Dedicated, qualified and part of our family.

As with any successful endeavor, people make the day-to-day business thrive. BYPCV has a highly qualified, exceptional staff.  Each one of our instructors is dedicated to creating a positive and profound experience for you.

Our instructors are all certified in their respective areas of expertise.  Some hold several teaching certificates in multiple disciplines; moreover, everyone stays current with technologies that enhance your fitness.  We want to make your classes as beneficial to you as possible so that, over time, you achieve the results you seek.

partners_denise1A lifelong practice and passion.

Visionary Denise DuBarry brought to the development of our studio more than 35 years of experience in the yoga industry. In many ways, BYPCV is a manifestation of her impressive lifelong practice and passion. Denise is a Certified Bikram instructor who has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 1979.

When she was just 19, Denise became an actress and felt more aware of her body. She did both dance and aerobics, including being a regular at Richard Simmons’ “Roughage and Anatomy Asylum.” When she was cast to play a leading role in a mini-series with an allstar
cast, she shared a dressing room with Paula Prentiss and Elke Sommer.

Only 22, Denise was amazed to see Paula Prentiss’s physique, already in her 40s: her body, as Denise likes to say, “was better than mine!” Paula revealed her secret: Bikram Yoga. Denise went to Bikram’s studio, then a small postage-stamp in Beverly Hills at the corner of Doheny and Sunset. But it was filled with A-listers: everyone from Martin Sheen and Quincy Jones to Raquel Welch and Candace Bergen (Jeff Bridges).

She says she soon understood why they all looked so great: the practice was exceedingly difficult. The yoga worked every muscle, stretched every ligament and tendon, twisted and aligned the spine, and massaged internal organs while burning calories. Many of them. Fast forward 30 years later: she is still at it, and has become an expert in her own right.

Denise believes you can’t take yourself too seriously and says the older you are when you begin, the better sense of humor you’ll need. In truth, yoga can change your body dramatically but it takes time and a measure of patience. Denise says that yoga does for your joints, spine and bones what braces do for your teeth. She knows that when she does yoga regularly, she’s happier, her body feels amazing and she has fewer aches and pains.

It’s a bit easier to practice now than when she drove from Malibu to Beverly Hills to take Bikram’s classes (he was personally teaching every class then). Over the years, she took thousands of classes with him. After deciding to practice at home, she had friends interested in taking yoga. Having seen the tangible results on fellow celebrities, she was convinced of the benefits.

Malibu Yoga was born in 1986, drawing a great clientele with plenty of celebrities and athletes. There was even a kid’s class. Her daughter, Samantha Lockwood, began doing yoga at age five.  Later, she would follow in her mother’s footsteps, becoming the youngest Certified Bikram Yoga instructor at the age of 17.   Samantha now has her own studio Bikram Yoga Kauai in Kapaa, Kauai.

Year after year, Denise has witnessed the “miracles of yoga” in a multitude of people.  From a wheelchair-bound woman who was able to walk again after doing yoga to a tenacious one-armed student who completed the teacher training with one arm, able to do every posture beautifully with only slight modification. She has seen many who were suffering desperately from health issues who listened to Bikram’s advice: “you’ve got nothing to lose because you are starting with nothing, so do your yoga.  The pain kills the pain.”

Her personal miracles have included the following: an MRI in her neck showed bulging discs pressing against nerves, which caused extreme pain, forcing her back to yoga. After 15 classes, the pain vanished. Add to that sciatic pain from a water skiing accident: gently working the area in class helped her cure the pain. She also experienced quick recovery from shingles’ residential nerve damage and pain. And finally, a derrière that looks 20 years younger than she does (and she looks pretty amazing!).

When Denise found herself “too busy” in the 1990s and halted her practice for several years, she later made the decision to return to yoga. She says it was humbling to begin anew, yet she committed to practicing three times a week. By 2005, she had earned her official Bikram teaching certificate even though she’d taught thousands of classes before the official training was available. She wanted to reopen a studio, so she opened Bikram Yoga University Village with her former yoga business partner, Kim Tang.  Now, the studio is freshly renovated and better than ever, reborn as Bikram Yoga Plus Coachella Valley.

You’ll find Denise’s entire family doing yoga at the studio including her mother, father, sisters, husband and children.  She believes that you will be healthier, live longer and have a genuinely better quality of life if you make yoga a part of your daily living.

A legend in his own time.

“Yoga is the only exercise in the world you can do at any age. There is always some
posture that will improve your health, mind and soul. While it energizes 100% of the body, it strengthens and develops the mind as well.” – Bikram Choudhury

It’s safe to say that Bikram Yoga’s founder, Bikram Choudhury, was ahead of the curve.
Born in Calcutta in 1946, he began practicing yoga at four years old with India’s most celebrated physical culturist, Bishnu Ghosh. Bikram is the founder of the yoga movement in Hollywood as well as the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India.

Bikram’s mentor Ghosh was the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the popular book, The Autobiography of a Yogi, and a founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles. Ghosh was among the first modern gurus to document scientifically how yoga could cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body from the inside out.

Bikram Choudhury learned long ago that the wrong way of doing any posture would not be beneficial in any way. Bikram says, “if you follow my instruction and do my yoga postures sequence to the best of your ability, you will live a healthier and more peaceful life.”

Bikram devoted four to six hours daily to the practice of yoga, and at age 13 was the youngest contestant to win the National India Yoga Contest. He remained undefeated for three years until he retired as the undisputed “All-India National Champion.” Indeed, Swami Shivananda declared him “Yogi Raj” (King of the Yogis). Bikram went on to pursue an athletic career as a marathon runner and a champion weightlifter.

At age 17, he injured his knee in a weightlifting accident. Not accepting the
pronouncement that he “would never walk again,” he returned to Ghosh’s school. Six months later, his knee had recovered completely. Ghosh embraced Bikram’s enthusiasm for the discipline, inviting him to open several schools in Bombay and other parts of India. With immediate success, Ghosh sent his disciple to other places to open schools including Tokyo. There, Bikram combined western medical science with traditional eastern doctrine to perfect his 26-posture sequence. In a research project, Bikram helped physicians prove that yoga could regenerate tissue and cure chronic ailments.

Celebrities were drawn to Bikram and, in 1973, he was invited by President Nixon and Shirley MacLaine to the United States. By 1974, he had founded the Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills. His famous students have included everyone from Raquel Welch, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones to Barbra Streisand, George Clooney, Lady Gaga, David Beckham and Beyonce. Add numerous other celebs and athletes, all of whom helped spread the Bikram phenomenon.

Today, Bikram has demonstrated to millions the light and benefits of a healthy life. Despite his controversial press, he has been the most revered Yoga Guru on the planet. Having conducted workshops and seminars around the world and written books on Bikram Yoga, he is largely responsible for moving the practice into the mainstream.

And while he concedes that yogis from other hatha traditions know the poses, he believes that the sequence of the poses makes his system different. His platform is that each posture in his series forms the perfect basis for the next, while warming and stretching the right muscles, ligaments and tendons. Much like creating a song — wherein combining notes in a melodic way distinguishes a great composer — his practice is one-of-a-kind.

His whole family practices including wife Rajashree, a world champion yogini who specializes in yoga therapy for people with chronic diseases and disorders as well as her pregnancy yoga classes. And his children, daughter Laju and son Anurag, both practice advanced yoga postures.

His concern lies with people who purport to do hatha yoga correctly, but do a great disservice because they don’t practice correctly. There can be no substitute for true hatha yoga. And, likewise, there is no substitute for daily practice under the guidance of a certified, qualified teacher.

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