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Hot Yoga Classic 90


This class is taught by:

Ted Davis

Ted's first experience of Bikram Yoga was 2001, attending class in his home town of Ottawa, Canada. A work colleague suggested he try it to help with some emotional difficulties he was experiencing. Thinking Yoga was only for the fit and the flexible, he had his reservations.  Neither fit nor flexible, Ted thought the idea of touching his toes was laughable. Thinking he had nothing to lose but some body fat and dignity, he went along with an open mind. What happened in that first class was unforgettable.  He struggled, fell over, nearly passed out. But afterwards, he wanted more. Ted knew instinctively that it was good for him and practiced on and off for a year, taking class as a tonic, but never really committing to a regular practice.

After moving to the UK, he lost contact with Bikram Yoga and tried many other Yoga methods, but never felt the astounding effect that he'd experienced with the Bikram sequence. Then in 2008 he began practicing Bikram again and in 2014, completed the intensive 500 hour Teacher Training course with Bikram and Rajashree Choudhury in Thailand.

"I love that Bikram’s yoga sequence is accessible to anyone, at any age, at any level of fitness, who wants to make a change in their life. Hidden within consistency and accuracy of attempting Bikram’s sequence of postures on a regular basis, lies the uncapped potential for a healthy mind, strong body, and a connected spirit."

Simon Goddard

A Brighton native, Simon's athletic endeavours began with him running laps at Withdean Stadium while Dad had a pint at The Sportsman. He played rugby at university (UCL), and took up competing in triathlon and endurance sports while living in New York including the Ironman distance. He was introduced to the Bikram series in 2006 while living in New York and used Bikram initially to supplement gym workouts which he disliked enormously. Over a period of 9 months he saw his body respond favourably to a regular practice of 3/4 times a week, and within a year was determined to go to the next level and put himself through teacher training. This experience gave him a new found desire to teach and share the series with a wider audience, recognising first hand the countless benefits for those that simply 'do the yoga'. Although he is still engaged with endurance sports, Bikram has become his primary work-out for body and mind, developing a greater sense of balance while providing strength and flexibility. Having witnessed first hand the effect of a regular practice on himself and his students, Simon walked away from +20 years as a media executive to open 'Bikram in the Lanes' with his wife; recognising the continuing rise in Bikram's popularity was born out of it's accessibility and applicability to everyone.

Lesley Fitzpatrick-Feurstein

Lesley's love affair started with her first class - it was literally love at first sweat! Having trained for the Brighton marathon the year before, Lesley felt her first class wouldn't be a huge challenge! At the end of the class she acknowledged she had worked harder in that 90 min class than in all of her marathon training. Previous yoga classes had left her frustrated and only reminded her of her own lack of flexibility, but the heated Bikram Series allowed Lesley a glimpse of what her body was actually capable of!

Bikram yoga made a tremendous impact on Lesley but not just physically. Lesley had spent the previous year recovering from depression after a lengthy battle with Leukaemia and although she knew her body had healed, mentally the fight had taken its toll. Recognising the psychological, emotional and physiological benefits of the practice almost immediately, Lesley has transformed her life since then. Wanting to share her love of the practice, she left behind a career in healthcare communications and a life of stress and qualified as a Bikram Yoga teacher at the Fall 2014 teacher training in Thailand.

Lesley says; "This yoga series does so much more for you than you think possible. For me, practicing regularly ensures I am the very best version of myself - at my most calm, most giving, most generous and most compassionate. I truly believe that if everyone practiced Bikram Yoga the world would be a better, safer and healthier place. I've seen first hand the amazing benefits of this series, from people who have given up on life to those desperately trying to recover from illness and injury - as Bikram says; "you're never too old, never too sick, never too late to start again"!

Tula Parker

Tula is an experienced, compassionate teacher, with first hand knowledge of working with a long term back injury. Practicing Hatha yoga since 1997 and Bikram yoga since 2004, she understands the importance of alignment, technique and calm breath.

Yoga is part of her daily life, she gets up, does her 5 Tibetans and is ready to go. She takes class as often as possible and practices her yoga homework regularly.

"I first tried yoga nearly 20 years ago because my back always used to hurt. It took a while to make sense but through repetition over time, slowly and surely yoga has changed my life and my body. I still work with back pain but its nothing like it was before yoga and working with an injury has taught me to be mindful in how I practice. I know how to keep people safe in their practice and watching people work though injuries is a huge inspiration to me."

After graduating from Teacher Training with Bikram Choudhury in 2006, Tula has attended Posture Workshops with Mary Jarvis, Esak Garcia, Craig Villani and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. She is also qualified to teach Pregnancy Yoga and practiced throughout her own pregnancy in 2008.

Tula also works as an illustrator, an occasional DJ and lives in Brighton with her partner and daughter. Her favourite yoga posture is Camel, with Tuladandasana a close second!

90 minutes, 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises practiced in 40% humidity and about 42 degrees Celsius so to be warmer than your internal body temperature thus increase oxygen levels in your blood, reduce inflammation, ease joint  pain and increase circulation so to rinse & rejuvenate every cell in your body.  

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat 19 Aug 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Ted Davis
  • Sat 19 Aug 11:00 am - 12:30 pm with Simon Goddard
  • Sat 19 Aug 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm with Lesley Fitzpatrick-Feurstein
  • Sun 20 Aug 9:00 am - 10:30 am with Lesley Fitzpatrick-Feurstein
  • Sun 20 Aug 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm with Ted Davis
  • Mon 21 Aug 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Simon Goddard
  • Mon 21 Aug 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Simon Goddard
  • Tue 22 Aug 7:00 am - 8:30 am with Tula Parker
  • Tue 22 Aug 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Ted Davis
  • Tue 22 Aug 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Lesley Fitzpatrick-Feurstein
  • Tue 22 Aug 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm with Tula Parker



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