Hot 26


This class is taught by:

Patrick McGownd

When I walked into the Anchorage Yoga hot room on May 1, 2012, I had no idea what to expect. When I walked out a little over 90 minutes later I was unsure about what I had just experienced, but I loved it. What a wonderful and challenging introduction to Melanie and Bikram yoga. Soon, I knew I wanted to teach. I am grateful for the guidance and support I have received from Melanie, Rick and Hollie for my ever developing personal Bikram yoga practice as well as my desire to become a teacher. As a personal reward for my retirement after 37 years, during September and October of 2014 I trained with Sterling Hot Yoga Works in Puerto Morelos, Mexico and completed my 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification. At this point in my life I am particularly aware of the physical limits of my body in general and my balance and lumbar spine specifically. This yoga has helped to mitigate issues I face with my lumbar spine and to also bring a new and welcome stillness to my life. As a teacher I can appreciate the practitioner struggling within their own limitations. I hope to impart the satisfaction of progress found in one’s own personal practice and the patience to continue to work hard. Anchorage Yoga is a happy place to be and I am happy to be a member of the team.

Rick Resnick

Rick is one of Alaska's most recognizable yoga teachers, with over 20 years of teaching experience. He first certified with Bikram Choudhury in 1996. He has since trained with teachers as diverse as Sonia Sumar (Yoga for the Special Needs Child) to Jimmy Barkan (Barkan Method of Hot Yoga) appreciating the commonality in thoughts, in language, and in spirit. Rick believes that Yoga works to strengthen all aspects of ourselves. " With dedication to our practice we find the pathways to physical health, mental clarity and emotional stability, but it is not without work."

Sara Forbes-Hall

I’m an active person who spends a lot of my time outside. Growing up I was a dancer and a gymnast until I realized the damage I was causing to my joints. I was challenged by my best friend to take my first Bikram Yoga class back in 2006, and after a couple of classes I fell in love with the practice; I could feel the difference in my body and joints. I attended the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training Program in L.A. in the fall of 2012 and ever since, I’ve been sharing my learnings and practice with students. I’ve studied Health Science and Human Anatomy which influences my teachings as I focus on the alignment and structure of the body throughout my practice. My classes are fun and happy and I’m always here to encourage, teach, and discuss yoga with anyone; novice to experienced.

Sara Villafuerte

I started practicing yoga in 2012 at Anchorage Yoga. I knew after my first class that my life was never going to be the same. My yoga journey will be life long and has been the most humbling yet uplifting experience that is always growing and ever changing. I attended Anchorage Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 to deepen my personal practice and understanding of yoga. In July and August of 2015, I completed Sterling Hot Yoga Works Teacher Training in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. The community at Anchorage Yoga is amazing, like nothing I have ever experienced. The love and support I have from everyone, including teachers and students, is unparalleled. Yoga fills my cup when I am empty and allows me to give more of myself to my family and be a better mom. Yoga continually helps me find balance in my body, mind, and soul and has taught me always to try and just be present in the moment.
(all levels) Based off of the Bikram series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises practiced in a room heated to 102. The heat and humidity allow for the body to stretch more deeply and safely, increase circulation to facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal, and helps us detoxify. It systematically stimulates the organs, glands, and nervous system and moves freshly oxygenated blood to 100% of the body.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Dec 12 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Patrick McGownd
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Wed Dec 13 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Rick Resnick
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  • Thu Dec 14 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Rick Resnick
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  • Fri Dec 15 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Sara Forbes-Hall
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  • Sun Dec 17 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Rick Resnick
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  • Sun Dec 17 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Sara Forbes-Hall
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  • Mon Dec 18 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Rick Resnick
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  • Mon Dec 18 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm with Sara Forbes-Hall
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  • Tue Dec 19 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Rick Resnick
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  • Wed Dec 20 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Rick Resnick
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  • Thu Dec 21 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Rick Resnick
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  • Fri Dec 22 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Sara Forbes-Hall
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  • Sat Dec 23 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with Sara Villafuerte
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  • Sun Dec 24 8:00 am - 9:30 am with Rick Resnick
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  • Tue Dec 26 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm with Rick Resnick
    at Anchorage Yoga
  • Wed Dec 27 10:00 am - 11:30 am with Rick Resnick
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