Witnessing the inquiring minds of fellow students and seeing those extraordinary “ah-ha” moments is what keeps Heather inspired as a teacher. She has experienced first hand the transformative benefits of using a yoga practice to facilitate healing. Heather took her first yoga class in 2008 in an effort to “try anything” to reduce a lifetime of chronic back pain. A few months later the pain was gone – and the healing didn’t stop there. In 2015 Heather underwent a pelvic reconstruction surgery to re-build her hip socket after debilitating pain developed from hip dysplasia. She went from wheelchair to Standing Bow Pose again through yoga postures in a chair and a deep sense of calm determination that had been fostered from years of a consistent yoga practice. She is no stranger to a recovery process.
She claims of her beginning years in yoga, “my practice shifted from a very physically-oriented class to an overall sense of well-being – I slept better, ate better, built self-confidence, and came out of my shell.” Heather went to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 – and has been teaching – and eager to continue learning – ever since. In 2017 she attended Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher Training and loves to experience the way pilates complements a yoga practice.
Heather loves to spend time outside – deep in the mountains hiking, rock climbing, and snowboarding. A connection with the Earth is important to her. She becomes even more grounded and aware in her yoga practice through a connection to nature. She also uses yoga as an incredible active recovery method from big efforts in the mountains.
Although very serious about the yoga, she will bring a youthful life and exuberance to the class…and maybe even a joke or two. She says, “I am constantly humbled by this gift of yoga and love how fantastically individual a yoga practice is – but at the same time uniting us all as one.”
Teacher, 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!
Inferno Hot Pilates, Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa, Original Hot Yoga
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.
Inferno Hot Pilates, Yin, Vinyasa
Jessica is a former 12 year Military Veteran turned Yogi/Personal Trainer. Being in the Army was hands down one of the greatest physical and mental challenges in Jessica’s years around the sun. It, along with yoga, has transformed her life in ways she would have never thought.
Following Jessica’s time in the military she began exploring the gentler more “Yin” side of fitness. Jessica says, “Being rather new to the world of yoga I had a first-hand experience of an eye opening transformational moment during a yoga retreat. At the time I had no idea that this was just the beginning of my current journey into personal training, teaching and all things fitness related. Finally finding the mind-body balance I had been seeking.”
Always having been an avid fan of anything fitness related, and seeking new challenges in order to grow she decided to dive in head first to what felt like her calling. She received her 200 hour YTT in Costa Rica in 2018 then expanded from there to receive an additional 150 hours combined Yin Yoga intensive training through Tula Movement Arts in Bend OR and Asheville NC Yoga Center. She then went on to receive her Personal Training certificate through IFPA along with XGT certification and Inferno Hot Pilates training, all providing even further extensive knowledge into HIIT, Boot Camp, circuit style workouts and more. Jessica offers knowledge through real life experience, practice and trainings/certifications.
Jessica says, “I am a believer in practicing a variety of fitness modalities keeping the body young and vital. Exercise truly can be fun, it just depends upon the ‘lens’ you choose to look out of. Mindset to mastery. I find passion and joy from helping others grow and heal through breath & movement as I once did. Being witness to that transformation of students becoming their next higher self through work and determination is hands down one the biggest rewards I have found as a coach, trainer, teacher and guide.”
“Shine Bright. Stay Strong. Love Big”
Physical Therapist, Inferno Hot Pilates
Susie is a Licensed Physical Therapist with experience working in outpatient orthopedics, inpatient acute care and rehab settings. She has extensive training in manual therapy, and strength & exercise progression.
With a lifelong passion for physical fitness, including indoor and outdoor volleyball, and running she found her way into Bend Hot Yoga in 2015. Susie claims “I instinctively knew for several years before I entered the studio that I would love hot yoga, but was intimidated and never considered myself a “yoga person,” which is evident by my tight hamstrings from all the running!” However, she was hooked after her first class! Susie loves the heat, sweat, and to workout – claiming it as the perfect trifecta.
When Inferno Hot Pilates was brought to BHY, Susie jumped on the opportunity to bridge her Physical Therapy knowledge with group exercise. Her love for IHP seamlessly translates in the way she teaches students to connect with their bodies in order to gain strength, body confidence, and fitness. Her approach to teaching is enthusiastic and genuine!
Susie’s favorite time of year is summer time with the long hours of daylight to get outside and run by the river, or to get up in the High Lakes on a trail.
One of Susie’s favorite quotes: “No One Cares How Much You Know, Until They Know How Much You Care” –D. Keith Kleven.
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’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.