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Shannon Engelhardt


Originally from Los Angeles, Shannon has recently relocated to Ventura from Massachusetts where she owned and operated Bikram Yoga Danvers in Danvers, MA since 2010.  Initially, the cold East Coast winters drove her into the Hot Room in 2002 where she soon discovered the powerful changes in mind and body that a consistent practice brings.  She attended Bikram Teacher Training in the Spring of 2009 in Palm Desert after a health scare made her prioritize her life and she decided make the yoga both her life and her livelihood.  Shannon’s goal as a teacher is to help you to be the very best you can be in and out of the Hot Room- so that you can see that your strengths and even your weaknesses are pieces of the multi-dimensional being that you are!

Tara Egger

Certified Instructor

I started practicing Bikram Yoga following a knee and hip injury sustained from my last marathon.  I had never considered yoga before because I didn’t like to stay in one place---I was a runner.  This yoga gradually worked its way into my body, mind, and spirit.  Peeling away layer after layer, and when I thought there were no more layers to be shed---well, there were, are and always will be.  These postures have become old friends.  “Mind over the matter”, and “it always comes back to you” are a couple valuable lessons I learn on a daily basis through this yoga.  No matter how I enter the hot room, happy, funny, sad, tense, stressed, calm, irritable, or peaceful, I consistently leave feeling grounded, balanced and at ease.  Trust the process.

Pooja Ghosh

Certified Instructor

I attended Bikram Yoga Teacher training in the Spring of 2015 in Thailand and Inferno Hot Pilates teacher training in the Fall of 2017 in Sacramento. I decided Bikram Yoga teacher training was the right path for me because I am passionate about the Bikram yoga series. With the passion came dedication. This style of yoga has done wonders for me emotionally, physically, and mentally. I wanted to share the healing this practice brings to the world. What yoga has given me is priceless! As a result of becoming teacher training certified, I have been able to travel around the world and country teaching at over 40 studios.

As a result of traveling, I have been blessed with meeting amazing students and friends worldwide. It feel amazing to have such a connected community. I will forever be thankful for my journey globetrotting spreading the healing benefits of this series. I feel honored to serve.

Yoga provides me with strength and inner peace. No matter what life presents me on the daily, I am able to leave it all behind when I am on my mat practicing in the hot room. I am able to deal with my past, appreciate the present, and look forward to the future. This practice brings me clarity, stillness, and balance. My practice has provided an inner determination and self-belief that I never had before. I am more focused and disciplined because of it. I have overcome several physical injuries and limitations. I constantly learn that self-care and self-compassion is an integral part of living a healthy life. My mind and body have opened up far beyond my wildest dreams. What I learn in the hot room, I am able to take with me into my life. Yoga heals. Yoga makes me smile. Yoga is a release. Yoga is strength and grace. Yoga changes your life. I believe becoming a teacher and an Inferno Hot Pilates instructor has been a very humbling and gratifying experience. Bikram yoga saved and changed my life for the better. I look forward to the journey ahead teaching both Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates.

Jolinda Hackett

Certified Instructor

Since her first class in 2004, Jolinda has practiced and taught Bikram yoga all over the world, from Santa Barbara to Kathmandu. When you come to her class, you can expect a traditional, high-energy and meditative experience, usually with a couple of bad yoga jokes thrown in (she thinks they’re funny). Students say her classes are “truly inspiring” and a reflection of who she is when she’s off the mat as well: “Genuine, loving, insightful, kind, direct and knowledgeable”.

Jolinda considers herself to be a lifelong student, and you’re just as likely to see her practicing on the mat next to you as on the podium. After first completing the intensive nine-week Bikram Yoga teacher training program in 2009, Jolinda has since refined her practice and her teaching skills under the guidance of a number of senior teachers, and is continually seeking to deepen her understanding of how this yoga works to unite and heal the body, mind and spirit.

Whether it’s your first class or your 1000th class, Jolinda truly believes everyone can benefit from this yoga, and she is experienced in guiding students with any number of special needs, including older and injured students, veterans, teens and people with physical disabilities and limitations.

In addition to Bikram Yoga, Jolinda teaches yin yoga classes, combining traditional yin methodologies with her deep understanding of the Bikram Yoga postures and, of course, her own unique touch.

Rebecca Schol

Certified Instructor

Rebecca started her yoga journey in 2007 with the practice of Bikram Yoga, wanting to heal the body and mind from collegiate sports, clinical depression, and anxiety. She was then introduced by a fellow yogi to Vipassana, a form of meditation, from there her world opened up to other physical and energetic practices- Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Reiki to name a few.

Rebecca is certified in Hatha yoga (2009), kids yoga (2013), and is a certified Reiki Master (2017).

Ryan Snyder

Certified Instructor

After years of your typical gym style exercising (weight lifting, running, boxing, and wrestling) I found my body to be worn down with severe lower back pain. Bikram Yoga has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. This road lead me to Bikram's Teacher Training Fall 2013 where I become certified to teach and spread this practice I love. I am also a certified massage therapist through the California Massage Therapy Council.

Sunny Weiss

Certified Instructor

Former 50K runner Sunny Weiss has been practicing and teaching Bikram Yoga for 16 years.  This yoga has helped heal injuries, strengthened and toned increased core strength.  At 57 years old, this mother of two adult children simply defies the laws of physics and gravity with the help of her yoga practice.  Sunny’s class is fun and informative, challenging and refreshing, a place to work hard and keep a happy, smiling face, her love of yoga truly shines like the Sun!

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Shawn White

Certified Instructor

A regular Bikram’s Yoga practice gives me strength through my personal struggles and motivates me to work hard and find joy in every moment. I joined my first class in 2001 while attending graduate school in Colorado. Since completing teacher training in 2009, I have taught in California, New York, Massachusetts, Canada, and during a double handed sail across the Pacific, several Hawaiian Islands and eastern Australia. I also taught frequently and practiced daily through pregnancy until a day before delivery. As a Bikram’s Yoga teacher, I hope to help others to discover their potential and resolve challenges of esteem and spirit, to inspire how I have been inspired, and to teach about the mind-body connection of presence and self-compassion that yoga gives me.

Adriana Alfaro

Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor

Adriana started her yoga journey with the practice of Bikram Yoga while attending college in Santa Barbara in 2011. She eventually found her way home to Hot Yoga Ventura in 2019 where she took her very first Inferno Hot Pilates class. Soon after, she attended an IHP training and has been loving every minute of teaching this high-intensity, low-impact modality!

Taking the leap into joining the fitness world, opened the door for Adriana to find a passion she didn't know she had! In addition to being an IHP instructor, and an elementary school teacher, she is now a certified Pre and Post Natal fitness instructor.

She will be a certified Diastasis & Core Consultant Specialist by mid 2021.

Alleia Jordan

Inferno Hot Pilates Instructor

My names Alleia Jordan. I hav been doing Bikram yoga and Hot Pilates for 3 years now. I was introduced to this amazing practice 3 months after having my son and have been in the best shape of my life since. I do lots of sports outside of the hot room such as surfing, snowboarding, and backpacking.  Bikram and Inferno hot Pilates compliment each other and keep my body and mind on point and most of all strong for anything life may throw at you, mentally or physically. I am so grateful for Hot Yoga Ventura and all of the people I have met, it truly is my second family and home.

Julie Burton

Membership Liaison

We believe everyone needs to move their bodies to feel their best and our goal is to find the right package for YOU and your lifestyle.  If you have questions about becoming a member at our studio, Julie is your girl!

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