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Ryan Lahre – Certified Yoga Instructor

Ryan has long had an on-again, off-again relationship with yoga… The days still arrive when she wants to press the snooze button and skip class “just this once”. But yoga makes her feel alive, so it’s always a much appreciated choice! Yoga takes her constantly multitasking mind down to stillness, where the breath and body are the only focus. This helps her notice the little things going on inside and the body parts asking for more attention.

As a teacher, she loves to help other people take the time for themselves and get connected with what’s going on in their own bodies. She knows it’s not always easy to do, but that the time is a worthy investment. Her class will be full of guidance so that people of all experience levels can jump right in. See you on the mat!