Ashley Ogilvy, Studio Owner
In December of 2009 Ashley severely sprained her left ankle and was on crutches for over a month. Even after surgery to remove scar tissue, it never felt the same to her. She was feeling depressed that she could no longer participate in things she used to love, like running and her previous career of performing in the circus. Then she walked into her first Bikram Yoga class in April 2010.
After her first Bikram Yoga class Ashley felt amazing. Like something she’d never felt before. She was a little surprised because the class was tough, but as soon as she left, she knew she was coming back the next day. She went back the next day, and the next, and the day after that. It was only after a couple of months of practicing the yoga everyday she knew she was going to be a teacher. Six months after her first class she made the commitment to go to Bikram’s Teacher Training in San Diego California. She never thought twice about the commitment to the nine week 500 hour training. She knew what this yoga could do for people. She believed in it more than anything else she’d ever done.
After a year of teaching Ashley participated in the New England Regional Yoga Asana Championship. She was nervous but had the time of her life getting on the stage demonstrating yoga, and placed 3rd. Three months later she was called as the alternate to come participate in the National Yoga Asana Championship where she placed 13th! It was just a few weeks later that she made the goal to win the National Championship the next year. In 2013 she won the New England Regional Championship and went on to again participate in the National Championship.
“Participating in the Yoga Championship has given me an amazing opportunity to travel and teach yoga all over the US and in Europe. It has driven me to bring not only my practice but also my teaching to a whole other level.”
Ashley’s absolute passion is to heal people with this yoga. The most broken, injured, ill students are the ones Ashley loves to have in her class. She knows the power of this yoga to heal, and looks forward to seeing you on the mat.
Jeni took her first Bikram Yoga class in November 2010 at the insistence of her daughter, Ashley, who was at Bikram’s Yoga Teacher Training at the time. After not exercising for nearly a decade, besides putting on weight, she was suffering from numerous ailments, severe back pain, headaches, acid reflux, and plantar fasciitis. After practicing for only a month, all of her ailments were gone, and over the next two months, she shed 30 pounds. She was hooked! In 2011, she completed a 365 day challenge, and then made the decision to become a teacher, which she completed in the fall of 2012 in LA. She won the Women’s Senior Division Yoga Championship for New Hampshire in 2015. What Jeni loves most about Bikram Yoga is that anyone can do it, no matter how old, sick, or broken they are. She loves bringing her enthusiasm for the yoga to every class she teaches. When not teaching, Jeni enjoys practicing Bikram Yoga with her husband, Mike, as well as her three daughters.
Diana had NO IDEA that on June 29, 2012, when she walked into her first Bikram Yoga class, she had taken step number one on a life-altering journey. An avid gym rat, she had always been curious to take a Bikram class and, although excited about the new physical challenge, she was admittedly petrified about what she was getting into. After emerging from the hot room, she could barely contain her enthusiasm and told the instructor that she felt “empowered.”
She began practicing almost daily and was amazed at how her fitness level improved. More importantly, Diana noticed that her anxiety was dissipating and the tension and stress that had plagued her for years was now replaced with a sense of calmness. “I didn’t realize just how broken I was emotionally and spiritually until I found the healing and restorative powers of Bikram Yoga.”
Her practice changed in August of 2013 when she returned from vacation and took 141 classes in 134 days. It was during this time that she figured out that come hell or high water she was going to become a Bikram instructor. “Bikram Yoga had improved my quality of life exponentially; I knew I had to find a way to share it with others.”
With the help of her family and the astounding support of the Bikram Yoga Burlington community, Diana left for Los Angeles on April 12, 2014 to attend the Spring 2014 Teacher Training Program. She returned nine weeks later and taught her first class on June 16, 2014. “Stepping onto that podium was at least a million times scarier than taking my first class, but when I looked out at the faces of all the students, and felt the love and encouragement they were sending me, I knew I had made the right decision.”
Diana hopes she can nurture and inspire her students as much as her teachers have nurtured and inspired her. She is consistently buoyed by the courage, energy and enthusiasm of all who step into the hot room and is proud and honored to be able to practice with such amazing people each and every day.
Forthcoming plans for Diana include having dinner with Bruce Springsteen and touching her forehead to her knee – one day, eventually, or in the future…
Kate began practicing Bikram Yoga over 7 years ago. She loved how she felt when she practiced, but life and work always seemed to get in the way and her practice was intermittent at best. In the Spring of 2012, she decided to take her practice to the next level and committed to practicing 4 to 5 times per week. Kate had recently been diagnosed with IBS and she found that her symptoms were largely alleviated by the yoga. She also felt better able to cope with the stresses and anxiety of everyday life. In the Spring of 2013, with the support of her husband, Kate attended the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, CA.
She feels so fortunate to be able to stand on the podium every day and share the yoga.
Billy began practicing Bikram Yoga after having undergone back surgery when his physical therapist recommended it since he was still in considerable pain. “I had no idea what to expect. After my first class, I emerged red faced and dazed, not entirely certain what had just happened.” Billy came back the next day and the next day and the next, 60 days in a row, with no idea what this yoga would ultimately offer him. His back felt better and he noticed signifcant improvements in his overall health, most notable being symptom-free from Crohn’s Disease. “I became a teacher because this yoga works. It heals you bones to skin – be it a broken body, broken mind, or broken heart, it matters not.”
Margie loves practicing and teaching Bikram yoga. She is deeply committed to sharing her passion for this yoga, which has healed her on physical, emotional and spiritual levels very deeply. After becoming certified as a Bikram Yoga Teacher, she traveled extensively to gain teaching experience and to deepen her own practice. Her background includes dancer, educator, choreographer, and founder of the MJT Dance Company. She began practicing Bikram yoga in 2001 as the start of a new mid-life journey and graduated Teacher Training in Los Angeles, California in March, 2004. The teacher training experience was the most difficult and amazing period in her life, and she will always be grateful for this life-changing opportunity. She enjoys teaching and brings her passion for movement and body awareness into each class experience.
Jacqueline Rae Shorton
Bikram Yoga has opened my eyes to a whole other world that I never knew existed. I will never forget my first class October 27th 2009. A day that changed my life. I was pushed in a way that I had never been before. Being very competitive in almost everything I had done prior, this class kicked my ass! I kept coming because I needed to change, something had to give. This yoga gave me hope and helped me achieve what I never even dreamed possible. Slowly over time, things got easier; the breathing, balance, heat, the ability to look at myself in the mirror. It was incredible watching the transformation happen, while teaching me to fall in love with the girl staring back in the mirror, conquering my fears and making me a strong person, as well as giving me that mind and body connection. I know what Bikram Yoga has done for me, which is why I changed my whole life around to become a Bikram yoga teacher. I attended teacher training in LA in Spring 2013 so that I could bring my passion and love to help others in whatever way they need this healing yoga. Mind over matter – just step into the hot room and let the magic happen.
Prior to teaching yoga, Michelle worked as a certified early childhood educator at a daycare facility in MA. While she enjoyed her work, Michelle felt alienated by her healthy lifestyle and lacked connection with her co-workers. She had no direction in life , feeling little to no passion for anything she was doing. During her third year at the daycare, a parent approached Michelle about taking a Bikram yoga class. She immediately felt a strong connection to the yoga, loving the sweat and the elation she felt after each class.
After practicing for about a year, Michelle participated in her first Yoga Asana Championship, an experience that caused her to delve into her practice even more. She was seeing major changes in her physical and mental health, getting more flexible and less angry. She started making friends at the studio and arranging her schedule around getting to class, she knew she wanted this yoga to be her main focus. Michelle completed Teacher Training in Spring 2014 in Los Angles. She loves being able to share her passion for this life changing yoga with others and hopes to inspire students the way her teachers have inspired her.