STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

Andrea White

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My husband and I began our Bikram Yoga practice in 2009 at Regina’s Yoga Health Center (old location). We were so happy to have survived the first class and since then we were hooked. We have also practiced Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga.

We enjoy the health and fitness benefits of our Yoga practice. It has increased our flexibility and strength. In addition, helps with our focus and stress levels. We also enjoy the Cardio Core and Core Sculpt classes the new facility now offers

We have been married for 35 years going on 36 this year. We have four grown children and 6 wonderful grandchildren and 2 dogs. We enjoy traveling, exercising together, which includes: yoga, boxing, golfing, basketball, skateboarding, walking, etc. Most don’t think we’ve been together that long by looking at us. We strongly feel that our Yoga practice contributes to being youthful.
What do you love about Yoga Health Center? We enjoy being a part of the Yoga Health Center because of the unique environment Regina and Bob have created for their members. They have 15-day and 30-day challenges during the year and special classes held on weekends to add to the variety of classes they offer. They have exceptional instructors and the staff at the front desk are always helpful and friendly, We enjoy the new friendships we developed since re-joining their new facility. Their facility is always well maintained and clean and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.





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Nichole Herbert

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My first Bikram class was in 2011 when I lived in Hermosa Beach. It was all I could do to stay in the room and spent a good portion of class lying on my back trying not to cry. I was surprised at the intensity and surprised I already looked forward to my next class. I liked the structured sequence of poses, silent meditation, and focus on breathing. It is definitely not a race. I tried other forms of yoga but found my flexibility (or lack of) required too many straps, blocks, and other training aides. The heated Bikram room was friendlier for me so as a lifelong athlete I was inspired to incorporate Bikram into my lifestyle and began my practice. I like I little bit of motion every day so added Bikram in between cycling, volleyball, rollerblading, skiing, the gym, and golf. In 2014, my wife and I relocated from Hermosa Beach to San Carlos. I practiced at various Bikram studios around Silicon Valley from Los Gatos, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose to San Mateo not realizing Yoga Health Center was in my own backyard. I’ve been a member here since October 2015 and don’t plan on leaving any time soon. After pushing past 50 a few years back, I’m counting on Bikram to help me fight the good fight. Decades of volleyball has taken its toll on my knees and shoulders, so I was happy to trade in volleyball at the beach for hiking in the Belmont Open Space Preserve. I also love cycling up Kings Mountain Road. During the 20-minute climb I channel my inner Bikram breath to keep my legs pumping. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I’m thankful for Regina and her incredible Team at Yoga Health Center. Each class is an opportunity to learn and grow. Each teacher provides a unique perspective. This past year I expanded beyond Bikram to fitness classes with Val, Susan and Robin. It’s wonderful to have so many great class options. Note to self: do not follow a Bikram class with Core Sculpt... it felt like that first day in Hermosa Beach with me lying on my back trying not to cry. It does work the other way around though with a Fitness Class followed by a Bikram (thank you Robin).

Finally, I’d like to wish Regina continued success with the expansion. The studio was great to begin with so will be even more so in a few short months.





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Gloria

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My first Bikram class was in 2011 when I lived in Hermosa Beach. It was all I could do to stay in the room and spent a good portion of class lying on my back trying not to cry. I was surprised at the intensity and surprised I already looked forward to my next class. I liked the structured sequence of poses, silent meditation, and focus on breathing. It is definitely not a race. I tried other forms of yoga but found my flexibility (or lack of) required too many straps, blocks, and other training aides. The heated Bikram room was friendlier for me so as a lifelong athlete I was inspired to incorporate Bikram into my lifestyle and began my practice. I like I little bit of motion every day so added Bikram in between cycling, volleyball, rollerblading, skiing, the gym, and golf. In 2014, my wife and I relocated from Hermosa Beach to San Carlos. I practiced at various Bikram studios around Silicon Valley from Los Gatos, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose to San Mateo not realizing Yoga Health Center was in my own backyard. I’ve been a member here since October 2015 and don’t plan on leaving any time soon. After pushing past 50 a few years back, I’m counting on Bikram to help me fight the good fight. Decades of volleyball has taken its toll on my knees and shoulders, so I was happy to trade in volleyball at the beach for hiking in the Belmont Open Space Preserve. I also love cycling up Kings Mountain Road. During the 20-minute climb I channel my inner Bikram breath to keep my legs pumping. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I’m thankful for Regina and her incredible Team at Yoga Health Center. Each class is an opportunity to learn and grow. Each teacher provides a unique perspective. This past year I expanded beyond Bikram to fitness classes with Val, Susan and Robin. It’s wonderful to have so many great class options. Note to self: do not follow a Bikram class with Core Sculpt... it felt like that first day in Hermosa Beach with me lying on my back trying not to cry. It does work the other way around though with a Fitness Class followed by a Bikram (thank you Robin).

Finally, I’d like to wish Regina continued success with the expansion. The studio was great to begin with so will be even more so in a few short months.





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Rachael Abney

Melanie

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I was born and raised in Center City, Philadelphia with my three sisters. I attended a Quaker school and grew up playing basketball and skateboarding. I moved to the Bay Area 20 years ago to work in technology. When did you start doing yoga? I was introduced to Bikram Yoga about 17 years ago, when my roommate was attending teacher training in Los Angeles. Over the past nine months, I have begun to practice hot yoga on a regular basis at YHC and the results have been wonderful. The practice has brought me many kinds of benefits. Notably, I have felt a significant reduction in the lower back and neck pain that I have experienced regularly for the past ten years. Moreover, my emotional well-being and mental clarity have never been better. The practice constantly provides me much-needed balance and resilience, both physically and emotionally. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? My favorite class is hot yoga weekdays at 6:00 am. My favorite pose is standing bow-pulling pose. I feel I’m most present and focused during this pose. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The entire YHC staff has always made me feel welcomed and valued. The different instructors bring a diversity of teaching styles and approaches to the classes which I believe lends to a fuller practice. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I once fell asleep in Savasana before a Sunday morning class got started. My snoring woke me up and several people were giggling. I can promise that will NOT happen again! ;) Favorite Quote "We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started." —T.S. Eliot





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Fernando and Lucy Montilla

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My husband and I began our Bikram Yoga practice in 2009 at Regina’s Yoga Health Center (old location). We were so happy to have survived the first class and since then we were hooked. We have also practiced Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga.

We enjoy the health and fitness benefits of our Yoga practice. It has increased our flexibility and strength. In addition, helps with our focus and stress levels. We also enjoy the Cardio Core and Core Sculpt classes the new facility now offers

We have been married for 35 years going on 36 this year. We have four grown children and 6 wonderful grandchildren and 2 dogs. We enjoy traveling, exercising together, which includes: yoga, boxing, golfing, basketball, skateboarding, walking, etc. Most don’t think we’ve been together that long by looking at us. We strongly feel that our Yoga practice contributes to being youthful.
What do you love about Yoga Health Center? We enjoy being a part of the Yoga Health Center because of the unique environment Regina and Bob have created for their members. They have 15-day and 30-day challenges during the year and special classes held on weekends to add to the variety of classes they offer. They have exceptional instructors and the staff at the front desk are always helpful and friendly, We enjoy the new friendships we developed since re-joining their new facility. Their facility is always well maintained and clean and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.





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Joel and Joy Kellman

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My husband and I began our Bikram Yoga practice in 2009 at Regina’s Yoga Health Center (old location). We were so happy to have survived the first class and since then we were hooked. We have also practiced Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga.

We enjoy the health and fitness benefits of our Yoga practice. It has increased our flexibility and strength. In addition, helps with our focus and stress levels. We also enjoy the Cardio Core and Core Sculpt classes the new facility now offers

We have been married for 35 years going on 36 this year. We have four grown children and 6 wonderful grandchildren and 2 dogs. We enjoy traveling, exercising together, which includes: yoga, boxing, golfing, basketball, skateboarding, walking, etc. Most don’t think we’ve been together that long by looking at us. We strongly feel that our Yoga practice contributes to being youthful.
What do you love about Yoga Health Center? We enjoy being a part of the Yoga Health Center because of the unique environment Regina and Bob have created for their members. They have 15-day and 30-day challenges during the year and special classes held on weekends to add to the variety of classes they offer. They have exceptional instructors and the staff at the front desk are always helpful and friendly, We enjoy the new friendships we developed since re-joining their new facility. Their facility is always well maintained and clean and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.





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Betsy

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My first Bikram class was in 2011 when I lived in Hermosa Beach. It was all I could do to stay in the room and spent a good portion of class lying on my back trying not to cry. I was surprised at the intensity and surprised I already looked forward to my next class. I liked the structured sequence of poses, silent meditation, and focus on breathing. It is definitely not a race. I tried other forms of yoga but found my flexibility (or lack of) required too many straps, blocks, and other training aides. The heated Bikram room was friendlier for me so as a lifelong athlete I was inspired to incorporate Bikram into my lifestyle and began my practice. I like I little bit of motion every day so added Bikram in between cycling, volleyball, rollerblading, skiing, the gym, and golf. In 2014, my wife and I relocated from Hermosa Beach to San Carlos. I practiced at various Bikram studios around Silicon Valley from Los Gatos, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose to San Mateo not realizing Yoga Health Center was in my own backyard. I’ve been a member here since October 2015 and don’t plan on leaving any time soon. After pushing past 50 a few years back, I’m counting on Bikram to help me fight the good fight. Decades of volleyball has taken its toll on my knees and shoulders, so I was happy to trade in volleyball at the beach for hiking in the Belmont Open Space Preserve. I also love cycling up Kings Mountain Road. During the 20-minute climb I channel my inner Bikram breath to keep my legs pumping. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I’m thankful for Regina and her incredible Team at Yoga Health Center. Each class is an opportunity to learn and grow. Each teacher provides a unique perspective. This past year I expanded beyond Bikram to fitness classes with Val, Susan and Robin. It’s wonderful to have so many great class options. Note to self: do not follow a Bikram class with Core Sculpt... it felt like that first day in Hermosa Beach with me lying on my back trying not to cry. It does work the other way around though with a Fitness Class followed by a Bikram (thank you Robin).

Finally, I’d like to wish Regina continued success with the expansion. The studio was great to begin with so will be even more so in a few short months.





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Gregory Peck

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My first Bikram class was in 2011 when I lived in Hermosa Beach. It was all I could do to stay in the room and spent a good portion of class lying on my back trying not to cry. I was surprised at the intensity and surprised I already looked forward to my next class. I liked the structured sequence of poses, silent meditation, and focus on breathing. It is definitely not a race. I tried other forms of yoga but found my flexibility (or lack of) required too many straps, blocks, and other training aides. The heated Bikram room was friendlier for me so as a lifelong athlete I was inspired to incorporate Bikram into my lifestyle and began my practice. I like I little bit of motion every day so added Bikram in between cycling, volleyball, rollerblading, skiing, the gym, and golf. In 2014, my wife and I relocated from Hermosa Beach to San Carlos. I practiced at various Bikram studios around Silicon Valley from Los Gatos, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose to San Mateo not realizing Yoga Health Center was in my own backyard. I’ve been a member here since October 2015 and don’t plan on leaving any time soon. After pushing past 50 a few years back, I’m counting on Bikram to help me fight the good fight. Decades of volleyball has taken its toll on my knees and shoulders, so I was happy to trade in volleyball at the beach for hiking in the Belmont Open Space Preserve. I also love cycling up Kings Mountain Road. During the 20-minute climb I channel my inner Bikram breath to keep my legs pumping. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I’m thankful for Regina and her incredible Team at Yoga Health Center. Each class is an opportunity to learn and grow. Each teacher provides a unique perspective. This past year I expanded beyond Bikram to fitness classes with Val, Susan and Robin. It’s wonderful to have so many great class options. Note to self: do not follow a Bikram class with Core Sculpt... it felt like that first day in Hermosa Beach with me lying on my back trying not to cry. It does work the other way around though with a Fitness Class followed by a Bikram (thank you Robin).

Finally, I’d like to wish Regina continued success with the expansion. The studio was great to begin with so will be even more so in a few short months.





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Madison

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Melanie lives in downtown San Mateo with her husband and maltipoo. She work in marketing and in her leisure time, takes yoga classes 5X/week, hikes 4X/week, reads, works on various craft projects, and bakes. She loves to learn new things and try new recipes. When did you start doing yoga? I tried yoga before through special offers but it didn't stick. During Thanksgiving 2015, I attended a yoga retreat in Bali and as part of that experience decided to commit to yoga for 90 days when I got back to the US. I started practicing at the Yoga Health Center in December 2015, thinking I would do it for 90 days and I'm now coming up on 3 years. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Since I live most of my life forward bending - over a computer, or a book, or steering wheel, I really enjoy (because I know it's good for me) the backward bending poses as it's the only time I do it in my regular life. The backward bends have made me more mindful and aware of my posture in daily life, and I recently had a break through in the camel pose - finally touching my heels after 3 years! What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Bob and Regina have done a fantastic job in creating a safe and welcoming environment to practice and a community that encourages wellness. I love everything about the yoga health center! The practice rooms are clean and have natural light, the teachers are inspiring, other practitioners are friendly, etc. And we can't forget about Chai Saturday - the thought of Regina's chai gets me out of bed and to the 7 am practice most of the time. There are yoga studios in my city but I can't imagine practicing anywhere else. I also love how there are core and other types of fitness classes offered. While I currently am in hot yoga primarily, one of my goals is to be more regular at other classes so that my body is continually challenged. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I grew cherry tomatoes and peppers successfully on my balcony in containers for the first time this year; previously I could only manage to keep succulents (barely) alive so this is a huge accomplishment, and has encouraged me to grow more vegetables next year. Favorite Quote? "The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga" - Yogi Bhajan





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Liam

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My first Bikram class was in 2011 when I lived in Hermosa Beach. It was all I could do to stay in the room and spent a good portion of class lying on my back trying not to cry. I was surprised at the intensity and surprised I already looked forward to my next class. I liked the structured sequence of poses, silent meditation, and focus on breathing. It is definitely not a race. I tried other forms of yoga but found my flexibility (or lack of) required too many straps, blocks, and other training aides. The heated Bikram room was friendlier for me so as a lifelong athlete I was inspired to incorporate Bikram into my lifestyle and began my practice. I like I little bit of motion every day so added Bikram in between cycling, volleyball, rollerblading, skiing, the gym, and golf. In 2014, my wife and I relocated from Hermosa Beach to San Carlos. I practiced at various Bikram studios around Silicon Valley from Los Gatos, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose to San Mateo not realizing Yoga Health Center was in my own backyard. I’ve been a member here since October 2015 and don’t plan on leaving any time soon. After pushing past 50 a few years back, I’m counting on Bikram to help me fight the good fight. Decades of volleyball has taken its toll on my knees and shoulders, so I was happy to trade in volleyball at the beach for hiking in the Belmont Open Space Preserve. I also love cycling up Kings Mountain Road. During the 20-minute climb I channel my inner Bikram breath to keep my legs pumping. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I’m thankful for Regina and her incredible Team at Yoga Health Center. Each class is an opportunity to learn and grow. Each teacher provides a unique perspective. This past year I expanded beyond Bikram to fitness classes with Val, Susan and Robin. It’s wonderful to have so many great class options. Note to self: do not follow a Bikram class with Core Sculpt... it felt like that first day in Hermosa Beach with me lying on my back trying not to cry. It does work the other way around though with a Fitness Class followed by a Bikram (thank you Robin).

Finally, I’d like to wish Regina continued success with the expansion. The studio was great to begin with so will be even more so in a few short months.





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Bennie

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Read About Melanie


Melanie lives in downtown San Mateo with her husband and maltipoo. She work in marketing and in her leisure time, takes yoga classes 5X/week, hikes 4X/week, reads, works on various craft projects, and bakes. She loves to learn new things and try new recipes. When did you start doing yoga? I tried yoga before through special offers but it didn't stick. During Thanksgiving 2015, I attended a yoga retreat in Bali and as part of that experience decided to commit to yoga for 90 days when I got back to the US. I started practicing at the Yoga Health Center in December 2015, thinking I would do it for 90 days and I'm now coming up on 3 years. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Since I live most of my life forward bending - over a computer, or a book, or steering wheel, I really enjoy (because I know it's good for me) the backward bending poses as it's the only time I do it in my regular life. The backward bends have made me more mindful and aware of my posture in daily life, and I recently had a break through in the camel pose - finally touching my heels after 3 years! What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Bob and Regina have done a fantastic job in creating a safe and welcoming environment to practice and a community that encourages wellness. I love everything about the yoga health center! The practice rooms are clean and have natural light, the teachers are inspiring, other practitioners are friendly, etc. And we can't forget about Chai Saturday - the thought of Regina's chai gets me out of bed and to the 7 am practice most of the time. There are yoga studios in my city but I can't imagine practicing anywhere else. I also love how there are core and other types of fitness classes offered. While I currently am in hot yoga primarily, one of my goals is to be more regular at other classes so that my body is continually challenged. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I grew cherry tomatoes and peppers successfully on my balcony in containers for the first time this year; previously I could only manage to keep succulents (barely) alive so this is a huge accomplishment, and has encouraged me to grow more vegetables next year. Favorite Quote? "The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga" - Yogi Bhajan





Daisy

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Melanie lives in downtown San Mateo with her husband and maltipoo. She work in marketing and in her leisure time, takes yoga classes 5X/week, hikes 4X/week, reads, works on various craft projects, and bakes. She loves to learn new things and try new recipes. When did you start doing yoga? I tried yoga before through special offers but it didn't stick. During Thanksgiving 2015, I attended a yoga retreat in Bali and as part of that experience decided to commit to yoga for 90 days when I got back to the US. I started practicing at the Yoga Health Center in December 2015, thinking I would do it for 90 days and I'm now coming up on 3 years. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Since I live most of my life forward bending - over a computer, or a book, or steering wheel, I really enjoy (because I know it's good for me) the backward bending poses as it's the only time I do it in my regular life. The backward bends have made me more mindful and aware of my posture in daily life, and I recently had a break through in the camel pose - finally touching my heels after 3 years! What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Bob and Regina have done a fantastic job in creating a safe and welcoming environment to practice and a community that encourages wellness. I love everything about the yoga health center! The practice rooms are clean and have natural light, the teachers are inspiring, other practitioners are friendly, etc. And we can't forget about Chai Saturday - the thought of Regina's chai gets me out of bed and to the 7 am practice most of the time. There are yoga studios in my city but I can't imagine practicing anywhere else. I also love how there are core and other types of fitness classes offered. While I currently am in hot yoga primarily, one of my goals is to be more regular at other classes so that my body is continually challenged. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I grew cherry tomatoes and peppers successfully on my balcony in containers for the first time this year; previously I could only manage to keep succulents (barely) alive so this is a huge accomplishment, and has encouraged me to grow more vegetables next year. Favorite Quote? "The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga" - Yogi Bhajan





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Read About Melanie


Melanie lives in downtown San Mateo with her husband and maltipoo. She work in marketing and in her leisure time, takes yoga classes 5X/week, hikes 4X/week, reads, works on various craft projects, and bakes. She loves to learn new things and try new recipes. When did you start doing yoga? I tried yoga before through special offers but it didn't stick. During Thanksgiving 2015, I attended a yoga retreat in Bali and as part of that experience decided to commit to yoga for 90 days when I got back to the US. I started practicing at the Yoga Health Center in December 2015, thinking I would do it for 90 days and I'm now coming up on 3 years. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Since I live most of my life forward bending - over a computer, or a book, or steering wheel, I really enjoy (because I know it's good for me) the backward bending poses as it's the only time I do it in my regular life. The backward bends have made me more mindful and aware of my posture in daily life, and I recently had a break through in the camel pose - finally touching my heels after 3 years! What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Bob and Regina have done a fantastic job in creating a safe and welcoming environment to practice and a community that encourages wellness. I love everything about the yoga health center! The practice rooms are clean and have natural light, the teachers are inspiring, other practitioners are friendly, etc. And we can't forget about Chai Saturday - the thought of Regina's chai gets me out of bed and to the 7 am practice most of the time. There are yoga studios in my city but I can't imagine practicing anywhere else. I also love how there are core and other types of fitness classes offered. While I currently am in hot yoga primarily, one of my goals is to be more regular at other classes so that my body is continually challenged. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I grew cherry tomatoes and peppers successfully on my balcony in containers for the first time this year; previously I could only manage to keep succulents (barely) alive so this is a huge accomplishment, and has encouraged me to grow more vegetables next year. Favorite Quote? "The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga" - Yogi Bhajan





Brett Leonard

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I was born and raised in Center City, Philadelphia with my three sisters. I attended a Quaker school and grew up playing basketball and skateboarding. I moved to the Bay Area 20 years ago to work in technology. When did you start doing yoga? I was introduced to Bikram Yoga about 17 years ago, when my roommate was attending teacher training in Los Angeles. Over the past nine months, I have begun to practice hot yoga on a regular basis at YHC and the results have been wonderful. The practice has brought me many kinds of benefits. Notably, I have felt a significant reduction in the lower back and neck pain that I have experienced regularly for the past ten years. Moreover, my emotional well-being and mental clarity have never been better. The practice constantly provides me much-needed balance and resilience, both physically and emotionally. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? My favorite class is hot yoga weekdays at 6:00 am. My favorite pose is standing bow-pulling pose. I feel I’m most present and focused during this pose. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The entire YHC staff has always made me feel welcomed and valued. The different instructors bring a diversity of teaching styles and approaches to the classes which I believe lends to a fuller practice. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I once fell asleep in Savasana before a Sunday morning class got started. My snoring woke me up and several people were giggling. I can promise that will NOT happen again! ;) Favorite Quote "We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started." —T.S. Eliot





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Sirinee Tippakorn

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Tell us something about yourself. I was imported from Thailand, so I speak fluent Thai. I am very fortunate to live and work in Belmont with my husband and daughter. We are just 2-3 miles from YHC. I volunteer with the Rotary Club of Belmont/Redwood Shores. Every year the club donates refurbished cars to veterans and grants scholarships to high school students and teachers. I also sponsor three middle school students in Thailand; two girls and one boy! When did you start doing yoga? Three years ago, I was looking for a new workout regimen; one of my clients told me about YHC. I attended my very first yoga class with Regina and loved her (but not the heat!). This is more than just a class, I told myself. This place is special! Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? I would love to take more classes when time permits. For now, Core Fusion, Core Fit, and Iyengar are classes I am taking, and love every minute of it. We always smile after the class, feeling good that we survived and “we made it!” I learn so much about how our body works and how each muscle impacts each other in Susan’s Core Fusion class. This is the class that I block on my calendar so I won’t miss it. My favorite pose? Hmmm... Savasana. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Thanks to Regina and Bob for building YHC into more than just a Yoga institution. Instructors, staff, and members are caring and kind to each other. It is a great community. When I compare today and three years ago, I am much stronger, healthier and balanced. Thank you to all. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I would like to keep those fun facts to myself In case I want to run for governor, senator, or president... just a joke! Favorite Quote My mom’s last words: “You have ability and means. I hope you will continue to help poor people like your dad.”





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Lisa Caparra

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My husband and I began our Bikram Yoga practice in 2009 at Regina’s Yoga Health Center (old location). We were so happy to have survived the first class and since then we were hooked. We have also practiced Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga.

We enjoy the health and fitness benefits of our Yoga practice. It has increased our flexibility and strength. In addition, helps with our focus and stress levels. We also enjoy the Cardio Core and Core Sculpt classes the new facility now offers

We have been married for 35 years going on 36 this year. We have four grown children and 6 wonderful grandchildren and 2 dogs. We enjoy traveling, exercising together, which includes: yoga, boxing, golfing, basketball, skateboarding, walking, etc. Most don’t think we’ve been together that long by looking at us. We strongly feel that our Yoga practice contributes to being youthful.
What do you love about Yoga Health Center? We enjoy being a part of the Yoga Health Center because of the unique environment Regina and Bob have created for their members. They have 15-day and 30-day challenges during the year and special classes held on weekends to add to the variety of classes they offer. They have exceptional instructors and the staff at the front desk are always helpful and friendly, We enjoy the new friendships we developed since re-joining their new facility. Their facility is always well maintained and clean and the atmosphere is warm and friendly.





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Gitte Rivera

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I was born and raised in Center City, Philadelphia with my three sisters. I attended a Quaker school and grew up playing basketball and skateboarding. I moved to the Bay Area 20 years ago to work in technology. When did you start doing yoga? I was introduced to Bikram Yoga about 17 years ago, when my roommate was attending teacher training in Los Angeles. Over the past nine months, I have begun to practice hot yoga on a regular basis at YHC and the results have been wonderful. The practice has brought me many kinds of benefits. Notably, I have felt a significant reduction in the lower back and neck pain that I have experienced regularly for the past ten years. Moreover, my emotional well-being and mental clarity have never been better. The practice constantly provides me much-needed balance and resilience, both physically and emotionally. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? My favorite class is hot yoga weekdays at 6:00 am. My favorite pose is standing bow-pulling pose. I feel I’m most present and focused during this pose. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? The entire YHC staff has always made me feel welcomed and valued. The different instructors bring a diversity of teaching styles and approaches to the classes which I believe lends to a fuller practice. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I once fell asleep in Savasana before a Sunday morning class got started. My snoring woke me up and several people were giggling. I can promise that will NOT happen again! ;) Favorite Quote "We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started." —T.S. Eliot





Read About Melanie


Melanie lives in downtown San Mateo with her husband and maltipoo. She work in marketing and in her leisure time, takes yoga classes 5X/week, hikes 4X/week, reads, works on various craft projects, and bakes. She loves to learn new things and try new recipes. When did you start doing yoga? I tried yoga before through special offers but it didn't stick. During Thanksgiving 2015, I attended a yoga retreat in Bali and as part of that experience decided to commit to yoga for 90 days when I got back to the US. I started practicing at the Yoga Health Center in December 2015, thinking I would do it for 90 days and I'm now coming up on 3 years. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? Since I live most of my life forward bending - over a computer, or a book, or steering wheel, I really enjoy (because I know it's good for me) the backward bending poses as it's the only time I do it in my regular life. The backward bends have made me more mindful and aware of my posture in daily life, and I recently had a break through in the camel pose - finally touching my heels after 3 years! What do you love about Yoga Health Center? Bob and Regina have done a fantastic job in creating a safe and welcoming environment to practice and a community that encourages wellness. I love everything about the yoga health center! The practice rooms are clean and have natural light, the teachers are inspiring, other practitioners are friendly, etc. And we can't forget about Chai Saturday - the thought of Regina's chai gets me out of bed and to the 7 am practice most of the time. There are yoga studios in my city but I can't imagine practicing anywhere else. I also love how there are core and other types of fitness classes offered. While I currently am in hot yoga primarily, one of my goals is to be more regular at other classes so that my body is continually challenged. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I grew cherry tomatoes and peppers successfully on my balcony in containers for the first time this year; previously I could only manage to keep succulents (barely) alive so this is a huge accomplishment, and has encouraged me to grow more vegetables next year. Favorite Quote? "The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga" - Yogi Bhajan





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Carole Henmi

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My first Bikram class was in 2011 when I lived in Hermosa Beach. It was all I could do to stay in the room and spent a good portion of class lying on my back trying not to cry. I was surprised at the intensity and surprised I already looked forward to my next class. I liked the structured sequence of poses, silent meditation, and focus on breathing. It is definitely not a race. I tried other forms of yoga but found my flexibility (or lack of) required too many straps, blocks, and other training aides. The heated Bikram room was friendlier for me so as a lifelong athlete I was inspired to incorporate Bikram into my lifestyle and began my practice. I like I little bit of motion every day so added Bikram in between cycling, volleyball, rollerblading, skiing, the gym, and golf. In 2014, my wife and I relocated from Hermosa Beach to San Carlos. I practiced at various Bikram studios around Silicon Valley from Los Gatos, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose to San Mateo not realizing Yoga Health Center was in my own backyard. I’ve been a member here since October 2015 and don’t plan on leaving any time soon. After pushing past 50 a few years back, I’m counting on Bikram to help me fight the good fight. Decades of volleyball has taken its toll on my knees and shoulders, so I was happy to trade in volleyball at the beach for hiking in the Belmont Open Space Preserve. I also love cycling up Kings Mountain Road. During the 20-minute climb I channel my inner Bikram breath to keep my legs pumping. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I’m thankful for Regina and her incredible Team at Yoga Health Center. Each class is an opportunity to learn and grow. Each teacher provides a unique perspective. This past year I expanded beyond Bikram to fitness classes with Val, Susan and Robin. It’s wonderful to have so many great class options. Note to self: do not follow a Bikram class with Core Sculpt... it felt like that first day in Hermosa Beach with me lying on my back trying not to cry. It does work the other way around though with a Fitness Class followed by a Bikram (thank you Robin).

Finally, I’d like to wish Regina continued success with the expansion. The studio was great to begin with so will be even more so in a few short months.





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Sue Manian

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My first Bikram class was in 2011 when I lived in Hermosa Beach. It was all I could do to stay in the room and spent a good portion of class lying on my back trying not to cry. I was surprised at the intensity and surprised I already looked forward to my next class. I liked the structured sequence of poses, silent meditation, and focus on breathing. It is definitely not a race. I tried other forms of yoga but found my flexibility (or lack of) required too many straps, blocks, and other training aides. The heated Bikram room was friendlier for me so as a lifelong athlete I was inspired to incorporate Bikram into my lifestyle and began my practice. I like I little bit of motion every day so added Bikram in between cycling, volleyball, rollerblading, skiing, the gym, and golf. In 2014, my wife and I relocated from Hermosa Beach to San Carlos. I practiced at various Bikram studios around Silicon Valley from Los Gatos, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose to San Mateo not realizing Yoga Health Center was in my own backyard. I’ve been a member here since October 2015 and don’t plan on leaving any time soon. After pushing past 50 a few years back, I’m counting on Bikram to help me fight the good fight. Decades of volleyball has taken its toll on my knees and shoulders, so I was happy to trade in volleyball at the beach for hiking in the Belmont Open Space Preserve. I also love cycling up Kings Mountain Road. During the 20-minute climb I channel my inner Bikram breath to keep my legs pumping. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I’m thankful for Regina and her incredible Team at Yoga Health Center. Each class is an opportunity to learn and grow. Each teacher provides a unique perspective. This past year I expanded beyond Bikram to fitness classes with Val, Susan and Robin. It’s wonderful to have so many great class options. Note to self: do not follow a Bikram class with Core Sculpt... it felt like that first day in Hermosa Beach with me lying on my back trying not to cry. It does work the other way around though with a Fitness Class followed by a Bikram (thank you Robin).

Finally, I’d like to wish Regina continued success with the expansion. The studio was great to begin with so will be even more so in a few short months.





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Elaine Santore

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I was a yoga student here at YHC before I started working here. I loved the vibe so much at YHC that I wanted more. I have worked at other yoga studios…let’s say that this one is the best one (for me). When did you start doing yoga? When I was in junior high (mid-late 90s), I rented a yoga video from the library. It was called “AM/PM Yoga for Beginners” by Patricia Walden. Do you have a favorite class? Favorite pose? The hot fusion yoga class is my favorite. I like that it’s a combo of Bikram and Vinyasa, and I like the music and the teachers Kat and Chuck. Eagle is my “signature pose” because I like to fly. What do you love about Yoga Health Center? I like the community, the people, and the lively vibe. The people here are happy and there is a warm atmosphere. Do you have a fun fact about yourself? I used to work in SF politics as a blogger and campaign communication consultant in social media (2007-2013). I was something of a pioneer since social media was just getting started at that time. Favorite Quote “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” (Theodore Roosevelt, from his speech "Citizenship in a Republic" delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on April, 23,1910)





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