Get to know our team

Our team of Bikram Yoga instructors are certified, experienced, and passionate about supporting you to get all the healing and performance benefits of a yoga practice.

Leslie

STUDIO OWNER & INSTRUCTOR

Being the owner and director of Sweet Heat Hot Yoga is a culmination of my 30-year pursuit to help people preserve good health and vitality. I have a BS in kinesiology from San Diego State University, have been an ACSM-Certified Exercise Physiologist since 1999, and graduated from Bikram’s teacher training in the fall of 2000.

I began yoga 23 years ago as a cross-training vehicle to give my body a rest from other athletic pursuits. What I received in return for my efforts surpassed what I thought was possible from a yoga class. I learned to be a better person – to live in the world with honesty and integrity. Please join us to learn, grow, and explore your inner world in ways you may have never considered.

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Bikram Choudhury

Ashley

INSTRUCTOR

I began my yoga journey in 2011. I was looking for this kind of yoga; I just didn’t know it yet. Starting with the Intro special, I jumped on a 60-day challenge in 2012 – after that, I was hooked. I practiced as often as I could and watched as my life slowly transformed for the better.

This yoga is extremely challenging but worth every bit of effort you put into it. I became a certified Bikram Yoga instructor in 2014 to help people heal themselves through yoga. Anyone can try this class, and it’s my mission to teach and encourage the patience, self-control, faith, concentration, and determination required to succeed. See you in the hot room!

Janie

INSTRUCTOR

I’ve been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2009, first arriving in the hot room to explore healing options for my injured runner’s joints (hips, knees, lower back) while maintaining a challenging physical workout. This powerful series of asanas has offered me both and more. The studio quickly became my favorite place, a consistent high point of my day. When I walk out the door, I strive to maintain that magical yoga feeling (uplifted and grounded, strong and relaxed, focused and peaceful.) I completed my teacher training in September of 2018, and I’m deeply honored and grateful to bear witness and offer support to all students of this practice.

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Judy

Judy

INSTRUCTOR

Judy was not always a yoga teacher; she worked for 20 years in the semiconductor industry. She started practicing Bikram Yoga to relieve stress and stay in shape. It hit home on a business trip on 9/11; life is short, and you need to follow your passion. She loved Bikram Yoga but felt a need to explore the wide range of yoga options. In 2003, she completed a Yoga Alliance 200-hour teacher certification from the Carmel Yoga Center. It was a great introduction to the many styles of yoga, but deep in her heart, Judy knew her calling was Bikram Yoga. In January 2004, she moved to LA for nine weeks to study with Bikram Choudhury and received her teacher’s certification. Judy wants to share the physical and mental healing of Bikram Yoga with everyone. It’s more than getting fit; it’s about learning to listen to your body, realize you are stronger than you think, and follow your heart.

Melinda

INSTRUCTOR

Hello yogis. I completed teacher training in 2010 and have been teaching at studios in the South Bay since. I believe that these 26 asanas and two breathing techniques that we practice are life-changing. So much is accomplished in 90 minutes in the hot room. Our bodies and minds change as we dedicate ourselves to returning to the mat again and again. I practice meditation (zen/vipassana). For me, this is a perfect complement to the Bikram series. Bringing the mind into the body using the breath is a beautiful thing. I enjoy hiking, swimming in the ocean, boogie boarding, and taking care of two goats, two puppies, and one husband. I look forward to meeting you all in the Sweet Heat hot room – namaste.

Melinda
Mike

Mike

INSTRUCTOR & MAINTENANCE

I’ve been practicing yoga since 2006 and switched to hot yoga in 2007. I always feel accomplished on the days that I practice, and it complements the other activities that I like to do. I graduated from Ghosh Yoga‘s teacher training program in the Summer of 2022.

Michael

INSTRUCTOR & MARKETING

Bikram Yoga helps me soothe and strengthen old injuries and age gracefully. It’s a moving meditation that requires focus and offers awareness, and for all that, I’m hooked! I work in marketing and communications and recently started to teach. I love to encourage and help others to heal their bodies and transform their lives.

Michael