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4715 Forest Drive • Columbia SC

1150 F4 Bower Parkway • Irmo SC

803.730.8225

 

Staff List


Lacy Carbone
Owner, Bikram Yoga Teacher
 
I had a really good friend that had been raving about Bikram Yoga for over a year. She felt great, looked great, & was overall really happy. I was planning a move to Jacksonville, FL for a new job & decided that would be a good time to try this Bikram Yoga my friend loved so much. I took my first Bikram class in April of 2011. It was LOVE at first SWEAT! I had always been active, but never really loved any of the activities I was doing to try to stay healthy. With a dance background, being a disciplined person, & my love of heat, Bikram was the perfect workout for me. The yoga made me feel great physically & mentally. I began to plan my life around my yoga practice. One month into my practice, I could not get enough Bikram Yoga. I knew I had to make it a larger part of my life. As I researched more about Bikram, I discovered the next logical step was to attend Bikram’s Teacher Training. After months of discussion with my family, I quit my job & left for Bikram’s 9 Week Teacher Training in Los Angeles. It was a fabulous experience & without a doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. I began teaching in Jacksonville & St. Augustine, FL in November 2011. Out of Training I was teaching & taking as much as I could & learning from my Studio Owners. Coming from a business background, I wanted to make more of this love of Bikram Yoga. My husband was always traveling to Columbia where his businesses were located. Tired of being apart so much, I longed to have both my husband & Bikram Yoga in the same place. So I decided to open a Bikram Studio in my home town, Columbia. Not only will I get to have my husband & Bikram in the same place; but I will get to share this amazing & healing yoga with the city of Columbia. Teaching Bikram Yoga has been such an amazing experience thus far. It’s so inspiring to see the transformation of students’ body, practice, & mental state. I am very much looking forward to bringing Bikram to Columbia & hope it will change the lives of those in the Columbia community as it has changed the lives of so many other people around the world. While building Bikram Columbia, I taught at Bikram Yoga Charleston, the only other Bikram studio in the state of South Carolina. I learned a lot from David Kiser, BYC’s owner & hope to emulate the wonderful Bikram community he has created in Charleston, here in Columbia.
Kira Kowalski
Teacher Manager, Bikram Yoga Teacher
 
I did Bikram yoga for the first time in January 2012 while visiting Lacy Carbone in Jacksonville, FL. When I left the class I thought everyone in there was insane & Bikram yoga was not for me. The next morning, I woke up feeling sore in muscles I didn’t even know existed. I couldn’t believe how much my body was affected, so I started doing research on the yoga. The more I researched, the more challenged I felt to return. I had always suffered from scoliosis & thought Bikram yoga might finally be the solution to my problems. I began practicing a lot at my home studio, Bikram Yoga Charleston & then went to work for Lacy as Studio Manager once she opened Bikram Columbia. My posture improved drastically and my back pain disappeared. With a lot of encouragement from Lacy, I finally decided to go to Teacher Training. I attended Teacher Training in the Spring of 2013. It was the hardest & most amazing experience of my life. I made some amazing friends & learned so much about myself. Bikram yoga has changed my life in so many positive ways & I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with others!
Katie Williams
Manager, both locations
Caroline Boyce
Assistant Manager, both locations & future Bikram Yoga Teacher
Steven Furie
Bikram Yoga Teacher
 
Yoga, Meditation & overall Wellness has been an integral part of my life for many years prior to Bikram Yoga coming into my life. In September 2012, my interest in pursuing some form of hot yoga peaked. I searched & read as much as I could learn & eventually came across Bikram’s book at the local library. While reading, I found myself connecting with many aspects of the yoga; it’s philosophical lineage, & the science behind it. I then searched to see where the closest studio would be for me to try, & Bikram Yoga Columbia was opening that next Saturday! I attended on opening day and continued each day after. After about 6 months of dedicated practice and much encouragement from my many great instructors, I found myself gravitating towards attending the Fall 2013 Teacher Training in LA. Now I am teaching here at Bikram Yoga Columbia SC!
 
Bikram Yoga has been an amazing vehicle for my own healing and transformation. Many years ago, I made up my mind to change my life path from an uncertain, uninspired and unhealthy trajectory. Having watched loved ones suffer needlessly from the personal and societal stressors of our sedentary modern life I knew that I had to make a choice, wake up and take responsibility. Thus, began my search and practice, and from the many offerings that made themselves available, life clearly led me to the ancient wisdom of Yoga, and eventually, Bikram yoga. In a relatively short period of time, Bikram Yoga has transformed me - physically, mentally, psychologically, and spiritually. I have had the privilege to see many others alike benefit from a system that is both approachable and non-discriminatory. I have seen & continue to see Bikram Yoga provide a practice for everyone from all walks of life; to begin anew, on a path towards health & Self-Realization. I have been nothing but amazed at the Bikram community - how it continues evolve & inspire others to share in its rewards. As a Bikram certified teacher, I hope to help grow this community by guiding others to rediscover the power of life & the power of the present, all the while regaining a respect for ourselves and humanity as a whole. Namaste.
Melissa Olam
Front desk
Becca Tooley
Front desk
Betty Lan
Bikram Yoga Teacher

I was introduced to Bikram yoga in January 2010 by a good friend who recommended it as an alternative to running & other high impact workouts. At first, I wasn't sure if yoga would provide an intense enough of a workout but I decided to try it because my knees & ankles couldn't take any more abuse from running. I felt energized & absolutely AMAZING after my first class & have maintained a regular practice since that day.
 
The long-term benefits of Bikram yoga far exceeded what I had anticipated. Having a regular practice not only helped me to heal my old running injuries but has also helped me to feel more balanced mentally & emotionally. I no longer suffer from debilitating panic attacks, & now effectively manage my stress & anxiety naturally without prescription medication.
 
In Fall of 2013, I was able to fulfill my dream of becoming a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor. I love sharing this wonderful yoga & helping other people heal their mind & body.
Kay Forrester
Bikram Yoga Teacher
 
Throughout life, I have tried many forms of physical activity. In 2010, my best friend gave me a 10 day pass to Bikram Yoga Redmond, WA. After the 1st class, I was convinced that I would never go back, but rather than face my friend with embarrassment, I decided to accept the 10 day challenge. I quickly realized the benefits of this healing practice & knew almost immediately that I wanted to someday share this gift with others by becoming a teacher. I believe as we age, strength & flexibility are critical for health & well being. I also believe in good nutrition.
 
In fall of 2013, my husband & I became “empty nesters,” so the time had arrived for me to attend the 9 week Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles. I am now sharing my passion for Bikram Yoga with students across Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, & Washington State. My teaching style is fierce but compassionate.
Mirna Marusic
Bikram Yoga Teacher

I started Bikram Yoga in December of 2010 & was instantly hooked. I attended Teacher Training in Fall 2011. I have been teaching full time since graduation. I've been traveling the United States & have taught in almost 20 studios. I have also been back to help out at Bikram Yoga Teacher Trainings. I was on Staff for the last three Bikram Yoga Teacher Trainings.
Jamey DeMyer
Bikram Yoga Teacher

Bikram yoga has been such an incredible & essential part of my journey & evolution.
 
Although it is not the only yoga I have ever practiced, it is was the very first yoga I was introduced to & have loved it from the start. I was introduced to Bikram yoga back in 2008 while training for the Marine Corps marathon and pursuing a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. It was an amazing compliment to my training that gave me more endurance, better focus & balance physically. In 2009, I moved to Jacksonville, NC to marry my current husband and become a stay at home mom to his amazing twin sons. In a nutshell, I went from being a single, jet-setting, hard-driven flight attendant/athlete always looking for the next challenge to a doting wife & mother. It was a beautiful gift, however, the transformation, not so beautiful. I gave up on consistent running, stopped training in Tae Kwon Do for a short time & stopped practicing Bikram altogether. I gained weight & struggled emotionally & mentally. Gratefully, I found my way back to Bikram yoga & have been on an amazing journey of discovery, forgiveness & compassion ever since. It has helped me look at life from a more positive place & has definitely helped me become a better mother & wife. My family will attest to that without a doubt.
 
In 2013, after about a year of practicing again, I made the decision to attend teacher training. I do not have a “home” studio at this time. My decision to attend teacher training was driven by an immense desire to open a studio where I live. I love Bikram yoga for so many reasons. It truly changes lives from “bones to the skin, finger tips the toes” and beyond.
 
I am so blessed to have an amazing supportive home & yoga family that give me the opportunity to travel, learn and share my passion for this yoga with everyone I meet. I feel honored and privileged to be a part of the healing in the Columbia/Irmo Bikram community and look forward to meeting each and everyone one of you that walks into the hot room. See you soon ☺
Danielle Schroeder
Front desk
Sean Heeney
Bikram Yoga Teacher
 
Karla Stoll
Bikram Yoga Teacher

I graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Fall 2006. I love seeing the personal transformation that comes from a regular Bikram Yoga practice. If the yoga has done something positive for you, please come tell me! I would love to hear about it.