Michael and Susan Houghton, Owners
and Teachers at Bikram Yoga Fitzroy.
We feel blessed in having a passion for
Bikram Yoga. Why? Maybe we could just say: "Because it
all seems so right!" We started out practicing Bikram
yoga on our own from Bikram Choudhury's book, Bikram's
Beginning Yoga Class. At the time there was no Bikram
studio in Melbourne, so we did the poses at home, standing
in our walk-in wardrobe with a heater on at the highest temperature!
As soon as the first Melbourne Bikram studio opened in Elsternwick,
we were there in the first week and started a regular practice.
In 2005, we completed the teacher-training
course with Bikram Choudhury himself in Los Angeles.
For the next two years we worked hard on securing a property
where we could open our own studio. After four attempts, rather
than feeling total frustration, we decided to step back and
just trust that the right thing would happen. So when the
Fitzroy studio came up for sale, we knew the gods were smiling
on us and we became studio owners - our dream of running our
own Bikram studio fulfilled.
As students of Bikram yoga, we receive countless
benefits: physical, mental, emotional and deeper.
As teachers of Bikram yoga, we receive great
satisfaction passing these blessings on to our own students.
And as studio owners, Bikram yoga became
an even bigger part of our life: a life of breath, of thought-before-action,
of service to others, and of being able to make a positive
contribution to this beautiful, sometimes crazy, but always
precious world of ours.
We simply believe that the world needs yoga
and we are grateful for having been given a chance to help
others find health and happiness.