“You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from scratch once again.” - Bikram Choudhury
Frannie Rochat has practiced yoga for nearly twenty years. In 1998, while working as a fixed income trader in London, a friend introduced her to the practice and she was immediately drawn to its physical and psychological health benefits. As Frannie continued to work and raise her young family, she found Bikram Yoga offered a much appreciated sense of balance and well being. Her passion for this unique practice led her to train as an instructor in 2006. Over the years Frannie has worked at several local studios including Yoga Center of Greenwich, Bikram Yoga in Scarsdale, and she has held yoga workshops in local schools. She also established a studio in her home where she developed a loyal and enthusiastic following. In the Spring of 2013, with the support of her family, community, and yoga mentors she took her training to another level and immersed herself in Bikram’s rigorous nine-week Teacher Training. Frannie’s style of teaching combines years of intense training with some of the nation’s leading yoga instructors and a close study of Bikram’s hatha yoga postures and their benefits. She brings an unwavering level of commitment, discipline, passion, and joy to every class and has amassed a broad following of adults and teens. Frannie lives in Rye, New York with her husband, four children, and chocolate lab.
Steven’s journey into yoga started at the age of 18, then suffering from a junkyard body and screw loose brain (to put it lightly) he was looking to better himself. Being 50 lbs over weight and depressed, he knew if he wanted things to change he was going to have to change the things he was doing (and thinking). But never could he have imagined the growth and peace that would find him. Today he shares his love and passion, teaching all over NY’s many boroughs, giving back to something that has given him so much. It doesn’t matter what brings you into the hot room, de-stressing, detoxifying or a tighter butt ;), you’re going to get more then you could’ve hoped for. Let us show you!
I wasn't exactly the 'yogi type' when I took my first class back in 2010. All my body knew was sports and hardcore trainings, which actually broke my body down. My first class was taken with my mom when I was only 15, I thought to myself 'how hard could this be if I'm so active?'... So I walked in with confidence, set up my mat, and was ready for action. My first class was led by Richard Pike and he killed me, I didn't think there was a way out, especially because how determined I was to get through. I powered through for the longest hour and a half drenched, face beat red, counting down the seconds until it was over. After class, I thanked him and he told me that he'd see me tomorrow so that's when I came back, and I was hooked. I never thought that my broken down knees and shoulders would get better and I knew that the heat combined with the well-thought-out postures that my body was on its road to recovery. I loved the way this yoga challenged me mentally, physically, and emotionally; and that's why I'm still here now. Every time I take class, I go into the room with different feelings, emotions, or aches, and and every time I come out feeling like a new person! I knew Bikram yoga was for me so I jumped on the teacher training boat in Spring 2014. I'm so passionate about my job and Bikram Yoga, and I'm sure if you give it a shot you'd love it too! See you in the hot room!
Myrna took her first Bikram Yoga class Saturday, Novemeber 22, 2008 (yes....she remembers the date!!!!....it was a 10am class) and by the time the first set of Pranayama Breathing was done (just 10 inhales/exhales) she knew she wanted to be a Bikram Yoga Instructor! Almost 4 years to the date of that fabulous first class, Myrna graduated from Bikram Yoga Fall 2012 Teacher Training in Los Angeles.
She continues to grow and be challenged in her own practice, as well as in her teaching. Myrna is totally excited to be a part of the Bikram Yoga Rye Brook community and is looking forward to seeing YOU there!!!!
I have been practicing Bikram Yoga regularly since 2010. I started at Bikram Yoga Park Slope and watched my whole life change within those studio walls. I decided to quit my job as a fashion designer and attend the Fall 2013 Teacher Training and I never looked back. I teach in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Westchester, which is also where I live with my family.
Carolyn’s love for yoga began as a child, waking up before Sesame Street most mornings to do yoga with Lilias Folan on PBS. Her practice matured as a freshman in college when she began an Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga practice which she maintained for 6 years, attending training courses through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. In 2006 Carolyn found Bikram Yoga and fell in love. In 2009 she completed the 9 week training and began teaching full time. After a year of intense mentor-ship and advanced asana training in Buffalo, NY, Carolyn traveled the northeastern United States teaching and settled in Larchmont, NY, where she managed a yoga studio for several years. Carolyn is a Yoga Alliance 200 hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT200). When she's not teaching or practicing yoga, Carolyn works in research at Fordham University and is pursuing a masters degree in social work. Carolyn is also an avid runner and rock climber.
I am originally from Prague in the Czech Republic. I first started practicing Yoga and Meditation at home by myself in my twenties, and without even knowing it, I started something that would change my live forever.
In the winter of 2001 I was in a skiing accident where I tore my ACL and MCL. My injuries persisted through 2007, when I experienced an additional knee dislocation along with being diagnosed with Chondromalacia in both knees. These injuries, along with multiple surgeries, caused me to fall out of my Yoga practice for several years. By 2009, after a painful and slow recovery, I lost confidence and trust in my physical therapy! It was then my very good friend Emily, who I wish to thank, introduced me to Bikram Yoga. I knew nothing of what to expect going into my first class and found it extremely difficult. I was not sure that I wanted to come back. But soon I discovered that the 26 postures felt amazing for my knees and the healing process, both physically and mentally, began. As my body continued to heal, I became a dedicated practitioner. This led me to teacher training in LA in the fall 2011. I have taught almost every day since, in studios throughout the country and The Czech republic.
I have found continued growth through my passion for Yoga as it has connected me to my higher self through mind, body and spirit. My education has not stopped there, as I am now a certified life coach helping yogis take what they learn on the mat and applying it to every day life.
Yoga makes my life complete and keeps me mentally and physically healthy. I like to share, motivate and encourage others to try this unique way to find balance in life. Yoga is a union of the body and mind. It is for anybody. Simply start where you are and let your yoga journey unfold.
I attended Bikram Yoga teacher training Spring 2014. I began practicing Bikram yoga in 2009. After my first week of classes I found that this form of yoga was beneficial to my knee and hip injury after years of playing football at Northeastern University where accumulating numerous records as a running back. About a month into the practice I was feeling more energized, patient, and focused. I found this yoga practice a really good balance combining endurance training, loosening up tight muscles, and fixing a broken body. I coached the Mamaroneck High School football team but now teach Bikram Yoga fulltime.
Andrew Rochat is the business manager, accountant, and my true love. Thank you Andrew for believing in me.
Starting from left to right we have Lucie Rochat, you will often see Lucie behind a camera, she is responsible for the social media for BYRB but not to worry she will never post a picture without your permission.
Maisie Rochat is a friendly, enthusiastic staff member; you can count on Maisie to greet you with a smile.
Andy Rochat is BYRB’s technical support; he can work out any computer glitches. Thanks to Andy, guests will have wifi.
Katie Rochat is the retail merchandise head coordinator, she will do her best to make sure we have the latest and the greatest yoga apparel and accessories.