Born and raised in the 305, Carolina's passion lies in the ability to transform the body & the mind through the practice of Yoga Asana. Carolina found Bikram Yoga at the young age of 15, and has been a yoga advocate and student ever since! She has been teaching Bikram Yoga since 2010 and Vinyasa Yoga since 2018. She is as much of a teacher as she is a student, constantly seeking to expand her practice through studying the Asanas as well as diving deeper into her Sadhana practice.
In her spare time, you can find her playing with her 17 year old chihuaua, getting sweaty in the yoga room, or writing a new rap song for her rap duo, Basside. Carolina brings her colorful and electric energy into every aspect of her life, staying true to herself and true to her practice.
Lawyer by day, yoga instructor by night (and weekends)… Brian was born and raised in Miami, and has been rocking the 305 since 1978!
Brian started practicing Bikram yoga in 2005 and decided to attend Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2012. After training for nine weeks in Los Angeles, CA, Brian received his teaching certification from the Bikram Yoga College of India and has been teaching the classic 26/2 hot yoga series ever since.
Brian joined our studio in 2017 and has enjoyed getting to know and inspire all of our great students while deepening and expanding his own yoga practice. Brian graduated with a Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2007, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance (guitar) from the University of Miami in 2000.
In addition to yoga, law and music, Brian is a proud father of two children and husband to our Ashtanga teacher, Krista. Brian and Krista are expecting a baby girl in July 2018 who is destined to be a yogi!
Francesca Contreras is a Miami native with a background in teaching yoga to domestic violence survivors, middle school students, and at various hot yoga studios following her teacher training at Kripalu School of Yoga in 2014. She is passionate about sharing meditation and yoga as tools for healing, developing greater self-awareness, and promoting social justice in the world at large. She is currently enrolled in FIU's Master's in Social Work program and is excited about bridging mind and body therapies in her future!
Born and raised in Miami, Madison has been practicing Bikram yoga since 2011 and became a certified teacher in Spring 2013. She worked as a traveling teacher for 3 years, teaching in locations such as Hawaii, Austria, Serbia, and Thailand.
Now in her second year of Law School at UM, Madi has less time to teach, but maintains a dedicated practice to help relieve the stress from school.
When not in the classroom, courtroom or the hot room, she loves to travel, cook, and spend time outdoors.
Camila went to her first Bikram class with her dad in 2013, and the first few classes were a struggle to say the least. What kept her coming back was her dad’s encouragement coupled with seeing his health progress within weeks of practice. Fascinated with the physical benefits of Bikram yoga, Camila decided to become a teacher in the spring of 2014. Looking for a more spiritual experience for her practice and to complement her focus on the physical, Camila began incorporating other types of yoga, including Ashtanga and Dharma Yoga. Through various conferences, workshops, and personal practice her teaching philosophy evolved to one centered on love as the main focal point. Practicing and teaching yoga has helped Camila become a more companionate, and loving person. She believes that yoga is one of the greatest tools for finding true health and happiness.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is my home town . Since I was 13 years old I’ve been fascinated by eastern philosophy. Yoga and arts are my two passions and my background is in theatre and dance. I started teaching Hatha yoga in Brazil in 1999. In 2003 I earned a Bikram Yoga Teacher Certification. In 2005 I studied in NYC with Dharma Mittra, in 2006 I studied with Ana Forrest in Boston and since 2009 I've been also studying and practicing Iyengar Yoga. Besides Hot Yoga, Hatha Yoga, I also teach Conscious Through the Movement. . For me teaching is a passion, it fills my soul!
Chelle started her yoga journey with Bikram due to a hand injury, almost paralyzed from wrist to pinky. Her practice has transcended her out of a dark place eventually healing the wound and is now spreading her knowledge in Maha Hatha, Bikram, and Vinyasa at Original Hot Yoga 305. Through asanas, pranayama, and mudra one will provide an experience in a brave space to be aware and present to consciously grow and evolve.
"I started my Bikram practice back in 2012. I signed up for a 30 Day Challenge after realizing that changes needed to be made to my lifestyle. For years I practiced daily. I shifted my schedule around the yoga schedule. It was yoga first and everything else was secondary. I needed to heal myself. This yoga, and the instructors that teach it, have impacted my life in so many ways. I've gained confidence, flexibility, and a feeling of self awareness that I may not have found without yoga.
For years the thought of becoming a Bikram Teacher had always been on my mind. One day I asked myself; ‘if there was one thing I could do everyday for the rest of my life, what would it be?’ The answer was Bikram Yoga. So last year I decided to sell my house, quit my job, and moved to Miami from New York. I enrolled in the Fall 2018 Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Acapulco Mexico. Since completing the 9 week training and receiving my Teaching Certificate I have been calling Original Hot Yoga 305 my home studio.