Susie McLagan

Susie McLagan

Director

Susie McLagan, a.k.a. “Mom.” but not the lunching-making soccer mom, more like a container full of possibility to cultivate growth. She will tell you that through yoga, “We can heal, we can change, and we deserve to feel well and to be joyful.”

Susie took her first Bikram Yoga Class at Bikram Yoga Bend, Feb. 2nd, 2004 and never looked back. A personal trainer at that time, she knew within two weeks teaching The Original Hot/Bikram style Yoga was her destiny. She became a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher in 2009, purchasing Bikram Yoga Bend, (now Bend Hot Yoga) in 2012.

Susie believes the best teachers are always learning, humble and open to change for the better. She says, “A great teacher is mutable. Every student has a lesson for me. I have made it a point to surround myself with a community that challenges me to learn more so I can give more. The students and my teacher peers are always teaching me. This yoga practice is a series of asanas that are pure magic and creates transformation. I see it every single day. The discipline and integrity supports growth (physically and Spiritually) which in turn supports more self-awareness and confidence.”

She goes on to say, “Yoga is Union, uniting every little thing we do. We have the choice to make decisions based on wellness in all areas of our lives. I am committed to holding space for you to practice, be YOU and go back into the world more united.”

Kathy Durham

Kathy Durham

Manager

Kathy’s greatest inspiration is driven by her students’ continuous effort and desire to further their own personal goals. She takes every opportunity she can to relate her perspective with students and that connection provides her with the motivation to remain engrossed, intrigued and humbled by the gift of yoga, health and wellness. She has achieved personal transformation over the last ten years, much of which she contributes to consistent practice. She says of her first class, “All of my buried anxiety, frustration, depression and suffering began to melt away with the first deep inhale and exhale.” Kathy has competed on a national level and placed 3rd in 2008 and 8th in 2014. She continues to travel, attend workshops, teach workshops and contribute to the larger yoga community, and we are thrilled to have her back at Bikram Yoga Bend.

Wendy Schmitt

Wendy Schmitt

Assistant Manager

Wendy has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2002 and completed her Teacher Training in spring of 2004.  She gracefully meets every moment with potential for connection and uses her unique ability to bridge health, discipline, community and passion to inspire you to become more of YOU!  She believes growth and transformation in the spirit allows living a life that is full of possibilities.

In addition to teaching yoga, she discovers more wisdom through courses and programs.  Currently she is studying Astrology to further embody the mysteries of the universe. Her spare time is spent outside with her daughter, friends, family, and dog.  Rock climbing, hiking, camping, being on the water teaches her more ways to commune with the sun, moon, and the cycles of nature.

She is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Qoya Movement Teacher, leads ritual, sound healing,  Women’s circles, workshops, retreats, manages a personal business endeavors, and is a Labor Doula.  Her class will support your individual goals and support the collective group energy. Wendy invites all students to feel into and create the opportunities of each moment physically, emotionally, and energetically. She looks forward to meeting you and supporting you on your yogic journey soon!

Beth Lyons

Beth Lyons

Beth’s kindness and wisdom show in every class she leads. Beth personally witnessed the healing power of Bikram yoga for New York-based survivors of the 9/11 attacks. Wanting to help in that healing process, she completed her teaching training in Los Angeles in 2002 and became certified in many other yoga styles.

In addition, Beth is a NAMA Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master. Visit her website ayurvedabend.com to learn about her healing philosophy and upcoming workshops. Beth practices ashiatsu, hot stone, Lomilomi, orthobiotomy, orthopedic, prenatal, Shiatsu, Swedish and Thai. Yes, she really knows how the body moves!  

A native of Ohio trained in India, Hawai’i, Thailand and New York City, Beth offers a unique blend of expertise and passion for healing. Beth resides in Bend and works as a provider at Weeks Family Medicine www.weeksfamilymedicine.com . She lives with her husband Paul and their children Lucia and Jack.

Michael Harris

Michael Harris

During Michael’s class you will experience the practice and power of yoga in a whole new way. Part of his superpowers are a deep understanding of the mind/body interaction and helping others recognize their own inner strength and healing power. Michael is one of the first 100 Bikram Yoga Teachers – attending training in 1998, and he has helped train literally thousands of teachers and thousands of students. Michael’s uplifting teaching style will inspire you to experience a deep grounded yoga practice.
In addition to teaching yoga, Michael has a popular podcast www.FallingUPRadio.com  He is a business coach, speaker and author of the 2012 Amazon #1 Bestselling Yoga book, “Falling Down Getting UP”. This book is his personal experience of healing multiple life threatening health issues through the practice of yoga. In his spare time you will find him enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer. He especially enjoys discovering and hiking new remote locations.
Marlene Covey

Marlene Covey

Teacher

Marlene’s interest in yoga began as a journey to heal. Working long hours for decades as a physician was a natural part of her exacting a physically demanding career. After moving to Bend in 2007, she unearthed a passion for yoga which lent itself to healing, self-discovery and ultimately self-fulfillment. As a result of her transformation, Marlene was inspired to share her passion and guide others on a path toward healing through their own rewarding yogic experiences. She completed her 200 and 300 hour YTT at The Yoga Lab in Bend. In June 2017 she completed a 120 hour teaching intensive gaining certification to teach Next Level 90 Intermediate Class at Bikram Yoga. She has also attended Bikram Choudhury’s and Esak Garcia’s advanced yoga posture clinics, Jedi Training back bending clinic also with Esak Garcia, completed the Masters’ Core Workshop with Tony Sanchez and hot yoga intensive with Gianna Purcell. Her goal is to challenge students to lay the groundwork for physical growth so they can realize their full potential. Come take a class and allow her to motivate you on your personal journey toward good health and healing.

Molly Cornell

Molly Cornell

Teacher

Take Molly’s IHP class and you can’t help but have a great time while working your hardest. Molly shines on the podium, encouraging her students to work at their highest level while at the same time making the class so fun you can’t wait for her next class!

Molly recently moved from the Northeast to Bend with her husband Andrew. She and Andrew have 3 grown children and are excitied about starting a new chapter in their life here in Central Oregon. She owned a hot studio for 6 years where she taught Bikram Yoga, Baptiste vinyasa and Inferno Hot Pilates. Currently she works for Nomad Business Coaching helping yoga studio owners take their businesses to the next level.  

Welcome Molly Cornell from Pennsylvania!

Ali Hallock

Ali Hallock

Teacher

Ali’s Original Hot Yoga class is straight forward and sweet. Her conviction and passion for what she does is evident in every class making you feel seen and confident. She really turns on inspiration in her Inferno Hot Pilates class, motivating you to keep moving and work your hardest!

Born and raised in sunny California, Ali moved to Virginia at 17 and lived there for 15 years. She and her husband moved to Bend two years ago. “I’ve been practicing Bikram yoga for 10 years and teaching for 7. My husband and I and our 3 dogs have traveled around the country a lot in the past 10 years and having Bikram yoga available almost everywhere we’ve been makes every new place feel like home. This practice keeps me grounded and brings so much joy into my life. I will practice forever.

Edward Silver

Edward Silver

Teacher

Ed has full faith in the traditional, natural healing systems of India: Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotish and Vastu. Ed’s class will motivate you to “heal yourself” with the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises we practice daily at the studio, which have been sequenced and selected from the original 84 postures mentioned as having been originally taught by “Lord Shiva to the Sun God”  in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. After teacher training in 2011, Ed spent a lot of time practicing and teaching this system, finding some mentorship and inspiration from Joel Pier (Chaitanya Jivan Das) and Mary Jarvis. Ed enjoys encouraging his students to “practice yoga and be very, very hopeful” (Balarama Chandra Das), and believes that this yoga practice is “Yoga Cure” and “Yoga Panacea”. Ed feels a strong soul connection to the motherland which Bends along the Deschutes River; enjoys practicing, teaching, encouraging and being encouraged by the yoga community at the studio; and loves to be in the mountain bike trails in and around this heavenly town, which is supported by Bend Hot Yoga Wellness Center.

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