Teachers

 

All of our teachers have attended the intensive Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Course and are certified Bikram method instructors.  Our teachers specialize in the 26 posture Bikram Beginners Series and are also regular practitioners of the 84 posture Advanced Series.  The BYHB teachers have been practicing for years, are continually learning, and are re-certified at Bikram Yoga College of India every three years.

 

We have a variety of wonderful teachers as well as visiting teachers and seminar leaders who share their knowledge and practice with our students.  Teachers come with diverse backgrounds, years of experience, and with their own regular Bikram practice.  

 

 

Our teachers and staff welcome you to our affiliated Bikram Yoga Studio.

 

 

 

 


















 

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More about Studio Director Donna Antonelli:

 

Donna has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2001.  She trained under the guidance of senior teacher Jason Winn and became a certified instructor in 2007.  She is a regular practitioner of Bikram’s Advanced Series and has studied at Bikram’s Yoga College of India under the direction of Bikram Choudhury and Principal teacher Emmy Cleaves. She has attended several advanced series seminars, Bikram Yoga retreats and workshops, and regularly teaches and attends classes at Bikram Yoga International Headquarters in Los Angeles.  Donna believes the 26 posture Bikram series is a foundation for maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit and this series is accessible to all levels of fitness and to all ages.

 

Donna has a Bachelor’s from Georgetown University and a Master’s from University of California, Irvine.   She speaks several languages and was formerly a French and German teacher.  She founded Bikram Yoga Huntington Beach in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Studio Owner Donna and teacher Polly practicing Camel Posture at 9 and 7 months pregnant.









Teacher Bio - Melissa Luyben


Melissa started practicing Bikram Yoga in February of 2004. Her instant love for Bikram Yoga encouraged her to sign up for a 3 week trip to India with Bikram and 40 other Bikram yogis in December of 2004. After that incredible trip she knew she wanted to be a Bikram Yoga teacher. Melissa attended the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles in the Spring of 2005. Since then Melissa has lived and taught at several studios in the United States: BY in Naperville, Illinois and BY in Williamsburg, NY. She has also taught at many of the studios in Southern California: BY Long Beach, BY Fullerton, BY Costa Mesa, and BY in Laguna Beach. Melissa attended the Advanced Seminar Series in Hawaii and has taken several advance classes at Bikram Yoga International Headquarters in Los Angeles. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State and recently graduated from Chapman University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Melissa began teaching in Huntington Beach in 2014 and loves the community at the BYHB studio. She is so grateful for the opportunity to teach at such an amazing studio and hopes to inspire others to practice Bikram Yoga and help them transform their lives daily with this powerful practice.

Teacher Bio - Lili Flores

In 2011, I was training to run the Los Angeles Marathon when I sprained my ankle. I was looking for a low impact work out when my sister encouraged me to take a Bikram Yoga class. Immediately, I was drawn in by the physical challenge of the practice. After a few classes I decided to sign up for a 30 day challenge. I was excited with the changes and improvements I seen in my flexibility, strength and mental focus. By the end of the month I knew I had found my passion. I year later I suffered a knee injury. It was then that the healing power of this yoga became more evident to me. I experienced mental and emotional benefits to a greater extent than I had before. I knew I wanted to share this beautiful healing practice with everyone. I completed Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Fall 2013 and have been teaching at several studios in Southern California.

 

 

Teacher Bio - Cecilia Swanson

 

Cecilia first tried Bikram Yoga in 2005, she had been long distance running for many years and having completed several marathons and half-marathons the intensity of the series appealed to her. It wasn't until 2008 and when Bikram Yoga became part of her daily life and after immersing herself in the practice, she noticed a sense of peace and calm it brought to her life. In 2009, she attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training.  Since graduating in 2009, she’s been sharing her passion of Bikram Yoga and helping students feel the amazing benefits of this practice and has seen how it has improved their lives on and off the mat.

 

 

Teacher Bio - Nadine Viseth

 

Nadine has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2004.  After returning home from 9 months in Europe, she noticed her clothes were not fitting like they used to.  After doing her usual routine at the gym for a few months and still not getting the results she wanted, she tried Bikram Yoga at the recommendation of a co-worker. 

 

After her first class (taken in heavy, red sweat pants) Nadine angrily vowed to never practice Bikram Yoga again.   After she regained her composure, she drove herself home.  On the way, she caught a look at herself in the rearview mirror and noticed one of the biggest, happiest smiles on her face she'd seen in a long time.  She went back the next day and in Fall of 2010, she attended Bikram's Yoga Teacher Training in San Diego.  Her passion still strong; she truly loves the 90-minute practice and hopes to inspire students to love their own practice.   

 

Teacher Bio - Michael Manalo

 

Michael started practicing Bikram's beginning series since September 2009. After discovering how much the practice has improved his life, he quit his job of 11 years to become a Bikram Yoga teacher and graduated in the spring of 2011. Shortly after graduating he started practicing the Advanced Series at Bikram Yoga International Headquarters in Los Angeles. In November of that same year, Michael began teaching in Bikram Yoga Huntington Beach. 

 

Michael's goal is to facilitate this life changing practice and attempt to inspire students the same way other teachers have inspired him. 

 

"Bikram Yoga does not give you what you want. It gives you what you need" - Emmy Cleaves 

 

Teacher Bio - Ali Piva

 

Ali took her first Bikram Yoga class in April of 2010 and was instantly hooked. Initially seeking the yoga as a physical workout, she was completely blown away by the mental aspect of the practice and the immediate peace of mind she felt during and after class. After a cross country move from South Coast Massachusetts to Northern California, Ali began to practice at Funky Door Yoga in Berkeley, CA and it was there she truly realized her passion for the practice; but more so her desire to share the yoga. She attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles in the Fall of 2012.  Ali is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 

Recently coming to Huntington Beach, Ali has taught at multiple studios in the San Francisco Bay Area and Orange County. She has practiced at studios on the east coast, across the continental US, and even in Sydney, Australia. She is truly grateful for the opportunity to teach and share the benefits of the yoga at BYHB alongside such incredible and inspiring teachers.